4 Ways to Recycle Old Tyres

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old discarded fly tipped tyreToday’s guest post is written by Akshata who wanted to share ideas to reuse / recycle old car tyres.

Akshata said “Since spring is here, and most people are busy with spring cleaning and redecorating, I think this sort of post would be very useful for your audience.”

Over to our guest for some spring cleaning inspiration!

Tires come in handy for much more than wheeling your car around, so if you have any old tires lying around, think twice before throwing them away. There are a whole bunch of great ways to recycle and upcycle tires into everything from home décor items to utilitarian yard projects. Here are 5 of my favorite things to do with old tires:

Tire Sandals

These have existed in certain countries in Africa for decades, and are a great way to recycle old tires into something stylish, unique and useful. Since tire sandals are made from rubber, they are extremely durable too, and can be used very effectively outdoors. Here’s a great tutorial from instructibles, on how to make some neat tire sandals, if you’re interested!

upcycled tyre sandals from instructables

Tire Ottomans

There are many different styles of tire ottomans, but I love this rope covered one from Boredom Therapy, that seriously looks like an item bought from a high-end boutique furniture store. Thankfully, it’s just an old recycled tire, some rope, a good amount of effort and a fraction of what you might pay to buy a piece like this elsewhere! These funky little pieces of furniture might be just what you need to add an edge to your living room.

upcycled tyre ottoman from boredom therapy

Hose Caddy

This idea from Root Simple, is a neat and extremely simple way to keep your hoses tidy, rather than leaving them lying around on the ground. All you have to do is cut one sidewall off an old tire, and then curl your hose up in it. You can get creative with your caddy too, and paint it in to match your garden, or decorate it in any other way you’d like for a polished appearance.

reused tyres as a hose caddy


Tire Swing

Alright, so tire swings are not really a new idea, but I couldn’t resist adding it in here because they bring back so many wonderful childhood memories. Even if you don’t have young kids, having a tire swing in your garden or backyard can be a unique style statement. They add to the welcoming vibe of any space, and will always be a crowd- pleaser in the summer months. Not to mention, as shown on this tutorial from instructibles, they are super easy to put together!

reuse old tyre as childs swing

Hopefully, these ideas will convince you to not throw your old tires away and inspire you to reuse and recycle them! What’s not to like about less environmental waste and a very unique end-product? Ultimately, revamping old tires into artsy and useful items is a win-win situation!

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