How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires


Tyre Ponds are a great little garden feature that can enhance the overall aesthetics and integrated pest management of a site. By inviting biodiversity into the site we can make the system more resilient and attractive which tyre ponds do so elegantly.
Here are the steps you need to do in order to create your own decorative pond. It is a fun way, that helps you re-use an old tire. Firstly what you need to do is dig a hole in the ground, the size of your tire. then make sure your tire fits perfectly in the hole and put it there. In the next step you will need to pad the inside of your tire with a nylon. then gather the parts of the nylon that are outside of the tire and fix them. What you need to do next is to fill the hole with water, doing this with a flexible tube introduced in the hole. the last part is the decoration. Here you can get as creative as you like. Decorate the edges of your pond with different sizes of rocks, until you get the wanted design, and that’s all, at the end you’ll have your very own personalized little pond. If you have space in your garden, this idea is one worth trying …



72 Responses to “How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires”

  1. Alessia says:

    amazing!I’ll do it! 🙂

  2. Lucas says:

    I love the idea and I´m thinking on doing it at my garden but… is there anything we could do about the condition of the water after a while? don´t these ponds have kind of a motor that moves the water or some products that we might have to put in… Pls advise on it, I´m an ignorant!

    • joBCcan says:

      a small fountain should do the trick. or go to your local pet store and get a submersable pump or filter (how much u want to spend) OR it’s garage sale season again, keep an eye out for one.

      • Jan says:

        Hi all!
        I am most definitely going to make this pond! I wonder if the water will be okay for my dog to drink?
        Also in reply to the lady wanting a pump. If you have any “Harbor Freight Tools” store by you, it is cheaper to buy any type of pumps there. I bought two of them. One for $7.00 and the other I got on sale for $4.00. Both are electric, however they do have solar and battery types.
        Good luck!!

    • Becky Dellenbaugh says:

      You can buy submersible pumps at the lawn and garden centers for about $25 around here (Lowe’s carries them), which will keep the water moving and help keep it from stagnating.

    • Cindy says:

      Hi Lucas,
      I have had my pond for 15 yrs. now as well as installing some for other problem. Before you start, there are a few things you should no. Do you plan on having did, goldfish are very easy and cheap. Don’t let anyone tell you that one of those little pumps will keep your pond clean, it will will need a filter. Unless you don’t plan on having fish. If you are just planning on having a fountain, you can buy stuff to kill the algae which is what makes your water green.

      • Wendy says:

        PLEASE, there are SO many pumps w/ filters out there. What is the best, yet least expensive pump with filter system? I will not have a huge pond…just maybe under 500 gallons? What do you think?

    • Carol says:

      you can use a water pump to aeriate the water.

  3. Barb B says:

    Nice idea but what keeps the water clean?

    • cheryl boyle says:

      i use clorine tablets walmart has them they are about i inch in diameter cost about 12$ for over 100 tablets apply one or 2 a week

    • nereah says:

      yes of course!! but I made a tiny water bomb to make the pond look nicer and keep it cleaner, you can make it or buy it on any store that sell that things

  4. Jennifer says:

    Nice idea. I always wanted to build my own pond. Someday I will definitely have one in my own garden.

  5. Yvonne says:

    I’ve had a backyard pond. You can get a pump (solar or electric) that will have a filtration device. Every so often (depending on temp, etc) you will have to add more water due to evaporation. We only cleaned our pond once a year. Every now and then it’s good to take the filter off and rinse it out. But it will create it’s own little ecosystem and kinda balance itself out for the most part. We would help it along by using a pitcher to water the plants around it, helps get some of the gunk out. Also, adding plants, some fish, and a waterfall can all help filter the water. But too much will make it worse.

    We would usually dump ours for the winter, otherwise it would freeze. But no other conditioners were needed.

  6. Wayne R says:

    I see in the one photo of a cutout tractor tire. How was this cutout made and what tools did you use to do this?

  7. Cass says:

    What size tire is ideal?

  8. Jeff says:

    What are the dimensions of this particular pond? Regarding the nylon, exactly what is the product? It looks like Visqueen, but that’s a polyethylene. What mil (thickness of nylon)? Then, what do you use to “fix” the nylon to the outside of the tire? Regarding the “cutout,” it’s not clear to me why this is needed.

    Further elaboration would be appreciated. This is a great, and relatively inexpensive idea!

  9. Tim says:

    What is the tire for if it’s completely covered? The tire in the pic is a very tall and thin tractor tire that the top sidewall was cut away all the way around. All for what? The lining in the photo is vinyl but our writer calls it nylon. Pond linings are black rubber. “What you need to do next is to fill the hole with water, doing this with a flexible tube introduced in the hole.” It’s called a hose but it’s great I’m told where to introduce it. I would have been just standing there for days. Nice some writer in India made 35 cents for this.

    • jeremy says:

      for starters the tire is there for support around the edges, why bash someone elses idea? are we upset that someone else came up with this before you did? 🙁 its ok to be upset but do it on your own time ok 🙂 have a great day

      • Melissa Olson says:

        Actually, outside his snarky comment at the end – he brought up some serious issues with the explanation. There’s a huge difference between the visqueen depicted in the photos, nylon (like what’s used in ground cover) and standard rubber pond liners. That’s a lot of work to do only to have it not work because the instructions were ambiguous and/or incorrect.

        • Pat Moss says:

          Agree..what is the “nylon”? Those written directions are all over the place..could not understand until viewing the pics and just going with what you think they are about.

          • Teddy Scott says:

            Seriously, you don’t know what “nylon” is?

          • Mel Baker | Design Enthusiast says:

            This is an excellent idea. The ‘nylon’ or lining is underlay. It doesn’t cost a lot of money either.

