2 TYRE PLANTER
Don’t toss that tyre with no tread! Turn it into a gorgeous garden feature instead.
Gather your supplies
• Car tyre
• 18mm marine plywood (larger than tyre)
• 50mm bolts and nuts (4 sets)
• 18mm sisal rope (about 16m)
• 90 x 90 x 300mm dressed treated pine (3)
You’ll also need
Jigsaw with scroll blade; drill with 10mm and 4mm bits; ratcheting wrench; hot-glue gun; superglue gel; PVA wood glue; 65mm screws; sandpaper; weatherproof stain; heavy-duty black plastic; potting mix; plants
FOR YOU TO NOTE
If using scrap ply it may already have holes from another project. If not, drill a central drainage hole and several other smaller holes.
STEP 1 Put tyre on ply, trace around it and draw a second circle 25mm inside the first. Cut ply with a jigsaw using smaller circle as a guide.
STEP 2 Place ply circle on top of tyre and, using a 10mm drill bit, drill 4 holes through ply into sidewall of tyre. Insert bolts in holes.
STEP 3 Flip tyre and ply over, and screw nuts onto bolts, tightening with a ratcheting wrench.
STEP 4 With ply on top, attach the rope, beginning on the edge of ply and working around and down the tyre. Every 200mm, alternate using a hot-glue gun, which will temporarily hold the rope in place, and superglue gel, which will dry to a permanent hold. Flip over to finish glueing rope to top and inside edge of tyre.
STEP 5 For the legs, cut a 15° angle at each end of the 90 x 90mm pine, ensuring angled cut goes in the same direction through the timber.
STEP 6 Mark legs on ply in a triangle. Put glue on end of leg and ply. Position leg, drill a 4mm pilot hole on an angle through it near base into ply, then attach with a screw. Repeat on adjacent leg faces.
STEP 7 Glue and screw other 2 legs, then sand and stain. Line tyre with plastic, fill with mix and plant up.
STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3