TURNING AN OLD TIRE INTO A PLANTER
Turning an old tire into a planter is a fun way to reuse your old car tires. If you are looking to spice up your garden then old tires may be just the thing you are looking for. Look for ways to transform your worn out car tires into fresh and funky garden planters.
There are a number of benefits to using old tires as planters. First of all, you can provide direction for vines to grow, and can you cut down on the costs of buying planters for your garden which can get expensive, especially large ones that are the size of a tire. Second of all, you are recycling your old tires which would otherwise go into a wrecking yard. Third of all, you are providing your garden with a unique look that you can admire all year round.
Blooming Tire Planters
There are several ways you can make an old tire a planter. If you want to put in a little bit of hard work you can try and flip the tire inside out to form a flower shape. To do this you will need to take an old tire, draw a star shape on the front of it and cut it out so that it is easier to flip. Flipping the tire inside out is going to take some serious elbow grease. Use your knees to bend and mould the tire the way you want it.
Once the tire has been flipped inside out it will look like a pot in itself. Paint the tire with a coat of black paint, add some dirt and your favorite plants and voila! You have a beautiful planter out of a tire. The best part about making a tire this way is that it is hard to even recognize the old tire form. It looks just like an expensive planter, but without the costs involved.
From Tire to Planter
If you are looking for an easier way to use an old tire as a planter then you can simply stack a couple tires on top of one another and fill them with soil. You may choose to leave the tires the way they are or you may want to add a coat of paint to freshen them up. If you are really creative you can paint the tires bright colors, such as deep reds and purples to really highlight your garden.
Keep in mind that not all plants are great for tire planters. Vegetables, for example, should not be grown in tires as the chemical from the rubber can cause problems. Stick to traditional plants and look for ones that will flourish in the size of the tire that you choose.
If you are looking to use a tire to plant larger plants, such as shrubs, then stack two or more tires together which will provide you with a lot of depth. Smaller plants can be scattered into one tire. Add a tire planter to all four corners of your patio for a retro and unique look or make a statement with just one large tire planter in the middle of the garden.
The next time you have your car serviced and your four tires are changed, ask to keep the tires. Turning an old tire into a planter is a fun weekend job and a great challenge for any gardener. Take them back home and transform them into garden planters. You will be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful old tires can look with a little bit of elbow grease and a can of black paint.