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Recycling Tires

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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)

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 23, 2015

    This is one of the cutest tire ideas I've EVER seen! Thank you for sharing your project!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jun 23, 2015

    I bet your neighbors LOVE driving by this! It is seriously the cutest thing! :)

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 24, 2015

      This was my first posting however, My house is on a corner every other year I change my decor my neighbors wait every other year to see what I am going to do next. My neighbors love it and some people who drive bye have been stopping and taking pictures and the funny thing is that they are mostly men. Thank you for the complements check my site I will be posting some pictures of my back yard oasis.

  • Xena Nierobisz
    Xena Nierobisz Raleigh, NC
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Love it!

  • Rona B
    Rona B Selden, NY
    on Jun 24, 2015

    This is so cute. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sherre M
    Sherre M Morristown, TN
    on Jun 24, 2015

    I think this is absolutely adorable, this is defiantly on my to-do list! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!!!

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 24, 2015

      Go for it if you have a problem just contact me.

  • Carol Merrill
    Carol Merrill Bartlesville, OK
    on Jun 24, 2015

    He must have one heck of a sander!! What kind is it? This is cute!!

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 24, 2015

      He just used a circular sander you can still feel the metal but it is not sharp.

  • Geri Rolfe
    Geri Rolfe Salt Lake City, UT
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Adorable... Love it... Ya know if you created the teacup saucer out of flowers circling the cup it would be fun.... maybe add a donut or cookie... hahaha Too much fun!

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 24, 2015

      Hmm a donut sounds good made out of flowers or another tire painted to look like a donut with sprinkles I will definitely be working on that maybe not for this year but something to add on for next year to change it up. Thank you

  • Bailey Jamison Vails
    Bailey Jamison Vails Walla Walla, WA
    on Jun 24, 2015

    This would be so cute near a drive through coffee stand. Just saying!

  • Virginia R
    Virginia R Jamestown, NY
    on Jun 24, 2015

    I'm thinking of ways to make something similar with other items. Like a straight sided "mug" made from something circular ( barrel maybe?) Add a handle from something flexible...hmmmmm. Creative juices flowing...

  • Cathy622
    Cathy622
    on Jun 24, 2015

    I've been looking for a unique idea for my front yard! Found it! Thanks so much!

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 24, 2015

      If you need help don't hesitate to ask.

  • Christina Hooper
    Christina Hooper Decatur, MI
    on Jun 24, 2015

    This is one of the cutest flower ideas I have seen. Great idea & job. Going to defintely try to do this for the end of my driveway. Thank you for posting

  • Betty Stewart
    Betty Stewart Cabot, AR
    on Jun 24, 2015

    very pretty. I want one just like it but how do you cut the tires with a chain saw?

    • Luz
      Luz Stratford, CT
      on Jun 25, 2015

      I was able to cut it with a jigsaw definitely not a chain saw that would be dangerous.

  • Ajogden55
    Ajogden55
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Love it!

  • Cheryl Toth-Nickerson
    Cheryl Toth-Nickerson South Bend, IN
    on Jun 24, 2015

    This is just darling. You did a beautiful job and Thank you for the step by step instructions on how you made this. I love your color choices also...and poka dots..

  • Melissa
    Melissa Newport, KY
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Love it!

  • Kathy H
    Kathy H Downers Grove, IL
    on Jun 24, 2015

    what a super cute idea ! and re use of tires too

  • Barbara White
    Barbara White Parkville, MD
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Too cute!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cindy
    Cindy Colorado Springs, CO
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Good idea and it is very cute!

  • Lorraine V
    Lorraine V Rochester, NY
    on Jun 24, 2015

    love this!

  • Pat Wright
    Pat Wright Le Grand, IA
    on Jun 24, 2015

    Cute!!!

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