Next time you see an old car tire next to the street, get a sheet from this resourceful women’s book.
Alicia Mellor, a 48-year-old mother of two and event organizer from South Yorkshire, creates stunning, unique household items such as coffee tables and lamps for a fraction of their usual cost using unwanted items such as ties and wire.
Alicia told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk “It all started with two old lamps and a garden cord! I’ve always been sly, so I thought I’d wrap them up to give them a makeover.
“I had a lot of time in my hands, so this led to me making more things. It’s so therapeutic and so easy to do. Soon all my friends, family and colleagues had everything in sight!
“That brought me to an old band I had lying around. My husband laughed when I said I would string it and make a table, but a few hours later I had a natural jute band.
“I bought nothing but the string and a glass top. I only used a giant plate for my Moroccan table and an old recycled garden table for the gray feng shui table.
“The bottom is just a band cut in half and turned upside down, and then I sprayed it with a spark.
“This made everyone drop me off their old tires to see what I could do. It’s amazing what you have lying around that you can recycle.
‘For example, I used a fur blanket I had and made a footstool. I already had some MDF so I took out my old jigsaw and cut two circles for the base and top, glued it together and put some legs on it, which you can get very cheaply from ebay. ‘
Alicia says creating these unique items is the perfect distraction during lockdown.
“It was great to make beautiful things with almost all recycled things and order online,” added Alicia.
“My friends sent me a message saying that stringing a bottle of wine has given them a hobby and helped with their anxiety!
“I just love tinkering 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 a chance to venture out, Covid-19 hit us.
Fortunately, I had taken on a small merchandising job to fall back on, but I am sure I will come back when all this is over.
“I spend between £ 6 and £ 35 making each tire and I buy most of my stuff for free.
“I check Facebook Marketplace to simply ask friends and family if they have what I need – for example, with the bistro table top on my gray feng shui table, someone threw it away because the legs were broken, but I don’t need them, so it was perfect for the job.
‘My advice would be to start small with pots and wine bottles, and that way you learn your own technique. I use a glue gun, but a tube of super glue will get you started.
“I’m self-taught, but I’m sure there are tutorials on YouTube – that’s my favorite place if I want to do something!
“My motto is to keep calm and string!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk notes, “Many of us have been anxious since the onset of the coronavirus, so Alicia’s motto makes sense: keep calm and string.
“I absolutely love it. I often see random tires along the street or somewhere thrown away. It is so bad for the environment. Now you can pick them up and turn them into beautiful coffee tables. Genius!”