Like most folks, you probably have an abundance of old tires lying around your property. In fact, according to the ASPCA, one of every three tires sold in the United States is recycled. So what can you do with all of these tires? You can turn them into a dog house if you’re crafty enough!
While this Instructable is specific to making a dog house out of an old tire, the same principles can be applied to creating any other type of shelter for your furry friend. For example, if you have an unused wood frame lying around that could be turned into a kennel, or if you have an old barrel that could be used as a home for a hedgehog or bee colony, there are endless possibilities for using recycled tires to create unique and functional shelters for your pets!
What you will need
To make your tire dog house, you’ll need:
1-One or two large tires (preferably with no nails or screws in them)
2-A sturdy piece of wood or plastic to support the tires
3-Straw, hay, or other soft materials to fill the interior of the house
4-A spray bottle filled with water
5-A pair of scissors
6-An electric drill with a 1/2-inch bit
7-A saw blade or an improvised saw using a straight edge and a strong hand
8-Lawn mower blades (if you have them)
9-A drill bit that is at least twice the size of the lawn mower blades
10-Tape measure or ruler
11-Paint or a sealant to protect the wood from weathering1. Measure the tires’ circumference, and cut them to that size using a saw or a knife. Be sure to measure twice so you have an accurate cut.
How to Make a Dog House Out of Old Tires?
If you have an old tire, you can use it to make your own dog house. All you need is an empty tire, a ruler or a straight edge, a circular saw, paint, sandpaper, and sealant. Start by cutting the tire in half with the circular saw. Make sure to be careful not to cut yourself while doing this! Once the tire is cut in half, you will need to remove the inner tube. Use the ruler or straight edge to divide the inside of the tire into four equal quarters.
Paint each quarter with a different color (or leave them unpainted if you want). Allow the paint to dry before attaching the tire sections with screws or nails. Sand the outside of the tire until it is smooth and then attach it to the roof of your dog house using screws or nails. If desired, you can add extra protection to your pet’s feet by painting them flat black and attaching them to the bottom of the house. Finally, coat the entire structure with sealant and enjoy your new doghouse!
This project is easy, affordable, and can be completed in a few hours. Your dog will love having dog own private space to relax in, and you’ll appreciate the convenience of not having to search for a new dog house every time he needs one.
Tips for making a dog house out of old tires
If you have an old tire lying around and are looking for a way to keep your furry friend sheltered from the elements, you can make them a cozy doghouse! All you need is a tire, some screws, and some wood glue.
Start by cutting a hole in the middle of the tire big enough for your dog to fit through. Make sure the hole is big enough so that the tire doesn’t come completely apart when your dog tries to squeeze through it.
Now, take your screws and start attaching the tire sides. Be sure to space the screws evenly so that the doghouse is sturdy. If you’re using wood glue, apply it to both sides of the tire before screwing it together.
Once you’ve attached all sides, you can finish by attaching the top of the tire to the sides. Ensure the top is tight against the sides so your dog cannot escape through the hole in the middle.
Now your dog can enjoy a cozy home out of an old tire!
Like most dog owners, you probably have a few old tires that could turn into a great doghouse. Here are the instructions on how to make a doghouse out of an old tire:
1. Decide where you want your doghouse to stand and mark the location with some stones or bricks.
2. Remove the tire from its casing and place it in the desired position. Use soil, mulch, or gravel to fill structural gaps and smooth out bumps.
3. Once everything is in place, stake down the sides of the tire using metal stakes or tree branches until it is sturdy enough to hold its shape.
4. If you’d like, add some extra security by adding a roof made from sheets of plywood or tarp material; this will keep your dog dry during rainstorms and snowstorms (or just when she’s feeling mischievous!).