How to Tie Knots for a Tree Swing

A tire swing hanging from the branch of a large tree stirs images of Americana at its finest. Tire swings can provide hours of enjoyment and are typically inexpensive to construct. An important part of making and setting up a tire swing is to properly secure the rope to the tree and the tire to the rope. Use two basic knots to properly secure the tire swing.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope
  • Limb
  • Tire
  1. Double Bowline Knot

    • 1

      Form a 6-inch loop in the rope length 3 feet from the free end of the rope. Form a second 6-inch loop so it stacks on top of the first loop.

    • 2

      Feed the free end of the rope through the center of the tire. Wrap the rope around the tire and back through the center once again.

    • 3

      Pull the free end of the rope up and feed it through the two 6-inch loops stacked on top of each other.

    • 4

      Pull the rope through the loops and around the main length of rope above the 6-inch loops.

    • 5

      Feed the free end of the rope back through the 6-inch loops. Pull the knot tight and adjust it so that the rope is secure against the tire.

    Clove Hitch

    • 1

      Loop the rope over the tree limb so 2 to 3 feet of the free end of the rope hangs down beyond the limb.

    • 2

      Pull the free end of the rope up and across the main length of rope as it lies on the limb.

    • 3

      Wrap the free end of the rope down and around the limb, leaving a small gap between the rope and the limb.

    • 4

      Pull the rope back up and through the gap between the rope and limb.

    • 5

      Pull the free end of the rope down to tighten the knot.

    Taut Line Hitch

    • 1

      Secure the free end of the line extending down from the clove hitch with a taut line hitch.

    • 2

      Hold the free end of the rope out to the side of the main rope below the clove hitch to form a small loop.

    • 3

      Wrap the free end of the rope around the main line and through the loop to the side. Wrap the free end around the main rope again so the second wrap is above the first wrap on the line. Pull the wraps tight.

    • 4

      Pull the free end down, form a second loop to the side of the main rope with the free end of the rope. Wrap the free end around the main rope below the first two wraps and through the loop formed to the side. Pull the knot tight.

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