1. News
  2. Interviews

Creative mum reveals amazing coffee table she created using old tyres and string

  • Alicia Mellor, 48, creates unique coffee tables and lamps using tyres and string
  • Alicia spends just £6 to £35 on each creation and sources most materials for free
  • Alicia offers tips to get stringing, which she says helps with anxiety
Image

If you have random bits and bobs lying around your house or garden that you just don’t know what to do with, take a leaf out of this resourceful woman’s book.

Alicia Mellor, a 48-year-old mum of two and events organiser from South Yorkshire, creates stunning one-of-a-kind household pieces such as coffee tables and lamps for a fraction of their usual cost using unwanted items such as tyres and string.

Alicia told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “It all started with two old lamps and some garden string! I’ve always been crafty, so I thought I’d string wrap them to give them a revamp.

"I had loads of time on my hands so this then led to me making more things. It’s so therapeutic and such an easy thing to do. Soon I had all my friends, family and colleagues stringing everything in sight!

Image

"That led me to an old tyre I had lying around. My husband laughed when I said I was going to string it and make a table, but several hours later I had one natural jute twined tyre.

"I haven’t bought anything other than the string and a glass top. I just used a giant plate for my Moroccan style table, and an old recycled garden table for the grey feng shui table.

"The bottom is just a tyre cut in half and turned upside down, and I then sparkle sprayed it.

"This then had everyone dropping me their old tyres off to see what I could do. It’s amazing what you have lying around that you can recycle.

Image

“For example, I used a fur throw I had and made a footstool. I already had some MDF so I got my old jigsaw out and cut two circles for the base and top, glued it together and popped some legs on, which you can get from ebay really cheaply.”

Alicia says creating these one-of-a-kind items are the perfect distraction during lockdown.

"It’s been amazing creating beautiful things with almost all recycled things and online ordering,” Alicia adds.

“My friends have messaged me saying how just stringing a wine bottle has given them a hobby and helped with their anxiety!

Image

“I just love crafting and making new things. I recently left my career at Tesco to pursue my dream of doing small weddings and baby showers but before I got chance to get out there, Covid-19 hit us.

"Luckily I had taken a small merchandising job to fall back on but I'm sure I’ll get back out there when this is all over.

"I spend between £6 to £35 on each tyre creation and I source most of my stuff for free.

"I look on Facebook Marketplace or I simple ask friends and family if they have what I need - for example, with the bistro table top on my grey feng shui table, someone was throwing it away because the legs were broken but I didn’t need those so it was perfect for the job.

Image

"My advice would be to start small with jars and wine bottles, and you learn your own technique that way. I use a glue gun but just a tube of superglue will get you started.

"I’m self taught but I’m sure there are tutorials on YouTube - that’s my go to place when I want to do anything!

"My motto is keep calm and get stringing!”

Image

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Many of us have been feeling anxious since the onset of coronavirus, so Alicia’s motto makes a lot of sense!

“Getting involved in a crafty pursuit such as this isn’t just great for your brain, but will also mean you’ve got one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories for your home that you’ve made yourself!"

What to read next?

Comments+20 points
Advertisement
Thomas18

Really nice 😍 I wish I had some diy skills to do something half as nice as this

Like
Reply
Want deals & discounts automatically?
+100 bonus points!
Latest Deals Browser Extension
Latest Deals Mobile App
  • Download our app
  • 1,000+ new deals every day
  • Earn free Amazon vouchers
  • Daily deal alerts - never miss the best offers!
  • Download the Latest Deals iOS AppDownload the Latest Deals Android App
Latest Deals
Disclaimer

The content on Latest Deals is a combination of information submitted by members of the public and the Latest Deals team. Whilst we make every effort to try and ensure genuine, accurate content we cannot guarantee it. Please always carry out your own due diligence and double check the details of an offer on the retailer's own website.

How this site works
  • To cover the site's running costs, Latest Deals uses affiliate links.
  • If you click on a link to an external website and make a purchase, Latest Deals may earn a commission.
  • We allow deals to be shared on Latest Deals irrelevant of whether or not they generate us money. Our #1 concern is helping you save money.
  • If you have any questions about how the site works, drop us a message. We're always happy to help.
Copyright © 2024 Latest Deals Limited
Registered in England and Wales. Company number 10286141. 124 City Road, London, England, EC1V 2NX
We value your privacy

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our website with improved customisation, analytics & advertising (inc. personalisation). You can read our full cookie policy. Please either , or .