Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another Tire Saved from the Landfill



I wouldn't call myself a tree hugger, but I do take reusable bags to the grocery store, I've switched all my monthly bills to paperless emails, and I always, always, turn the water off while I'm brushing my teeth. Every little bit helps. But let me tell you, this last project I just finished is going to skyrocket me straight to recycling queen status!

I turned a tire into an ottoman! And not just any ottoman. It's  the kind of ottoman that you just want to sit and stare at for at least two hours with a glass of cold milk and a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies while your husband sits across from you nodding in amazement and approval.

I've been eyeing this ottoman for at least two years:
But, it's $522.99, and that's on Overstock.com (regular price $706). I wasn't trying to spend that much on an ottoman Especially when I know that if I think hard enough I can make it myself. After staring at my wish ottoman, I noticed that it looked a whole lot like, OMG, a tire. BINGO! I would make the ottoman out of a tire! Here's how it went down:

1) Jumped on Craigslist.com and searched for free semi-trailer tires (I wanted my ottoman to be a nice, round, full figured girl who isn't afraid to flaunt her curves). Found a company that sells used tires that had literally a mountain of tires they wanted to give away. Headed right over and picked my tire from the bunch.

2) Took her home and washed her up to remove any grease and grime.

 3) Started at outer edge of tire, and glued rope to tire one line at a time, rolling tire as I went.


4) Got a sheet of plywood and cut two circles the size of the tire's inner hole. Attached wood circles to tire openings using self-drilling wood screws.

5) Attached top plates to plywood topped tire in locations where legs would be stationed.
(3 legs will support a round ottoman just fine, but 4 legs can be used for added stability.)

6) Screwed legs on...and she stood!

 7) Cut and glued rope to wood circle to make the pattern I wanted. I used Crazy Glue the first time. I've since used hot glue and it worked as well.



 8)  A final double trim around the edges and done!




Can you believe she used to be a tire?!    



     

I love her!

Here are a few others I've made. They're on my online store Home AttireTM 
at www.homeattire.netI'm not taking orders right now, but the store is still open for viewing. 
Don't you just want to hug them? Tell me what you think of my tire ottomans.









P.S. If you decide to make a tire ottoman know that Manila rope is made of natural fibers from the abaca plant and is usually treated before importing. The treatment applied to the rope can leave a somewhat oily smell that may not be pleasing. If the smell of the rope is not to your liking, a spray of any odor eliminating product can remove the smell. The smell will resolve on its own in time as well. And, no, it doesn't smell like a tire! Just don't use a new tire, I'm sure that would smell like a tire.

One other thing...
I came up with this idea two years ago in 2012. Since I originally shared my idea it has spread across the Web like wild fire! I'm happy that so many people like my idea, and I only ask that if you decide to share my idea that you will give credit back to the source. I've seen more than a few people take credit for my idea with no mention of where they actually got their inspiration. So, remember...Be kind, what goes around comes around. 
~Nikki

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Nikki said...

Thanks Carin! I'm finishing up a console table right now. I'll post it soon.

Nikki said...

Thanks Brandi!

Nikki said...

Not sure Magdalen, I've only had it for a week. I'm pretty confident it'll hold though. I super glued a broken vase over 15 years ago and it's still holding. Fingers crossed!

Nikki said...

Lorilei, I like how you think!

Bethany said...

Wow, when are you going into business?! You could sell those & make a killing! Beautiful work!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing you don't have cats. I love it, but think my cats would think it's a scratcher for their claws ... don't think it'd last too long with two cats ... LOL!

Lori C said...

Wow, turned out great! But that's a LOT of rope! My cats would have a field day with this too! *next time* (if there is one) try E-6000 adhesive. usually sticks anything to anything, and it comes in a fairly large tube. I use it for everything!

Angeline said...

Found you via House Beautiful.com "What We're Reading This Week" article - Admire your creativity and follow-through!

alexandra said...

it's a good idea and a very good work

Secret Garden Gems said...

Wow fantastic Job You did an amazing job thanks for sharing the process with us

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

That is gorgeous! you did a beautiful job. ~diana

Susan Wolfe Louisville KY said...

This is great you did a wonderful job ! But I am determined to make one cheaper. I bet there are some craft glues that might be easier to use. Finding some cheap rope will be the challenge. And wouldn't a round piece of glass on top be nice for a table ? Thanks for your great idea !

Anonymous said...

