Step 3: Grab a root and growl...

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6.) Though you are only going to cut half of the circle you've drawn, I prefer to then cut between each petal down to the very edge of the steel belt (if present) but do not cut into the belt. Just cut a slit between each petal as shown. It helps they petals lay right and makes things easier when flipping the tire inside out.

Now here comes the hard part, bear with me, folks.

No matter how I show you or explain this to you, if you didn't start with a tire that had a sweet spot, you may as well wrestle a Grizzly bear instead, because you will exert the same amount of energy. Keep in mind, this project was completed by a slender woman, so if I can do it, you should be able to do it.

7.) Practice, practice, practice. Each tire gets easier once you figure out there truly is a trick to getting the turning started and completed. Using both hands, pull on a petal in each hand while using your knee to push in on the tire. It should easily give and fold the right direction. How you complete this is now your option. You can use your knee, you can sit on the darn thing and push with your foot, you can stand it up and use your foot...anything to get it moving.

8.) Very important! Once you get a two-petal flip going, move slowly along the tire raising another petal or two, pushing and pulling the tire as you go. Don't try to move all around the tire or try to use brute strength to just flip it inside out. Let the tire work with you by moving slowly along the flip you've already started.

And even though you may have the tire halfway flipped, that was the easy part!

9.) Once the tire has been turned inside out, sit down and catch your breath.
If it was that easy, get started on another.
If it was that hard, next time search for a more worn tire.

After the resting period is over with, now spray your tire down very well with a good degreaser or a heavy coating of Simple Green. A good scrubbing brush is pretty handy in this step. Rinse well and allow to dry.

You can now use your tire planter as is, or paint it. To paint, simply use a can of spray paint, or if you want to get fancy, use canned paint. If you are using the tire as a planter, you won't need to paint the inside of the planter, as this is where soil will be, so paint the petals and just below them.

With regard to using these tires for food, there is way too much of this discussion on the internet to start it here. I'm not going to get into whether you should or should not plant food items in these tires. That is something you will have to research and decide for yourself.


vtbeachldy4 years ago
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!
WUVIE (author)  vtbeachldy4 years ago

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.

:-) 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.

Spray paint comes in a bunch of formula, just wondered if you used any particular kind. Thanks!
WUVIE (author)  vtbeachldy4 years ago
How fun, what a small world!

Sadly, we have steered away from the gourd business, but we
still love to grow them.

Good to hear from you! :-)