How to make a fountain from a tire with your own hands
If you have old car tires lying around - do not rush to throw them away. You can find practical uses for them. Quite beautiful decorative accessories can be made of them. But today we will consider assembling a "swan" from them. This figure will adorn any courtyard and will delight even the most skeptical. In addition, a tire swan will give your garden a special look that will amaze many.
Many people, especially in the garage and shed, may well have worn-out unnecessary car tires, which at one time were a bunch of unnecessary junk. But as it turns out, nowadays, old tires will serve you as an excellent material for decorating your garden. In order to create a swan, you need a little skill and personal imagination, which will allow you to create on the site a fabulous country with many graceful swans. Now let's see how the swan is made? And if you do not know how to make a swan out of a tire with your own hands, then you should definitely read this article. There will also be a diagram attached here to help you get things right.
Preparing for assembly
We have already said that a tire swan can decorate absolutely any summer cottage. But to do it here you need step-by-step instructions and a photo. To begin with, you need to find a suitable tire for yourself. It is desirable that it be as smooth as possible, or as they say "bald", since it will cut better. For best performance, there should be a pattern on the tire. For further work, our material must be well washed and dried. Therefore, before proceeding with further actions, the tire must be washed and be sure to dry.
What to cook for assembling a swan
In order to know the answer to the question of how to make a swan out of a tire, then you should watch a video on the topic and prepare the following materials:
- chalk for marking
- electric drill
- drills 3 and 10 mm
- "Grinder" with cutting disc
- wire for staples
- plastic metal rod (or thick wire) 1.2-1.5 m long
- paint that will give the swan the desired look.
But in addition to the above list, the most important tool in this work is your patience. Therefore, stock up on the right "ingredient". It is better to start the work not in sunny weather, since usually the sun and rubber give a rather unpleasant odor. And for making a swan it is worth choosing an evening or a cool time.
Assembling the product
For an illustrative example, we take a tire of R13 size, 165 mm wide and 180 cm circumference.
We start by drawing two lines on the tire with chalk that divide our tire circumference in half. In what follows, this will be the length of the "swan neck".
Then we take chalk and draw the "beak", "head" and "neck" of our bird. It is worth doing this on the tread of the tire, as it will greatly simplify your work. If it is not there, then just run it with chalk.
Let's start making a swan.
- To begin with, we outline the "beak" from the first line, symmetrically to the center line. The length of the "beak" should be about 8-9 cm, width - 3-4 cm.
- Then we smoothly move on to the “head”, the length of which is 10-12 cm and the width of 7-8 cm. The marking of the “neck” should end where the line divides the tire in half.
- We mark the bird's tail as the last one. If we look, we will see that our "tail" is almost done - its fork is what you get when you cut the "beak". You just have to draw two parallel lines with a distance of about 8 cm between them and a length of about 30 cm.
Cutting a piece is one of the most difficult processes of making a job. This step must be performed with the greatest care to avoid injury. We would like to remind that it is necessary to work with cutting tools only with gloves and goggles.
The cutting of the product starts from the base of the neck to the head. The product is cut with different tools. Basically, it depends on the tire itself. A heavily worn tire can be cut well with a boot knife, and a thicker tire can be cut with a grinder, but this is a rather dangerous process, accompanied by smoke and a pungent odor. However, the "grinder" can be replaced with a jigsaw.
To work with the jigsaw, you need a file with fine teeth pointing upwards. This will simplify your work. Use the jigsaw when cutting at medium speed to avoid damage. To make it easier to work with a jigsaw, you must first cut the holes with a grinder or drill holes with a 10 mm drill at the edges of the "neck". Such manipulations can be carried out on all the breakpoints of the marking. In order for your work on the products to be as simple as possible, you need to start cutting the tire along the lines in parallel, in small segments, about 5 cm each.If you start cutting one part of the product first, and then another, this can lead to additional vibration. And this will make your process very difficult. For more convenient cutting of the product, you can rest a board block inside the tire - for less deformation.
After cutting, the edges of the tire must be well processed, as there may be metal wires inside the tread. You can cut the wires with a grinder. The wires can also be nylon, in which case you just need a sharp knife to cut the edges.
Swan Assembly Process: How to Bend the Neck Nicely
This publication will help you learn about how to make a swan out of a tire with your own hands. And in addition to the description, here you can see photos of all the works.
After the end of cutting, the product must be turned inside out. This process is simple - the help of the hands and feet is enough. Well, here we already see the resulting "wings" of the bird, which formed from the sidewalls of the tire and began to take on the proper form. The swan's "wings" are now wide open. We proceed to the "neck" and "head". To lift these parts of the body, you will need a steel bar.
First, you have to drill two holes with a diameter of 3 mm along the centerline. You need to start drilling from the center of the "head" to the beginning of the "tail" at a distance between the holes, about 15 cm.
We prepare the required number of staples from soft wire and thread it into the holes made. This will hold the metal bar and the structure itself.
The installation of the rod itself must be started from the bottom of the product, gradually twisting the ends of the brackets around it, which will protrude. This can be done with simple pliers.
Next, we cut off the excess remnants of the "neck" and give the bend you need. Also note that you can easily replace the rod with a steel strip. In this case, the rubber with the rest of the parts can be connected using bolts and rivets.
Well, here we come to the end. Now we can already bend the "neck" to the required shape and give our "swan" a more realistic look. This completes all the "manual" work.
"Swan" is now ready and you can start aesthetic work - painting. This will give your bird a proper look. For safety, double-check the edges of the product, as your work will certainly attract the attention of children to avoid childhood injuries. You can paint a "swan" in real colors, typical for them in the real world - white or black. If you want your product to be beautiful longer, then the paint must be resistant to weathering.