This was an amazing idea !! and it turned out fabulously !! And don't worry. There's about a million different kinds of glue if you need to re-glue some parts, or even all of it. / Debbie

Kenyasue Smart said...

You are so clever.... luv luv luv the stool just Luv it. Just trying to work out how to get the pictures on my FB and PI
More Please thank you

Kenyasue from London UK

ivonnemontijo said...

Wow, what a great idea...and you saved a tire from landfill.....awesome.....have you thought of making more of them to sell?

Lydia Segal said...

My hat's off to you! I love this idea but for the life of me I cannot figure out how you did the top. Are they all short, single pieces of rope, from the centre to the outer rim, or do you twist them in the middle somehow? If all single pieces, aren't you afraid they will be pulled out?

No one else has asked this question so I guess I'm the one who cannot see it - sorry.

For those who would like to make it into a stool, some kind of inner support would help. Have you ever seen how water beds are supported? There are a couple of pieces of MDF cut with half groove, to fit another with matching half groove. If you separate your fingers between the ring finger and the middle finger and then slide your hands together, you'll get the picture. This makes a light weight but very strong support (the board, not your fingers - you'll need those again - lol)

I found your project from a friend in South Africa, I am in Canada. Going around the world, lovely lady!

Dani Garcia Where are You? said...

Brilliant~! I've seen tires made into pony swings for kids, planters and bird baths but this really takes it to a whole new level~!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is...wow, wow, wow. Thank you so much for posting.

Anonymous said...

You are so creative! Love this!

Uche Udo-Obong said...

Awesome,amazing and higly creative i loooooooooove it.

diane lamb said...

I love this! I'm thinking about making one for myself! You did a great job!!! Thank you for the idea!

Michelle Dirkse said...

Hi Nikki, This is great! I especially love that your Blog gives a glimpse of who you are and your fun personality- I'm excited to see more of it! I'll be sharing this with another DIY blogger and posting to my own blog. :) Thanks! Michelle - greylinedesign.tumblr.com

Cynthia Mastin said...

I love this , im going to do it so the top will come off. so you can put stuff in it.and you could flip the lid for a table..thanks

Jill said...

That's so original...but that is lot of superglue?! I'm thinking a green alternative might be to find a way to secure the rope some other way, but it looks amazing- great job!

AC said...

I die. And your photo tutorial is fantastic, so thank you for the great pictures.

Hermine said...

Wow, it does look classy! I am thinking of taking on the challenge to make one myself. Thanks for sharing

Erin West said...

I am your new reader. This is amazing. I can't wait to see what you have planned next. My husband has a couple of old tires waiting to be hauled off that I have my sights set on now. Thanks!

AKmissesYOU said...

AMAZING.

Kaela said...

What an awesome idea!!! I can't wait to try it myself! Thanks for sharing it!

Kristin O'Leary said...

This is truly amazing! Girl...I don't even want to know how long that took! So detailed and time consuming, but sure beats the original price. Found you from MBC and decided to come check you out.
I'm doing a giveaway for a blog banner design if you're interested.
Head over to http://olearyva.blogspot.com
I can't wait to see what else you post.
New follower.

Sue London said...

That is one of the coolest DIY/recycle projects I've ever seen. Good job!

Anonymous said...

love it i think it is so awesome!

Loki Bussey said...

Just when my little creative mind was at a road block... here you go giving me another project! Thank you. I'm trying this soon as I'm finish rearranging my craft room. ;)
And for Magdalen... Maybe try using Gorilla glue. It may not weaken due to air conditions. *just a thought*
Nee

Meu cantinho said...

Parabéns, adorei seu trabalho, que belo exemplo.

Vanessa said...

Awesome! Well done and a great idea! I'll soon do mine, without the legs :)

Anonymous said...

I went home and made this - with one minor change.... 1000 little crazy glues would drive me up the wall... I used contact cement. Presto! instant ottoman, fantastic! Thanks :) Kendaree

Catherine Lewis-Brown said...

I love that!!

designsbypatricia said...

I wonder if E6000 would work on this. I don't like super glue very much. It has let me down in the past. Except on my fingers.

Cyndy said...

Wow... totally impressed. Does not look homemade at all. Super glue doesn't necessarily degrade. I have coffee mugs that I superglued the handles back on 25 years ago and put in the dishwasher probably 1000+ times and they are still attached. I realize that is not the same as rope, but I'm sure it could be reglued if needed.

