How To Make A Frog Out Of Old Tires
A garden is such a calming place of nature, growth, and new life. Each flower bed is entirely unique to itself, with plants, pathways, and decor that no one else can entirely replicate.
Within your garden oasis, there's so much room to explore original design ideas that capture your personal essence.
If you're feeling stuck, no sweat! There are oodles of existing garden art DIYs just waiting to be made. Each one can be adapted to your needs, stamping your home with a completely unique sense of 'you.'
If you're looking for a project that doesn't tug on the purse strings, an upcycle DIY is always a great way to go! It's always great to give old junk a new purpose.
Take for instance a tire frog planter! Though using recycled tires in a garden may seem a little 'tiresome,' if done right, they can actually make for wonderful garden features!
Made entirely out of repurposed tires, Two Women and a Hoe worked their magic and created an adorable tire frog DIY.
Not ones to keep a great idea to themselves, they've also released a step-by-step tutorial for anyone wanting to replicate their design.
Naming the upcycle, 'Frieda La Frog,' you too can create a friendly green amphibian by following this simple guide.
Let's Make It
- 2 - Car Tires
- 1 - Truck Tire
- 2 - Small Wheelbarrow Tires (Rims In)
- 4 - Plastic Plant Pots
- Garden Hose
- Rubber Doormat
- Lid From A Plastic Storage Bin
- Duco Cement Glue
- Silicone Caulk
- Green And White Spray Paint
- Red And Blue Acrylic Paint
- Inner Tube of a Tire
- Power Drill
- 1/2" Bit
- Utility Knife
- Paint Brushes
- 1 - Treated Lumber Piece (2" x 6" x 8')
- 3" Deck Screws
- Long Galvanized Nails
Clean Your Tires
First thing's first: gather together all five of your tires (two car, two wheelbarrow, one truck), and give them a good wash. No one wants to paint over layers of dirt!
Allow the tires to air dry completely.
Drill Drainage Holes In The Truck Tire
Drill five drainage holes into one side of the truck tire, evenly spaced around the ring.
Create A Bottom
Using a sturdy utility knife, cut an old storage bin lid a couple inches wider than the truck tire's opening.
Drill a handful of drainage holes into the lid with a half-inch bit.
Work the lid into the opening of the truck tire so that it covers the bottom hole. (This will be the bottom of the frog's head and should be the same side as the truck tire's drainage hole.)
Cut Out Frog Hands
Using a light-colored marker, draw a large frog hand on a rubber doormat. (Reference may help for this step.)
Cut the first hand using a utility knife, then use it as a stencil for the other three hands and feet.
Paint Everything Green
Now it's time to get messy!
Using a large drop cloth to protect your work area, lay out your pieces: five tires, four feet, a garden hose, and two of your plastic plant pots.
Two Women And A Hoe used matte green spray paint in two shades to achieve their frog's coloring.
Paint The Eyes
Spray paint the two remaining plastic pots white.
After that dries, paint the bottom of each pot blue to look like irises. Use a paint brush for this step so that you don't get blue spray all over your white sides!
Attach The Eyes
Run Duco cement around the opening of the white and blue pots.
Fit them into the inner rim of the wheelbarrow tires so that the blue bottom protrudes out (like bulging eyes).
Glue the other two pots the same way, but to the back of the wheelbarrow tires.
You will have two wheelbarrow tiles with pots sticking out from both sides of the center hole. The green pots will prop up the tires so that the eyes can be on display.
Weatherproof The Eyes
Fill the seam between the plant pots and tires with a small amount of silicone caulk, sealing them in and weatherproofing them.
After the silicone dries, touch up the seams with a bit of green spray paint.
Tip: Spray a little bit of paint onto wax paper, then use a small paintbrush to cover the caulking.
Alternatively, you can use a clear variety of caulking.
Create The Eyelashes
Now, what would a frog tire planter be without pretty eyelashes?
With a utility knife in hand, pick up the black inner tube from one of your wheelbarrow tires.
Cut a section out of the tube that's a little under a quarter of the ring's circumference.
Pinch the inner side of the wedge so that the tube lies flat, then make a series of inch-wide cuts. Be sure to stop an inch or two away from the pinched side.
Squeeze the un-cut end of the tube in between the wheelbarrow tire and the metal rim. Secure it in place with more Duco cement.
It should now look like eyelashes sitting atop a sky-blue frog eye! No mascara can achieve lashes as natural as these.
Paint The Lips
Since you've already beautified the frog's peepers, why not add some bright-red kissable lips?
Lie the truck wheel on it's side. This will now be considered the 'head' of the tire frog!
Use your cosmetology prowess to paint a great set of smackers onto the treads. Try to stay at least a few inches away from the top and bottom edge of the tire.
Cut Slots For The Eyes
Facing your large truck tire head-on, center the lips, then balance your two eye-tires upright on top of it.
Make sure they're evenly spaced on either side of the mouth They should also be buttressed against each other.
Draw a couple marker lines on the head to indicate where the eyes rest on the head.
Removing the eyes for a moment, use a utility knife to slice along your two marker lines. (These cuts are going to help the eyes sink into the head for greater stability.)
Secure The Eyes
Now comes the tiniest amount of carpentry.
In order to keep your frog stable and looking its best year-round, you need to make sure the upright pieces are as wind-resistant as possible.
Using a board of 2" x 6" x 8' treated lumber, cut the piece so that the length is equal to the distance from one frog eye to the other.
Then, position the lumber inside the head tire so that it's sitting snugly beneath the two cut slits.
Place the eyes one at a time into their cut slots. This should cause them to sink into the head an inch or so.
Next, drill 3" long deck screws on an angle through the base of the eye, through the head, and into the piece of lumber.
Fill The Legs With Soil
One thing (or should I say two things) every DIY tire frog needs is a good pair of legs for hopping.
Set your two car tires down in your desired resting place, then push them together so that they're bumping against one another.
Fill them up with gardening soil, stopping when it's within an inch of the tire top.
Position The Head
Now, pick up the head and shimmy it so that it's resting atop the two soil-filled legs. (The eyes and mouth should be facing your chosen direction.)
Once you have it centered, pull the head forward so that the front extends over the edge of the leg-tires a few inches.
Create Arms, Hands, And Feet
It's time to give your frog some limbs!
Lift up the front of your frog's head and slide the middle of your garden hose beneath it. Pinning the hose under the tire, let the head drop back down.
Cut both ends of the hose so that they're a couple of feet long.
Next, stake the ends of the hose into the ground with galvanized nails.
Place two of your cutout hands on top of the hose-ends, then stake them into the ground as well.
Do the same for the other two feet, but position them so that they're resting right against the bottom of the two leg tires.
Now it's time to fill your frog's head with soil and flowers!
Pour your favorite gardening soil into the head until it's an inch away from the opening.
Now go ahead and plant all of your favorite plants!
DIY tire frogs are an adorable way to bring fun, color, and art into your garden.
They're easy to maintain, you can change the plants as many times as you want, and they're an amazing conversation starter for anyone who walks by!
If you enjoyed this DIY, give Two Women And A Hoe some love for their incredible idea. If you end up giving it a shot, send us pictures of your own upcycled tire gardens!