Swing With a Recycled Tire

Charlotte J. Devine
by Charlotte J. Devine
2 Materials
30 Minutes

A classic of recycling! If you have a used tire on hand and a good garden, you can make a DIY swing like this. Decorate it with spray paint and give it your touch;)

  • Brush
  • Flexometer
  • Permanent marker
  • Drill
  • Scissors

  • Washers
  • Rope
  • Spray primer for plastics
  • Tire
  • Spray paint
  • Template
  • Nuts

1. Apply primer

Start by preparing the tire that will become your swing . Clean the surface well with a brush to remove dust or other dirt and leave it ready to apply a spray plastic primer. Shake the bottle well – it is essential to do it when you apply spray -, give it several layers and let it dry. This primer will make the paint to decorate the tire grip better.

2. Paint the tire

When the primer is dry, it is time to decorate the tire with a base color. Apply several coats of spray paint, leaving a few minutes in between, and let it dry. To make it more special, you can decorate the future swing with a motive – we have given it a summery touch by decorating with fruits – with more spray paint and the help of a stencil.

3. Place the sockets

When the paint is dry, it is time to fix the anchors that will allow you to hang the swing using ropes. Mark four opposite points, two and two, and make holes with the drill and a suitable bit. When you have them, install the sockets with the help of nuts and washers.

Make sure to install the proper anchors for the use you want to put the swing.

4. Attach the strings

Lastly, attach the ropes to hang the swing. Cut four pieces of rope to the length you want and secure them tightly to each of the four shells with a sailor’s knot. Ready!

This is how our summer swing was, what do you think? Do you like the fruit motifs with which we have decorated it? Leave us a comment and tell us 😉

Charlotte J. Devine
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  • Clair A. Gervais Clair A. Gervais on Feb 21, 2021

    I should think you could use any (used) tire for this project. Why list a particular one??

  • Kathy Kathy on Apr 05, 2021

    Suggestions on how to keep wasps from making nests in the tire?

  • Pam Morris Pam Morris on Feb 07, 2022

    How do you keep spiders out of tires? I have found that black widows and other spiders love living in old tires. That horrifies me to think of getting bitten when you use the swing.

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