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Revamp that Rubber: Tire-Inspired Crafts

Summer’s here and the kids have already completed the T-shirt tie-dying project, made their own headbands from old shirts, and handcrafted dozens of cake pops and popsicles. What next?

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How about taking things outdoors and letting them get creative with some old tires? Here are six crafty projects that will keep the whole family busy—for a few hours, anyway: 

Create Colorful Patio Chairs 

Spice up your patio with some bold chairs that use two or three tires each. There are numerous photos of tires that have been re-purposed as furniture, and some of the ones found on Pinterest look the most comfy. You’ll need to do a bit of cutting and bending, but if they turn out even half as fun as they look, it’s time well-spent. 

Fresh Flower and Vegetable Planters

Use old tires to transform your yard into a functional place to grow plants. The kids will love weeding when they’re challenged to see how many planters they can finish in five minutes. Put the tires directly on the ground, add a bottom and affix legs or double up, like the ones seen on Keep them black for a natural look, or paint them colors that coordinate with your home’s exterior for a polished look. 

Outdoor Storage Container

Make a cute storage container for your kids’ outdoor toys like the ones on Babble by stacking two or three tires together. Use bolts to hold the tires together, and then use wood to create a bottom and a lid to cover the container. Add wheels to the bottom to make it easy for even the littlest ones to help keep the yard tidy. These don’t have to be limited to toy storage either—swimming pool stuff, garden tools or a place to stash odds and ends are just a few ideas to get you started. 

Cozy Kids Chairs

Give the tires a bath (or two or three of them), and then bring them inside to give them a new life as fun chairs for the kids to use when coloring, reading or just hanging out with friends. Each chair will use one and a half tires, foam, fabric and paint. The chairs at LusHome are filled with a firm foam that can be purchased at home improvement stores, and covered with sturdy upholstery fabric. Let the kids choose their own fabric to make one-of-a-kind chairs that their friends will envy.

Black Bike Rack

While not exactly a craft, this quick project found at LusHome will prove functional if you find your driveway looks like a used bicycle shop when the neighborhood kids congregate at your house. To make a bike rack for six bikes, you’ll need four tires. Cut them in half and set them in a row, leaving just enough space for a bicycle tire to fit between them. Keep them in place by burying them a few inches in the ground or anchoring them down. 

Super Cool Swings

Your kids will love decorating their own swings to like to look like a lady bug, tiger, rainbow or beyond. Who knows what their creativity will cook up when you hand them each a tire and let them loose with some paint. Once the tires are dry, you’ll need someone strong to add the wooden bottoms, chains and hang them on sturdy tree branches.
So, whether you’re investing in some new tread from or just want to infuse new life into the ones gathering dust in the garage, there’s no shortage of ways to revamp this rubber.

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