Top 10 Things To Make With Car Tyres

Each and every year tens of millions of rubber tyres are disposed of in the UK. Many are burned in what is called a slow smoulder burn and even more than that are sent to landfill. But I say this needs to stop! Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a Eco-warrior protest, it is just me saying we don’t need to dispose of them in those old-fashioned ways that are still causing an impact on the environment, not when you could use them to make one of these amazing things…

 


Top 10 Things To Make With Car Tyres


 

How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires
How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires

10 – Tractor tyre to pond in next to no time!

Apart from needing a few extra things like some slate, and a pond pump this is an amazing use of old tyres!  And it makes for a rather stunning garden feature.

Ladybird Tyre Swing
Ladybird Tyre Swing

9 – Swinging high with the Ladybirds

There are many, many images of swings made with tyres but this one put an instant smile on my face, lovable, simple and of course a fantastic use of an old tyre.

Old tyres turned into a fountain
Old tyres turned into a fountain

8 – The fountain of youth!…well it will help get rid of that spare tyre anyway!

This is not the prettiest thing you will ever make with various sized old tyres, but it is a very good one. Sadly I do bet that the skill level to replicate it is quite high, but still it is a great use of tyres despite not being able to easily replicate it.

Old tyres recycled into a desk
Old tyres recycled into a desk

7 – Good enough to eat off!

Not only does this look amazing but it would be perfect for a play school or kids play room.

Old tyres recycled into cartoon characters
Old tyres recycled into cartoon characters

6 – Give old tyres come character by turning them into characters!

Sadly for us “non-art” skilled people, some art skills will definitely be required to make these amazing characters. But if you work in a nursery or playschool I couldn’t think of a better use of them, simply amazing.

Recycled tyres turned into a bench
Recycled tyres turned into a bench

5 – Bench press them

Nothing too complicated here just bury two large tractor tyres into the ground and place a thick wooden bench between the two! Well, to be honest, I am sure there quite a bit more to it than that, but you get the general idea.

Tyre turned into a see-saw
Tyre turned into a see-saw

4 – Robbie The Rocker

This amazing use of an old tyre just brings a smile to the face and it not that hard to make.

Old rubber tyres turned into snails
Old rubber tyres turned into snails

3 – More grip than the tyres themselves!

This just made me smile from the moment I saw it. What better use of an old tyre than to turn it into a garden ornament snail!

Tyres turned into loch ness monster
Tyres turned into loch ness monster

2 – The loch Ness Monster Tyres

There are many, many different variations on this and some are even more amazing than this one! But most of them are just imposable to replicate if like me you have no art skills. But this is a whole different story, simple to make and if you throw in the blue painted pebbles into the mix,  you end up with a great talking point that can be added to any garden without much fuss at all. Deadly simple and so very beautiful to look at.

Recycled Tyre Planters
Recycled Tyre Planters

1 – Turn them into something that is good for the environment!

It just doesn’t get any better than this and that is a fact! So beautiful, so simple and makes the environment that little bit better just for being made. Just stunning considering it is just made with old tyres that would have otherwise harmed the environment

112 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Make With Car Tyres”

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  3. That table made from tyres is amazing, but I just have to try and make that bench for my garden.

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  5. Funny you should say that, because I thought I might well have a go at the pond one. Maybe we could have a pond off. *LOL* (thank you for the pin it is appreciated)

  6. i think this is a nice post and i already shared it to my facebook page. i hope my friend especially the one that has a relation with tyres in coal mining will think about this post 🙂
    i have a few friend who have strong enough position to do this 🙂

  7. Oh my, the list is long. Flip flops, gripper bottle opener, jar opener, mouse pads and coasters in many shapes. Bookmarks, key tags and fobs, counter mats, door mats, bracelets, car cup coaster and bracelets.

    Then there are suppliers with all manner of recycled products, including shredded recycled money.

