How to Make a Tire Swing - Bob Vila

How To: Make a Tire Swing

Create some outdoor fun this summer—the old-fashioned way—with this "oh so easy" tire swing how-to.

How to Make a Tire Swing

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Sometimes the simplest things can bring the greatest summer time pleasures. That’s what we felt when we discovered this delightful tire swing tutorial on MyMommysPlace. Here’s how to make a tire swing the easy-peasy, old-fashioned way!

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Tire
Rope
Power drill
Oh, and you need a tree (a big tree)

How to Make a Tire Swing - Drilling Holes

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STEP 1: Clean the tire

First, give the tire a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer. If you don’t have the right tool, take the tire to the car wash to clean it with one of the high-pressure hoses on the premises.

STEP 2: Drill drainage holes in the tire

When you’re ready—that is, when you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of the tire—drill a series of holes in the bottom of tire to prevent water from pooling when it rains.

STEP 3: Hang your rope

Use a ladder to reach a sturdy tree branch to secure the rope. Note: Your ladder is a lot taller than it looks. Be careful up there! If you’d rather not risk it, here’s a workaround: Place a softball in a sock, and tie the sock to the end of the rope, before tossing the ball as over the branch.

STEP 4: Tie a slip knot

Now, tie a slip knot and pull on it, causing the knot to travel upwards until it finally reaches the branch. You end up with a double rope of unequal size.

STEP 5: Suspend the tire

Tie the rope around the tire using a square knot. (Don’t do like I do and attach the tire using the rope with a whole bunch of knots that you know how to make!)

STEP 6: Test the tire swing

Have the heaviest member of your family test the swing to ensure its strength. You may not want to tell this person why he or she was chosen….

STEP 7: Enjoy!

Let your impatient kid swing already. You can cut off the excess rope later. Pat yourself on the back and admire your handiwork from the street, just like the neighbors will.

How to Make a Tire Swing - Project Completion

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