How to Make “Lyndy Ladybug” From Recycled Tires
1. 2 car tires, one a little larger than the other
2. 1 large plastic salad bowl
3. 2 plastic flyswatters
4. Spray paint – Red, Blue, Pink, Yellow
5. Brush paint –Black and White (small cans)
1. Power drill with ½” bit
2. Utility knife
3. Paint brushes
5. 2x6x8 piece of treated lumber
6. Four 3” deck screws
7. 1 washer
1. Clean tires and let dry.
2. Select which side of the large tires will be down. Drill 4-6 holes in the sidewall of each tire to allow excess water to drain.
3. Using the utility knife, cut thin rectangular holes in the bowl, an inch or so from the rim, and just big enough to slide the flyswatters through.
4. Start painting!
a. Spray paint the flyswatters. I used Valspar Gloss spray paint/primer-in-one in the “Gold Abundance” color.
b. Lay the tires out on drop cloth and spray paint. I used XO Rust Gloss spray paint, in “Hot Red” color. It took about 2-1/2 cans. I didn’t paint the underside, since they wouldn’t be visible.
c. Paint the bowl black with brush – I used Rustoleum flat black oil-based paint.
d. Using the same paint, add spots (hearts) to body tires with brush. Warning: thanks to the treads, the spots will take time and may seem like a real pain in the backside!
e. With white paint and brush, add eyes, lashes, and brows to the bowl. I used Rustoleum flat white oil-based paint.
f. Fill in iris of eyes with blue spray paint. I used Valspar satin spray paint/primer-in-one in the “Encounter” color. I spray the paint onto a piece of wax paper or foil and use a Q-tip as a brush, because the spray paint will pretty much ruin a brush … unless you want to spend the time trying to clean a brush (yuck!).
g. Using pink spray paint, add mouth to bottom of bowl. Same deal with foil and Q-tips. I used Valspar satin spray paint/primer-in-one in the “Thistle Field” color.
5. Place the lumber inside the big tire, right behind where the head will be mounted. Install 3 deck screws (center and on either side) through the rim of the bowl, through the tire, and into lumber.
6. Place the larger tire upside down on a table or other support – so you can see the underside of the bowl head. Slip the flyswatters through the holes you cut earlier in the bowl and bring the ends together. Using the washer and remaining deck screw, secure the flyswatters through the tire and into the lumber.
7. Put it all together! Lay the larger tire with head on the ground – right-side up this time! Stack smaller tire on top. Fill them to within an inch of the inner circle on the top tire with soil.
8. Plant with flowers of choice. I chose to use a bunch of reddish-orange geraniums.
This is how I did it, but if you make one, let your creativity run the show! And don’t tell me you don’t have any … you just have to let it fun free for a bit, so HAVE FUN!
THANKS A BUNCH for your interest in Lyndy Ladybug – her ego (and mine!) may never be the same!