How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

How to build a tire playground

I am a girl/woman/lady that wears many hats – a mom, a wife, a jewelry designer, a quilter/sewer/creator, Project QUILTING organizer, retired engineer, and a part owner/operator of an apple orchard.  For this ‘How To’ I’m going to be wearing the hat of the part owner/operator of an apple orchard.

This season we have a challenge ahead of us – we are moving the store from our in-laws farm to my husband and I’s farm.  We are only about 10 minutes from the old location but it’s still going to be different for our regular customers.  One of our main goals with the move is to make the customers feel like they didn’t loose anything in the move – we’re hoping that they’ll be excited about all the new things they’re gaining!

One of the new things we’ve added to our ‘new’ location is a tractor tire playground.  I’m going to walk you through a quick ‘how-to’ on putting one of these in your property today along with some of the pictures from our process.

First you have to find a source for tractor tires.  The great thing about this playground is that you should be able to find a tire repair shop that will just give you the tires.  Normally they have to PAY to get rid of the tires so you’ll actually be doing them a favor and saving them money by taking them off your hands.  My husband made three runs with the trailer to collect just over 20 tires for our playground.


How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

Next you need to decide how you want to get the tires in the ground.  Some may find it easier to hire or borrow an excavator with a skinny bucket to dig in each tire but I needed to get some “summer arms”.  Digging in the tractor tires was the perfect solution!  I also did wear sandals to do the job but I wouldn’t recommend this – a person should really wear some boots.

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

Remember to take your time.  I had twenty tires to get in the ground which seemed a bit overwhelming at first.  I then created small goals of at least one a night or else five done before we leave for vacation.  These goals made the task not seem as daunting AND spread out the fun!

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

Fire tires are in…

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

One trick I learned while digging the tires was to do one go through and get all the chunks of sod out of the ground first and put that in one pile.  Then I put the dirt below that in a second pile.  This was helpful for filling the hole back in once the tire was placed in it.  I would put the sod chunks in first and then fill it up with the loose dirt.

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

I’m standing in one of the tractor tire holes.

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

Jared (my husband) helped me role the tires into place – man are they heavy!

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

I managed to dig all the tires in in just under a month!  Someone was wood chipping trees in the right away and they dropped the excess mulch off at our orchard – worked perfectly to fill in around the tires.

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

My in-laws found this slide at the dump and Jared bolted it into one of the tires.  Luckily, that tire still has some decent tread so the kids will be able to climb up it just like a ladder!

How To Build a Tractor Tire Playground

Other miscellaneous tips if you decide to dig your own tire playground.

  • drink lots of water
  • wear boots – not sandals!
  • digging after rain is much easier than when the ground is dry (especially if you are digging in clay)
  • take off your rings


If you want to see more pictures of the work in progress check out:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/33166641@N07/sets/72157624051223453/

  • http://twitter.com/gliteringphotos @gliteringphotos

    What a unique way to recycle old tires. Great idea…congrats!

  • http://pepenewton.etsy.com pepenewton

    that is awesome! thanks for sharing

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    WOW! This is so cool! I remember playing on one of these in a neighboring town growing up. It was the best! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/hellesbelles86 hellesbelles86

    I just told my husband I want to make one of these. This is so cool! We have tons of the wide tires because my husband's family runs a construction business and … well we just have them for some reason… but I'll have to find a source for the tractor tires. Thank you for sharing all your hard work.

  • Countrycranes

    I think this is a great idea!

  • Anonymous

    Concept is really nice and more interesting is the idea comes true.
    Playground Equipment

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  • Cyndie

    Just one caution. These tractor tires become ideal homes to various kinds of spiders. It’s something to consider.

  • Kerry4g0d

    Paint the tires a light color inside and out to discourage spiders :o)

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