A thrifty mother has told how she 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 Mellor, 48, from South Yorkshire, says she started her favourite pastime hobby 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,’ said the mother-of-two, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
‘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!’
The savvy mother makes everything from coffee tables (pictured) and lamps for a fraction of their usual cost
Alicia used a fur throw and some MDF that she already had to create this stylish footstool to match her chair (pictured)
Alicia Mellor (pictured), 48, from South Yorkshire, creates stunning one-of-a-kind household pieces using unwanted items such as tyres and string
Alicia, an events organiser, went on to say that this led her to an old tyre she 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,’ she explained.
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.
‘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.
The mother-of-two got an old jigsaw out, cut two circles for the base and top, glued it together and popped some legs on to create an impressive footstool (pictured)
While Alicia is self-taught, she says that she watches tutorials on YouTube when she wants to learn a skill. Pictured, one of the mother-of-two’s unique coffee tables
Alicia says ‘it’s amazing what you have lying around that you can recycle.’ Pictured, a tyre wrapped in string, before it’s transformed into a coffee table
Alicia spends between £6 to £35 on each tyre creation – and sources most of her stuff for free. Pictured, one of her finished coffee tables
Alicia believes creating one-of-a-kind items are the perfect distraction during lockdown. Pictured, one of the savvy mother’s creations
‘It’s been amazing creating beautiful things with almost all recycled things and online ordering,’ she explained.
‘My friends have messaged me saying how just stringing a wine bottle has given them a hobby and helped with their anxiety.’
‘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.
Alicia spends between £6 to £35 on each tyre creation – and sources most of her stuff for free.
For anyone keen to follow in her creative footsteps, Alicia (pictured) advises starting small with jars and wine bottles to learn the technique
The thrifty homeowner says her passion for DIY started with two old lamps and some garden string. Pictured, left, before the revamp and right, after
‘I look on Facebook Marketplace or I simply ask friends and family if they have what I need,’ she said. ‘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.
‘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 to keep calm and get stringing!’
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk commented: ‘Many of us have been feeling anxious since the onset of coronavirus, so Alicia’s motto makes a lot of sense: keep calm and get stringing.
‘I absolutely love this. I often see random tyres along the street or tossed out somewhere. It’s so bad for the environment. Now, you can pick them up and turn them into stunning coffee tables. Genius!’