Good Luck and can't wait to see more...

laine tsunaami said...

I love it!

ToughieMama said...

Saw this on pinterest. Awesome idea! I have about 12 tires sitting in my backyard left by the previous owners of my house and I have been trying to figure out what to do with them. I may have to try this idea! :)

DJDabney said...

I like the way you think! I saw this link the other day shared on a facebook page and when I went back i could not find it, saw it again today and came back for a second look, very creative, bet it is way bigger than the original, I will be back!

Nill Dumont said...

Nossa!!! Muito legal os seu trabalhos!!! Sou um reciclador também e adorei as suas idéias. Parabéns!!!
Nill Dumont
www.bamboozeira.blogspot.com

Rosemary said...

Uauu adorei ,Muito obrigada por nos enviar passo a passo.Parabéns !bjs

Anonymous said...

I don't speak english. I'm from Brazil. (Achei lindo seu puf de pneu e corda, mas não entendi alguns detalhes e as explicações estão em inglês. Gosto muito de reciclagem. Abraços. Graça.)

Shelley Travell said...

This is stunning...and I am so going to do the same! Thanks for sharing the idea and great instructions and photos. By the way, the chairs you paired this with are great too! Where'd ya get 'em?

Mark E Tisdale said...

Wow! Truly inspired! Saw this on Addicted 2 Decorating and had to see how it was done! Really cool!

Erika said...

This is amazing! So creative!

Sylvar Wolfe said...

here is just a thought about changing the colours of the rope, and still keeping as natural as possible~~ regular orange pekoe tea bags will turn the rope a lovely shade of brown... darker if left in to soak longer; purples from beet juice; yellow from turmeric (this WILL stain your fingers and counter tops too!) carrot juice for orange colours. I used to dye butcher twine and wrap differently shaped wine bottles to make exquisite candle holders and vases, using plain white craft glue to hold the twines in place. Your idea of the tire table/ottoman is great! Using small wheelbarrow tires would make awesome planters for the house as accent pieces to go with the ottoman if you wanted to carry the same throughout the living room. Line with inside of the wheel with an empty milk jug cut down to size! ~~just a few ideas to share!~~

la casa de be said...

I think it's wonderful and a very spectacular idea!!
thanks for it,
be

Lisa said...

OM - goodness - would never have believed this was a tire. What a creative lady you are!!! Bravo, Lisa

cathy said...

Fabulous!! Only thing I would add is a plexi-glass or glass top!!

Cheap Camping Equipment said...

This is just amazing I understand your hankering, love it and I have to give it a go. Any ideas that can be used for cheap camping equipment would be much appreciated.

Alê said...

Congratulations on creativity, beautiful!

Família Quadrangular Santanense said...

Parabéns, pelo seu trabalho e criatividade muito lindo mesmo.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!! So sad I missed seeing how she was made though, Shipping to Australia would be almost as much as the original lol

Grammy Trucker said...

Incredible use for saving an old tire! It is really very nice. What an imagination to come up with the idea and have it turn out so beautifully. I noticed some comments of concern about 'wet spills' and had a thought. You might try it on some of the scrap rope to see if it is applicable. I use "Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer by Plaid" to seal my oil paintings. I don't see why you could not use it, maybe 2-3 coats of the spray would seal the rope preventing liquid penetration and it would be totally invisible. It comes in Gloss, Semi Gloss and Matt and available at most hobby shops. You might even find something similar at Home Depot or Lowe's maybe even WalMart. I would also look in those stores for a sealant to prevent tire fumes from permeating the house.

GE Ibiraguaçu - 150 - SP said...

it´s amazing, can you tell me what did you used to fix the rope/string on the tire ?

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this! Renters left about 100 different size tires, looked for crafts, since there is no market for used tires...u pay to get them picked up..tried making flower pots of them, enjoyed this..however, got bored...now I decided to make a small cabana feel on one end of my porch..and viola! You have inspired me! I just do not know how to make the top....thank you for being sooooo crafty!

Melanie said...

WOW, that is really there is to say!!!! WOW!!!!

Thaíz Martins said...

It's amazing. My cats will love it.. I'm from Brazil, I have 3 cats, and I did, I don't know how explain, I make an object where they scratch. I'm architect and I love it what you made, It's beautiful for home and it's ecologic.Good job.

Thaíz Martins said...

