Making Tire Planters

Old tires have been used for years to make inexpensive and creative planters. This is a guide about making tire planters.

Ad
Tire planter with flowers in it.
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

goose tire plantersInformation on making recycled tire planters.

Christopher Lowell's Tire Planter

I have instructions for a tire planter from the Christopher Lowell Show. (Outdoor dynamics for Dummies show).

Materials

  • old tire with/without rim
  • sharp kitchen knife
  • chalk
  • potting soil
  • spray paint

Directions

Draw pattern with chalk along side wall on one side of tire. Space scallops/ or ^^^ evenly around tire. Start at tread and end close to rim. Cut out with knife, using straight up and down motion, pointing blade away from yourself. This wil separate the tire into two pieces. Place your foot in center of rim and pull one scalloped edge toward yourself, this turns it inside out. Continue until it forms planter with pedestal. Fill with potting soil. Can spray paint planter to jazz it up.

Good luck, I am going to make mine this week.

By Claudia

Editor's Note: Here is a link to Christopher Lowell's instructions, including photos.

Felder Rushing Style Planter

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences has great insturctions for making a tire planter: "Finding the right tire is essential in making a tire planter. The tire you select should be well worn, and pliable in the shoulder area of the tire (what Felder calls the "sweet spot"), just below the tread. You can tell if the tire is a good candidate by pushing in on the shoulder area with the palm of your hand. If there is plenty of "give" in this area, the tire should be easy to work with. If not, you should find another one to use."

Swan Planters

You can make a swan planter out of a tire. At RonsSwan.com they have a PDF with step by step instructions. They recommend using a scooter tire:
Type of tyre
The kind of tyre you use is important. An ordinary car tyre has steel belting so is near impossible to cut and will have sharp edges. I made Ron from old Vespa motor scooter tyres as they are easier to cut. If you could source some very old car tyres which are textile belted, they would be suitable, but still very hard to cut by hand.

To downlod the PDF go to Download PDF

CommentMoreRead More...Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Ad

Small raised garden beds save energy, water, and growing medium! Looking for ways to conserve energy and not dig more than I have to, I covered a large rectangular area with old garden cloth, large pieces of corrugated cardboard, etc.

CommentMoreRead More...Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Ad

Old tire gardening again, not getting much feedback yet. I thought of using a pool liner, but after looking up PVC, which I think it's made of I decided the rubber might be safer. But I just might do heavy aluminum foil. It is not very tough, but you don't have to touch it after placing. I don't do any cooking in it, but what's wrong with it as a liner? I've got 23 lovely planters set up and hidden with some pretty fancy stone wall, I need to get them planted soon! Please help.

By Ray from Mayer, AZ

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Hope these two articles help you. You might look up the article online, Garden Spaces For Small Places, By Dorothy Ainsworth

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers...

If I use regular paint (lots left over from reno) on the tires, how do I seal them to protect against the elements?

By Baer

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

I bought some Kilz and painted the tires. This seals them and makes the color more vibrant.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Looking for info on how to make planters out of old tires. Thank you.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

http://www.wuvie.net/tireplanter.htm

Here is a great site telling you how to make these planters.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Categories
Crafts Garden & Yard PlantersApril 21, 2013
More to Explore
ThriftyFun on Facebook
ThriftyFun on Pinterest
Enter a Contest
Free Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Related Guides
Checking Your Tire Pressure
Checking Your Tire Pressure
Broken terra cotta planter used to retain garden plant.
Reusing Terra Cotta Planters
bicycle tire
Removing Tire Stains from Clothing
Repairing a Flat Tire
Repairing a Flat Tire
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on May 22, 2016 at 5:03:26 PM on 10.0.1.191 in 315 msecs. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
 
To Top
Loading Something Awesome!