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How to make a tyre swing your kids will love

by emily

in Design & Trends, DIY, Outdoor Living

Children need to play outside in nature in order to grow and develop properly. They need to feel the sun on their skin and the wind in their hair, but this can be difficult to achieve if you do not have any play areas in your garden. However, this can be remedied with a few simple additions such as a wooden jungle gym with swings and monkey bars, or some commando nets. Of course, installing this can be tricky so it is best to start with the basics.

You should start with a tyre swing because this is easy and fun. All you will need is a tyre, some rope and a few necessary tools…and some creativity of course! Your children will love spending time swinging in the branches of the trees, and it will make a welcome addition to your garden if you decide to sell. So read on below for some simple tips on how to make the perfect tyre swing.

Start by finding a tyre

Now, this might sound obvious but it is the first step to take in the process of building a tyre swing. Choose a tyre that is not too old and that has not been damaged by wear and tear. It should also be clean, but you could clean it yourself once you have purchased it.

The size and weight of the tyre are also important. Ideally, you need a medium-sized tyre for the swing so that your child will fit comfortably but this could mean that it becomes too heavy for the branch and could break it. If you have old car tyres in your garage, you can look at their measurements and condition before heading out to buy a new one.

Make your mark

Once you have found the right tyre, you can move on to marking off where you will be cutting the tyre for the swing. You should use paint or a marker in a bright colour in order to clearly see the places that you need to cut off to make the swing comfortable for your children to sit on.

Be sure that you only cut the tyre tread and not the ring, as you will need the ring part for the handles. You will use these handles to hang the tyre from the ropes. Once the marks have been made, you can work on cutting the tyre. Be sure to use a jigsaw or box cutter that is sharp and not rusted and always operate these tools safely and away from your children.

Look for a good rope

The rope is one of the most important parts of a tyre swing, so be sure to find a good, strong one that will not fray. You can choose from natural fibres, such as hemp or cotton or opt for synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. Both choices are strong and sturdy.

The rope should be able to hold up the tyre with your child swinging in it, so ensure that it will not easily fray or tear. It is important to remember that natural fibres might become wet and mouldy when exposed to rain or water, which could cause them to fray or break over time. Synthetic fibres are better suited to outdoor use but are sure to maintain the ropes to stop any damages occurring.

Be sure to branch out

Now that you have found the perfect rope and the right tyre, you can start looking for the right branch to hang your swing from. The branch will need to be sturdy as well as have a thick diameter, as a branch that is too thin might buckle and break under the weight of the swing.

The height of the branch will also have an impact on how long you can make the rope, so be sure to choose wisely. Ideally, you should opt for a branch that is at least two metres from the ground to the branch, which allows for the perfect rope length. Be sure it is far out from the trunk so that your children will not swing into the trunk while swinging in any direction.

Put it all together

Once you have all of the components for your tyre swing, you can work on putting it all together. Mark and cut your tyre to the desired size and shape, then tie the rope to the handles securely. Choose a strong branch, one that is unlikely to buckle under the weight of the swing and your child, and work on securing the rope to the branch. You can provide added strength by nailing the rope to the branch so it will not easily come loose.

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