  8. Awesome! My new home’s landscaping and fences are all being done with tires – I already planned on posting pics, but now I’m excited about working in these ideas, as well!

  9. And you would be correct. Although his duct tape as band-aids might fall on the edge of creative. They were an odd bunch.

  10. Yep, and unlike if you plant spuds in a bed, they don’t spread like triffids and take over your whole garden. It’s a good way to grow Jerusalem artichokes too. those suckers spread like a combination of ground elder, nettles and giant hogweed.

  11. I used to grow potatoes in stacks of old tyres. Put one on the ground, fill it with soil or compost, plant the seed potatoes. When they’ve sprouted and are a the stage where you’d bank them up, put another tyre on top and fill that, planting more seed spuds a you do. When the next lot of shoots come up, and another tyre, etc etc etc. You can get four or five tyres in a stack in a reasonable growing season, and as the Americans have it ‘It’s taters all the way down.’ The top ones are nice new spuds, and the ones at the bottom are good old ones for storage and use later

  12. Well that isn’t very nice at all. And they could have done something really creative with them! (but somehow I suspect that creative is not a word they would have known)

  13. My favorite is #10 – love the ideas of using big ones for a water feature. I love the characters and the snails – that is real creativity. I have a supplier that uses recycled treads for all kinds of products – for those businesses that want something to they are eco-friendly.

    I agree with Heather, it is always amazing to see what ideas people can think up – great imagination!

  14. If only I realized the uses for old tires years ago! My dad owned a tire shop when I was growing up and there were always old used tires to be had. Drat! Love this Top 10, btw.

  15. Growing up our next door neighbors burned their tires in their back yard. We did not have air conditioning and it never failed that the wind would blow the smoke straight into our house. There was no escaping the awful smell. Blech! Sure wish they had made one of these fun things instead!

  16. I loved this post! I have a very small, stabbed garden, I think the tyre planters is a wonderful idea that will suit my little bit of gardening skills, and get the kid involved too!

  17. I always found the concept of confidential waste a pain in the bum….the thought that two padlocks are the only thing that stops me reading top secret things before it gets destroyed was way to tempting….

  18. I was managing the transport side of things. So I got to see lots of stuff. It’s one of those industries that is so red taped, you can get fired for even touching the things. But the amount that should have been recycled, reused or just reloved, was terrible. The weirdest thing I’ve heard about would be a batch of Ann Summers rabbits that needed deep burial at a landfill because they were faulty. Can’t even begin to comment on it.

  19. I always admit that I ALWAYS post stuff that I alone like. If everyone else likes it then cool! But if you don’t then that is up to everyone else. So yeah I always post the easy stuff because I have Zero art skills! I can’t even draw a good stick man! *LOL* So yeah I loved the Nessey one just as much as you.

  20. It’s the quantities of waste that always amaze me. When one waste wagon holds about 11 tonnes of waste, it’s hard not to appreciate how wasteful we all are. On the funny side of things you see some great things. It’s amazing what people get rid of.

  21. I would love the Loch Ness monster here, with views to the water, he would have to be looking out to sea/see… I like that you post many things that although not the best there is, but the more practical for most people. Helpful as well as ingenious. The rainbow tyre table is my favourite.

  22. The good thing is, people will pay you to take them away. Then you can reuse them and make a bit of money on the back end of it. Although having worked in waste, it’s normally full of legislation but it’d be good for someone to do. These would fly off the shelves of an online shop, if they have shelves, being virtual.

  23. To keep you up-to-date: one pair sneakers for planter on balcony, 7 toilet paper rolls saved for art caddy, 1 can saved (got my recycle mode on designing a hanging sculpture of cans to plant in and hang on the balcony rail – see what you have started!) and trying how to figure out how to burn a photograph on a CD to make a desk clock)
    . . . . . but the only tires I can immediately put my hands are . . . . unfortunately . . . . . .
    attached to my car! Eh- think I better leave them there! Loved the post, especially #1.

Which one did you like?