We had to get new tires for our 12 passenger van. Normally, I’m not real excited about that but I’ve been hoping we’d need to soon so we could make a tire swing. We had one of these in another house and it was much loved – by kids of all ages. Wanna see how fun it is… (how to instructions are at the end of the post)
All you need is a tire, sharp knife, strong rope (we used mule tape – but will be changing to rope), 2″-3″ in diameter branch, two 2′ pieces of old garden hose, tall tree with strong branches.
Pardon Esther, she just can’t help herself when there’s a camera involved.
Using your sharp knife (Carl used his pocketknife) cut 4 X’s on one side of the tire. Try to make them about the same distance apart. Put your rope through one hole and attach one of the small branches to it. Then, string the rope through one of the garden hoses, this is what is actually going to be touching the tree branch to protect the rope. Go ahead and get it up on the branch where you want it to get the lengths right. put the rope through one of the holes next to the first one. Now, pull the rope up through the next hole. Run it through the other piece of garden hose, up over the tree branch and down to the last hole. Pull the rope through the last hole and secure a branch like you did in the first hole.
Disclaimer: We have a no spinning rule. Of course, there’s always some spinning that happens when you push the swing but we don’t allow intentionally twisting the ropes until they can no longer be twisted and then letting go. Once Gabriel was spun so hard on our old tire swing that he not only threw up but capillaries all over his face and in the whites of his eyes burst. Consider yourself warned…
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