Step 2: Pick Your Tire...

1.) First, find a good old tire which is well worn and has what is known as the "Sweet Spot" on the tire. In photo #6 (further below) right about where the shadow of the knife handle is and just underneath the shadow would be the area that should be easy to push in. You should be able to push this part of the tire in with your hand with ease. Keep in mind, the wider the tire, the harder it will be to flip. You can also drop the tires on the ground, then use the bottom of your foot (with shoes on, of course) to press in the area just before the tread; which is the pattern in the tire. You'll quickly get the hang of picking out the right tires if you practice this foot technique. If you don't have arthritis now, try a few 'too tough' tires and you'll soon have it! Be careful, choose your tires wisely. Pick old flexible tires!

The tire can have a rim or not, it depends on what you want as the finished product. Those with rims look so cute when painted, as you can paint the base and stem green, making it appear the flower is 'growing' out of the ground. The starburst will remain on the rim, and since it is cut with the scallops of the petals, it will have a unique flared look as if it were grass. Scroll down to see the same planters painted.

2.) If the tire is too dirty, you'll need to wipe it off so you will be able to see the chalk marks for cutting. You can draw the shapes freehand on the tire with chalk, but I prefer to use a large plastic cup to make neatly rounded flower petals. Try to draw the shapes close together to keep them orderly.

3.) After you have drawn the patterns, begin cutting the 'starburst' from the tire. It is best to use a sharp knife - not serrated, be VERY careful. Using an old Gerber fillet knife, I found that after but one tire, the knife was ready to give in. By the ninth tire, after numerous sharpening sessions, the knife was ready for the recycling bin.

4.) The easiest way to do this is to get a few inches started by using a sawing method, after that, pry the rubber of the petal up as you cut, pulling the rubber away from the cut as you go. You'll see how much easier it is to cut if you do this. It is not hard work. If you are having difficulty, your knife is not sharp enough or you are not pulling the rubber. Try a few different things to find the easiest way. After all, you'll need that elbow grease for turning the tire, not cutting it!

5.) Once you have cut the starburst from the tire, set it aside for another silly idea. Well, after all, they DO look like starburst, so why not paint them yellow and make them look like flowers? Like the sun?

I tried this with an old wheelbarrow tire. I wanted it on the rim. Is the rim suppose to stay attached? Mine came completely off the rim and the hole is too big for the bowl to sit on the rim.
Do you put anything inside or underneath them to keep weeds or grass from growing up through?
Well my first try was flat. I cut it wrong and my flower petals are on the bottom of the rim. I did not read good enough I guess. So I went to my local tire shop and got 3 more one is a small lawn tractor tire that should make a cool one for my wife.
Going to make one tomorrow thank you
My wife (who had some planters made of unmodified tires) noticed one of these in our neighbourhood. We recognized it as a tire but couldn't figure out why it didn't have any tred. Now I can make her one! Thanks!
I've seen tons of these and even have a couple but never new how to make them I've got 60+ tires i might try making some to sell and I've even got some old 10" lawn mower tires i might try. thanks for the instructable
Glad to see you turn up here, I used the instructions from your website and a garbagepicked kitchen knife to make a few of these last year. MIght be time for some more <br>
Hi Pirate, <br> <br>Glad you stopped in. Hope your blooming planters are doing well. <br> <br>:-) Karen
What kind of paint? Oil/acrylic? For plastics or tractors? Would love to paint some tires, but don't want to have to re-do it every year because of Oklahoma sun!<br>Thanks!
Hi! <br> <br>We are also in the hot Oklahoma summer sun, but mine were simply sprayed with spray paint. I would imagine some of that neat new plastic / rubber paint by Krylon would be an excellent choice. <br> <br>:-) Karen
Hi. We used to make and sell these. We used the Krylon H2O paint. We also decided to not use a regular knife. I opted for power and used my jigsaw while someone would spray some water on the blade and rubber. Goes a whole lot faster. But, be careful as we all know water and electricity do not mix. One more thing, a couple years ago we had tire planter plants and regular garden row with chicken wire surroundings. We noticed that the pests liked the chicken wire surroundings over the tire planter plants. In fact, I don't recall any pests eating leaves or the gems that grew when they were left alone in the tire planter. Not sure why exactly. This is a great idea (not original, but still great.). Brought back memories. :)
I knew you were in OK -- are you still in the gourd business? We bought seed from you some years ago. <br><br>Spray paint comes in a bunch of formula, just wondered if you used any particular kind. Thanks!
How fun, what a small world! <br> <br>Sadly, we have steered away from the gourd business, but we <br>still love to grow them. <br> <br>Good to hear from you! :-)
I've seen tire planters in the past, and they always seemed a little tacky to me. Yours are colouful and fun!!! I wonder if there was some way to mount them onto something that would look like a stem? Perhaps, you could put smaller and smaller tires in-layers, to give an extra peddels effect. Each layer could be planted. Mini bike tires might work, or perhaps electric scooter tires. You've got a cool idea thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Porcupine! <br> <br>If you leave the tire on the rim, once it is turned inside out, it <br>will resemble a stem. <br> <br>:-) Karen
could be added as a recycled fence if there were enough flowers
Me and my Husband are making these right now. they are awesome- the hradest part would be turning that sucker inside out other than that it looks great, we are letting the paint dry, then planting away. thanks for the idea we have tons of old tires.
Good to hear, it's great fun and exercise, too! Keep in touch and post pictures if you can. :-)
This gave me an idea on what to do with my old tires just lying around my house.
Thanks! I hope you will enjoy making them, and share a picture if you get to make them.
Awesome!!! <br>I have 2 old very worn tires and living in &quot;non hotytoty (SP) land&quot;, I have found a use for them!!!
LOL Steelnix! <br> <br>Hope you have fun making the tires into bloomers. :-)

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