How to Tie a Knot for a Swing

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SUV tires are the perfect size for making a swing.

Seeing swing sets in neighborhood yards does not seem as common as it used to be. Many swing sets cost $250 or more, making it difficult for families to purchase one to place in their yard for their children to enjoy. Making your own swing to hang from a tree in your yard is a viable, efficient option, and one that will have your kids having fun outdoors in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • SUV tire
  • Braided rope, 5/8 inch
  • Solid tree branch
  • Ladder
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    • 1

      Position the ladder underneath the tree branch that you're going to use for your tire swing. Climb up the ladder with one end of the rope.

    • 2

      Loop the end of the rope around the branch, cross the rope and make another loop next to the first one. Pull the end of the rope through the second hoop and pull as tight as possible. This knot is known as a clove hitch and holds a great deal of weight.

    • 3

      Thread the other end of the rope through the hole in the tire and repeat the process for tying a clove hitch. When you've finished tying both knots the swing is ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Measure the distance from the tree branch to the ground and add a couple of feet to the total before buying your rope.

  • Use care when performing tasks on a ladder.

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