Cheap But Genius Things You Can Make With Old Tires

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Do you have all kinds of tires strewn about your yard? Well, it’s time to say goodbye to their plan and boring exterior. This is how you can transform them into something truly special.

If you’re the kind of person that gets itchy feet when they are sat around for too long, there’s a high chance that you’re always looking for something to do. Whether you decide to cook up a storm in the kitchen to pass the time or knit a blanket because - like Jon Snow always told us - winter is coming, there are so many different tasks and projects that will keep your hands busy. 

Of course, you could also get crafty with some of the items that you have lying around your house and yard. Most of us have tires stashed away in our garages, and you’ll be happy to know that you can make use of them while keeping busy and crafty at the same time! Many people think that tires should be sent to the junkyard where they supposedly belong, but we don’t think that’s the case. Anything can be repurposed and given a new life if you know how, and there are so many ways to transform your old tires into something both beautiful and useful.

Create a welcoming wreath

If you’re always looking for ways to improve your home and add some style into the mix, you probably have to stop yourself from buying all kinds of decorative pieces when you make your way to the Home Depot. Well, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to shell out a huge amount of money on the latest collections.

You can create your own decorations using items that you probably have lying around your house. If you have an old bicycle tire in your garage, you can transform this into a beautiful and decorative welcoming wreath that will put a smile on your face. You can adorn this tire with real or false flowers, and you can hang it wherever you want.

Make your own tire table

Everyone loves to make their house a home, right? However, decking out your house with attractive and high-quality furniture can be expensive. You often have to spend thousands of dollars on couches, more than you can comprehend on new kitchen appliances, and that’s before you even add a table into the mix.

Thankfully, you can make your own table at home using an old tire without having to break the bank. You don’t need to worry about the look or the quality of the tire because you will be covering it with jute rope, which means that you won’t be able to see it when the final product is completed.

Make a quirky pendant light

Many people see tires as harsh and often unattractive items, but they don’t have to be. You can transform these tires into something that you want to see all across your house if you know how! One of the best ways to reuse your old tires is to create a quirky pendant light.

Of course, you will need the help of an electrically-minded individual to make sure that the electrical side of things are safe and secure, but you can make this kind of lights without having to put too much effort into it. All you’ll need is a tire, a lightbulb, and a light installation that you don’t mind changing up a little bit.

Make a colorful dog bed

Dogs just love to chew up their beds, don’t they? If you’re a dog owner who has bought more dog beds than they can count, it might be an idea to look for a sturdier option. Making use of a strong tire could be exactly what you and your dog needs, and it won’t cost you a fortune each time they decide to have a little munch.

All you need for this project is the tire itself and some comfortable bedding, and then you can personalize the bed to your own tastes. You can paint it in your favorite color, you can add some patterns into the mix, you can cover it in fabric, or you could even attach a name plaque to the side.

Grow your own vegetables

More and more people are opting to ditch the grocery stores in favor of their own home-grown vegetables, but some people struggle to grow this produce in the soil in their backyard. That’s because vegetables require very specific environments to succeed, and although you can buy fertilizer and mulch to cover your whole garden, this can get pretty pricey.

So, why not cut costs by using a few spare tires? By placing these tires on the ground and filling the holes with the perfect concoction of minerals and mulch, you can give your vegetables a small-but-perfectly-formed place to grow. This type of vegetable garden also looks pretty awesome!

Create your own rustic ottoman

There’s something so beautiful about wrapping an old tire with rope, and this action transforms it into something magical. Thankfully, it’s not hard to do! In fact, you can go one step further and create a rustic ottoman for your home. This can be used either inside or outside of your home and will be able to withstand any weather or temperature. Tempted?

This DIY project is super easy to make, and won’t cost you a fortune in the making. All you need is a large tired, rope of your own desired thickness and design, and something to place on top of the ottoman. This skillet seems to work perfectly, as it not only serves as a table but can also be removed to show the space within!

Create the perfect space for your plants

If you’re the kind of person that prides themselves on their green fingers, you’ll be happy to know that there are all kinds of ways that you can transform your yard. One of the coolest ways to change-up your plants and add a little color into your garden is to introduce some tires into the mix.

You can use these tires in any way you want, but we think they make pretty cool planters. While you can keep these on the ground, you can also change them up so that they are hovering off the ground and standing tall. Of course, you don’t have to stick with plain ol’ tires either. Get the colors flowing.

