Make planters from old tires

This actitvity is suitable for groups of any size.

Materials for creating planters from tires

  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Tube of strong glue
  • Used tires
  • Plastic burlap feed bags (or similar resistant plastic bags)
  • Some wood boards (like the ones of pallets)
  • Garden soil
  • Spray paint
  • Plants

How to…

There is no confirmed appreciable risk in using recycled tires in the vegetable garden. While it is a fact that rubber tires do contain minute amounts of certain heavy metals, the compounds are tightly bonded within the actual rubber compound and do not leach into the soil. However, it is recommended to use ornamental plants and flowers in case the quality of the edible plants grown in such planters concerns you.
First of all, choose what colors you would like to add to your garden, buy the paint (spray is recommended and easier to use) and have fun coloring your tire.
Once the tire is dried, start by drilling some holes (4 to 6) in the bottom of the tires, these holes will be essential to drain the water in excess out of the planter. Straighten out the burlap bags so you can cut them open.
Cut the boards in the right size and make sure that it can be inserted in the tire, then lay the bags over the tires and and the boards and cover bottom of the tire, but make sure not to cover the drainage holes. Use a staple to fix the plastic bag to the tire. Place the tires on the ground in the desired position, fill with compost and soil and start planting your tires garden!

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