Beautiful job!!! I'm architect and cat lover, my cats would love it. I'd like to know the step by step, sorry my English. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Did you use hemp or bamboo rope? Maybe think of using a completely renewable sources

ymara said...

I love it!!!Congrats!!!

Danny said...

Good day ... I wonder how do I get to the step by step to make the tire flip puff? is that you could pass me by e-mail? I am Brazilian and I really liked the idea ..
Thank you.

dny_jf@hotmail.com

Danielly Araújo

Patricia said...

Congratulations! This is awesome! Great Idea!!!! But I live in South America not in the US, so I wouldn't be able to buy it online. I would very much appreciate if you sent me step-by-step instructions if that's not a problem. My email: patriciae52@gmail.com
Patricia

Jan said...

Nikki, I pinned this as soon as I saw it and my husband brought me home a low profile to use but when I went back to get all the details they were gone???? OH NO ! ! I know that you used loads of super glue, 9 bags of rope, two circle cut from plywood and screwed into the tire and three legs with hardware but would love to get the detailed description again. Not bad from memory though huh? Could you please email me the details. primitivejan@gmail.com I would so so appreciate it if you would. I was wondering though if you couldn't use gorilla glue instead of the super glue due to the large amount that you had to use or did you use the superglue because it dried fast??? Thank you so much,
Jan

Mónica said...

I love your idea!! Congrats! Can you tell me how do you make the top? I want make one for myself :) Tks!!

Luis Valdez said...

Great, great, great job girl ! ! !

Question... How do you do the top?, I missed the step by step :( Pleaaase.

I will do one for myself for sure.

Unknown said...

HELLO FRIEND, I AM FROM VENEZUELA. I loved your project, my question is: HOW DID THE TOP?, And you placed on the inside of the tire. And then if you placed the entire strip you applied some product.

Anonymous said...

Hello can you tell me how to make the center or better yet put a video

QUEL said...

Oi, gostaria de saber como é feita a parte de cima do puf. Quero fazer, tenho 4 pneus de Land Rover na varanda do meu apartamento e gostaria de reaproveita-los. Você me indica um site onde consigo o passo a passo? Entrei no www.homeattire.net, mas não abre. Obrigada.

S+P studio & photo said...

mmm ya no alcance a ver el preoceso estoy en mexico y quisiera tener uno por fvor me puedes enviar como hacerlo a mi
mmm and could not see the preoceso'm in Mexico and would like to have one I can send as fvor do it my emailemail ariday_bunny@yahoo.com.mx

Christopher Badot said...

Hi Nikki,

Very creative. Now you've got me thinking of other things to recycle/upcycle. I was even thinking how cool it would be to have a nice round piece of glass on it and use it as a cool coffee table or side table.......thanks for the inspiration! X0

Ana de Geo said...

Hi, Nikki!
I'm your new follower. I found a fantastic tire recycling. Congrats.
I'm Brazilian, and I do not speak English, but I intend to come often to your blog.
Kisses!

Ana de Geo said...

Hi, Nikki!
I'm your new follower. I found a fantastic tire recycling. Congrats.
I'm Brazilian, and I do not speak English, but I intend to come often to your blog.
Kisses!

Fábio Zanatta said...

I'm sorry but i can't agree with you that you should remove your idea from your blog and sell it. We're capitalists, I understand. But saying that you care about the environment just because you are using an old tire to perform this project, sorry but you're fooling yourself. How do you expect that people start helping each other everyday, more and more, if there's always someone that takes advantage of the situation? We're all the same, we share the same world. Share the idea, spread it to the entire globe. Let everybody knows that YOU helped the world for real! With no other intention, just because you wanted to. For example, I'm from a different country, so even if I wanted, I can't buy it. Also, I won't spread it, because your idea worth nothing for me... Does it make sence? Is it just an old utopia? Or maybe, maybe if we change our actions, we can change the world? I would love if you could take only a few minutes to think about that! As i said, I understand why you are selling the idea. I just can't agree with that. Thanks for your time! I'm sorry for the long post, but i really needed to say all this to you! :)

Regina said...

Oi! vc pode passar o material e o passo a passo.
Adorei a ideia
grata
Regina

TammieRD said...

Wow I saw this when I was pinning and what a great job.
Way to go girl.

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Nikki said...

Great conversation with Fabio over email. I appreciate everyone's comments and thoughts. Fabio, thanks for having such an open mind!I'm meeting people from all over the world through this blog. Amazing!

