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Recycling Tires

Re-purpose old tires for this adorable tea cup garden decor!
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $35 Difficulty: Easy
  • recycled tires to garden planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
To get started you need three different sizes tires, go to your local tire store and ask about taking a few off their hands, you should be able to get them FREE!! Try to get the smallest tire with a rim, this will help keep the teacup in place. Please use heavy duty gloves to do the following since tires contain metal and it is very sharp. The first thing we did was cut 1/2 of the top of the top tire, this was used for the yellow bottom piece that the teacup is sitting on. The next step is to cut off the remaining half, this will be used for the handle, you will have to cut some of it off after you measure it to see how much you need.
  • recycled tires to garden planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
My husband sanded the rim of the top tire and also the handle because of the sharp metal. Pre-drill your holes, the handle is attached to the top of the top tire and on the bottom of the second tire, but do not attach it yet, you should attach it on the site you are putting it on or it will be difficult to maneuver.
  • recycled tires to garden planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Once all this is set you can now spray paint the tires, I painted underneath the handle turquoise and the top of it yellow. Once everything is dry I put it together so I can spray paint my polka dots, I used a template (see above)made out of cardboard which made it extremely easier, but you need two people one to hold it against the tire and the other to spray it, the polka dots were perfect.
  • recycled tires to garden planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
We then moved it and assembled in the area we wanted to put it on. After we filled the tires with the mulch and potting soil I planted my flowers. I used three cans of turquoise and one can of bright yellow paint, 1/2 a bag of mulch and approximately two bags of potting soil, if you don't get a tire with the rim you will need more, so fill the bottom rim with plastic bottles to keep your cost down. This project costed about $35.00.

Material I used for this project:

  • Tires, paint, top soil, plastic bottles, mulch and plants   (Tires store, Home Depot and on hand)

Got a question about this project?

  • Tammy Manns
    Tammy Manns San Jose, CA

    Very cute! But, "Pooka" dots? Isn't it POLKA dots?

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT

      Tammy you are so right!!! Do you know how I can go back to correct that and I also need to add something to my directions

  • Paulette Deitz
    Paulette Deitz Titusville, FL

    I'm making mine today...

  • Sheila Gauvin

    I love these, but what on earth kind of tool do you use to cut a tire?

  • Luz
    Luz Stratford, CT

    I used a jigsaw with a metal blade.

  • Ira Wood
    Ira Wood Bay Saint Louis, MS

    I just made one and it was fun and some what easy I've also made other stuff by turning my tires in side out

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN

    These are very cute. Redneck art taken waaay up. Love it. I mention tire art and hubby cringes. :) I'll show him this and see if he has a change of heart.

  • Luz
    Luz Stratford, CT

    That is great, share your pictures😀!!!

  • Angela Herremans

    What kind of jigsaw did you use??? I have a few tires and I have not been able to cut or drill into them :-/ not sure what I am doing wrong but I was using a sawblade designed for cutting high tensile steel but no luck was not able to get through the

  • Luz
    Luz Stratford, CT

    My husband used a jigsaw with a metal blade, I will take a picture of it tomorrow and send you the photo of what he used just in case we call it something different. 😀

  • Luz
    Luz Stratford, CT

    I only used two cans of spray paint and I didn't prime it at all. As for the glow in the dark paint I tried and nothing glowed but I recently read an article and it said to prime it first, if you don't it sucks up the paint therefore it will not

  • Carol Harris
    Carol Harris Jonesboro, AR

    cute as it can be, I know that had to be hard to make.

  • Christina Gomez
    Christina Gomez Houston, TX

    Thanks, great idea. .

  • Mary fuxa
    Mary fuxa Marshall, OK

    Very hard to cut, tires are sooooo tuff

  • Ali
    Ali Minneapolis, MN


  • Anna Ibarra
    Anna Ibarra San Antonio, TX

    Oh this is so cute. There is couple here in my city that makes then but does the 2 tire.

  • Sissymae Marks
    Sissymae Marks Arnaudville, LA

    Love it may try with smaller tires and that size

  • Markets mcalpine
    Markets mcalpine Thomas, OK

    Cutest thing ever. So Alice in Wonderland. I've got to make one for my flower bed.

  • Paula
    Paula Wildomar, CA

    Cutting wasn't that hard. I used a box cutter and a hammer and sliced around the outer edge. Only took about 10 minutes. I paint the tires with kilz first because then I don't need so much paint. I also use exterior paint so it will last longer.

  • Deena Cloe
    Deena Cloe Wellington, MO

    Most tires have wires in them dont they.... making them almost impossible to cut...???

  • Weedinwoman54

    Love this idea. So cute and easy

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