DIY Boa Pouf Dupe: How to Make a Cute Donut Chair

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Sabine Marcelis is one of my favorite designers, but her donut-shaped boa pouf costs $3,600! I’ve been trying to think of a way to make a DIY boa pouf for a long time. Then, I saw an old tire on the street and came up with an idea…

You’ve seen me make a couch out of cardboard and you’ve watched me make a couch out of pool noodles. Now, let’s make a DIY donut chair out of an old tire!

Tools and materials:

  • Old tire
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Foam rolls 2m x 1m (6.5 x 3.3 feet)
  • Staple gun
  • Batting
  • Spray glue
  • Fabric
  • Sewing needle and thread
Boa pouf by Sabine Marcelis

This is the Sabine Marcelis boa pouf that I’ll be recreating.

Cleaning the old tire

1. Clean the tire

First thing first, clean the tire. You’ve no idea where it’s been!

Stapling foam to the tire

2. Staple the foam

Staple the foam rolls to the inside of the tire, as shown.

Cutting the foam roll to size

I found that the best technique was to cut these large pieces into smaller ones, measuring around 40-50cm (15-20 inches) in width.

Adding layers of foam to the tire

3. Add more layers

Just keep adding more layers of foam. We’re aiming for a thickness of around 35cm (13¾ inches) for the boa pouf to be comfy enough to sit on.

As the inside of the tire is smaller than the outside, there may be a gap when you do one layer. Just cover it with the layer on top.

Stapling further inside the tire

Also, as the thickness builds up, you won’t be able to staple the layers on top of each other, so you will need to staple each layer further inside the tire. Make sure you leave enough room for that.

Cutting a triangle shape in the foam

Of course, now that I’m halfway through the project, I figure out an easier way to do it. Cut a triangle in the middle of the foam, as shown above.

Closing the triangle gap

When you close the gap…

How to create a curve with the foam

…it creates a curve.

So, staple one side of the triangle to the inside of the tire, then staple the other side next to it to get the right shape.

Spraying the DIY boa pouf with glue

4. Add a layer of batting

When making my own furniture, I often skip this step because I’m lazy, but this time, I don’t want the uneven lines from the foam rolls to show through the fabric. So, I’m adding an extra layer of batting.

Spray the donut chair with a generous layer of spray glue, then wait 30 seconds.

Gluing the layer of batting to the donut chair

Adhere the layer of batting to the donut chair. Go all around the donut, then cut off the excess.

Flipping and spraying the donut chair

Flip the donut chair, then do the same on the other side.

How to make a boa pouf dupe

This is what your boa pouf should look like so far!

Sewing the fabric cover

5. Sew the fabric cover in place

Ok, now for the part I like the least. I’m horrible at sewing, so I’m going to do this the easiet way possible. Wrap the fabric around the donut and hand-sew it in place. Even if your sewing is as bad as mine, it will be hidden in the middle of the donut!

How to make a donut chair

DIY boa pouf dupe

DIY boa pouf dupe

This is honestly the comfiest thing I’ve ever sat on! I made this DIY boa pouf, inspired by the great Sabine Marcelis, for only $100, which is a saving of $3,500!

What do you think of this cute donut chair? Let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

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