Kick Up Your Feet With This DIY Indigo Rope Ottoman

Can you believe this ottoman is made from an old tire?

By: Rebecca Ridner

Indigo is everywhere these days, and this bohemian-blue look is popping up on everything from dresses to couches. You may have already incorporated it into your wardrobe, but here's a simple way to bring it into your home. The best part? This ottoman will make a statement on your porch or in your living room.

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Summer is in full swing and indigo is everywhere. This bohemian blue look is popping up on everything from dresses to couches. You may have already incorporated it into your wardrobe but here is a simple way to bring it into your home. The best part is this ottoman will make a statement on your porch or your living room.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Materials Needed

  • old tire
  • 200-foot cotton clothesline
  • (2) 18" circles cut from 1/4" MDF
  • (8) 1" screws
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • liquid fabric dye
  • paintbrush
  • dropcloth
Indigo Rope Ottoman

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Old Tire 200 ft Cotton Clothesline 2 18” Circles cut from ¼” MDF 8 1” screws Glue gun and lots of glue sticks Liquid Fabric Dye Paint Brush

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Directions

If you don’t have a tire lying around, ask your local tire store for a junk one. The cotton clothesline can be bought by the foot or in 100-foot packages at the hardware store.

First, wipe down the tire and clean it of any major dirt and oil. It will be completely covered with the clothesline, so it doesn’t need to be spotless. Then, using screws, attach the MDF circles to the top and bottom of the tire, covering the holes.

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Wipe down your tire and clean it of any major dirt and oil. It will be completely covered with clothesline so it doesn’t need to be spotless. Using screws, attach the MDF circles to the top and bottom of the tire covering the holes.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Starting on the top center of the circle, glue the clothesline in a tight spiral. Use a good amount of glue and try to not leave any gaps between the rope. Keep adding rope until it reaches the edge, and continue down the sides of the tire. Flip the tire over and add rope until you cover the bottom side.

Mix two capfuls of dye with two cups of hot water. Place the ottoman on a dropcloth. Paint the ottoman with the dye to your preference. You may want to use a few shades of blue but leave areas unpainted for the indigo look. Alternately, you can use plastic squirt bottles to apply dye, giving it more of a tie-dye effect. Let the ottoman dry completely outside.

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Mix 2 capfuls of dye with a 2 cups hot water. Place ottoman on a garbage bag or protective ground covering. Paint the ottoman with the dye to your preference. You may want to use a few shades of blue but leave areas unpainted for the indigo look. Alternately, you can use plastic squirt bottles to apply dye giving it more of a “tie dye effect”. Let the ottoman dry completely outdoors. The cotton is absorbent and we didn’t have any problem with dye transferring but you may want to add a coat of fabric guard.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

The cotton is absorbent, and while I didn’t have any problem with dye transferring, you may want to add a coat of fabric guard.

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Indigo Rope Ottoman

Summer is in full swing and indigo is everywhere. This bohemian blue look is popping up on everything from dresses to couches. You may have already incorporated it into your wardrobe but here is a simple way to bring it into your home. The best part is this ottoman will make a statement on your porch or your living room.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

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