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Easy DIY Toy Shelves Using a Tire

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On our blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams , I came up with an idea that doesn't blow the budget and it is eco-friendly. Besides, according to the guys at our house, it's really cool.
We use our tire shelf for toy storage in our outdoor play area. I think it would be awesome outside on the patio with summer necessities, too. All you need is a leftover tire, a little wood, screws, primer and paint. And no, it's not difficult to make.
Give your old tire a good scrubbing first and let it dry.
For the middle board, measure the diameter of the inside circle and add 2" to each side. For the top and bottom boards, use the inside center circle diameter. Using a miter saw for cutting the shelves is a lot quicker, but you could use a handsaw.
Take your center board and wedge it into the tire. Repeat with the top and bottom boards.
Use a metal drill bit and predrill through the side of the tire and into the boards, using a bit slightly smaller than the screw size. This will keep the wood from splitting.
If you want the shelves and tire the same color, you can assemble now. If you would like the shelves a different color, disassemble and prime everything separately.
Spray tire and shelves with primer (do two coats). Once it is dry, spray paint the tire and shelves (ours needed two coats).
When paint is thoroughly dry, reassemble.
That's it! You're ready to do a little organizing now. Or maybe you'll gift it. Wouldn't this be a super present for that grad who is asking for a set of wheels? :)

Materials I used for this project:

  • 1 auto tire
  • 1 8' 1X6 pine board (not pressure treated and if you have wood scraps that are the right size for
  • 12 #6X1" panhead screws
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To see more: http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/party-crafts-and-diy/diy-toy-shelves-from-a-used-tire

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 1, 2016

    This is such a phenomenal idea! So much fun for a kids room. I bet tons of people will be saving this. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth
    on Apr 2, 2016

    This is absolutely awesome! My boys are all too big now (sigh) but I do have little nephews who would love this!

  • Johnna E. Nonboe
    Johnna E. Nonboe Denmark
    on Apr 3, 2016

    Realy a fine and creative idea - but take care and use 'the inside of your head' ... this is not to be a spoiler - but a friendly warning - you have to watch for toxic fumes when you take @ 'outside-purpose-rubber' into your home ... some types are surely not healthy to breathe ... This idea would definately be very nice outside for small potted plants ;-)

  • Dlynn8752
    Dlynn8752 Montgomery, TX
    on Apr 3, 2016

    I would use this to grow spices in my garden.

  • Marlene Murray
    Marlene Murray
    on Apr 3, 2016

    Cute but would never use for kids...even after scrubbing : " The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) conducted three laboratory studies in 2007 to investigate the potential health risks to children from playground surfaces made from recycled tires. One study evaluated the level of chemicals released that could cause harm to children after they have had contact with loose tire shreds, either by eating them or by touching them and then touching their mouth. The other two studies looked at the risk of injury from falls on playground surfaces made from recycled tires compared to wood chips, and whether recycled tire shreds could contaminate air or water.[4] It would not be ethical to ask children to eat tire shreds, so the researchers created chemical solution that mimicked the conditions of a child’s stomach and placed 10 grams of tire shreds in it for 21 hours at a temperature of 37°C. Researchers then measured the level of released chemicals in the solution and compared them to levels EPA considered risky. The study also mimicked a child touching the tire shreds and then touching her mouth by wiping recycled tire playground surfaces and measuring chemical levels on the wipes. To evaluate skin contact alone, the researchers tested guinea pigs to see if rubber tire playground samples caused any health problems. This study assumed that children would be using the playground from the ages of 1 through 12. Results of the OEHHA studies showed that a single incident of eating or touching tire shreds would probably not harm a child’s health, but repeated or long-term exposure might. Five chemicals, including four PAHs, were found on wipe samples. One of the PAHs, “chrysene,” was higher than the risk level established by the OEHHA, and therefore, could possibly increase the chances of a child developing cancer. [4]"

    • Johnna E. Nonboe
      Johnna E. Nonboe Denmark
      on Apr 5, 2016

      Excactly what I was afraid of when I commented just a while ago. Thanks for the documentation. I know for sure that bicycle-tire rubber isn't good for jewelry, either, because of toxic contents - but a lot of ppl use it anyway ... that's a pitty and a bit scaring, too.

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