How To Make A Tyre Plant Pot

Looking for ways to reuse, recycling and repurpose things in 2021? Well the garden is the perfect place to do this!

We’ve all seen old metal buckets and watering cans turned into plant pots for alternative and reusable solutions in eco gardens, but if you’re looking for a bigger planter solution, an old tyre is the perfect option.

Read on to find out how you can create a plant pot with an old tyre!

Making a tyre plant pot

Making a tyre flower pot or planter couldn’t be easier. All you need in order to create a basic tyre planter is an old tyre!

Depending on the depth you want your planter will depend on the number of tyres you need. And the size of the resulting planter you want will determine the radius of the tyre you will need.

Once you have your tyre(s) of choice, prepping for planting can be done in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Clean the tire

Giving your tyre a good clean (mainly on the outside that will be exposed) will help with the overall appearance. If you plan to paint your tyre, this step is particularly important as any dirt remaining on the tyre will impact the finish once painted.

If, however, you plan to sit your tyre into the ground, so it is level with the surface, then you can skip this step completely.

Step 2: Paint your tire

If you want to give your garden an additional pop of colour, painting your tyre plant pot can be really effective.

Once clean and dry, you can apply the pain. Given that your tyre planter will be exposed to the elements, we suggest using a commercial grade paint. However, any durable, non-toxic option should do the job. Allow to dry fully before continuing to the next step.

Step 3: Put your tire planter in place

Once filled with soil, your tyre planter will be very heavy. Therefore, before continuing it is advisable to move the tyre to the desired location in your garden.

Step 4: Line the tyre

Lining your tyre planter will prevent the tyre becoming too wet and perishing. This step isn’t essential, but protecting the tyre with tarp or hessian will prolong the life of the planter.

Step 5: Adding your soil

When prepping your tyre plant pot, you should follow the same steps as you would when planting in a regular pot. Add stones to the bottom to allow draining and then follow with the correct soil type for your plantlife.

What can you plant in a tyre plant pot?

With tyre planters, the possibilities are almost endless! Using tyres gives you have the option to create greater depth, by stacking multiple tyres and to have varying sizes.

Therefore, they are suitable for all kinds of plant life and can even be used to start your own vegetable garden! Here’s just some of the options:


• Succulents
• Bulbs, like daffodils and tulips
• Lavender


• Rosemary
• Sage
• Chives
• Basil


• Potatoes
• Onions
• Carrots
• Broad beans
• Peas

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