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My children's school wanted outdoor stools and asked me if I could make them some. They wanted something like my ottomans but smaller.

Enter Trishaw tires! In Asian countries Trishaw or Three Wheelers are commonly used for transport. We have loads of Trishaws and hence loads of waste tires! Luckily for me there was a tire shop near my mom's and they happily gave me 24 tires FREE!

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Step 1: Materials

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Now I had to make 6 stools for school and I wanted to make another 2 for me. I seriously couldn't see myself drilling and joining all these tires! My arms would kill me!! So I looked for other options and came across 2 part epoxy glue which also glues rubber. Yipppeee! saved :-D

3 tires per stool

2 part epoxy - I used EPI FIX. I'm sure you could find other options for this in your country.

2" sponge foam

9mm plywood for lid - You could also use the lid of 5L paint buckets. ( I couldn't find any at hand else I would have used it

Leather/ synthetic leather

Heavy duty Stapler Gun

Step 2: Glue it up!

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First you need to give your tires a good wash to remove all the grease and grime.

Now mix your two part glue and apply on the highest point where the tires would meet and stack the other tire. Glue and stack till you get your required height. 3 was just right for me.

Wait for 24-48 hrs. My children put the glued up tires to some tests and it passed :-)

nicolets21 days ago

I will be doing the type with storage inside, and the tires I will most likely be using are a total of 14" high with a diameter of 22.5". So the circumference must be ~71". Do I need a rectangle of fabric measuring 20" by 75", then?

shazni (author)  nicolets21 days ago

First of all I love to be bothered with questions if someone wants help with any project I can help :-)

First- you wanted to know if you need to double up your fabric. Well that depends on your tires. How is the surface of it? is it smooth? If smooth no problem. If not it's best to either glue/staple wadding( used for quilting) or sponge around the tire like shown in my round sofa.

Then you measure the circumference of your tire.

As you are doing with storage measure the height from inside rim all the way out and down the tires plus 3". The circumference 75" is correct. The diameter for the under fabric should be 22".

19" or 20" diameter is fine for the plywood base. Just a couple of inches smaller than the tire diameter :-).

Hope the above helps you, if not please feel free to ask more questions!

BTW I would love to see a picture of your project once compleated :-)

nicolets shazni15 days ago

Thanks for the response!! One more question -- how do I attach the fabric to the tires and wood? Staple gun?

Project is currently on hold because I don't have the tool(s) to cut a circle of plywood. Am looking around the house & garage for items to reuse in its place before I go buy the type of saw I would need. Thinking about using a chair that is similar in shape to this one, though it has a more rounded seat and no legs. I'd glue the seat to the top tire, as well as cushion the seat & back. Trying to figure out how I'd maintain storage capabilities. I don't think velcro would be strong enough to replace epoxy. Maybe use only the seat of the chair...? Thoughts would be appreciated!

Oh, and I will definitely take pictures! :)

shazni (author)  nicolets2 days ago

Sorry for the delay in replying. I seem to have missed it in my email.

If you don't have a stapler you can always use nails.I think it should hold.

if you can't find epoxy to glue the bolt, then use a nut to tighten from under.

And yes, you can use the sest :^)

Hope I helped you :-)

nicolets21 days ago


First off, I love this idea! I'd really love to try it, but I'm having a hard time following the instructions.

I have a few medium sized tires that I'd like to find a use for. I haven't decided upon a height of two or three tires yet. Once I wash them down, glue them together, and test the glue bond, what measurements of fabric should I use? Is it six inches in addition to the height of the cylinder, or should I add more since my tires are bigger? Is it okay to use fabric instead of leather? Should I double up on the fabric since it is somewhat thin? What size should I make the plywood base in relation to the diameter of the tires?

So sorry to bother you with all the questions, but I am completely new to working with tires!

SparkySolar7 months ago

This is so nice,-

Thank you;


shazni (author)  SparkySolar7 months ago
It was my pleasure Rima
cece195510 months ago
Great stools! Although I don't think that I would be able to make them, they are really cool!! Nancy
shazni (author)  cece19557 months ago
Thanks Nancy! Once you try it, you find it not so difficult. I'm positive you can do it :-)

This had to be a winner Shazni :). Congratulations!!!!!

786Ayesha10 months ago

Congratulation! You are in..

shazni (author)  786Ayesha10 months ago

Thanks! I'm really excited :)

Nice use of otherwise Unwanted Products!

shazni (author)  TrollFaceTheMan10 months ago

Oh definitely! Thanks for stopping by :-) would love your votes too!

ttowngirl10 months ago
You could store stuff under the lid!
shazni (author)  ttowngirl10 months ago

yes you could :-) . If you scroll down in the comments you would see a picture of an orange stool I have uploaded. I did that without taking pictures. I have to do another, so once I do I shall add another step if you need it :-)

doodlecraft10 months ago

Wow, amazing! Perfect for outdoor furniture pieces! Probably super heavy too! :)

shazni (author)  doodlecraft10 months ago

Thanks !. Actually it's not so heavy. Trishaw tires are not heavy and it's small. My 11yr old can carry it with no problem, and she is skinny :)

nintenbro6410 months ago
This is really cool it looks great
shazni (author)  nintenbro6410 months ago


summerinhawaii10 months ago
Wow! Great idea... Thanks for sharing
shazni (author)  summerinhawaii10 months ago

Thanks, I'm doing my 2 so that my kids can hide their water guns outside... will see if I can upload it later :-). Here is a pic

HollyMann10 months ago

Great job Shazni!

shazni (author)  HollyMann10 months ago

Thanks a lot Holly :-)

Looking forward to your votes ;-)

mia615200410 months ago
Love it
shazni (author)  mia615200410 months ago

Thank you! Looking forward to your vote :-)

blissful201510 months ago

so pretty and whimsical! love love!!

shazni (author)  blissful201510 months ago

Thank you! :-)

lindarose9210 months ago

How cool this is!! Great idea! I first saw the photo without looking at the title and I had no idea they were tires. I love the leather you used to cover them :)

shazni (author)  lindarose9210 months ago

Thank you so much Linda! I always look forward to your advise and coments :^D

mia615200410 months ago
786Ayesha10 months ago

My first impression looking at the main picture,I thought it's made out of wood.Ah made out of tuk tuk tyres!Awesome idea and looks neat,but purple is not my color.

shazni (author)  786Ayesha10 months ago

Thanks! Well, purple is the school color and that is what they wanted, so that is what I gave them. :-)

Still, I think it looks nice out doors :-)

This is amazing work Shazni. Very well done. I loved the purple color tapestry :)

shazni (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya10 months ago

Thank you so much Tarun!