Build a tire swing

Long before people got crafty with their old tires, most of them headed to the nearby forest or the trees in their yard to create their very own tire swing. It’s one of the most common uses for an old tire, and it’s super fun, too! A tire swing is super easy to make, and only requires two materials that you’ll definitely be able to find in your garage.

Simply tie this tire up to the strongest tree in your yard and swing away. To really add some fun into the mix, why not get creative with the design? You can add color, you can add pattern, and you can add anything you want.

Split up your yard

If you’re lucky enough to have some outside space to call your own, it’s important to take advantage of it. Not only does it give you the chance to grab some fresh air after a long day, but it also gives you the chance to get creative. While you can just enjoy a slab of grass, you can also split up your yard using extra additions if you feel like it.

This won’t cost you a huge amount of money, because you can simply reuse old tires! Using different sizes and different colors will give your yard that effortless look you might be after, and this will also give you the chance to play around with different flowers.

Bring in the elephants

If you have a creative mind, then you might be able to create amazing and intriguing constructions using the old tires you have lying around your backyard. If you know how to manipulate materials, you could piece together various shapes and sizes of tire to create amazing animal decorations.

When you think about it, this elephant has been created with just a few pieces of tire and an impressive use of color and shape. However, the creativity shouldn’t end there! Why not throw a few birds into the mix? Then, what about a monkey hanging from the trees? The opportunities are endless.

Make the perfect stepping stones

What most people don't realize is that tires don’t have to stay in their circular shapes forever. By repurposing these old tires and molding them and changing them, you can create various different products that can be used around the house.

Yes, this project may not be the easiest thing in the world, but if you have the time and energy to stretch out your old tires, flatten them, and then re-work the grooves, you can make your very own stepping stones. While this might cost around the same price as buying stepping stones from the store, you won’t quite get the same satisfaction as making them yourself.

Make fancy outdoor stools

Tires and strong and stable, which means that they provide the perfect framework for something that will take the weight of a human body. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they also have the ability to feature new additions and modifications, which is why these fancy outdoor stools are so easy to make.

For this project, all you’ll need are some old tires, the paint color of your choosing, and a cushion. Then, simply attach the cushion to the tire and let the aesthetic do the talking. Because these stools are low to the ground, they will provide a calm and comfortable approach to outdoor seating.

Make a game of it

Sometimes you just need to add a pop of color into your yard, but that doesn’t always mean that you need to add new furniture or paint the walls. Adding small additions such as games for your children can bring your yard to life and make it seem as though it’s one of the coolest yards in the area.

Next time you find yourself with a tire to spare, why not make a game of it? You can create this colorful tire without a huge amount of effort and money because all you really need is the tire itself and some colored fabric. By wrapping the fabric around the tire, you can give your kids something to play with and something to marvel at.

Add something to the walls

Do you ever look at the walls or fences in your backyard and realize just how plain and boring they look? Well, they don’t have to stay that way. Although this craft project doesn’t just make use of old tires, they are certainly the main event. That’s because you probably have an old bicycle that you don’t use in your garage, so why not make use of it?

It looks even better when you add a rusty bicycle into the mix. By hanging this bike on the wall, you can allow the elements to make it even rustier, and allow the plants along the fence to trail up the bicycle. The end result is rustic and natural and absolutely beautiful.

Utilize a new storage space

If you’re constantly looking for new and unique storage solutions, we may have just found the perfect space for you. Whether you want to store your yarn or even a few cold ones on a warm summer’s day, you can create this tire unit that can blend into any background - if you want it to, of course.

You can paint your tires any color you fancy, whether that be the same color as your walls or something bright and vibrant to really get people talking. The best thing about this tire storage unit is that you can make it as big or as small as you want. If you need a lil’ extra space, add another tire into the mix.

Make a spill-proof dog bowl

If you have a dog or dogs, you’ll know that they quickly become part of your family. They become your best friends, they become your children, and they become hugely special in your life. Because of this, you try to make sure that they are comfortable and happy at all times.

This is all well and good, but some dogs just love to tip over their water bowls and make a mess where they’re not supposed to. To try and combat this, you can make use of an old tire to create a spill-proof dog bowl. By placing a bucket or bowl inside of a decorated tire, you can be sure that your dog won’t be able to tip it over.

