These fabulous painted tyre planters were part of a show garden at the Gardeners World Live Exhibition in Birmingham in 2005. It was a roasting hot day and a friend and I ambled around and dreamed of how we’d transform our respective allotment plots. I loved these planters and it reminded me of the first year I had my plot and found a wheel dumped in a hedge on the other side of the allotments. I nearly bust my back spending 20 minutes rolling it all the way over to my patch. I triumphantly showed it to my husband George as my new potential herb planter
”…once I’ve removed the metal wheel part from the middle that is”
‘How are you going to do that?’ George asked.
‘I don’t know but I knew you would’.
‘‘I’m touched that you have such faith in me but you’d need a machine to do that!’ he smiled trying not to split his sides laughing.
Several people have messaged me to ask what paint to use when making these planters. As I didn’t make them I can’t be certain (and don’t recall the information at the show being specific other than to say it needed to be something that would be flexible in hot and cold weather). George assures me it would have been oil based and most likely acrylic paint which is flexible for using on different surfaces and dealing with heat expansion and contraction. Acrylic paint is water resistant but for outside use to weather proof and extend durability spraying with clear varnish to seal it.
The garden also included this lovely mosaic pathway using recycled materials like metal bottle caps, plastic bottle lids, buttons and straws.
Post update April 2018
If you’re looking for further ideas for using recycled tyres in your garden or to create a play space for children Melissa at Daycare spaces and Ideas has written a fabulous post to help you – 10 ideas for using tires in your outdoor space. What would you create in your dream garden or play area? These are my 3 favourites
Swing set tire ladder – full instructions here at Exploring Domesticity
DIY kids project teeter totter see saw – full instructions for making at myfixituplife
Tire playground discovered by Azo Nations 2013 and shared at Trail Journal
footnote: we spell tyre with a y in the UK. Where I’ve written tire with an i I’m echoing the spelling used in the US blog post I’m linking to