My kids and I made this planter last weekend out of old tires :)

recycled tire planter photo

The tires were lying around because when my minivan died last year and I needed to replace it, the snow tires I already had didn’t fit on the newer car we bought. Instead of discarding them, though, we made these recycled tire planters for our garden.

My kids had a blast spray painting the tires gold and silver, then we stacked them and filled them with potting soil. I planted this one with giant dahlias for a splash of color and season-long blooms.

If you don’t have any old tires around, they can be found pretty easily at recycling centers and the like. Use your imagination as far as paint colors go (use one or a few different colors, or don’t paint them at all) and stack them as high as you want. You can fill your tire planter with pretty much anything…colorful flowers, herbs….you name it.

If you don’t have/don’t want to use tires, there are so many other items out there that can be re-used creatively in the garden instead of throwing them out. Here are some more creative planter ideas that I love from DIY Life and Make It and Mend It.


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    Dan — May 13, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Better than paying $5 to the tire recycling centre (it’s illegal to throw tires in the garbage in Toronto).

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    Winnie — May 13, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    I always try to reuse something even if it’s recyclable…recycling wastes resources, too…good point about not being able to throw them away. I guess that’s why people just let them sit around. Makes more sense to me to pretty them up and put them to use.

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    Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — May 13, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I use recycled wine barrels…go figure huh? :)

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    Winnie — May 13, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Perfect ;)

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    Robin — May 13, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    I want to know what your lovely flowers are in the tires…

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    Winnie — May 13, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Giant dahlias!

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    Dana — May 14, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    My grandfather did the same thing but some how cut the inside to fold back like petal leaves. Great idea.

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    Peter — May 14, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I thought about doing this, but my Son won’t let me use his tire.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 14, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    This is such a great idea! My boss uses old wine bottles for candles in the summer. She has holders that go around the pool that hold the bottles, she fills them with oil and then adds the long wick and topper. It’s so pretty!

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    Phoebe — May 16, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Using tires as planters is actually a very bad idea – tires have a lot of zinc in them which leaches out into the surrounding soil as they age.

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    Winnie — May 16, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    I hear you, but mine are sitting on a mulched area not used for growing food- they’re not on soil…so I feel ok about it.

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    Amy — April 20, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    To reply to Phoebe…please read this.