Kathryn Cain said...

shut the front door, this is most inventive...make over i have ever seen, I have done some crazy, but this is way cool....via lowes pinboard

Luli said...

Adorei a ideia!!!!

20 Purls said...

What a wonderful idea. I would definitely try it if I wasn't downsizing. But I will check out your store!

Janelle said...

Hi Nikki,
I just found you thru Infarrantly Creative on fb and immediately joined your blog! This ottoman is INCREDIBLE, and I truly think it looks every bit as good, or better, than the original!!!
I've been wanting the same thing, only in a huge square shape...know where I can find a tire like that?? ;)

Sassss said...

Wow! Just. WOW! I SO love this! I found you via Apartment Therapy, and HAD to follow your link. This is 'upcycling' at its very, VERY BEST!

Tru Leigh said...

Did you put something in the middle, like a round piece plywood? What keeps it from caving in?

Artesanato do gonçalão said...

Olá Nikki você é linda você é o maximo , parabéns pelo trabalho

Nicole Melton said...

I just want to say that this is unbelievably awesome and congrats to you!!! I so so so love that you created something so functional and impressive!!! I can't wait to see all the things that you have in store! You have a brand new follower.

Nicole :-)

Anonymous said...

I tried to order the directions...it took my payment but did not give me the directions...what's up with this? I think you are brilliant to have came up with the idea. My e-mail is mommyof3986@att.net, can you send me the directions? candi

Nikki said...

Candi, I sent you an email with the instructions. I also reported the issue to Lulu Support and they sent back an explanation. I sent that to you as well. Enjoy your ottoman and let me know how it turns out!

~Nikki

Sharla said...

For anyone that does not want to make it, it is for sale on JossandMain today for $107!!!

https://www.jossandmain.com/productdetail.php?eventid=2111&prsku=CURB1047&referrerid=337681

Nikki said...

Thanks for sharing Sharla...I think. The Joss and Main ottoman is a lighter weight piece that is mass produced rather than handmade. And, it didn't used to be a forgotten tire that rolled into your life and longed for a loving home (ok, I may be spending too much time with tires). Anyway, I may be biased, obviously, but I like the Ottire better. Here's my shameless plug: If you would rather not get the $2.99 instructions or make your own,you can order a soon to be released Ottire, handmade by me from http://www.homeattire.net/ (Store will launch later this month). The Ottires won't be $107 (remember, they're handmade and unique), but they'll be less than comparable ottomans made in China. (Shweee...Entreprenuership is no joke!)
Have a Happy One,
~Nikki

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

This is amazing! I can't believe my eyes. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Shavonda said...

Hi there. Ive just discovered you through Centsational Girl. This is pure genious! Love it. Hitting the subscribe button right now. Thanks for sharing.

lucila cabrera said...

muy bonita idea

Consuela said...

This looks fantastic. You are a genius!

Heather said...

OH MY WORD!!!!! WOW is all I can say!!! I am amazed and I SO want to do this! Thank you so much for posting this. I am loving all the home improvement projects that I find on blogs. SO much fun!

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Anonymous said...

Awesome

Heather Sitton said...

You ate talented Nikki! Since seeing your post on Pinterest, I have been on the lookout for my perfect size tire. I finally found a local shop that will give em to me for free! So I will be tackling this fabulous ottoman real soon. I love, love, love the chevron look! I would love to know how you make the design on plywood if you can share some tips. I hope you've had some buyers because you deserve it! They are gorgeous! Thank you. :)

Krystal Valencia said...

Love this idea, want to make one bit with cloth... have a few ideas on how to... just how did you do your Top get that nice look???

Anonymous said...

Great that you had a fun idea. Sad that everything these days has to be about making money and that what once you gave away as a fun craft person's idea on how to be a good recycler, you are now charging to view. I guess greed is everywhere

SANDY HOLLY said...

I really love the tire ottoman, but I think it sucks you stopped showing us how to DIY because you want to sell them. I still cant afford your price either. Wow, I guess money is the most important thing here. Well Ill figure out the tire thing all by myself. Very selfish of you.

Nikki said...

Hi Sandy.

Thanks for your comments. I actually don't think I'm selfish for choosing to want to start a business that I can call my own with an idea that I, on my own, came up with. Nor do I think it's selfish to have something that my children can be proud of me for. And they are very proud of me. It's not very fair to assume that I am selfish without knowing the full story for my choice to try to earn money. Am I unemployed, am I trying to do what I can to pay my mortgage, am I raising money for something I believe in? These are not questions that you asked, but to answer the one question you did ask, no, money is not the most important thing here. But, whether we want to accept it or not, the world we live in does require money. I can make no apologies for what is a fact.

