Millions of tires are discarded every year in the United States. With so many tires headed to the landfill or recycling plants it’s fun to think of creative ways to reuse them. I showed you a few months ago how to grow potatoes out of tires. Today I am going to share a tutorial on how to make flower or vegetable planters out of old tires. But this is a project with a twist, you’re going to flip your tires inside out! Whether you have a large yard or just a tiny balcony to garden on you can make these rustic tire planters with (relative) ease. Now I realize that old tires in the garden may not be everyone’s idea of stylin outdoor decor but I like rustic junky old gardens. I also like using free materials. I am cheap, plus my goal is to have the tires so overflowing with lush foliage that you don’t immediately know it an dirty old tire.
1) Get yourself some tires. If you don’t have any old tires lying around try Craigslist. People will be begging you to take their old tires away or you could try calling around to some auto shops. They will probably have some tires they can give you too .
2) Take your tire and cut away the inner part of the rubber. Use the natural grooves in the rubber as a guide. If you ever bought one of those fancy Ginsu knives that claim to cut everything from steak to slabs of marble now is the time to dust if off and put it to good use. Please be careful. Nothing ruins a fun DIY project faster than a trip to the emergency room.
3) Now you are going to flip your tire inside out. This is more difficult on tires without rims. Use your feet for support and pull the trimmed edge up. Consider calling a friend with big muscles over to help. The older the tires are the easier this will be
4) Tires with rims are slightly easier. Flip the tire upside down so the trimmed side is face down. Sit in the middle and pull the sides up with all your might.
5) Now that your tires are inside our give them a good spray down with the hose and clean off all the gunk
6) If you want to paint your tires now is the time to do so. Make sure they are very clean and dry before painting. I like my tires pretty plain Jane which is why I left them au naturale. A google search will bring up tons of inspiration for bright fun colored tires that look like flowers and such.
7) Place your tires where they will have a permanent home. The tires without rims wont have bottoms so they will not be easily moved. Tires with rims have a bottom so the dirt wont spill completely out. They will however, be quite heavy.
8) Fill your tire planters with potting soil and add your favorite plants
9) Water liberally and watch your plants grow! Sit back and admire your new planters and feel good knowing not only have you created free rustic planters for your garden, you also just saved unnecessary waste from the landfill.