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4 Easy & Creative Ways To Repurpose Old Tires

Old tires have many uses. The recycled rubber is often melted down to make products such as rubber roofing shingles, and other items we use from time to time. However, with a little creativity, you can repurpose your tires and create many new things around your home. Here are some amazing uses for old tires.

Toy Box

If you’re tired of paying high prices for small toy boxes, you can make your own with a couple of old tires. All you need is:

  • 2 old tires
  • 2 circular pieces of wood (large enough to cover the tires)
  • 1 handle
  • 4 furniture casters (optional)
  • Paint (optional)

If you want to paint the wheels to match your child’s color scheme, do the painting first. Once they’re painted and dry, you can put them together. If you want your toy box to be mobile, screw 4 furniture casters into one of your circular pieces of wood. Ensure that they are toward the outside and evenly spaced for optimal balance.

You should now have a large wooden circle on wheels. Carefully stack your old tires on top of it. Now you have a large toy box for your child. To top it off, add a lid. Take your other circular wooden piece and screw a handle into the middle of it. Set it on top of your toy box and you’re done.


Making a sandbox from an old tire will give your child the most unique sandbox in town. You will need:

  • Tractor tire
  • 2 pool noodles
  • Exterior paint
  • Super glue
  • Tarp

Scrub and dry your old tractor tire so it is nice and clean. Next, paint it whichever color your kids prefer. Once the paint dries, you can use the pool noodles. Tractor tires have a jagged edge on the inside lip, and the pool noodles are used to cover it so your children don’t become injured. Cut your pool noodles lengthwise, and put them over the edge. Use some glue to secure them.

Find the spot in your yard where you want the sandbox. Lay down a tarp and put the tire on top. Fill the tire with sand, and you have yourself a wonderful, unique, sandbox.

Flower Pots

Materials needed:

  • Old car tires
  • Paint
  • Drill

There are a few different ways to make flowerpots out of your old car tires. One thing you can do is just lay them down in your garden and plant the flowers in the middle. Paining the tires fun bright colors will add a fun look to your garden.

Another thing you can do is hang them on the side of your home or shed. This works well if you have trouble bending to tend to your flowers. Drill screws through the back of your tire into the wall until it’s secure. Drill several small holes through the bottom lip of the tire for proper drainage. After you finish drilling your drainage holes, you can add your potting soil and plant your flowers.

Dog Beds

If your dogs drag their beds around and make a huge mess with them, you can make dogs beds out of some old tires. You will need:

  • An old tire for each dog
  • Paint
  • Old bedding, pillows, or small dog bed

Wash and paint the tire so it looks nice for your pooch. Next use an old pillow, small dog bed, or some old bedding, and stuff it into the tire. As long as it fits inside and is comfortable for your puppy, it will work. That’s all you need to do. Put your tire wherever your dog likes to sleep and you’re finished.

Old tires have many uses. There is no need to toss a tire that can be a perfectly good sandbox, toy box, dog bed, or flower pot. With a little imagination, you can find many more uses for your tires. Contact an auto wheels retailer to see if they have any unusable tires, and get to work!

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