I'm sure that you'll be able to figure out how to make the ottoman, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying mine and the growing number of people who have made or purchased one are enjoying theirs. Believe it or not, I've actually gotten tons of comments from people all over the world who were thankful for my willingness to even share my idea alone.

Wishing you all the best,

~Nikki

Anonymous said...

Unless you have two blogs, some other blog might have used your pics without giving you proper credit... you might want to start watermarking your photos... http://recycledawblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-tire-ottoman.html

I love your idea, and your work is flawless!!

Anonymous said...

Nikki,
I found your ottoman by chance on Pinterest. Love the idea, and although I am not a tree hugger (hate that term), I appreciate the idea of saving a tire from the landfill. I also believe every little idea helps ensure a better place for our descendents.
The Ottoman is gorgeous. I would love to try your idea, but I'm a little skeptical of my own potential.
Jackie M.

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Ross Taylor said...

Nice Idea!!! Very Creative. I am so delight you took this pictures of the process. I could not believe it. Thanks for sharing such a creative post. I will also try this for my ottoman.

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Anonymous said...

Its funny that you created this ottaman because you didn't want to pay high dollar for the designer version then you turn around take down the instructions, start charging for them and then start selling the ottomans on an over priced website. Way to sell out.

Bhushan sawant said...

Hi,

Very creative post. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with pictures. Even i am going to try this out. Excellent piece of art work with a tyres .

Thanks again for sharing. :)

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Anonymous said...

Could it be done with an inflatable pool tube?

C. Anne Morgan said...

I saw your ottoman on Pinterest, and, like just about everybody, I was very impressed with your talent and the product you've produced. More awesome: the fact that you've decided to take a truly awesome idea and turn it into a business. Way to go!

However, I am extremely disappointed over a couple of things going on here; namely, the fact that you are trying to fund your business off of your fellow eco-crafting community members. Now, there's nothing wrong with selling your step-by-step instructions... IF they weren't so vague with portions of the instructions deleted. This is not being kind to a community that has, clearly, spread your idea and message worldwide. If you're going to charge for your instructions, they should, at least, be detailed and complete.

But, alas, they are not. No, you are monetizing via incomplete instructions, formatting the file in such a way that virtually no one can even open it without special software, and none of that is fair to a community who has helped you out, clearly, quite a lot.

In my opinion, you should completely rewrite this blog post with just links to your business, as promising step-by-step instructions for free on this page is, at best, misleading; at worse, it is patently fraud. Further, directing DIY-ers to Lulu to download instructions for a fee when you've deliberately left out many of the steps is, absolutely fraud.

Funding your endeavors is difficult, I know, because I have done it, also unemployed, but defrauding and misleading your own community is repugnant. If this page really is that popular, consider Pay-Per-Impression or Pay-Per-Click advertising, which is far more lucrative than defrauding people, and won't get you in trouble later.

I sort of get why you keep this page as though there is free information to do this project yourself: because it IS really that popular and it gets you visits to the site where you sell your own creations. Great. But then CHARGING for the information is just plain WRONG.

To make this right, you either need to only have links to your store and state that you are selling them and don't want copycats to devalue your idea (which is sort of hypocritical given that your idea came from someone else and not wanting to pay for designer retail furniture)... or you need to put back all your instructions for free and monetize via PPI or PPC advertising. After all, you did it first, you'll do it the best, right? Or you can delete this post entirely and advertise your furniture for sale site.

Anything else - especially leaving this as-is - is fraud, plain and simple.

Best wishes with your endeavors, and good luck with your business.

Nikki said...

Hi Anne,

Thanks for your comments and your very passionate concerns.

The instructions that are in the rights managed e-book on Lulu and on Amazon are the very same instructions that were posted on the blog when I initially posted them; nothing deleted. They are the same instructions that others used to make their ottomans and then wrote to share pictures and express their thanks for giving clear instructions. They are in fact the same instructions that others commented that they would be copying to sell as their own.

