How to Make a Tyre Flower Pot

By   | Last Updated :   January 15, 2022 | Filed In :   DIY & How To

Re-using tyres to make flower pots in your garden seems like an excellent use for a resource that can be difficult to recycle. If you’d like to discover how to make a tyre flower pot, how to cut a tyre, what soil to use, or are wondering if they’re safe to use as planters, then read on.

tyre flower pot

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Types of tyres to use

How to cut a tyre

half tyre flower pot

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Some of the designs suggested below involve cutting a tyre. A tyre’s thick dense rubber is lined with steel, making it difficult to cut. Tyres can be dangerous to cut too so make sure you wear protective eyewear and gloves and also ensure that your tools are sharp.

First, use a sharp tool to make an indent and then use a power saw to cut the shape you need. This video carefully takes you through the process of cutting the edge of a tyre, using a drill, and a knife. Once you have mastered this, you can try more complex shapes.

How to fill a tyre

fill tyre flower pot

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Some gardeners are happy to fill a tyre with soil and then add a plant. This is fine if the base is on concrete on a patio or a balcony but if you’re planning to place your tyre in direct contact with grass, then I advise you to place a liner on the area you want to use. This is because toxic chemicals that can leach from the tyre over time. See more in the FAQs below.

Be careful! Due to the toxic substances which are in tyres, don’t use them for growing food without a layer between the rubber and the growing medium.

There are also some concerns about using tyres where children play because they tend to absorb more of these substances just because their body weight is smaller. This is especially true if they are playing with them.

What can I plant in a tyre?

tyre flower pot plants

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Provided you line your tyres, your flowers should grow well in there. Trailing plants like petunias are wonderful and compact carnations with sweetly scented flowers will add a burst of colour.

I wouldn’t advise planting trees or shrubs because they won’t be able to root deeply in a tyre and may become unstable. If you like, you can use the tyre as a stabiliser for a plant pot you already have and contain the actual pot your plant is growing in within the tyre.

Tyre planter design ideas

The round shape of tyres can really get your creative juices flowing, here are some creative planter ideas for old tyres:

fence tyre flower pot

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patio tyre flower pot

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vertical tyre flower pot

Image credit: @nicola_jc

repurposed tyre hanging planter box

Other ideas

  1. Visual artist Blake McFarland uses old tyres as raw material, cutting them into astonishing animals and scary monsters. If you need some ideas, visit his website: Bored Panda.
  2. See some fantastic design ideas here: 50 Impressive DIY Tire Planters Ideas for Your Garden To Amaze Everyone | garden ideas – YouTube

Tina’s tips

Check for slugs and snails before you fill up your tyre

The inside of a tyre is an ideal hiding place for these creatures and they will munch all your pretty flowers so remove these first, particularly if the tyres have been sitting outdoors for some time.

Look out for over-wintering moths and butterflies

I have often found peacock butterflies enjoying the cosy interior of a tyre over the winter. Give your tyre a good shake before you use it!

FAQs

Are tyres dangerous?

Tyres are manufactured to carry substantial weight and they’re extremely tough. Tyres contain aluminium, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and sulphur, as well as a high level of zinc.

It is possible for some of these chemicals to leach out onto your grass and flowerbeds so I advise using a liner inside the tyre if you’re planting food and salads and also protecting your grass and particularly your pond area as tyres can harm aquatic environments. Source

Should I keep tyres away from ponds?

Yes. Tests have shown that tyre contaminants are especially dangerous for pond and wild freshwater areas and that chemical leakage has killed entire aquatic communities including fish, algae, snails and plants.

Research has found that acidic soils tend to retain zinc, which exists in high amounts in rubber and if the rubber was originally exposed to heavy metals, these can leach out into your planting soil.

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