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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tire Planter

Today I would like to share with you all a project that Charles’ dad, Morris, showed me; he is quite creative and makes the most interesting window mirrors, birdhouses, and more! This particular project involves repurposing old tires as planters, and although that sounds a little tacky they turn out gorgeous and you would never even know they were a tire!

Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups: DIY Tire Planter

To start you obviously need to find yourself a tire; Morris has had luck by asking friends, or even going to vehicle repair shops and tire stores and asking if they have any bald tires. Typically they just throw these out so you should be able to get some for free! The size of tire you want depends on your project but I would recommend starting out with a small, albeit not too shallow, tire.

Then all you have to do is find yourself a nice sharp knife and start cutting some points! We decided to have our points about an inch and a half wide and used the tire treads to help gauge this.

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You want to cut your points inwards because after you are done cutting you will be flipping your tire inside out.

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Make sure to cut all the way around the tire! Then pull out the interior piece and put this aside, you will need this later.

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Now you get to start reefing on your tire to try to flip it inside out.

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You might need to get your knee in there to help you.

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Ta da! You will want that piece you cut out now to be placed on the bottom. From here you will simply have to wash then paint your tire. Once that’s done find a piece of chicken wire or other form of sturdy mesh and place your cut-out over top of it to hold it in place; this will help keep your dirt in your planter while still allowing proper drainage.

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You can either paint your tire by hand or with spray paint. Morris prefers to use Tremclad and paint his planters by hand but I decided to try out spray paint on mine and it worked out quite well! It did require about 3 coats on the outside however (no need to paint the inside, just your little points), I also found spraying it in short quick bursts helped get better coverage than a long steady stream.

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Once your tire is all painted and outfitted with your mesh you can now fill it up with dirt and the plants of your choice! Be it petunias for your smaller tires which you can also use as a hanging planter.

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Or, if you have a larger tire, you could even plant various vegetable plants in them! Here the cut out from the top was used as a base instead.

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Feel free to have fun experimenting with various colours, and various shapes and sizes of your points!

I would also like to add that if anyone is interested in a tire planter but are not wanting to make your own, Morris is more than happy to take orders and make you your own custom tire planter! Feel free to email me at pinkhsc@gmail.com for details :)

 

p.s. In addition to the regular link parties I join up to listed under my link party tab I will be linking up to the fabulous Summer Outdoor Decorating party by the CSI project!

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55 comments:

  1. This is such a cool upcycle! I bet you get a lot of people scratching their heads wondering what it started it out as because I would not look at these and think tires!

    Thanks [Morris] for the awesome tutorial!

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    1. Hahaha I know, when I first saw them I had no clue they were from tires!! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. BRILLIANT! I love this idea. I will definitely try this as soon as I find myself an old tire. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure yours will turn out awesome!

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  3. I love this idea! I hope you will link this up to the CSI Project. The challenge is Summer outdoor decorating and parties. These would be perfect. You just might win or be featured!
    Come on over! www.thecsiproject.com
    The challenge ends Friday at noon.

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    1. Aww thank you and thanks for the invite, I just linked up!

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  4. WOW.. This is pure genius.. How did you think about that! :) Thanks for linking it up at Friday Fun Party.. I am sharing it on Facebook and pinning it.

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    1. Thanks!!! Morris apparently came up with it over 20 years ago when he saw somewhere a humungous tire flipped for some reason and he thought "why not do this and use it as a planter?".

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  5. Very cute! I have never seen them maxe this way before. A little warning.....do not plant edible food in these tires. The chemicals in the tires leach into the soil and then into your plants and food. Keep them just for your pretty flowers!

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    1. Oooh good to know! Thanks for the tip!

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    2. You could probably line them with a sheet of plastic or a garbage bag if you wanted to plant edibles in them...just a thought :)

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  6. So darn cute, not tacky at all. Morris is very cre8tive :).

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    1. Thank you and yes he certainly is!

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  7. Hey friend! Thanks for sharing these fun tire planters on Fancy This Fridays!!! We featured them today at Truly Lovely! ;) Hope you'll check it out!

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    1. What an honor, thank you so much!

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  8. Love it! Never thought of painting it, but will from now on. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I'm glad you were inspired!

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  9. I can't even believe how adorable these are!

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  10. These are gorgeous--great tutorial. Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!
    Mary

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting!!

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  11. Are you kidding me??? This is so awesome I'm speechless!! Seriously, I love this! I gotta pin this in my upcycled board!!