          • Debbie says:

            I think this post was pretty explanatory!, and very easy, the post also said that this was a very inexpensive way of making a pond, that is why he is using the nylon, instead of the rubber liners, and once you read it you can see there is only 3 or 4 step to this project, so to criticise this post, I would think it would be a waste of my time. I do not understand why some people always look for the problems instead of just enjoying it..Bottom line it’s a good little project, and very simple…thanks for posting this project

    • Lois R. says:

      you are a totally unhappy person are you not? wow. tell you what. why don’t you come up with a great recycling idea and post it, and be very specific with the directions. see if you can do any better. and next time you want to be ugly, please go elsewhere. there are a lot of groups with trolls like you that would welcome you.

  10. anuska says:

    hi there i love this idea, is that really a tire in the picture ? amazing , can this small pond be used for small fishes ? i would love to have a fish pond and this is just economical for me , feedback please 🙂

    • designer says:

      hi anuska .. yes is a tire in the pictures … about fishes … they need oxygen .. have to read to see information how to care of fishes …

  11. jeanine says:

    can u stack 2 tires on top of each other to make the pond deeper?

    • designer says:

      yes, you can … but to first tire do not cut the edges .. but it will not look as good … I recommend to put only one

    • Teri says:

      Jeanine, Look around there are some wider tires out there. Some almost as wide as two put together. Might take a bit of time to find one but they are out there.

  12. Kelley says:

    We have a 5 foot tractor tire that I have started digging the hole for. I hope this works

  13. Shanna says:

    Each and every year 1000’s of little ones undergo from ingestion of chemical products in the household. If you want to get it replaced, you have to get a entire new gadget.

  14. sheri says:

    what is the flexible tube to add water,an what plastic do you put inside,please explain,an mayb were to get it,thanks

  15. sheri says:

    what is the flexible tube to add water,an what plastic do you put inside,please explain,an mayb were to get it,thanks,please help

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  18. Jason Gardose says:

    I was wondering what is the name of that plastic material that encloses the tire and where can I get it? Thanks.. Thinking of making one in our front yard and put some small colorful fishes!

  19. Kimberly says:

    What about hydrocarbons leeching into the water?

  20. D.Ravivarma says:

    excellent concept… i want use the concept in my garden..thanks for the wonderful and affordable concept…..

  21. lorraine. says:

    Hi there, this is soo awesome! I have made an purse, handbag out of the iNner tyer and it was send overseas to show people what u can make out of innertyresb! It is a hit and its so plein, simple and cost u almost nothing to make! I’ve started doing it to show underplevige woman to make it an sold it to provide food on their tables for their families! It is a God given talent that I share any time to help people to feed their children! Thank u an God bless! Will teach an show it to all! Love ya all. Lorraine

    • jessica says:

      I think what you are doing is absolutely wonderful. I would love to know how to make one myself… do you by any chance have a video or directions ?

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  24. Amy Finsher says:

    What a great idea I live on a farm and have tons of old semi and tractor tires and our fields are full of rocks this is going to be a cheap and awsome yard idea!!I am going to try it def! Thank u for sharing!

  25. Hilary says:

    What a nice idea! Using old tires is cheap but interesting! Small pond is really good.

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  29. Om says:

    ATTENTION! I tried to get some used tires in order to make some of these things, BUT it is not allowed everywhere to burry tires (environmental problems!). So…

    • Erin says:

      Only when disposed of in this manner… This project isn’t deep enough and the tiresbare all exposed above ground so relax

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  39. Jan says:

    Hi all!
    I am most definitely going to make this pond! I wonder if the water will be okay for my dog to drink?
    Also in reply to the lady wanting a pump. If you have any “Harbor Freight Tools” store by you, it is cheaper to buy any type of pumps there. I bought two of them. One for $7.00 and the other I got on sale for $4.00. Both are electric, however they do have solar and battery types.
    Good luck!!

  40. Judy S says:

    If you wrap the pump in cotton batting, the water to stay clear much longer. Found this out on Pintrest.

  41. jacob says:

    Great idea, until the EPA comes along and declares your back yard a wetland.

  42. Janet says:

    This is a ridiculously bad translation of a really neat project idea. Too bad it’s incomprehensible, cause I’d like to try it. The pictures don’t help just a whole lot either…what is that folded up square of material under the tire, and what’s it for? What is that clear plastic they wrapped the tire in? Pond liners are black. Don’t you need to install an electrical line while you’re at it for pump and filter? Don’t mean to sound crabby but this IS America….

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  44. Mike says:

    A pond can be a lot of work. This would be really shallow, so if you plan on having fish in a cold environment you’ll have to buy a tank heater. I use a livestock tank heater. It keep the water open nicely. It also has a sensor and only turns on when water is below 40° F. You’ll need a bubbler too for aeration. That will need to run 24/7. It would be a good idea to build in an area that is shaded during the hot part of the day or you can literally cook the fish to death. Your local pet store can help you with safe chemicals that are both safe for the fish and your 4 legged friends. Another tip is if you use tap water use a conditioner to clear tap water of chlorine that kills fish. Good luck. I did a lot of learning on my own and by trial & error. I’ve been told that the key for clean water is good aeration in the water. You can spend as much as you want.

  45. nikki says:

    I hv a over sized tractor tire i want to do a memorable for my sister i lost 2yrs nxt wk she loved fish hoe do i go about doing it

  46. Precious says:

    Did it work?

  47. Kathy says:

    I wouldn’t be putting any living thing near old tires. They discovered fish died when they dumped them in barrier reefs and rubber mulch kills plants. Tires are mostly carbon black carcinogenic, neurotoxic soot. Sorry 🙁 read more @EHHI Yale website )

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