Lulu does require a version of Adobe to be downloaded to protect the digital rights of authors who use their site. For the number of people who have posted that they couldn't or didn't want to download the software required by Lulu there have been double that number of people who have successfully downloaded and followed the instructions to make their ottomans. Unfortunately, the people who usually leave public reviews of any product are typically those who didn't have a good experience. Companies rarely see public comments from satisfied customers. Kind of unfair, but I get it.

My blog does not in any way promise free instructions and is certainly not fraudulant. Your opinion is that I should link to my online store from my blog...and I do.

What I will do is make sure that anyone who visits my blog knows that if they decide to pay the $2.99 for the ebook on Lulu, they will have to download software in order to view the book. The $1.00 that I profit from the book is in no way funding the costs involved in maintaining an online business, so rest assured that I am not defrauding people and making off like a bandit on an idea that is indeed mine.

Again, thanks for your comments and concern.

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Nikki,
I found your blogpost about your ottoman this morning via HomeTalk and agree with what others have said: I like yours better than the original. I purchased the PDF instructions. I was able to figure out the way you laid out the design on my own without too much trouble. I did have a question about the final wrapping though. After laying out the design on top, where did you start to do the final wrapping, at the point you started initially on the side of the tire (and then working in) or did you start along the edge of the ends of the top design and work back toward the sides of the tire? Thanks!

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How can I find you on Pinterest and/or Facebook?

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Whitney Williams said...

That's really a tire?? That's crazy! I want to do something like that with the used tires in Calgary that I find. So cool, thanks for sharing!

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You know its a great idea but Damn you for making me pay for instructions...some green queen you are your a sell out...way to go with the great idea...i don't need instructions I'll figure it out...

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This is a fabulous DIY! I am going to purchase the plans as soon as I find me the perfect tire! Thank you creative juices flowing.

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Thanks for the inspiration. Seeing your ottoman made me want to make a smaller version with fun fabric for my son. It's more of a small stool but definately a one of a kind. Thanks so much.
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Great post, thanks for sharing. i love the footstool. It is a great shape and is really stylish.

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Ola Nikki ... sou a Adriana do Brazil e amei o seu trabalho, é realmente tudo muito lindo ! Parabêns por você tomar essa iniciativa em reciclar.

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Muito legal. Putz! Agora já sei o que fazer com meus pneus. (Cool. Now I know what to do with my old pneus).
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To keep hot glue from melting rubber put it on the rope. Excellent piece.
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Saw the diy tire ottoman on pinterest. What a beautiful transformation and another object saved from the landfill.

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Wow that is so cool! I'll have to visit my local garbage dump in Toronto and see what I can get!

Korca Girl said...

I'm just trying to figure out how u did the top part......somehow I don't understand

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That looks like a great set of tires. I doubt they are always that nice.

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OMG...!!This is just the AWESOMEST DIY ever! That too from old tires..!! WOW!!! Totally totally in love with it and cant wait to try make it myself.

Can you please lemme know the kind of glue you've used?

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I have been looking everywhere here in Ontario for an ottoman like this....It is a wonderful
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I absolutely love this tire ottoman. I love this so much I would like to make one myself :) I have a couple questions. Approximately how many feet of rope did you use to cover both tires (not including the top)? And you said you used hot glue to glue the rope on the tire? Thank you and great idea I love it!!!

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Hi Nikki,
It's coooolllll!!!!!!!!!
I like your creativity.
I tried one with cloth and filled with poly-fill before seeing your's.
The problem is it's not firm(not able to sit). Will you be able to give me an idea to correct this.
Thanks

ARTE-SAR said...

Hola, me encanto la otomana, sencillamente ¡¡¡hermosa!!! felicitaciones.
gracias por compartir, acabo de encontrar tu blog y me suscribo, quiero seguirte en tus maravillosas creaciones. muy bien explicado solo quisiera preguntar como hiciste la tapa? pasaste por debajo la cuerda ? o va toda trabajada por encima?. Ojala puedas contestar pues ya tengo bastante avanzado.
Muchas gracias, saludos desde chile.

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It's the kind of ottoman that you just want to sit and stare at for at least two hours with a glass of cold milk and a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies while your husband sits across from you nodding in amazement and approval. car tire pressure gauge

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Glenda Barnett said...

I love this idea. I have wanted to buy an ottoman for a long time but they are so expensive. Thanks for the tips! I'm doing this this weekend.

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Could you please explain how to make the pattern part on top of the ottoman?

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Super idea and fabulous end product. I have 3 huge tractor-trailer tires in my side yard and was wondering what size the tire you used was? Thank you

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