We had a few old tires sitting around our yard that we weren't sure what to do with. I remembered seeing a few planters online made of them and decided they would be a nice addition to our yard. They are situated near our fire pit and are planted with mosquito repelling plants... citronella, marigolds, and catnip (I would not plant anything in these that you were intending on eating unless you used some sort of food safe liner). We used Krylon spray paint and applied only one layer to each tire. Just a note about colour selection though, we just stopped in at our nearest Canadian Tire to get the spray paint and they only had the dark blue (I had wanted a lighter blue to match the shade of one of my patio lanterns) but when I was recently at Michael's craft store, I saw that their selection of Krylon spray paint was very big! Next time I'm looking for a specific colour, I'll be headed there. Overall, a quick project (longest part is waiting for the paint to dry), a neat way to use up old tires that are no longer safe for the road, and an interesting addition to any yard.
I purchased this old Ikea CD shelf (to the left) about 13 or 14 years ago now. I had 3 of them and I used to keep all my CDs in them on the wall. As my collection expanded my shelving got upgraded mostly because Ikea stopped selling these. I knew in the back of my mind that one day they would make a great display shelf but I didn't know when I was going to use them and these actually made it through a couple of house moves with us despite not having a use at the time.
Fast forward many years later when they came out with the DC Universe Pop Heroes. My daughter really likes these guys and although collectibles, she actually took them out of the box to play with them. As she got a few and then a few more I started thinking about a way to keep them together but out of the way and organized. I like things to have a place. So I dug out the old wooden CD shelf that had been sitting in the garage for ages.
With some old DC comic books (don't worry, they were already falling apart) and some modge podge, I transformed the basic shelf into something really very cool. My daughter loves her display of Pop Heroes and I was pretty impressed with my handy work too.