Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY Wooden Swing Set

Most fun weekend project ever!

At least for the kids that is. :)

Or maybe we should say "best birthday present ever" because this was what we got our now 5-year-old for her birthday. She opened a big box with swings, a steering wheel, a telescope, climbing rocks, etc. It was certainly fun for us to give.

And really, it was pretty easy to make, thanks to a lot of planning from my husband. We had 5 adults working off-and-on for about 8 hours. I spent most of the time taking care of the kids and cooking food for everyone else, so I didn't actually help much. But between Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, and Uncle Colin, it took those 4 adults about 8 hours to make this swing set. Not too shabby.

Here are some pictures of the process.

1st up, the frame.

Here is a picture of the base, which we will eventually turn into a sandbox.

Up goes the railing.

And the kids can hardly wait, so they are playing on it before it is officially finished. :)
(and there's Uncle Colin hard at work! No, he really did help a lot and had a much-deserved shady break).

This photo shows some of the accessories we added: a telescope, steering wheel, handles for safety, climbing rocks because they are cool and a little bench for sitting on underneath (which surprisingly is a pretty hot item with our two girls--it tends to be the rowing bay for when we are trying to get away from scurvy pirates).

Our kids truly love it. I knew they would enjoy it, but I didn't realize how much they would play with it, so it's been fun for us all.


  1. We can't wait to have a swing set like this. We don't really have the room at the moment and we keep talking about moving....but it looks glorious!

  2. Did you end up using some plans out there? this looks cool ... we are starting this project for our little one ... he can't wait :)

  3. Hi - this is fabulous! Just wondering (roughly) how much the materials cost - I am hoping to talk my husband into this project too! Thank, you. Josie x

  4. You know, I can't quite remember how much it cost in materials. I remember thinking that it was cheaper than buying a kit to make them, but not by a lot honestly.

  5. This is absolutely wonderful!! What plans and materials were used? I'm all about diy and saving money!! :)

  6. Where can I buy the accessories?

  7. Hi is there a place i can find the plans for this?

    1. Hi Nick,
      Alas, we never got around to putting the plans up. I think it has been so long now (we don't even live in that house anymore!) that it won't ever get done. Good luck though. I hope the pictures are good enough to help you get the idea.

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