I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies.
DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial
My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…
There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?
- Old tire
- Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
- potting soil
- I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
- Optional: chain and s-hook.
I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry.
Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry.
Next we used a (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke.
Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.
Time to plant!
I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…
and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:
The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…
When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.
I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:
Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background?
To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook.
*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.
More planter ideas:
House Number Flower Pots
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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.