Jeff and I were sitting around talking about things I could turn into donuts, as every normal couple does, and he casually goes “tires.” And I was like, “This is why I’m marrying you.” So I’ve officially taken my donut crafting to the next level and decided to give a whole new meaning to those donut spare tires for the perfect April Fools Day prank! I wish Jeff hadn’t thought of this, because it would have been so much more fun to say “I got a flat, so I had to put the donut on…” and have him run out and see this. HA! Or, “I was doing donuts in the parking lot…” Oh the prank possibilities! Here’s how to make it happen.
Cardboard (If I don’t have a box I can re-use, I just buy cardboard sheets at Blick, my local art store, for $1.99.)
Large Sheets of Poster Board or Artist’s Paper for the Frosting (I used one 20×30 sheet for each tire, they were about $2 each.)
Various Colors of Cardstock (Any scrap pieces will work, or grab a multipack at Target or the craft store.)
Box Cutter (Not necessary but makes life WAY easier!)
Double-stick Tape or Glue
Fishing Line + Needle
Total Approximate Cost for Four Wheels: $14 or less!
1. First you need to measure your tire. Or, if you are pulling this prank on someone who’s car you don’t have access too beforehand, do what I did and call the car dealer. This only works if they have the original car tires of course, but hey, it’s a start! Fiat measured a tire in the shop for me and gave me the measurements! CHECK! Then draw out a circle of that size on your cardboard. Mine needed to be 24″ so I made a dot in the center of my cardboard, then took a ruler and made marks measuring 12″ all around the dot. Connect the lines with a pencil then use your box cutter to cut it out.
2. Cut a smaller circle out in the center to make the hole!
3. Now for the frosting! I recommend making a template with scrap paper/poster board, but if you want to go right for it go ahead! On your scrap paper, trace your donut then work within that to create a wavy frosting line. Cut it out and re-trace this onto your good paper and cut out.
4. Cut out sprinkles in whatever colors you desire. Then use double stick tape or a glue stick to attach your frosting to your donut, and then your sprinkles to your frosting! Repeat three more times for all four tires!
5. Use fishing line to attach to your tires. The easiest way is to use a needle to string fishing line through your donut on each side, then slip the line through your rim and tie. All rims are obviously different, and this was very easy to do with the fiat. Can’t promise for each and every rim out there, but I trust you can get creative!
“Honey, I don’t think I put the donut on right… can you check it?”
Step by Step Photos by Studio DIY, All Other Photos by Mary Costa Photography
And there you have it. The donut project to end all donut projects. I think this will mark the end of my donut career here on Studio DIY. It’s been a good run.
For more donut projects, head here.
*I’m sure this goes without saying, but please don’t actually drive your car with these on it. They are for decorative prank purposes only!
**HUGE thank you to Megan for loaning us her amazing little Fiat!!
OMG I actually thought that was the last donut project! Amazing!
Someone in my city covered an entire car in tin foil for April Fools. It looked brilliant.
Ashley | Sugar & Cloth says
Gah, this is just so genius!
So great! I love all of your donut posts, but this one is crazy awesome. Happy April Fool’s Day.
Lexy | The Proper Pinwheel says
This just kills me. I want a donut car everyday.
I love this post! The donut tires are so cute. Where is this amazing pink wall located?
Hi Michelle! The pink wall is actually the Paul Smith store here in Los Angeles!
SO FUNNY! Made me laugh out loud. Had a little panic attack when you said it was the last one! Thank goodness that was a joke!
Marifer de la Borbolla says
This is one of your coolest posts!!!! I love them!!!!! thanks Kelly… btw, that’s an awesome wall!
Haha, I love this one!
Happy April Fools!
Chelsea C. says
Yessssss! And I actually really love the full sun in these photos! They’re so fun and contrasty. Not to mention a totally brilliant idea! xoxo
Tiffanie Turner says
You are amazing! So is Jeff! I often get my ideas from family members, because like you two, we are in close quarters and they know everything about everything I’m doing, and often have great input. I love this one, so good! xoxo
So true, family gives such great input! Ha, whether they like it or not our family is subject to the most bizarre things, aren’t they!? 😉
Kristal - Atutudes says
I wish tires really did look like these. How fun would that be?
valerie kuan says
I love the mint colored Fiat!! Happy April Fool’s!
WOWZERS! Have to admit, some might say that ypuve gone too far with the donut love but, O think you just raised the bar! ;D LOVE IT! Just sad I didnt get to do it to someone for todays fun. THANKS for always sharing with such zeal and spirit! What a sport.
Love it! Great photos =)
The yellow dress is so preety. Where can I get it?
Thank you! The dress is from She Inside but they no longer carry it. Here is a very similar one, though!!!
Jessica @ Living La Vida Holoka says
What a pretty post! I LOVE the donut tires!
I love that idea! that is very cute and sweet!
What a couple you two make! Such a fun idea, I love it.
But most importantly: What’s the car model and colour?! It is too cute ***
Could you please tell me what color and model this fiat is? I love it and will be getting my first car soon!
Hi Raegan! Exciting!!! The color is Verde Chiaro (aka Light Green) and I believe it’s the 500 Pop model!
This is amazing. Genius!
So adorable! Do you remember where you got the large poster paper at?
Can’t you just replace the tires with white tires that you painted to look like doughnuts?