DIY Dog Bed From A Recycled Tire!

Earth Day is coming up, and you know how much I love recycled crafts! I’ve created stuff out of old light bulbs, toilet paper rolls, empty beer bottles, and more, so when Discount Tire challenged me to turn an old tire into a cool project, I was super excited. There are tons of things you can do with an old tire, but I decided that the best project would be something for our new puppy, so I made a DIY dog bed out of a recycled tire!

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

Fawkes totally loves her new bed! She likes to sleep curled up, so the interior of the tire is the perfect size for her, and when she’s awake, she likes to rest her head on the hard rubber edges while chewing on her rawhide. And the best part is, this entire project was quick and easy to do; the longest part was waiting for the paint to dry!

DIY Dog Bed From A Recycled Tire

  • 1 hour (time spent doing stuff)
  • 1 hour (time spent waiting around)
  • 2 hours (total project time)



The guys at the Discount Tire store I went to were super helpful! I told them what I had planned for the tire and they made sure to find one with really good tread to make the outside more interesting after it was painted!


Start by cleaning your tire. Paint won’t stick to dirt and dust, so hose the tire down and give it a good scrub with some soapy water and a stiff bristle brush. I also picked out all the tiny rocks that were stuck in the treads using an old nail, but I’m a little OCD; feel free to skip that part if you don’t mind a few little rocks!

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

Once you’ve scrubbed down all the outer surfaces of the tire, rinse it off with clean water and set it out to dry.

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

Once it’s dry, set the tire up on its edge and lightly spray the tire with spray paint, holding the can about 8 inches away from the tire. Because I couldn’t paint all sides of the tire at once, I did four “painting sessions” for this tire. I did one coat on the top half of the tire, then, once the paint had dried, I rotated the tire and painted the “bottom” half. Then after the first coat was dry, I did a second coat on the top half of the tire, then rotated again to do a second coat on the bottom half.

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to bring the tire inside! You can use little felt sticky feet or furniture sliders to protect your floors from the tire and protect the paint job on the tire.

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

Lay the tire down and stuff a round pillow or dog bed inside of the tire, and you’re done!

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

I used a 34″ round dog bed as the cushion inside the tire and it fits perfectly! It’s great because it has a washable cover, so if the bed ever gets dirty I can just pull out the cushion, wash it, and put it all back together again once it’s clean!

Recycle a tire into a DIY dog bed

She totally loves it, but she had to “break it in” a little first. What a silly puppy!

Have you ever recycled a tire? I would love to turn a tire into a swing, but we don’t have a big strong tree in our yard, so no dice!

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Disclosure: I received compensation from Discount Tire and Find Your Influence in exchange for my participation in this tire recycling challenge. But the guys at Discount Tire were really great and totally helpful when I told them what I had planned, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂


Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Mary-Anne Lefley-Hean says

    5 months ago

    Does it not smell like rubber?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 months ago

      Mine didn’t! I think after cleaning it with soap and water it still smelled like a tire if you stuck your nose right into it and sniffed, but after adding paint and a bed the paint covered the outside and the bed filled up the entire inside, so there wasn’t really any rubber smell left.

  2. Mateo Pedersen says

    1 year ago

    I like the crib mattress idea – great reuse of something that would otherwise be useless after a point. The tire one looks cute, but I’d be a little worried about the dog getting his or her legs a bit stuck between the mattress and the tire.

  3. emelie says

    1 year ago

    hi i just want to say that this dog look exactly like mine! its crazy really! what kind of dog is she? 🙂

  4. Deena says

    2 years ago

    I was wondering if you used a non toxic paint that is pet friendly. Animals tend to scratch and chew on things so you want a paint that is safe. Walmart makes non toxic paint, I usually go to Ace Hardware. I made a few of these with themes for individuals. It’s a great recycling idea.

      • Suzanne St. Pierre says

        3 months ago

        Hi Jessi,

        i like the idea of recycling tires into comfy dog beds and we have already started to make a couple of them. I think it might be a little more comfortable if you were to cut the top lip of the tire back a few inches to the first set of words. We used a fein power tool (oscillating tool) which gave a smooth finish that did not require any sanding.
        I was excited to read that you used a non-toxic paint! Because we intend to sell the dog beds I wanted to verify your statement so that I can feel comfortable when telling consumers we’ve used a non-toxic pet friendly paint on the tires. Fyi I checked the Rustoleum website to get the Safety Data Sheet (MDSD) for the exact paint you used. It states under Possible Hazards: “67% of the mixture consists of ingredient(s) of unknown acute toxicity.” As well under “FIRST AID – INGESTION; Aspiration hazard…if swallowed, get medical attention.” It however does not differentiate if paint ingested is wet or dry. I will contact Rustoleum Canada to see if they can clarify.

        Best regards,

        • Jessi Wohlwend says

          3 months ago

          Great idea about cutting back the top lip a little! I like having a little bit of a top lip to sort of “contain” the fluffy bed within the tire, but you definitely don’t need a bunch and then it won’t be annoying if the dogs want to lean against the edge. My assumption was that it was wet, but please do let me know what you hear from them!

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