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20 Ways To Reuse Old Tires From The Practical To The... Pretty Weird

Even though tires have a shelf life on the road, they don't have to banished to landfills for the rest of eternity. Instead, you could turn them into cool planters, playground equipment, and even... suits of armor?!
06/16/2015 11:19am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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There's a good reason tires are designed to take a lot of heat. They need to be rugged to handle pot holes, high speeds, and other snags that come along during the journey from point A to point B. Even though tires have a shelf life on the road, they don't have to banished to landfills for the rest of eternity. Instead, you could turn them into cool planters, playground equipment, and even... suits of armor?! Check out the 20 tire creations below, from the practical to the pretty strange. One of these ideas is sure to inspire you!

1. With spray paint and a piece of glass, you've got a cute outdoor table.
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Madcap Frenzy

2. Want to make some giant tea cups? Grab some spray paint and a few old tires.
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Wonderful DIY

3. With some wooden beams, you can turn a few tires into a kids' climbing tree.
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Blessings Overflowing

4. Are you a doomsday prepper? Build a storm shelter with old tires.
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Grit

5. Use colorful rope to weave chair seats and ottoman covers.
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Clever Bird Banter

6. A lot of playgrounds use shredded tire chips to protect kids from getting hurt. They're also great for surrounding things like in-ground trampolines.
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Trampolines UK

7. This playground is built entirely out of old tires.
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Inhabitots / AnneMarie van Splunter

8. Wrap a tire in twine for a cute, nautical ottoman.
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That Was A What?!

9. The frame of this mirror is an old bike tire.
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Re-Creations Project

10. This strip of tire tread dresses up a car-themed kids' room.
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Itsy Bits and Pieces

11. You can try and make this tire belt yourself, or buy it here.
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Etsy / Tirebelt

12. You can also make or buy this hand-woven tire welcome mat.
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Etsy / Tirebelt

13. Fill a giant tire with sand and you've got an instant sandbox.
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I Heart Naptime

14. This woman made a suit of armor out of tires. To each their own, I guess.
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BuzzFeed / Grace Duval

15. These personal see-saws are a unique way to upcycle old tires.
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According To Boyle

16. Hang a tire on your storage shed and use it as a planter.
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DIY Show Off

17. With a fluffy pillow, a tire becomes a dog bed. So cute!
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Practically Functional

18. Make a tire ladder for a swing set.
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Exploring Domesticity

19. Make a non-traditional tire swing, or buy this one here.
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Tire Swings And Garden Things

20. Poke some holes and turn an old tire into an umbrella holder.
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Mentootlet

That dog bed made out of a tire is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I have a few family members that love cars almost as much as they love their fur baby. A tire dog bed would make a great birthday gift! Which one of these ideas made you gasp... and which one made you scratch your head?

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