There's something iconic about a tire swing, isn't there? What's even better is that there is no single, end-all "how to make a tire swing." You can most likely use tools and supplies that you have on hand. The only thing you need for certain is a used tire.
The best part? If you snag an old tire, you're doing your part to divert it from the waste stream, or even worse keep it from becoming litter. Tires might seem to big to be considered litter, but illegal tire dumping is terrible for the environment and for public health. Dumped tires become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, because standing water collects inside of them. Tires are also a lot larger than your typical litter, so when they do end up dumped by the side of the road, they're a terrible eyesore.
How to Make a Tire Swing
Over at Crafting a Green World, Julie Finn shares an incredibly helpful roundup of tire swing tutorials along with some tips that she has picked up from building her own tire swing. This is a quick, one-day project, so you can build and enjoy your tire swing in the very same weekend.
The supplies you need can vary, depending on how you decide to attack your tire swing, but here are the basics:
- reclaimed tire
- length of chain or strong rope
- eye bolts
- S-hooks or locking carabiners
Ready to get the details? Click here for the tutorials!