Toy Car Tire Painting

toy car tire painting •

Months ago, we decided it would be a good idea to put some paint onto Christian’s car tire and roll over a big white piece of paper.

It looked cool, but then I forgot all about it. After all, it’s probably not too child-friendly to back your car up when your kids are peering closely at the tires.

It didn’t occur to me to modify this project until Beckett got some ultra-cool, massively rugged superhero cars for his birthday. The tires were perfect.

Painting with car tires •



Dig through your toy bins and evaluate the tires on every vehicle. Find the ones with awesome tire treads.

Dab paint on the tires. We used acrylic paints (my favorite kind of paints), and they worked great. It helps to dab the paint on the tires, because brushing it on won’t allow it to stick as well to the tread bumps.

Painting With Toy Car Tires!


Now for the best part- roll the trucks over the paper. It definitely helps make a better picture if you make vrrrrrrm noises.

Painting with toy car tires •

Try different colors on different tires, and you’ll get a rainbow of tread marks.


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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Very cool. I have a couple of nephews who might like to do this project. And how fun would this be to do as an effect on a playroom wall?

    • Oooooh. You creative thing, you. This would be awesome on a wall!

  2. You MUST read Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby series) because Max writes to Santa Claus and includes these type of paintings to communicate! You will love it and Beckett will too!

    • Okay, Bunny Mail. Got it- I’m so excited to get a personalized book rec. from you right on my blog!

  3. I think this belongs in the MOMA! Seriously cool! I imagine the sound effects are a pretty crucial part of this technique.

    • It’s good to know someone else out there understands the importance of sound effects. Vroooom!

  4. My son had many monster trucks, and he loves colors too. This project is perfect for him.

    • So cool! Let me know if he enjoys it. (I guess it’s hard to not enjoy rolling trucks around in paint) 🙂

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