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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.
  • diy toy shelves from a used tire, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
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.
  • diy toy shelves from a used tire, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
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.
  • diy toy shelves from a used tire, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
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.
  • diy toy shelves from a used tire, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
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.
  • diy toy shelves from a used tire, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas
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

Got a question about this project?

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY

    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 Coraopolis, PA

    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

    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

  • Dlynn8752
    Dlynn8752 Montgomery, TX

    I would use this to grow spices in my garden.

  • Marlene Murray

    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

    • Johnna E. Nonboe

      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

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