Have you ever wondered what to do with used tires? Here are 22 tire crafts to spruce up your backyard, amuse your kids, or even add more seating to your living room. This list contains everything from tire planters to a hot pink dog bead all made out of tires. There is something for everyone on this list, including your pup!
Where can I recycle old tires?
If you are nor feeling crafty, and simply want to recycle tires, click here and enter your zip code to find the nearest recycling center that accepts tires.
Recycled tire toys for kids
If you have a few old tires laying around why not give them new life and make something fun for the kids!
1. DIY Tire See Saw
This see saw provides hours of fun for little kids! The best part? You can make 2 see saws with one tire!
This recycled tire sandbox is perfect for one child. The chalkboard lid makes sure no cat can do their business in your kiddos play space.
3. Ladybug Tire Swing
Turn an old tire into a whimsical toy that doubles as a statement piece in your yard. Grams made this lady bug tire swing is made with a simple can of spray paint. You ca
4. Pony Tire Swing
Instead of a plain ol’ tire swing turn your old tires into a pony swing! Daves’s Garden shares a pattern and step by step picture tutorial to make your very own point tire swing.
5. Tire mushrooms
All you need to make these adorable mushroom stools is an old tire, plywood, a tree stump, and an old couch cushion! I’ll take 5 for my backyard, please! Get the full tutorial on Grillo Designs.
6. Tire Hammocks
Who doesn’t love a hammock? The best part of this tire craft is that you can turn one tire into 2 awesome tire hammocks. Get tire hammock swing plans at Playground Ideas.
DIY Tire Planters
Next on the list of tire crafts are tire planters! Who knew old tires where a perfect for displaying plants?
7. Tire Urns
These old black tires got a major face lift with a few coats of paint and lots of dirt. I love how she elevated the urns on cinder blocks for extra height. Photo via Shoestring Pavilion.
8. Wall Tire Planters
These planters are as simple as hanging tires on a wall and adding beautiful flowers, of course. Don’t forget to drill holes in the bottom of the tires for drainage! For more picture and details visit Recaptured Charm.
9. Parrot Planter
What a creative way to re use a tire!
10. Tire Planter
This recycled tire planter up-cycled the whole tire, including the metal rim. She opted to add clothesline rope around the tire instead of painting the tire. For detailed tutorial to make this recycled planter, check out By The Stand.
11. Frog Planter
This creative tire garden planter gave 5 old tires a new life and added a whole lot of whimsy to Two Women and Hoe’s garden.
DIY Tire Seats
Save a tire from a landfill and turn it into a chair!
No one would believe that this beautiful ottoman started its life as a tire and is simply covered in rope. For a complete tutorial, check out That was a What!
13. Grass Bench
Use recycled tires to make a grass bench, tire planters, and even a playscape for kids. This pop up park was in Lima, Peru and utilized old tires in many beautiful ways.
14. Tire seats
These tires win cutest tyre seats I’ve ever seen! Best part? They double as toy storage! For the step by step tutorial, visit Grillo Designs.
Who doesn’t need more storage in their home? Give an old tire new life as a storage container. It’s perfect for a garden hose, toys, or even a shelf for toy cars!
15. Hose Holder
This tire craft adds a touch of whimsy to the garden and makes the gets the water hose mess under control! (Image via Felder Rushing.)
16. Toy Storage
A simple, modern way to keep the toy clutter to a minimum outside. Best part? The tires are on casters! Spotted on Curbly.
This simple carry all pouch is made from old bike tire. See the detailed tutorial at Etsy Journal.
18. Toy Storage
If you have a car lover on your hands, this tire turned Matchbox car shelf might be the winner. A fresh coat of paint and 3 wooden shelves, gives a unique storage space for your little ones most prized possessions. For the complete tutorial, check out Spaceships and Laser beams.
Home Decor Tire Crafts
19. Bike tire turned mirror
Who knew an old bike tire could look so sophisticated with a coat of white paint and a mirror in the middle? For more details check out Re-Creations Projects.
20. Porch Screen
If you’re looking for privacy on your porch or to possibly divide up space consider connecting multiple tires with steel wire to make a screen. I love that this bike tire porch screen could also doubles as a trellis for vines. For the complete tutorial, head on over to Instructables.
If you’re in the market for a pumpkin that doesn’t rot, this tire turned pumpkin might be your answer! (Image via Felder Rushing.)
22. Dog Bed
Turn an old tire into a modern dog bed in 2 hours or less. Check out the detailed picture tutorial on Practically Functional.
If you ever wonder what to do with used tires again, consider one of these awesome projects above! If you enjoyed this up-cycling article, don’t miss:
Comments & Reviews
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Pickled Barrel says
Who would of thought that you could use so much stuff with tires! I love all these ideas, thank you for the great post!
Hi there 🙂 Love the ideas for the old tyres. Question: How do you line the bottom of the tyres for the hanging planters etc?
Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!
Emily Boyle says
I’m the creator behind #1 (Tire See Saw)! I’m so pumped you linked up to my project but you linked up to my old blog that is no longer updated! Everything has been transfered over to http://accordingtoboyle.com/
The link to the tire project is here: http://www.accordingtoboyle.com/shes-crafty-tired-out/
Hope that helps and thanks again for featuring my project! (I now have my eye on some of those planters and the hose roller). 🙂
Jamie Dorobek says
Fixed it! Thanks for letting me know 🙂
OMGoodness! I just got all four tires changed today and was trying to figure out what to do with the old ones, and decided to google ideas tonight – and this post popped up in my news feed! Very cool!