Recycled Tire Planters

Recycled Tire Planters
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Recycled Tire PlantersI never thought the day would come when my husband would see a photo on Pinterest and then go outside to attempt the project in the photo. But that day came.

All I have to say is wow! So there we were browsing Pinterest for garden ideas and palette furniture ideas. I wanted him to build me some patio furniture for our backyard out of palettes. (A great idea in theory.)

(For those of you who don’t know, Pinterest is an online “corkboard” to pin all the cute and crazy stuff you want to try, ideas you want to save or refer back to and recipes you want to duplicate. Sounds fun huh? It is. It is also very addictive.)

While surfing Pinterest for picture ideas for the palette furniture, dear hubby spotted a picture of old tires upcycled (or repurposed) into planters. He fell in love with the picture and the idea. He said and I quote “Hey, I could do that right? I have some old tires lying around. Wouldn’t you love some cute recycled planters like that?” Now the question is not whether I would or wouldn’t love some cute recycled planters. The real question is if I say yes, how long exactly will it take to create them? Will they be up before summer is over? In time for Halloween? Or will I actually be planting flowers in them next spring?

You can imagine my surprise when he asked me to pick up some flowers the next time I went to run errands.  To give you an idea of the timeline: he saw the pinned imaged Thursday evening, repurposed the tires Saturday morning, and planted flowers in the new “planters” Sunday afternoon.  Again I say “Wow”! Unbelievable amounts of creative energy were expended on this project. My hubby dug out the tires, hung them on the fence, did all the heavy lifting, planted the flowers and I, well…, I bought the flowers at the nursery. 

After our DIY flooring installation I bet you thought we wouldn’t be doing any more projects together for a while? We showed you! So to pay it forward, here are the basic instructions for turning your old tires into gorgeous garden planters.  

Recycled Tire Planters

Find some old tires; either in your “storage” shed or other areas for collecting old pieces of junk that your husband swears he will need one day. As a last resort, visit your local junk yard. They have tires. My hubby used old ATV tires because he liked the smaller tires for hanging on the fence. But I have seen pictures around the internet using automobile tires. I’ve also seen tires laid out flat on the ground with flowers and herbs planted inside as a kind of small container garden. Quite adorable either way. 

Since tires don't typically have holes in them, drill some substantial holes in the bottom of the tires for moisture escape. (Hubby drilled about 10 holes.) Use at least a 1/2 inch drill bit because the rubber will want to squeeze back together. You want to let the soil breathe and some of the moisture seep out the bottom.

Next, using a drill and screws, hang your tire planter on the fence, side of a garage or other building. We didn’t get fancy with placement or measuring. Hubby just eye-balled where he wanted the tires to hang and went to work on it. Also, secure the screws or bolts with nuts or fasteners of some kind. Again, nothing fancy – just use what you have on hand. We get a lot of wind in Western Idaho, so we just wanted to make sure the tires weren’t prone to an easy getaway.

I purchased some pretty white petunias and a few bags of potting soil from the local greenhouse (and I am sure you can find some pretty flowers at Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer too). I chose white thinking the bright color would stand out against the black tire. A few other cheery colors would be pink, orange, or red. I then stopped and picked up an iced mocha. (Okay that was just for me and had no bearing what so ever on the DIY planter project.)

Last, Hubby added the potting soil to the bottom half inside the tires.  He planted his fresh new white petunias inside and added some water.  I added some Miracle Grow plant food a few days later and then again two weeks later just for some insurance that the flowers would last a little while.  (I just followed the directions on the package.

I waited a couple of weeks to snap some pictures for this post until the petunias were nice and thick with plenty of white petals bursting out from the black tires. Well that's the long and short of our DIY tire upcycle planter project. If you are interested in learning more about Pinterest or following Old Fashioned Living on Pinterest, simply follow the link!


About The Author

Tia Davis is a writer, wife and mother, living happily ever after with her handsome prince and two charming boys in Western Idaho.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing and works from home as a content manager.  When she isn’t chasing little boys she is blogging about them at Mistress of Madness and Mayhem.

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