The Simplest Swing

Hello and happy Spring! After a long, long winter, the weather is finally (FINALLY!) warming up here and we’ve all been itching to get outside in the glorious sunshine again. Yesterday was 72 degrees F and breezy – absolutely gorgeous. I’ve decided that 72 is my most favorite degree. This DIY tree swing was the perfect project for the breezy Spring days ahead.

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We took a quick trip to Lowes and picked up some 5/8″ braided polypropylene rope and some latex paint. We bought 40 feet of rope because our tree limb was about 15 feet off the ground. We figured we’d need about 15 x 2 + 5 feet of rope.  Look at me! I’m doing “the maths,” as I like to call it! Listen, if you assumed I’d be good at “the maths” just because I’m Asian, then you’d be dead wrong.

Of course, my little girlie girl wanted a pink swing. She chose “Berry Twist” by Valspar. I tried to entice her with Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s color of the year, but this girl is serious about her pink. As soon as we got back home, I picked through my scrap wood pile in my garage and found an old 2×10 board and cut it to about 24″ long and drilled a hole in each corner (about 2″ from the edges) with a 3/4″ spade bit.

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My little girl was so excited about her tree swing that she wanted to pose with it. “Take a picture of me and my swing, Mom.”

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I gave her a foam brush and let her paint her swing seat. Look at that little Southpaw, just like her mommy.

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We only painted the underside because I knew she wouldn’t be able to wait for the paint to dry before taking it for a swing (see what I did there?). My plan is to paint the other side once she’s done swinging for the day, so it can dry while she sleeps.

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Here’s my husband risking his life to hang it up. What a good daddy. And so stylish too, with his combat boots and shorts. #backoffhesmine #Godhelphim I was sending up some serious prayers here, you guys. Please don’t fall. Please don’t fall. Please don’t fall. Thank you Jesus.

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We didn’t tie any fancy knots, just a simple knot at the swing seat and at the branch. We threaded the rope through one hole in the seat and then back up through another hole, double-tied it, then hung it from the branch and tied a couple knots up there. I didn’t want it too high off the ground because I’m paranoid about everything. Plus, it’s at just the right height that my 3-year-old can get on it without too much trouble. Then my husband and I each took it for a swing, to set the knots. I know what you’re thinking… yes, we’re kids at heart, but we swing in the name of children’s safety!

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Don’t tree swings just bring out that nostalgic feeling in you? We spent the entire day playing outside and the kids smelled like childhood… you know that smell: sunshine and sweat and pure happiness. Ahh… I love it. Here’s to the warmer days ahead!

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Comments

  1. says

    Awesome! I love this, I remember the one my grandfather made for me as a little girl. Now to find the best tree in the yard and make one for myself. Thanks for sharing! pinning this :-)

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