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Some­times the sim­plest things can bring the great­est sum­mer­time plea­sures. If you have a strong ma­ture tree with thick branches in your back yard, why not add a lit­tle fun with a tyre swing? It will be a won­der­ful way to en­ter­tain the chil­dren, and they can be a part of the process through help­ing as­sem­ble the swing.

You’ll need:

An old tyre


Power drill



Be­fore you start, give the tyre a thor­ough clean­ing in­side and out; a power hose works best. Drill a few evenly spaced holes in the tyre- these will serve as drainage holes so that wa­ter doesn’t pool in the bot­tom of the swing when it rains. Use the lad­der to reach a sturdy branch with the rope in your hand, and throw the rope over the branch; be care­ful, lad­ders are higher than they look! Get back on the ground and tie a slip­knot in the rope, pulling un­til the knot is at the top and you have a dou­ble rope of un­equal size.

Tie the rope around the tyre in a square knot and get the heav­i­est per­son in your fam­ily to test it be­fore en­joy­ing your swing.

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