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How to Make a Tire Swing

directions on how to make a tire swingIf you need an old tire to make a tire swing, stop by the TireZoo in Anoka or Bloomington and let us know. We send all expired tires to get recycled, but we can usually find you one.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to be vigilant about emptying the swing of water after it rains so mosquitoes don’t get a chance to breed. As long as you keep the tire empty or put a mosquito deterrent inside the tire, you’ll be good to go.

The nice thing about tire swings is that they are inexpensive and can fit more than one child at a time.

how to make a tire swingHow to Make a Tire Swing

Gather an old tire, drill ,3 long eye bolts, 3 large washers, 3 nuts that fit the eye bolts, at least 4 connectors, and 4 pieces of chain (3 evenly matched, and the 4th long enough to go around the tree limb or play-set.

Drill three evenly spaced holes around the perimeter of the tire. Put one eye bolt through the top of each hold, using a large washer and nut from the inside to hold the bolt in place.

Thread a connector through the eye bolt and the chain; do this three times and then connect all the chains together to the main chain to hang the swing. See picture at right.

Note: Pick heavy chain that is safe and durable, and won’t rust. You can get all these items at any hardware store. They will cut the chain to the length you need.

Where to Find an Old Tire for a Tire Swing in MN

How to Make a Tire Swing

If you want to make a tire swing this spring, you may like our previous article, “Making a Tire Swing”.

Where to Find an Old Tire  for tire swing in Minnesota

If you are looking for an old tire to use for your tire swing, stop by our Anoka or Bloomington location.

Tire Swing Pictures

If you need some pictures of tire swings for inspiration, check out these pictures.

Making a Tire Swing

Inexpensive

With the warmer weather here, we’re all migrating outside. If you are looking to add some simple, inexpensive play equipment for your kids, why not consider making a tire swing?

Fun

For generations kids have loved to swing and twirl on tire swings. The great thing about tire swings is that they can hang from a tree or existing play equipment, depending on your needs.  Just make sure the tire swing is mounted to something that is sturdy, durable, and can withstand the weight.

Simple

Since they can be made out of old used tires, they are inexpensive. This tire swing was made with long eye bolts, washers, and nuts (holes drilled first, of course) .Eye bolts go through the top and bottom of tire. Use large washers on the bottom of the tire then a nut to tightly hold the bolt in place. It is attached to a durable chain and connectors to the chain. You can get all these items at any hardware store. They will cut the chain to the length you need. That’s it.  This swing is over eleven years old and is in great shape.tire for making a tire swing

It requires no maintenance, however, make sure you empty it out after every rainfall so you don’t breed any mosquitoes!

Come See Us!

If you need an old used tire to make a tire swing, stop by the TireZoo. We’ll give you one for free; make sure you mention you saw this blog post!

Your Fun Tire Story?

Do you have a story of how you’ve used old tires for fun play equipment? Maybe you have a picture you’d like to send us? Please let us know. We’d love to post your story of creativity and thriftiness!