How to Make Flower Pots Out of Old Tires


There are probably as many creative ways make flower pots out of old tires as there are creative minds committed to doing so. Some methods are time-consuming, elaborate and require a fair measure of muscle to complete. But you can also easily repurpose nasty old tires into a quaint, attractive container garden in mere minutes. When you're done, congratulate yourself for keeping one more tire out of a landfill.

Step 1

Tip the tire onto its side. Set it into a wide, shallow container such as an old salad bowl or plastic dishpan so that it balances.

Step 2

Use a crayon to mark the places on the tire where it touches the sides of the container. Remove the tire from the container.

Step 3

Punch 10 or 12 drainage holes through the sides of the tire between the crayon marks, using a screwdriver.

Step 4

Balance the tire back in the container. Fill the section between the crayon marks with potting soil or compost.

Step 5

Plant a single specimen in your flower pot, or use multiple species with similar growing requirements to create a lush container garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Shallow salad bowl or dishpan
  • Crayon
  • Potting soil or compost


  • Apartment Therapy: Look! Car Parts as Planters
  • Farm Radio International: Gardening in Tires
  • EZ Gardening for Beginners: Frugal Planter Idea--Recycle Old Tires
  • Wuv'n Acres: How to Recycle Old Tires Into Garden Planters
  • Easy Green Living: How to Recycle Tires

Who Can Help

  • TireCrafting: Frequently Asked Questions
  • KriyaYoga: Tire Recycling
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Axl J. Amistaadt began as a part-time amateur freelance writer in 1985, turned professional in 2005, and became a full-time writer in 2007. Amistaadt’s major focus is publishing material for GardenGuides. Areas of expertise include home gardening, horticulture, alternative and home remedies, pets, wildlife, handcrafts, cooking, and juvenile science experiments.