Toy Car Tire Painting

Published: September 16, 2013

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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8 thoughts on “Toy Car Tire Painting”

  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?

  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!

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


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