1 - Take a very worn out tire (best with no wires sticking out).
2 - Wash it with a degreaser, and a brush to get rid of possible oils on it.
3 - You are now ready to draw the shape of the top ending/petal you will want your tire planter to have, but before you do this, with your thumb (finger) press down to feel that where you will be drawing/cutting there is NO WIRES. If you are able to press down, that means NO WIRES there.
4 - Cut out the drawing you made with a very hard, and sharp knife. You will have another decoration piece after doing this. For example as in picture #4.
5 - Turn the tire inside out. This is somewhat difficult, but doable.
6 - Now that the tire is inside out, paint it. I used oil-based superior durability premium quality protective enamel paint (OIL PAINT). I know that what I used could be a little pricey, but you probably don't have to go to that extent.
7 - Let the tire dry well.
8 - After dried, if you want to make designs on it as I did on the RED PAINTED TIRE, you will need to used a paint that has a primer in it, or prime the spots where you will be doing the little decorations. For example, the green leaves that are painted on this RED TIRE PLANTER.
9 - You are now finished, and ENJOY!!!
Commented on May 28, 2012
I know it must be in here, but I can't find what kind of paint is used? It does a great job
covering the tires, and must do well in the weather... What's your secret?
Hi Rebecca, I checked it out! I've bought this soap before, now I know how to use it!
However, if you're going for an organic garden, I might skip the Fels-Naptha soap. It's high in harsh checimals and probably has such a strong pH, it might cause unwanted changes in the garden. I'm going to keep some on hand for poison ivy though, thanks for the tip! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fels-Naptha, http://www.felsnaptha.com/)