There is something so idyllic about incorporating a tire swing in your back or front yard for your children. Even if you never had one yourself as a kid, you can’t help but want one to provide your child with endless hours of easy fun most days out of the year. Tire swings are more affordable than an actual swing set and they are typically fairly easy to make, no matter the style you plan to go with. These tire swing ideas and instructions on how to make one yourself will help you get started, but really, your kid will be the best test to know if you did it right.
While it might seem like there is only one way to make a tire swing, there are actually a few different ways to go about it and several different designs. At the end of the day, whether you make the swing vertical or horizontal, or paint it to look like your kid’s favorite animal, they will have hours of fun. You can also opt for either a chain or rope to attach the tire to your tree and either way, it will remain secure to hold your child as they swing back and forth.
But before you look at all of the possible tire swings to adorn your front or back yard, you should get familiar with the “how” of it all.
How To Make A Tire Swing
Surprisingly, to make a simple tire swing, you only need a few tools. First, find a large used tire and clean it as thoroughly a you can. Even though it is for an outdoor swing, this is something your kids will sit in and sometimes hold onto. You will want to use soap and water on the inside as well as outside of the tire before continuing to the next steps. You might even want to use WD40 to cut through any residual grease.
Next, find the branch you want to hang the swing from. Ideally, it should be one that is thick and sturdy and stands at least nine feet above the ground. But even if it’s the highest branch you can find, make sure it is strong enough to withstand the pressure of a tire swing moving back and forth.
Get 50 feet of rope and drill drain holes in the tire. Then, use a ladder to secure the rope over your chosen branch and make sure it is as sturdy and secure as possible. Next, tie the rope around the tire in a same kind of secure loop that won’t come undone. Preferably, a square knot. And after you give it a quick test run, bring out your kids for the real test of how fun it is.
Now that you know how to make a tire swing yourself, take a look at all of these other options, some of which take tire swing up to a whole other level.
1. Animal Tire Swing
This one changes things up by painting the actual tire to look like your kid’s favorite animal. And instead of keeping it vertical, you can turn it to a horizontal angle and attach chains to make it easier for more than one kid to ride on at once.
2. Covered Tire Swing
To make this variation, you go by the standard instructions, but wrap a soft rope around the entire tire. This keeps it from getting too hot out in the summer sun and adds a little cushion too.
3. Horse Tire Swing
Unless you are already experienced with complicated DIY projects, this horse tire swing might be a little ambitious. Still, it’s a unique take on the classic tire swing and still requires the same tools to get it done.
4. Criss-Cross Tire Swing
Although the blog where this tire swing idea originated from is in German, it’s easy to see how this was accomplished. You can thread soft rope or bungee cord in a pattern on the tire to provide a comfortable seat in the middle of the tire rather than an open hole.
5. Double Tire Swing
If you have more than one kid, you can go with this horizontal tire swing which places a smaller tire above the larger tire to provide two places for kids to sit as they swing back and forth together.
6. Chain Tire Swing
It’s a little more complicated to make this chain tire swing than a more standard rope tire swing, but it can also be more long lasting. Plus, with three anchored spots where the chain attached to the tire, it’s easy to balance on it.
7. Horizontal Rope Tire Swing
You don’t need much more than rope, a few small pieces of wood, a drill, and a sturdy tire to make this swing for your little ones to enjoy outside. But instead of knotting the rope around the tire for a vertical swing, turn it horizontal and drill holes to attach the rope in three different points on top.
Making your own tire swing can be a hard and strenuous project, depending on which type you go with. But if you remind yourself that it is all in the name of giving your kid a memorable outdoor toy to last their childhood, it makes it all worth it in the end.