As you probably already know, repurposing and upcycling is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been upcycling items since I was a little girl. So when I wanted to add some fun pizzaz to the front of my shop I repurpose some old tires to make tire planters along an ugly blank exterior wall that was making me sad every time I looked at it.
So this is what I started off with. See what I mean, it’s an ugly blank exterior wall. When I purchased the property this wall was covered in vine. It looked old and wild and yucky! When we took it all down I knew I had to do something to liven it up and have some personality. That is when I came up with the idea of hanging tire planters!
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Supplies for Tire Planters:
(based on making 3 planters)
- 3 Tires
- Potting Soil
- 3 Eye Bolt (This is the one I used)
- 3/8″ drill bit
- 3 Rope Binding Hooks
- Chain or Rope to hang
- Spray Paint – See below
Instructions for Tire Planters:
Wash and spray paint your tires first if you want your tire planters to be colorful.
Step 1) Drill drain holes.
- The first thing you want to do when creating your own tire planters is to ensure there are some drain holes on the bottom of your tire (bottom meaning when it’s hanging). This is to ensure that when you water or when rain water gets in can get out. The same goes for any planter but especially with these because the pooling water can push the soil out and then you have sad flowers trying to grow in bad conditions and who wants that?
- I drilled a hole with my drill bit in between each tread section with no hole being in the same location horizontally. This will help the water to drain evenly.
Step 2) Drill top hole. The next step is to place your tire right side up. You will need to drill a hole in the center of the tire for your eye bolt.
Step 3) Place eye bolt in the top hole and give it a couple of good twists into the tire.
Step 4) Attach your eye bolt with a nut on the inside of the tire. This will ensure that it is secure and won’t back out once it takes weight when hung.
Step 5) Attach hook to hold chain. Now I got lucky when it came to hanging the tires. There was a piece of 2×8 already attached to the building. I simply drilled another 2×4 over the top to make sure that the tires would have enough support as they hang and attached the chain hook with screws.
Step 7) Hang chain from the hook on the wall.
Step 8) Place top soil in the bottom of the tire and plant the flowers.
This is where I planned on my project being finished. I had thought that I wanted to leave the tires originally black, but, I decided there was something missing. That is when I decided to spray paint them! My dear hubby thought I was crazy but I know what I like and I wanted this wall to say something about me. I had already Updated my door with Modern Masters Front Door Paint in a beautiful green color called Fortunate and I wanted to continue with that same welcoming appeal.
My Step 9) Cover the building wall with plastic. This step would normally be the very first step, only easier! You will cover an area to spray paint the tires on the ground before hanging them!
My Step 10) Spray paint the tires. Again, you would want to do this on the ground if you already planning to paint them. I used the following colors: Rustoleum Seaside, Rustoleum Berry Pink, and Rustoleum Real Orange.
Here they are all painted. I hope you agree this is a better look! I decided to share the spray painting pictures to let you know that not every project turns out the way you think it will but don’t stop there, make changes until you love it! It’s your project! Plus I thought it would give you a good laugh watching me spray paint the tires, plants in them and all!
I hung my Chandelier Bird Feeder behind my Herb Garden Bench to finish off the look. I actually loved the way it turned out and so glad that I hung them out front of my shop. It’s been a great conversation piece as well as a bit of introduction as to who I am and what I do ?.
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