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Garden Swing Instructions

Garden swings bring to mind lazy, carefree days in the past. One of the easiest forms of garden swing to make is a traditional tree swing, which hangs from the low branches of a tree or some other overhanging object or structure. Making a garden swing is a simple process, and in just a few hours, you can have a fully functioning swing for children and adults alike to enjoy. This project does not require any special tools besides a drill.

Drill 4 holes into the surface of the wood, about 1 inch away from the corner edges of the wood. Make the holes large enough for the rope to slip through.

Sand all sides of the wood board. Pay special attention to the holes, because a rough edge can damage the rope.

Stain the wood your chosen colour. Allow the stain to dry for 1 hour.

Paint the polyurethane sealer over the entire piece of wood. Make sure to seal the inside of the holes to protect them from the elements. Allow the sealer to dry for 24 hours.

Cut the rope into two lengths of 20 feet each. Loop each rope in half. Light the end of each rope with the lighter to melt the threads of the rope together.

Thread the ends of the rope through the bottom of the swing. Make sure the ends are even. Tie a knot with the two ends of the rope about 6 to 8 inches above the board. This will create a triangle shape directly above the swing. Repeat for the other side of the swing.

Tie the ends of the rope to one side of the S chain link. Repeat for the other side of the swing.

Hang the ends of the rope over the tree branch or the other object. Wrap the rope around the top of the branch. Take the other end of the S chain and slip the other edge of the rope through, creating an enclosed circle around the tree branch.

Flip the swing over the tree branch until the rope hangs tightly enough to support the weight of the swing and the swing hangs at the desired height.

Things You'll Need

  • 30" by 2" by 10" plywood
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 "S" shaped chain links
  • 40 feet of nylon rope
  • Scissors
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Lighter
  • Tree with horizontal branch, or some other structure to hang the swing from
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.