Make a DIY Hanging Tire Planter

Updated: Mar. 21, 2024

Put a fresh and colorful spin on a classic repurposed planter.

Turn an old tire into a colorful hanging tire planter with these easy-to-follow instructions. (If you’re looking for some flower inspiration, check out our list of 8 Super Fragrant Flowers Pollinators Love) And if you want to take your hanging tire planter to the next level, play with patterns! Go bold and use painter’s tape to create a simple pattern on your tire. Peel back the tape after the paint dries, and voila! A beautifully patterned hanging tire planter.


  • Motorcycle or ATV tire (see note)
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover spray paint
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers
  • Power drill
  • Heavy-duty rope

NOTE: Used tires work better than new tires, which have a coating that can bleed through the paint. If using new tires, let dry for a couple of days after the first coat until the original tire color begins to show through, then add a fresh coat of paint.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Using a drill, make drainage holes in the bottom of the tire if needed.

Step 2

Spray-paint tire, building up paint in layers over the span of an hour. Let dry.

Step 3

Plant your favorite seasonal flowers in the tire.

Step 4

Use rope to hang planter from a tree or porch. Make sure knot is tied securely.