Making a Tire Snowman

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November 29, 2016

large tire snowman in desert yardHere is a fun way to make a big snowman with tires.


Total Time: Couple hrs.


  • 10 tires: 5 big ones, 2 medium, 3 small ones, (many tire shops will give used tires away)
  • 1/2 gallon white paint
  • little bit of black paint
  • paint brush
  • drill (bits depending on size of the sticks)
  • serrated knife
  • mini wreath
  • scarf
  • 2 sticks for arms
  • tarp or paint cover
  • something orange for the nose (I used an orange flashlight)
  • gloves or mittens


  1. Lay down a tarp or anything to paint on.
  2. Gather the tires and stack them to form a body, head, and hat.
  3. Tire Snowman
  4. Gather paint and brushes. Brush off dirt and debris first, then paint the body and head white. Let dry.
  5. Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
  6. After they dry, number the tires in the back. This will help when you move them.
  7. Tire Snowman

  8. Place the mini wreath on corner of the hat. Secure with thumbtacks.
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  10. Paint the eyes and buttons.
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    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
  12. Cut material if needed for a scarf. Add the scarf. Use thumbtacks to secure it.
  13. Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
  14. Outline the circle where you will insert the nose. Remember you can use something else. I used an orange flashlight.
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    Tire Snowman

  16. Use a drill to make a hole for the nose then cut with the knife. Carve carefully. Unscrew the cap of the flashlight and insert it through the inside of the tire.
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    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
  18. Mark points for the stick arms. Use the drill and knife again. Insert stick arms in place and brush off tire debris.
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    Tire Snowman
    Tire Snowman
  20. Add gloves if you'd like and stuff with newspaper.
  21. Enjoy your snowman! Especially if you live in the desert like me. ;)


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December 5, 20162 found this helpful

It's cute. A great way to keep tires out of the landfill. And it will last a lifetime. Smart!

December 17, 20161 found this helpful

Great detailed directions! Thanks

June 5, 20190 found this helpful

Can you tell me what type of paint you used for the tires? We are trying to put our snowman outside.

December 15, 20190 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea. A permanent snowman and useful idea not to throw tyres in the landfill. Congratulations it is lovely.

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