Do you have any old tires lying? I have a way for you to upcycle them instead of using them as mosquito hatchery. All you need is a knife, some degreaser (soap), and some leg and arm strength. If you have those items then you can make a tire planter. I actually did not have any tires. I just saw this on Pinterest a few days ago and thought it was a cool/useful way to recycle. Since I didn't have any tires I was headed to the tire shop to get some. However, I didn't make it there because on the way I saw three tires out of the corner of my eye. (See above) They were sitting behind a Mexican Bakery. I asked the owner if I could have the tires. He said absolutely. I loaded them up and headed home. No need to go to the tire shop. These tires were nasty. There was old food and water sitting in them. Out came the hose and sponge for a quick bath.
See they were nasty.
They are getting better.
So clean I could eat off them now. Or at least but them on a nice and shiny car.
Sharpie and knife.
I traced a pattern on the first. It was annoying and didn't need to be that precise. For the last two I just free handed it.
Cut your pattern out. You will end up with a sun.
I wasn't able to take a picture of me turning the tire inside out. It required two hands and both legs. Speaking of legs, wear pants when doing this not gym shorts. Or this might happen.
Or this could happen.
Here are the three completed tire planters. Now all they need is some degreaser and paint.
This step was required so the paint would adhere. I learned that I do not like Krylon spray paint from Walmart. Stick with purchasing paint as the hardware stores. The price is the same and it works much, much better. So without further ado here is the new addition to our garden.
It was a fun project. If you have some free time this weekend and your garden needs some color this is the project for you. Here is a link to a concise, How-to on tire planters. Find a project and knock it out this weekend.