• Hometalker
  • Stratford, CT

Recycling Tires

1 Material
3 Hours

Re-purpose old tires for this adorable tea cup garden decor!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Suggested materials:

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

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7 questions
  • Kstrina
    on Feb 18, 2016

    What type of paint

    • Luz
      on Feb 19, 2016

      I used spray paint, and so far the paint hasn't faded or chipped and its been cold and I mean cold deep freeze and we've already had two big snowstorms and it looks the same.

  • Sheila
    on Feb 21, 2016

    I used just a good ole razor blade to cut mine. I am not happy with the amount of paint it took tho to get good coverage. Oh well. also, I tried the glow in the dark paint and had NO luck with it. Has anyone tried it and had good luck?

    • Color Natural Decor
      on Mar 24, 2016

      I haven't tried the glow in the dark paint because a few friends that did also said it didn't work.

    • Luz
      on Mar 26, 2016

      I've tried it and it didn't work I read an article that you have to prime the area first then spray it with the glow in the dark paint, I haven't tried it yet so I don't know if it really works.

  • Danielle
    on Mar 26, 2016

    What did you use to cut the tire? Was wondering if maybe using a sawzall would work better than a box blade or knife?

    • Luz
      on Mar 26, 2016

      It was pretty easy to cut the top off with a saw saw, you must use a blade for metal, it took my husband about 5 minutes to cut.

  • Lynn Frolick Steckhahn
    on May 21, 2016

    What type of paint did you use and don't tell me "from a spray can". Was the paint made for rubber or plastic? Did it specify outdoor paint? What brand of paint did you use?

  • Vivian Henderson Howard
    on Jan 30, 2017

    What did you attach them together with and what did you use to attach the handle

    • Luz
      on Feb 1, 2017

      The bottom tire has a rim which makes it heavier, the other two are just stacked on top of each. The handles were screwed in using a galvanized screw and nut, you have to drill the hole first.

  • Cmi2564268
    on Jan 30, 2017

    How did you cut the top of the tire off? What tool did you use? I did a project whem my children were young. Paint various sized tired. Stand them up and bolt them together in all positions. Then bold them to three 8' 4x4 redwood posts cemented in the ground. Then build ladder bars horizontally. I have pic's if you want. Caution: drill door handle size holes in every tire so water does not collect. I did not do that. I used a shop vac!!!!

  • Bst23934844
    on Oct 3, 2017

    what is used for your "saucer"?
    • Clergylady
      on Jul 3, 2018

      The very first cut listed made the saucer. It is cut from the largest tire.

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  • Cam23995085
    on Aug 9, 2018

    Love this, the white stones dress it up so nicely, and the adorable little fence, what a great idea for a corner. Thanks for sharing this beautiful art.

  • Carey
    on Aug 22, 2018

    This is really a cute idea. One more of those amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing.

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