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Recycling Tires

Re-purpose old tires for this adorable tea cup garden decor!
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $35 Difficulty: Easy
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.
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.
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.
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.

Materials used for this project:

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

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