Thursday, July 18, 2013

Make a classic rope swing

 This fun rope swing was a super simple project to do. One of those rare quick-and-easy but lasts-forever fun projects.

My mom has a wonderful yard
The only thing missing was some classic wooden swings for her grand kids to play on! Enter Mr. Everyday Art, aka, my hubby. He's so handy! I mentioned to him that my mom was interested in some wooden swings for her back yard. "No problem," he said. He's been working on finishing our basement and had some leftover 2 x 6 pieces that would work perfectly. I'm still kind of amazed at how quickly and easily he made these swings for her yard. And, as expected, my girls love them, especially because they are a little more rare to find these days.

Here's how to make your own:
1. Cut a 2 x 6 to be about 20 inches long. Anywhere between 18 and 22 inches should be great. 
2. Acquire some rope. We used 5/8-inch rope that is was rated to hold 300 pounds. Not that we thought it would actually be holding a 300-lb somebody, but by the time you get centrifugal force involved, it's not a bad idea to aim high. Obviously, it's a good idea to have an idea of where you are going to put the swing so you know about how much rope you need.
3.   Drill holes about an inch from either end that will fit the rope you purchased.
4. Insert the rope, loop it up around the tree branch, tie knots on the bottom of the swing until they are even and presto, you have a fun swing.

Kid-tested, mother approved. 

Have a great tree limb?
Make your kiddos a classic rope swing this week. :)


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