Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Horse Swing

It really cracks me up how very badly I actually followed the directions on this revamped tire swing. It's not supposed to look like this. I goofed up in a plethora of ways but when I'm feeling especially thwarted I remind myself of two things:

1. Bending a rubber tire is NOT an easy task.
2. No matter what it looks like, my Munchkin adores it!!

So here are the directions I (sort of) followed and in some cases totally ignored. Bear in mind that you will absolutely need a BIAS PLY TIRE. This is a much older type of tire. The newer radial tires have metal in them that will make bending and cutting nearly impossible and the final result will be much too sharp for play. Honestly, the bending and cutting of a bias ply tire isn't easy either, but in comparison it's a breeze to the trouble a newer tire would give you. To cut the tire you are going to need a box times I even used a jig saw (they make it sound like you're just slicing butter....this was NOT the case!!!!). I did this project entirely on my own and I've got the farm girl/tom boy jeans to pull it do it I would recommend that you are either quite strong or have a friend or two to help. I'm not tootin' my own horn here....I should have asked for help but I'm as stubborn as a goat. :-)
Here's some parties I linked up to:
Made It Monday
Thrifty Thursday 


The Girl Creative
Sumo Sweet Stuff



  1. hahaha -- This is so sweet and funny. OK, it is still functional and that's what matters, but this horse looks like he's been put through a series of scientific experiments, which makes me love him EVEN more. You know that I can totally relate to this post. I love it and thank you for sharing!

  2. Jan's comment makes me laugh - he looks a bit like a Dr Frankenstein creation except not out of human parts.

  3. Aww lol at least your baby likes it!!! Thank you for the comment and the follow. For some reason I can't find you on my followers. Maybe something is going on with GFC :( I hope you have a great day tomorrow!

  4. All that matters is that the baby will ride it! I'm impressed you did it on your own! My mom has one that she bought and my kids LOVE it :)

  5. Just stopping by from MBC - hope you'll stop by and follow me too!

    *** michelle ***

  6. I have an award for you on my blog! :-)

  7. I am impressed that you could even cut the tire! It works and it is functional, way to go!

  8. you are amazing! there is no way I could do that! thanks for stopping by my blog, I loves visitors!

  9. If you squint really hard, it looks exactly like a horse!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love comments and I know you'll love the oatmeal!

  10. I love an honest review.
    The best aprt about this project, and your result, is that each time one rides, he can decide for himself what it is - a horse, a dragon, a mythical creature, or whatever!

  11. I love your blog, your so creative. I never have much time to be creative. maybe because im always cleaning and not taking time for the fun stuff. I hope you can inspire me to take more time for that. Thanks for following me and im Glad to be following you. Have a Blessed Day!!


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