I really wanted to do something with an ugly tire that I found in my back yard.
The old home owners left it behind and it just sat there…taunting me! I refused to be mocked by an inanimate object, so I decided to act and fight back. I figured making an adorable tire planter would be a super cute and easy project that even I could do! It took me one failed attempt to figure out how to make this task successful, but once I had a plan it was very easy to put together.
The coolest part about this project is that I had the perfect items for the legs of this planter. Earlier this month my husband and I removed some awful dated spindles in our living room and bathroom (our home is from the 60’s). So I decided to use the left over spindles to make the legs.
No fear! You can find some awesome legs through Amazon though!
These are my favorites that I found, but you can look through the other choices! 🙂
I used 8 2 1/2 inch screws. They are really long going into the tire, but I wanted to make sure it was long enough that it wouldn’t fall out. Plus you won’t be able to see the screws once the soil is in.
You will also need a can of spray paint (your choice in color). I decided to just choose a white color. I might add some other color later.
You will also need a drill with a drill bits. My screws required a Phillips head.
First thing I did was clean off the tire. I washed all of the mud and stuff off so I could have a relatively clean surface to work with.
I then began to use the spray paint and I sprayed the tire and each of the spindles (legs).
This was my sight as I was working 🙂 A baby! 🙂 He refused to keep his blanket on (Just so you guys know my son was not down wind from the spray paint so he was not breathing it in. It was great turning and smiling at him ever so often.
(Ignore the wood in the middle of the tire; I had an idea and then decided against it; Part of my first failed attempt). But here is everything painted.
You can now get the top of your table ready. I just grabbed a random piece of wood that I had in our backyard (courtesy of the previous owners).
Of course this was a little too big so I used a jigsaw to cut the edges of the piece of wood to fit the tire.
If you don’t have a jigsaw and you plan on doing more projects like this you should definitely invest in one! If this is your only project you could just use a regular saw, but it would take a lot longer. Of course you don’t need a saw if you found a piece of wood that perfectly fit your tire.
This is the one that I have and it’s been working okay for me, but I want to upgrade soon.
If you want to spend a little more money then you should buy this one! This is the one I will buy when the times come.
So this is the edges cut down to hide underneath the tire.
Now make sure that everything is completely dry before you proceed (I know it’s difficult…I am impatient too).
So you are going to want to drill in the corner of all four corners of the piece of wood (table top). Put on one leg at a time. What I mean by that is drill, and screw in the leg before drilling the other holes. Its easier (even if it takes longer). You won’t have to make sure you are lining up the holes with each other.
So here is a picture of two of the legs on the table.
Here is a picture of all four legs on the table. Yes it does look uneven. I did this on purpose because the table will be at a slant and I wanted to make sure that it was even once placed (and yes you can see my other crafts in the background). One of those crafts is my cinder block planter found here.
You will next want to flip your table upside down. Now if I had to do this over again I would paint last, because I had to repaint. It got pretty dirty and since my paint was white it was very noticeable. Well…ya live and ya learn right! I am just winging this!
You will now want to screw four holes from the wood into the tire. Make sure that you do one at a time!
So I finished putting in the screw on the bottom right before I moved on to the bottom left. It takes longer, but it will be SO much easier!
I put a garbage bag in the tire so that it would keep most of the soil in and keep some water in to make sure that the flowers even have a chance. This will also protect your wood and will last longer.
I put soil and flowers in and placed on the side of my house 🙂
I painted another coat of white paint over it (wish I would have done before planting the flowers, because they were hard to avoid). I am really excited to get the rest of my yard under control in order for this piece to shine! I love it and I am so happy with the final product!
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