Old tires are normally thrown out or at the very least end up sitting around in the garage or yard collecting dust. Instead of throwing them out or letting them sit there making your yard look cluttered, how about turning them into something useful?
Whether you have one or one hundred tires, there is always something that you can make with them that will not only repurpose them but give you great interior and exterior décor. You can turn those old useless tires into everything from furniture to flower pots to something for the kids.
Rubber is very durable and soft because of its elasticity and it is very easy to work with in terms of crafts and DIY projects. The next time you have your tires changed, ask to keep the old tires and then take a look at the 20 different ways we have for you to repurpose those old tires into something new and exciting.
A Tire Climber
If you have kids or grandkids, you know that outside play equipment can be very costly. Instead of investing a few hundred dollars in a jungle gym of sorts, why not turn those old tires into a great tire climber and kill two birds with one stone? Just paint the tires bright colors and stack them up however you want to create the climber. You will need to bolt them together to make them safe but it takes very little time and this is something that you can create for free if you already have tires and paint on hand.
A Hose Caddy
Instead of leaving that garden hose out where it can become damaged (and let’s face it, it just looks cluttered when you don’t have your garden hose put away), you can make a hose caddy out of an old tire. You just have to cut the tire in half and then coil the hose up inside it. If you really want to make your outdoors look neat and tidy, paint the tire after you cut it so that it matches your garden shed, home exterior or your outdoor décor. You can then hang the hose up or just hide it away on the ground, whatever you choose.
A Rope Ottoman
Make actual indoor furniture with old tires? Yes, we think so and this rope ottoman is the perfect weekend project if you are in need of something new and exciting for inside the house. You will need a round board of some sort to create the top and then you basically just add the rope to cover the entire thing. It makes a beautifully rustic looking ottoman that is perfect for indoor use or you could add it to your outdoor décor as well if you want. It’s quite easy to do and takes very few materials.
A Horse Swing
You can turn old useless tires into wonderful swings and not those that you had when you were a child. Your little one will adore a horse swing that you can easily make from an old tire and a few other key supplies. This little project takes much less time than you would imagine and it produces an adorable horse swing, much like those that you see at farming stores but a lot cheaper. You just have to create the pattern, cut out the tire and then add the mane and a rope for hanging.
There are a couple of ways that you can create planters from tires and this one gives the tire a flowered look. There is some cutting involved and you may want to paint the tire to give it a great color. You could make several of these depending on how many tires you have on hand and completely decorate your outdoor deck, porch or garden area. They are relatively easy to make and only require a tire and some paint. You could also do different sizes with different sizes of tires so keep all of those old tires to create a beautiful garden with your DIY tire planters.
A Great Table
With an old tire, some rope and a few pieces of wood for the legs, you can make a wonderful table that you could display indoors or out. You’ll want a piece or two of plywood that you can cut in a round shape to fit the top and bottom (this is what the legs will attach to) and then some rope to cover it up. You could paint the rope beforehand if you wanted something more colorful or just use rope color to give it a great rustic look. You can make the legs out of plywood as well so there are very few supplies needed and this is a rather quick project, too.
A Tube Seat
You can use an old inner tube (like the ones you used at the lake when you were a kid) to create a beautiful and really comfortable tube seat. You simply have to blow up the tube (repair any holes that it may have as well) and then cover it with ribbon or fabric. Little ones will love sitting on these in front of the TV or they make great chairs for teenagers’ rooms. You can do them in as many colors as you want and if you have a couple, you can create a great little seating area for the kids.
A Tire Totter
You know, like a teeter totter only with a tire! You can easily make this adorable little teeter totter for the kids and you only need one tire, a board and a few decorating supplies. The tire is cut in half so you can make two if you need them. Paint the tire and the board in the same color or really make it cute by doing different colors. The board serves as the seating area and you will need to add the handles and then decorate it to look however you want. These are really great for toddlers because they are close to the ground, unlike those teeter totters at the park.
A Garden Pond
If you have really been wanting a garden pond but those kits just seem a bit expensive, use those old tires to create a beautiful pond that will cost you very little. Aside from the tire (or multiple tires if you want to create a graduated pond) you will need garden foil, gravel or pebbles, sand and a few plants and other supplies that you may have already or you can pick up at your local gardening center. This is a really easy way to have that relaxing garden pond without spending a fortune and you can build it in a weekend.
What better way to thrill the kids this summer than with their very own sand box? You can make a great sandbox out of a tire and if you have a few tires on hand, make a couple of them and put them together for a really neat sand area. Tractor tires work best if you have them because they are a bit larger than car and truck tires. You just paint the tire and then add the sand. This is one of the easiest projects and something that will literally take less than a day to make.