Make your perfect plant pot

Rubber is a hugely versatile material that can be changed and molded as you see fit, which means that you can make so many different products - including this awesome plant pot! This stylish and sophisticated pot wouldn’t look out of place in a Morrocoan 5* hotel, but can actually make its way into your home without you shelling out a huge amount of money in the process.

However, it’s important to take note of the fact that melting rubber down can be extremely dangerous and requires the work of a professional. Yet, when these people do get their hands on the tire, they can make it into something special.

Build a stunning planter

When you want to show off your plants, why not make use of a beautiful planter? While you can head to Home Depot and buy some of the most expensive pots and planters in the store, you could spend your afternoon making your own instead.

The best part? These planters look super expensive, even though they will only cost you a few dollars! Utilizing an old tire, some rope, and three small pieces of wood, you can create this stunning planter that will house your favorite plants. Thanks to the legs, you don’t need to worry about soil making its way onto your brand new rug.

Bring the park to you

If you have kids, you’ll know that you have to try and keep them entertained throughout the day. However, there are some days where you just can’t muster up the energy to head to the park. This means that you have to pack up all of your toys, toiletries, and everything that your child will need for just a short trip out of the house.

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So, why not bring the park to you? It’s super easy to make your own sandbox and really is as simple as it sounds. All you’ll need is an old tire and some sand, and then you can customize it to your kids’ taste. You could even get them involved and allow them the chance to paint their own sandbox!

Add some light to your life

Unless you live by candlelight, you’ll definitely have a huge number of light fittings and fixtures around your house. You may just have one light in the middle of each room, or you may opt for smaller lights that are dotted around the walls and the ceilings.

If you’re looking for a statement light to add to your home, then you might want to give this one a go. This is a very simple design, but offer a stylish and sophisticated aesthetic that adds a little vibrancy into the mix. To make this light, you’ll need an old bicycle tire and some light bulbs. You’ll probably then need an electrician to wire everything up.

Create a garden oasis

If you have a few spare tires lying around, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to take them all the way to the junkyard. You can instead put on your creative hat and turn them into something special. You can make your very own garden oasis if you have the know-how, and create various installations that will take your yard to the next level.

Whether you want to build your own wave of greenery or whether you want to create a colorful obstacle course, there are so many ways to utilize these tires. It’s also perfect for those who only have a patio to add some grass into their lives!

Show off your shoes

Do you ever just look at the walls in your bedroom and let out a little sigh? Blank walls can be pretty boring and don’t give you the chance to show off your creativity or your personality. So, why not add some cool tire wall hangings into the mix? Using just a few pieces of rope and some old tires, you can hang these tires from the wall and create a weird and wonderful feature.

Of course, you don’t have to fill these tires with shoes if you don’t want to. You can hang these tires throughout your home, and fill with photo frames in your living room, toiletries in your bathroom, or even cooking utensils in the kitchen.

Repurpose an old mirror

If you have an old mirror lying around that doesn’t come with its own frame, don’t just throw it away. You don’t have to shell out a huge amount of money to buy a new fancy frame that will give the mirror a little added pop but can instead use an old bicycle tire that you might have lying around.

By slotting the mirror into the center of the tire, you can create something truly special and authentic that you can mold to your own personal taste. You can paint the tire, you can cover it with material, and you can even add jewels and diamonds to it if that’s your kinda vibe. The tire world is your oyster.

Make hanging planters

Flowers always add a little something extra to your yard, but if you don’t have a lot of floor space, it can be difficult to add this pop of color into the mix. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with a boring ol’ backyard.

By reusing old tires and hanging them from your house or your shed with ropes or chains, you can make hanging planters that are perfect for any flowers. You can customize these planters to your heart’s content and can choose to keep them plain or paint them to add even more vibrancy to your outside space.

Dig for silver and gold

If you love to grow flowers and all kinds of foliage in your yard, you may always be on the lookout for new and exciting ways to show off your green fingers. While you can simply keep these flowers in a row or in flower pots, you can also add some silver and gold into the mix.

By stacking up one, two, three, or more tires on top of each other, you can create a flower stack that shows off these flowers in all of their glory. Of course, you can paint them in any way that you choose, but we like the idea of adding some precious metals into your garden.

Create a stylish armchair

If you’re looking to add a new piece of furniture to your collection, there’s a high chance that you have been looking at various options that will cost you hundreds of dollars. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can DIY your own chair, at a fraction of the cost.

Of course, this is not the kind of armchair that you could whip up in an afternoon, but if you have the determination and the material, you could do it! You don’t have to use different colors of wicker, but we can’t help but fall in love with the effect that it has on the overall aesthetic.

