DIY Tire Seesaw

Tire Ottoman

Build A Tire Seesaw Your Kids Will Love

Since the weather is absolute perfection across New England right now, you’ve probably been spending every waking hour outside. I mean, why wouldn’t you? That is especially true if you have young children. Fun in the sun is a vessel that spawns countless memories of a simplier time in one's young life. It should be praised and encouraged by parents everywhere. In the age of smartphones and videogames, outdoor play can get lost in the shuffle when competing against the likes of live streaming and interactive videogames.

Consider yourself lucky if all your kids want to do from the second they wake up is go play outside. In fact, build up excitement and give your children a reason to go outside and play.

Why let your kids wait for a trip to the playground when they can play anytime right in your own yard? In general, children need access to a playground. However, that doesn't mean play should be only confined to swings and slides.

Don't try to predict what a child wants in a backyard place space. Kids' needs are still pretty simple and far more imaginative. They like to walk, run, ride, climb, fly, and swing through the air. Which is why this DIY project is fun and easy. All you need is a spare tire, plywood, screws and some spray paint of your choice.

Tire Seesaw 1

If you have read any of our other DIY articles - You can agree that upcycling is extremely gratifying because it can clear up clutter and prevent waste. This DIY article is both simple and effective. We will show you how to transform a useless tire into a cool, tire seesaw your kids will love! A tire seesaw is typically smaller, lighter and not anchored to the ground. This allows your play equipment to be easily moved, especially when your lawn is starting to look worn out. You can also customise your seesaw to suit your child’s personality!

Materials You Will Need

  • 16" Tire (However any size tire will work)
  • 1800 x 350 x 18mm Plywood
  • Handles
  • 4 pieces of 45 x 35 x 350mm or similar Pine Cleats
  • 4 pieces of 90 x 35 x 15mm Fixing Blocks
  • Spray Paint
  • Acrylic Primer
  • Sealer & Undercoat
  • Wood Screws
tire seesaw instructions


  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Safety Gear
tire seesaw 2

Step 1

  • Cut the tire in half.
  • Don’t try and cut the tire without a power tool.
  • Use the reciprocating saw with metal cutting blade.
  • This tool will cut through the steel threads of the tire much easier.
tire cut in half

Step 2

  • After the tire is cut in half, it’s time to build the braces for the seesaw bench.
  • Cut (2) 9″ segments to be used to hold and support the seesaw bench.
  • Screw in each 9″ segment to the sides of the tire.
Tire Seesaw Step 2

Step 3

  • After the braces are built, screw the seesaw top to the wood braces.
  • We suggest painting the wood prior to attachment.
  • Next, screw in the handles to tidy it up.
Tire Seesaw Final

We hope you enjoy this relatively easy project. It's a great way to upcycle an old tire and turn it into an awesome toy your children will love and play on for hours! Seesaws have been removed from playgrounds across the country as many communities have deemed them “unsafe". So please monitor your children to prevent any unfortunate accidents from happening.

Tire Seesaw Seesaw


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