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 Stool Chair
Take that old tire, add a little paint and some cushioning and you have the perfect stool chair for outdoors. You just have to create a cushioned center and these are great for decks or around a fire pit. You will need a round board (you can cut one from plywood) for the center and then you just add the cushioning to the top of the board. Do these in multiple colors to brighten up your outdoor seating areas or in the same color to really make your outdoor living spaces look organized and elegant.
Comfy Tire Chair
You will need two tires to create this lovely chair as well as a wood palette, sponge for filling and a bit of fabric to cover it. You can make these in different sizes depending on the tires that you have available. If you want to create a child’s chair for instance, use small tires or you can use larger tires and have it sitting in your living room or bedroom. Cover it with whatever fabric you want that matches your current décor. It’s really easy to make and great for any indoor sitting area.
Hanging Tire Planter
There are a few ways that you can create planters from old tires. This hanging tire planter is one of the easiest and takes only about an hour or so to complete. You just have to paint the tire (whatever color you prefer) and then drill holes in the bottom to allow water to drain. Then just plant whatever flowers you want in the bottom and hang it from a chain or rope. These work really well with smaller tires or if you have a big enough tree, you could do a really large one and fill it with different types of flowers.
A Swing Set Ladder
If you have a little one who loves the swing set but doesn’t really like the traditional way of climbing onto the slide, you can create a really cute ladder from old tires that your little ones are sure to love climbing. You just have to choose tires of the same size and you can paint them to match the swing set or leave them plain, just whatever you prefer. Kids of all ages are sure to love climbing to the top of the slide on their tire ladder and this is a project that will take you only a couple of hours or so, depending on whether or not you want to paint the tires first.
Old Fashioned Tire Swing
If you really want to thrill your kids, build them an old tire swing like the one you had when you were younger, only with a little twist. Instead of simply hanging the tire, consider painting it first. Or, if you have a couple of tires then you can create an entire swing set out of painted tires and hang them in various trees around your yard. However you do it, having an old fashioned tire swing in your yard is sure to give the kids and grandkids a thrill this summer.
A trug or garden basket is easy to create from old tires and since you only need a little piece of the rubber, you can make these from the leftover pieces of other projects. You just have to add a handle or a way of carrying it and these make the perfect baskets for the garden. Water and soil won’t hurt the rubber so they are very durable and they are so easy to make that you can turn out a couple in about an hour or so.
Man Cave Coffee Table
A couple of tires and something for the top and you can create the perfect coffee table for your garage or man cave. You may want to shine the tires up a bit before you put them together and you can make the top out of a number of different materials. Note that the instructions on this one aren’t in English so you’ll want to use Google translate when you visit the site for the how-to. This is a really easy project though and one that is sure to impress anyone who visits your men only areas.
Tire Planter Columns
Turning a tire inside out may seem difficult but it’s much easier than you think. Once you have done that, you can use part of the tire, the rim and a few cinder blocks to create stunning columns in front of your house. You will need a tire for each column that you want to build as well as the blocks or you could use another material in place of cinder blocks if you want. With their handles and on their pedestals, these great tire planters look really expensive. Only you will know that they are made from old tires.
Simple Coffee Table
This is one of the simplest projects that you can do with old tires and only requires a tire, a round piece of board and a few legs. You just clean up (or paint) that old tire, add a round board for the top and then add some legs. What could possibly be easier? And, this is a great coffee table for man caves or garages or you could use it in the living room if you wanted. It’s durable because of the rubber and you won’t have to worry about the puppies chewing it up. You could also add a glass top if you wanted to make it a bit more elegant.
Tire Obstacle Course
Put your old tires to use and give the kids a great play area at the same time by building a tire obstacle course. You can do this with any number of tires so choose how big you want the course beforehand and you’ll know how many tires you need. Paint the tires first and then make sure that you affix them to the deck, porch or wherever you are putting the course so that it’s safe when little ones run through. You can make it so that they crawl through, climb or jump over the tires.