How to Use Your Old Tires
America is overrun with tires. They are one of our biggest disposal headaches. Approximately 1 billion tires are manufactured yearly, while far fewer ever get recycled. They present problems due to their size, weight, and materials. Many end up in a landfill.
One inventive reuse
Place tires around the yard or in the garden and use as planters. Let your creativity come to the fore by decorating these tires to either fit in or stand out artistically. Mount them on legs for an even more striking look. You can also fasten tires to an outside wall, fill the bottoms with dirt and start growing some hanging plants.
Elsewhere around the garden, you can make old tires into rubber chairs and tables.
If you live in a small space and have nowhere to store you summer/winter tires, clean them off, bring them inside and build a table. Stack two or more, or set them on a stand, place something interesting like a light or some plants in the center and cover with a piece of glass. Another recycling use would be to construct an ottoman or footstool. Place a few tires on top of each other, wrap or glue wine, yarn or rope, inside and out or around; construct a top and decorate it similarly. Another interesting way to create the chair seat or footstool is to punch holes around the tire and weave colored ropes across like a conventional woven seat. Now you are ready to sit down and put your feet up.
Cut into strips, tires can serve as a chair rail or top off some wainscoting. Mold larger pieces into a bowl or a lined ice bucket. Weave strips over each other and create a basket.
Whatever way you recycle a tire, you are doing the environment a favor. Put your creativity to work and design something functional or artful. You not only will have fun, you will end up with something useful or decorative for your home.
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