DIY Recycled Tire Swing

DIY Recycled Tire Swing

It has actually taken my husband a full year of walking aimlessly around the property to finally find the perfect tree for our tire swing. Since the two main components of the swing were recycled from our recreational Jeep, the only thing we needed to purchase for this project was the hardware and chains; a very small price to pay for loads of classic, old-fashioned fun that will be around for years to come.We {my hubby and I, as this is bit more ‘his’ project}, began with a large 37″ used tire.The following galvanized hardware was purchase from Tractor Supply:
{3} sections of Cut Chain {rated accordingly}
{1} Spring Clip Carabiner
{3} Screw Link Carabiners
{3} Lag Eye Screws
(3) Washers
{3} Nuts

My husband drilled three holes through the top of the tire, evenly spaced out by counting the lugs. Once complete he flip the tire over and randomly drilled several more holes to provide adequate drainage so water would not collect inside.

The Lag Eye Screws were place in each hole and secured with washers and nuts from inside the rim.

The Screw Link Carabiners were then attached to the Lag Screws along with the chain sections.

A recycled 40ft Recovery Strap was used for the ‘hanger’. Recovery Straps are used to recover stuck vehicles and are made from nylon that has a little bit of a give to it. The Recovery strap used had a tiny fray in it which made it no longer usable for vehicles, yet perfect for the tree swing. {plus the nylon material is far better for the tree, as chains can cut and damage the limbs over a period of time}

One end of the Recovery Strap was secured way up in ‘the’ tree and the other end was tied into a looped knot. The Spring Clip Carabiner was then attached and the chain links were hung.The remainder of the Recovery Strap, hanging down from the looped knot, is the best built-in accessory, allowing you to pull back the tire and send it soaring through the air. {The end of the strap comes premade with sewn loops making the perfect handle}I love this part of the woods, especially in the evening when the sun peeps through the trees; One of my favorite spots.

It can be a real challenge sometimes to please our little guy, however he is all smiles about this tire swing.

Swinging is actually very beneficial to children with autism as it is used for sensory input. {and highly recommended by our occupational therapist} The irregular spinning and rotating movements are alerting in nature and help with balance and equilibrium development.

Fun and mesmerizing

I have to say I really enjoy it too! It’s the perfect size for me and my little guy to get on swing together. {and we love the big pushes from Daddy}

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back tonight for The Sunday Showcase Party ~ Hope to see you there! Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. so FUN!!!! I have quite a few memories playing on those kind of swings when I was younger!!! awwwww…memories! Your son looks like he had fun!!

  2. That is great an you can tell he loves it!

  3. I love your tire swing!!!

  4. Love it!
    You just can’t buy that kind of fun in the store..
    We have one in our backyard and I find my husband on it as much as the kids.
    Have a great weekend :)
    Amy @thepineappleroom

  5. I love the tire swing, but at the moment large give me a little scare. I just had one to fall in my backyard, luckily it didn’t fall on my house.

  6. You can tell he really likes it! We had a tire swing growing up, and it was so much fun. :) Good idea about the drainage holes!

  7. Great tire swing! Looks like it will last for years to come! Your son is so handsome…he has the most beautiful eyes!

  8. Stephanie Lynn, another super great project for your little guy! I know you love getting those smiles out of him! :) I wish we had a big, tire swing worthy tree! :)

  9. Stephanie..you never fail to amaze me w/ your projects! Loved seeing the lil’ guy enjoying it too!

    Have a great weekend!

    heather

  10. Nothing more relaxing than swinging. Love the tire swing!! Enjoy. Love & blessings from NC!

  11. Two of my sons have Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and our therapist suggested swings like this, disc swings when they got a little bigger, and a sit and spin! The kids have really enjoyed playing on them all :)

  12. It’s funny, but we have been talking about that very thing the past few days! I was wondering if you had to put anything on the tire to keep the black from getting on clothes, etc., or if you haven’t had this problem. Thanks!

  13. You have such a great yard for a boy! Nothing better than woods for a kid to play around in. It looks like he loves the swing.

  14. Great idea…I would love to have one of these…both of my kids (big age difference) could enjoy it. Great tutorial too.

  15. this is amazing! you never cease to amaze me with your projects! so fabulous and boy oh boy do i wish i had woods (trees, and paths) like that near my house…so beautiful!

  16. Great tutorial Stephanie Lynn, I’ve featured you this morning on Craft Gossip :) http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/07/diy-recycled-tire-swing.html

  17. I love this! Our next house will have a big enough tree to do this! Our little puny trees would topple over! haha

    And I love that you used something other than chains, to not hurt the tree! Go you!

  18. Fantastic tutorial! Every kid needs to experience the feeling of swinging like this! How fun! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  19. This ROCKS! My kids love these! I am showing this to my husband today! Hopefully we will have one by the end of the week! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today. Your son looks like he is in heaven!!!! (BTW, congrads on the explosion of traffic to your blog. Your numbers have jumped through the roof. What did you do?)

  20. how fun! I’d love to make one of these, my little guy would love it! thanks for the inspiration! I’d love for you to link it at sundae scoop http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

  21. Love the tire swing and your son is a DOLL!!

  22. that looks like tons of fun!

  23. Hi Stephanie…

    Ohhh…I just love your old fashioned tire swing! It’s been a few years since I’ve been on one but certainly can remember what great fun it was! I love your wooded area…what a fabulous place for the tire swing!!! Thank you for also including that great tutorial on how to make a tire swing…you did GOOD, my friend! But…I must tell you, seeing the photos of your little guy enjoying that new swing was the very best part of all!!! His sweet smile told the whole story!!! Hehe! You had mentioned that swinging for autistic children could be very beneficial. I worked with an autistic young man at public school for 6 yrs….until he was 20. He just loved swinging! We went to the playground often!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  24. Oh WOW! I want one in my backyard. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this, I’ll be linking.

  25. This completely BRINGS ME BACK 20+ YEARS AGO, when we went to a farm every summer where we played with a glorious tire swing. Oh, how I loved that swing. In a way I am envious, but more so, extremely HAPPY FOR YOU + yr son to have this in your garden.

    OK. You’re invited! Do come join our weekly Wednesday linky party for DTY tutorials. The current party is here: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/ . Future parties can be found at the home page.

    Looking forward to featuring your work so our readers can find you!

    Rose

  26. am featuring you today.
    i just love yr swing!

  27. Remember to add holes to the bottom of the tire, rain water catches and becomes a mosquito hatchery. If I overlooked this step in you description..sorry. Deb

  28. I just found this post (and blog!) and was happy to see just what I needed to show my husband how to make a tire swing for our kiddos. Great pictures…it wasn’t until a a couple reads into the post that I realized you had a son with autism as well! I have a 9 year old with Down syndrome and autism and he loves to swing. He will really benefit — thanks a bunch!

  29. What knots were used?

        

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