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 cutter....at 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 off.....to 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. :-)