If you've ever owned a car, chances are you had to change the tires at least once, leaving you with a dilemma as to what to do with old tires. Thankfully, the times of burning used tires in your yard are long forgotten, and if there's no tire recycling facility near you, these DIY projects can help you to give them a second life.

We have put a list of tire upcycling ideas for your inspiration. Sure, you'll find the good old tire swing here, but also some unexpected chairs, steps, dog bed, and garden decoration ideas.

Research indicates that tires will slowly leach toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment, but many of these studies describe long-term effects when exposed to the elements. It's probably a good idea to refrain from using them to plant edible plants, but many other applications should be OK, especially if they will be covered in some way or won't be touched too often.

(h/t: justdiy)

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Tire Dog Bed

Tire Dog Bed

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EdwinnaSkipper
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is stated not to use them as planters for edible plants. Then why would one muse them for a dog bed. The dog could Che's on them and the toxic fumes would be right next to the dog.

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Tire And Yarn Ottoman

Tire And Yarn Ottoman

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Intricate Tire Lamps

Intricate Tire Lamps

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DianaCrunChewyWatson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're only issue I have with these are that ties tend to carry a strong odor not conducive to being indoors.

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Beautiful Tire And Yarn Planter

Beautiful Tire And Yarn Planter

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Tyre Subwoofer

Tyre Subwoofer

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EllendelValle
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

now that terrific-- vibration would be softened too yes/??

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Tire Swings

Tire Swings

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GertieSmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

duh. that is the most obvious thing to do with a tire

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Tire Garden Stairs

Tire Garden Stairs

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KerryO'Neil
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish they had painted them first. I have seen better applications but the idea is solid.

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Tire Sand Box

Tire Sand Box

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Minion Tire Scarecrow

Minion Tire Scarecrow

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Golden Tire Coffee Table

Golden Tire Coffee Table

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Shredded Tire Armor

Shredded Tire Armor

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Tire Umbrella Stand

Tire Umbrella Stand

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Tire Playground

Tire Playground

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SarahofBorg
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Almost everything at the playground in my elementary school was made from tires. Even tire dragon scupltures we could climb!

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Upcycled Tire Recycling Trash Bins

Upcycled Tire Recycling Trash Bins

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Tire Garden Planter

Tire Garden Planter

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Green City Tire Installation

Green City Tire Installation

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#24

Tire See Saw...reclaimed Wood, And Hand Painted.

Tire See Saw...reclaimed Wood, And Hand Painted.

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Tire Garden Furniture Set

Tire Garden Furniture Set

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Tire Garden Stools

Tire Garden Stools

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krisnasp
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow... One of them printed "product of Indonesia", my lovely country :D

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Tire Sofa

Tire Sofa

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Tire Outdoor Furniture

Tire Outdoor Furniture

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Tire Used As Base For Succulent Wreath

Tire Used As Base For Succulent Wreath

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Painted Tire Chairs

Painted Tire Chairs

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Tire Hanging Planters

Tire Hanging Planters

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Tires For Building Houses

Tires For Building Houses

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AprilMinkler
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally awesome. I hope when more advanced civilizations view us and all we're doing to destroy the Planet, they will take into account our burgeoning creativity and capacity for love and compassion when they decide if we get to go on.

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Simple Tire And Yarn Coffee Table

Simple Tire And Yarn Coffee Table

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Tire Christmas Wreath

Tire Christmas Wreath

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SteelBlueSeas
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG my mother-in-law will hate this! I'M MAKING ONE! (evil hand rub)

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Tire Chandelier

Tire Chandelier

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Car Tire Wall In Our Earthship Home

Car Tire Wall In Our Earthship Home

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jen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Smart Smart and super great insulation.

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#36 Tires Coffee Table Storage

#36 Tires Coffee Table Storage

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RYAN TIPTON
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your mom will sit on a BUNGY CHAR

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