DIY recycled tire swing: how to have fun with old tires!

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When Stephanie featured her DIY Recycled Tire Swing, brought cherished back childhood memories!! Oh, how I adore this swing! Yes, I’m under the table and dreaming!

diy tire swing

I grew up in the big city, so every summer, my parents dropped us kids off at a local farm for a few weeks of sunshine and outdoor play.

The farmer had a hundred kids (Well… probably not 100, but my memory tells me at least 10).

These lucky kids, collectively, had the best God could offer: a tire swing. How I loved playing at that farm with that tire swing. For hours and hours, every day.

So, thank you Stephanie, not only for bringing back some lovely sentiments, but also for offering us a very clear and detailed tutorial to make our own!

diy recycled tire swing
diy recycled tire swing

Image credit: Stephanie, from ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’


So, if you have an old tire lying around, don’t let it go to waste! With a little creativity and some basic tools, you can transform it into an exciting recycled tire swing. Not only will this project give new life to an unwanted item, but it will also provide endless hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of making your own DIY recycled tire swing. Get ready to unleash your inner DIY enthusiast and create a fantastic outdoor swing that will become the centerpiece of backyard fun.

Why Choose a Recycled Tire Swing?

Discover the advantages of opting for a recycled tire swing. Not only does it offer an eco-friendly alternative to purchasing new materials, but it also provides a sturdy and durable base for a swing that can withstand various weather conditions and years of play.

Selecting the Right Tire

Learn how to choose the perfect tire for your swing project. Consider factors such as tire size, condition, and stability to ensure a safe and enjoyable swinging experience. Look for tires with minimal damage and a suitable diameter for the desired swing height.

Safety Precautions

Prioritize safety when creating your recycled tire swing. Familiarize yourself with essential safety measures, including inspecting the tire for sharp edges (any nails?) or protruding wires (you’d be surprised), ensuring a secure hanging point, and supervising children during swing usage. It’s to become a kids toy, after all.

Materials and Tools You’ll Need

Gather the necessary materials and tools for your DIY recycled tire swing. This may include a tire, sturdy rope or chain, carabiner or swivel, eye bolts, washers, nuts, wrench, drill, and safety equipment like gloves and goggles.

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Recycled Tire Swing

Follow these steps to create your own recycled tire swing:

Step 1: Cleaning and Preparing the Tire

Thoroughly clean the tire, removing any dirt or debris. Inspect for sharp edges or wires and trim or sand them down. Paint the tire with non-toxic paint if desired, allowing it to dry completely.

Step 2: Attaching the Swivel and Rope

Attach a swivel or carabiner to the inside center of the tire using eye bolts,

washers, and nuts. Ensure the hardware is securely fastened to provide a stable connection. Thread a sturdy rope or chain through the swivel or carabiner, making sure it is of sufficient length for hanging the tire swing at the desired height.

Step 3: Securing the Hanging Point

Locate a suitable and sturdy tree branch or swing set beam as the hanging point for your tire swing. Use eye bolts and washers to secure the hanging point, ensuring it can support the weight and movement of the swing. Drill pilot holes and attach the hardware with a wrench.

Step 4: Testing and Adjusting

Test the stability and levelness of the swing by giving it a gentle push. Make any necessary adjustments to the rope length or hanging point to achieve the desired swinging motion. Double-check that all connections are secure before allowing anyone to use the swing.

Safety Guidelines for Tire Swing Usage

Ensure a safe and enjoyable experience with these tire swing usage guidelines. Supervise children while they use the swing, and instruct them on proper swinging techniques. Check the swing regularly for signs of wear or damage, and replace worn-out ropes or hardware promptly. Remind users to hold on securely, sit in the center of the tire, and avoid standing or jumping off the swing. Install a soft surface, such as wood chips or rubber mulch, beneath the swing to cushion falls.

Creative Tire Swing Upgrades

Explore ways to enhance your recycled tire swing creatively. Add padding or cushions inside the tire for extra comfort. Decorate the tire with stencils, paint, or colorful fabric. Attach accessories like a wooden seat or handles to accommodate younger children or provide additional support.

Benefits of DIY Recycled Tire Swings

Discover the benefits of opting for a DIY recycled tire swing. It promotes environmental sustainability by repurposing old tires and reduces waste. Additionally, it offers a cost-effective solution for creating a fun and engaging play feature in your backyard, fostering outdoor play and imagination.

Swing into Fun with a Recycled Tire Swing

By repurposing an old tire, you can create a fantastic DIY recycled tire swing that brings joy and excitement to your outdoor space. Follow the steps outlined in this guide, prioritize safety, and get ready to swing into hours of fun for yourself, your family, and your friends. Embrace your creativity and enjoy the satisfaction of transforming waste into a source of entertainment.

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