The "beak" can be highlighted in red. If you show your imagination and use the caps of large bolts to make "eyes". You can install your "pet" on absolutely any surface. This can be a cemented surface, earth, sand, etc. For a more realistic swan landing site, you can take another tire and paint it blue. Well, now you have enough experience and skills to make your only "pet" a "friend". Good luck to you!
Choosing a fountain look
Two types of fountains can be distinguished according to the type of construction.
- The open version assumes the supply of water to the nozzle. The formation of a jet in this version of the design occurs due to the differences in the water level. The water pressure in this case is weak, therefore it is necessary to constantly monitor the water level. In addition, the water in such a fountain becomes polluted rather quickly. To create it, it is necessary to install a small reservoir at a height of about one meter above the nozzle.
- A fountain with pump mounting is the most practical and effective option. Due to the placement at the bottom of the pump, continuous circulation of water is ensured. Here the pressure is stronger and the visual effect is more beautiful.
By design, pumps, which play the role of fountains, are divided into submersible and surface (stationary).
- The submersible type is designated for installation at the bottom of the reservoir. Such fountains consist of a pipeline, a pump and a special nozzle that corrects the shape of the jet (geyser, bell). This fountain gives the effect of water erupting from the ground.
Submersible pump fountain
Where to install the fountain
When choosing the optimal place for construction, it is important to take into account such a factor as the slope of the ground. If the surface on the site is uneven, then it is better to install the structure below. This will make it easier to adjust the volume of groundwater, as well as increase the oxygen saturation of the air.
Install the fountain where it will be convenient to admire it
It is not advised to build a fountain:
- Near the house, as in a strong wind, water will fall on the house itself.
- In an area with direct sunlight, which will contribute to the rapid flowering of water.
- Under a tree, as fallen leaves or overgrown roots can ruin the product.
It is necessary to place the fountain so that it does not interfere with moving around the yard, but on the other hand, so that it can be clearly seen from different sides. We advise you to locate it close to the place of leisure.
The smallest distance that should be between the structure itself and green spaces is 0.5 m. Thus, the plants will be protected from a large amount of moisture. The same principle applies to furniture near a water structure. The most optimal location of the structure is a place in the shade and without wind, near water and an electrical network. This will save your efforts and material costs.
After we have decided where the fountain will be, we can proceed to its construction or what the shape and depth of the building will be
Decorative fountain - site selection
A fountain in the country should fit into the landscape and complement it. It is better if it becomes the highlight of the site. If there is not enough space for a fountain, do not despair, because it can be made for 1 sq. m.
The water of the decorative fountain humidifies the air, and splashes fly from it into the wind. Therefore, those plants that like dry air should be planted farther from the fountain, and plants that need moisture and spraying closer to the fountain.
If the fountain is installed in an open area under the sun, the water will turn green faster. It is undesirable to install it near the house so that the walls of the house do not draw moisture. It is also not recommended to do it near tree plantings, because leaves and various debris will fly from them. If it is not planned to make waterfalls and various drops, the area for the fountain should be flat. You also need to take into account the wind. Even in a slight breeze, spray can fly far beyond the fountain bowl. Define a "wind rose".
How to make a do-it-yourself fountain in the country: a step-by-step guide
The technology for creating the simplest fountain with your own hands is quite affordable, consider it using the example of a fontanel fountain. It will become a spectacular detail in any garden, at the same time it is easy to operate, it can be easily cleaned, it can be repaired, and it can be effortlessly cleaned in the barn for the winter. Having found a suitable place, we dig a round hole, the internal recess of which should correspond to the size of the container for the bowl used for the fountain (Fig. 3). Around the pit, we additionally pull out a gutter with a depth of about 10 cm.
Fig. 3. Preparing the pit for installing the bowl
Pour clean sand at the bottom of the pit and tamp it well, getting a flat area. For the bowl, we take a plastic container, set it in the prepared pit and level it. Pour sand around the font and tamp it, while the edges of the container should protrude 5-8 cm above the pit. Fill the container with water so that 4-6 cm remains to the edge of the font (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4. The bowl is installed and filled with water
We install the fountain and check the pump performance (Fig. 5). If the pump allows power regulation, we select such a height of the jet rise so that the water again gets back into the bowl.
Fig. 5. Checking the pump performance
Before starting decorating, cut out a circle from a sealed fabric, equal in diameter to the hole. Starting from the center, cut through the strips to obtain an inner circumference equal to the diameter of the bowl. The edges of the film, obtained by cutting, are lowered and fixed in the font (Fig. 6)
To balance and maintain shape, we lay several rods of reinforcement, and on top of them - a fine galvanized mesh (Fig. 7). The smaller the grid cell size, the smaller, respectively, it will be possible to use stones (pebbles) when decorating.
Fig. 7. The fountain is ready for decoration
The most enjoyable and interesting stage is decorating. The border of the fountain can be marked with large boulders, and smaller stones (sea pebbles, wild stones) can be laid out on a grid. In order for the fountain to have the most natural look, it is not necessary to clearly mark the boundaries of the fountain, but rather, to make them “blurred”, plant the plants (Fig. 8).
Fig. 8. Ready fountain-spring
Variation of a spring fountain using a fire hydrant
Similarly, you can make a fountain for a Japanese-style garden (Fig. 9)
Fig. 9. Diagram of a fountain for a Japanese garden
The main care of fountains of this type will consist in the timely refilling of water evaporating in the system and cleaning the filter. In addition, before the onset of the first frost, all equipment must be removed and the water drained. It is advisable to cover the font so that debris and water do not accumulate in it.