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


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May 10, 20071 found this helpful

Information 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).



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 pikachu6

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 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.

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April 20, 20130 found this helpful

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


June 23, 20140 found this helpful
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I bought some Kilz and painted the tires. This seals them and makes the color more vibrant.

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June 24, 2015

How do I keep dirt in uneven stack flower planters?


October 28, 20170 found this helpful
  1. Basically the only way to do this is to have a plastic bottom on each tire.
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  3. You can use a sheet of plastic and cut this to fit inside the tire.
  4. Now drill holes in the plastic so the water can drain out.
  5. Stack your tires and fill them with dirt.
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October 28, 20170 found this helpful

I would have shallow large bowls in each tire. Drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

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June 23, 2014

What do you put in the tires on the top to hold in the dirt but still allow water to go through?

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April 27, 20030 found this helpful

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


By Terry (Guest Post)
August 29, 20080 found this helpful

http://www.wuvi  /tireplanter.htm
Here is a great site telling you how to make these planters.

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