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  12. Congratulations! You've been featured on Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Please feel free to stop by and pick up your "I've been featured!" button.

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    1. Wow thank you so much! What an honor, I'll definitely be stopping by :)

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  13. How neat! I love that glossy red!

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  14. I have several old tires laying around because the trash people won't pick them up. Now I have a learned a way to repurpose them. Thank you.

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    1. That is excellent, I'm glad! Thanks for visiting :)

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  15. Thanks for posting this I have 20 tires in my backyard going to try this this weekend. They only allow you to trow away 4 at a time where I live. We had used them for a veggie garden several years ago.

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    1. Wow that is a lot of tires! I'm glad you now have a way to reuse them!

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  16. Omgoodness! This is such a super cute idea and it's upcycling which I love! Very cool! We'd love it if you'd share this at our Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/

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    1. Thanks so much! I would love to link it up :)

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  17. I live in w.v.and I have seen these in peoples yards for years,always painted white,the red is much prettier.Thanks I now know how to make 1 maybe 2.I have saved 2 small lawn tractor tires for this.Thank U so much.

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    1. That is super cool; it's interesting how everyone has them painted white! I'm sure yours will turn out amazing!!

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  18. I LOVE these planters! I have two tires waiting right now for me to find the perfect project for them. I have found it! Thanks for sharing!!
    ♥ Terrie ♥ {your new follower}

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    1. Aww thank you, I'm glad you were able to find a great project for your tires!! Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Thank you for linking up to Home is Where the Heart is! We wanted to stop by and let you know you've been featured! :) Please come link up again!

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  20. I am a Fan... Wow what an awesome idea...and to think I hated the site of those ugly tires that people just dumped down the street from us... they finally cleaned it up but now I wish I had thrown a couple of them in the back of the pick up truck and brought them home now that I've seen this post... Inspiring and I really love the RED..:) ♥ cheers!♥ Tania ♥ a New Follower

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  21. I remember tire planters when we would go up north to my uncle's cottage. This was in the 60's. They left the rim on the bottom of theirs, but they didn't have the spray paint like we do now. I always liked these planters. My husband has truck tires and when they finish fixing the road I will try to make these planters. Thanks for the info.

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  22. I LOVE this idea!!!! I think I might try it in a nice autumn color w/some mums. I'm from New York as well and miss it so much at this time of the year - the fall colors will give me a little bit of home :-)

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  23. Hi, great idea, how do you glue the top you cut out to the botom? ;)

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  24. Love these..just don't plant veggies etc in them....chemicals from the rubber might infiltrate

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  25. Pamela, can these be used for consumable plants such as herbs and veggies? And if not can they be painted on the inside to prevent leakage of toxins into the food supply?

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  26. My dad invented these! Makes me so proud to see people still doing it!

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  27. Such a GREAT idea, and you're sharing it for free!!! Thanks VERY much!!!! Bless you!! :)

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  28. my grandma has 3 of these my uncles made many years ago when i was a kid..and im 40 and they are still pretty to see all the bright flowers planted in them...just an occasional touch up of paint and they are fine..."wonderfull idea i agree

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  29. Very nice,but something the Ozark Hillbilly's have been doing for decades!! LOL Usually they don't even paint them. Although I have lived in Missouri all my life and never had one. Going to have to get my sweetie to make some!! :)

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  30. I've seen these around since I was a kid, but never knew how it was done! Thanks for the instructions! I need some large planters, so this will be great! Blessings! Linda

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    1. Don't you have to make these out of the old tires and not the steel belted tires we have today?

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  31. Absolutely fabulous! I am going to attempt one or two of these with the tires we found behind the old shed we tore down! Thanks for sharing the genius idea.

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    Which one is spray painted and which one hand painted? The red one looks glossy. Can you explain how it's painted? Thanks

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  33. Believe it or not but my neighbors did this 35 yrs. ago! Early recycling going on or just resourceful I'm guessing. They used car tires but I like that you used small tires, it's much better. This is great for a cottage planter as they have that whimsical feel and they are easy on both the budget and the eyes!

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  34. had seen one of these at someones house and my husband told me it was a tire but I did not get how it was done. Now I get it and it is interesting. maybe i will make one thanks

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  35. My goodness does this ever bring back memories.
    I remember watching my dad do this when I was a kid some thirty five (wow) years ago. Many of the ones he made were left on the rim and that was used for a base which made them a little higher.
    They were throughout our yard and he made many for the neighbors.Such good and simpler times :)
    Thanks for the post!!

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