Build a fun seesaw

Most people think of a completely spherical tire, but they don’t have to be used that way. You can cut these tires into small sections to help with your DIY projects, and that’s exactly what you can do if you want to make your very own seesaw.

All you’ll need for this project is a tire, some wood, and some rope. You can then transform the seesaw into something fun and exciting for your kids by adding different colors and facial expressions, and you can even make two! After all, if you’re only using one-half of the tire, which means that there’s another half going spare.

Take yourself to new levels

For some people, their backyard is their haven. If you’re one of those people, you’re probably always looking for ways to spice up your yard. While you can fill it with flowers and add as many little trinkets as you can possibly fit in the ground, sometimes you need a little extra something special.

Adding new levels and splitting your yard into sections can be the perfect way to add a new dimension to your outside space, and you can make this using old tires! Sure, you may need a huge number of tires to complete this DIY project, but it’s totally worth it. Once the flowers within these tires grow to new heights, they’ll look spectacular.

Create an outdoor patio space

If you have a huge amount of space in your backyard, you probably want to make use of it whenever you can. However, kicking out a large space with furniture and flowers can be expensive if you head to the store and fill up your cart with tables and chairs. But what if we told you that it didn’t have to be that way?

You can easily fill up your yard and create a stunning outdoor patio space using just a few items. You’ll need as many tires as you want to make your stools, and then you’ll need a couple of spare pallets to make your table. Once you’ve done this, you can customize the area to suit your own tastes.

Create workout equipment

Most people try to keep in shape any way that they can, but gym memberships aren’t great for those who are looking to save their money. Well, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to shell out $40 a month to lose some weight or tone up.

That’s because you can make use of your yard space and the spare tires that you might have lying around. There are so many different ways to make use of these tires, and they allow you to switch up your workouts. You can frog jump from one to the next, you can run through them, and you can even lift them up and carry them from one end of your yard to the other!

Put a spring in your step

There’s a high chance that you have an old bicycle in your garage that is simply gathering dust because you have punctures in the tires. If you don’t plan on getting back into the saddle anytime soon, it might be time to make use of your tires.

You can ditch the punctured exterior of the tire itself, and just focus on the frame because this will serve as the perfect frame for all of your crafting needs. You can hang these frames across your yard and hang plants off them, you can add some bunting into the mix when you have a party going on, or you could just paint them and create a feature of them.

Make an outdoor table

If you love to entertain yourself and guests outside, having an outside table can be pretty important. Yet, what’s so amazing about this DIY table is that it can also double-up as a chair if you invite a few extra guests around for games night under the stars. Tires are the perfect frames for such chairs and tables because they offer so much more than just a square chunk of wood or other material.

This table is rounded, it’s quirky, and it’s completely versatile. Yes, you can pick your own fabric when it comes to this table, although it might be best to choose something more waterproof if you live somewhere prone to rain.

Fill up a blossoming planter

You might not have realized that tires provide the perfect home for your plants, but they do! There are so many different ways to utilize these tires when it comes to the flora in your life, but one of the best ways to make use of all of the space around your home is to hang them up.

When you do this, you get the chance to use the inside space of the tire as the base for your soil and your flowers. While you can fill up the insides of these tires, you can also plant trailing plants that will hang from the tires and create a beautiful feature on the side of your house.

Make your own swing set

If you’re constantly looking for new and exciting ways to entertain your kids, you’ve probably looked at all kinds of toys and activities in stores and online for them to enjoy. However, most of these products come with a high price tag, and you don’t get to feel the satisfaction of putting a smile on your children’s faces - as you do when you make them yourself.

Thankfully, there are amazing items that you can make at home without putting yourself in a stressful financial situation. If you create a strong framework and dig it into your yard, you can then create this awesome swing set. Simply attach a tire to rope or chain, and decorate the tire however you want.

Build your own speaker

Do you love music? Are you constantly on the lookout for a new speaker that isn’t just like every other speaker on the market? Well, one of the best ways to do this is to make your own speaker. Creating your own speaker system isn’t as hard as it looks, as you can just mount your speakers on a piece of wood, and then slot that piece of wood into a tire of your choice.

One of the best things about this DIY project is that you can chop and change your tire. You can choose a thin bicycle tire, you can make use of a larger car tire, or you could even take the tire off your wheelbarrow and use that!

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