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DIY Outdoor Swings
Who Doesn't Love Swinging Outdoors?
There's something special about a swing that brings out the kid in everyone regardless of age. If I close my eyes, I can still remember how it felt on those lazy days spent languishing barefoot in the front porch swing.
Whether it was tree swings or a swing made from rubber tires or maybe it was a fancy bench style seat hanging on your front porch or perhaps it was a plain old rope swing.....none of that matters. All these types of outdoor swings have one thing in common.....they can make you feel young again.
One indication of a well loved outdoor swing is a bare spot in the grass directly underneath the swing and spreading to the surrounding area. It is testament left behind by many pairs of bare feet.
While visiting this page, I hope you enjoy the memories. Perhaps you may decide to make new memories by building one of the diy outdoor swings found on this page. Of course, shoes are optional. (wink) :)
(Photo credit of Modern Bench Swing via Ana White)
Outdoor Daybed Swing
Sleeping Outdoors Never Looked So Inviting!
If you've spent much time online looking for cool DIY projects, there is no way you could have possibly missed Ana White's woodworking patterns. HGTV features another fabulous Ana White project. The construction of this hanging daybed is simple. It was designed to fit a standard twin size mattress and only basic tools and supplies are needed for this project.
(Be sure to also check out the blue swing in the introductory photo. It's Ana White's modern take on a classic.)
(Photo credit HGTV and Ana White)
DIY Tree Swing
Budget-Friendly DIY Tree Swing
This tree swing is so much cooler than the one we had at home. Ours was basically just a rope swing that you had to hang onto. It was pretty rough on the hands.
However, the DIY folks at Lowes put together this simple how-to for a tree swing suitable for smaller children. It's a simple project that is also easy on the budget. See the directions and materials list here.
(Photo credit LowesCreativeIdeas.com)
NOTE: Hanging rope or chain directly around a tree limb can damage tree bark and eventually weaken a tree limb.
Knot Tying for a Rope Tree Swing
Pause for a Poll
Which type of outdoor swing do you favor?
Do It Yourself Porch Swing
Woodworking Projects and Plans
This is a classic pattern. You can create some wonderful memories with the gift of a porch swing. Everyone needs a chance to swing in one of these at least once in their lives!
In case you don't want to share your swing, this individual hanging chair could be really fun too. I think I would make a couple or three of these and maybe add a DIY hanging table to the mix.
Tried and True Tire Swings
Classic With a Twist
Clever gal Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming put together this fantastical version for her kiddo. She upcycled a in the makings of this diy tree swing. vehicle recovery strap
(Photo credit by Stephanie Lynn)
TIP: If you need chain cut for any project, purchase from the spool and ask the hardware store to cut it to the desired lengths BEFORE leaving the store. (I learned this lesson the hard way when I bought a long length of chain and naively took it home to cut it.) haha
More Swinging Ideas......
- Safely Installing a Tree Swing - How To
- DIY Network video - build a trio of outdoor swings the whole family can enjoy.
- Video of World's Largest Rope Swing Watch this for the thrill of it. This is outdoor swinging done with a head cam. Enjoy the ride. :)
- Free Outdoor Swing Patterns from Woodworkers Worshop.com
- Upcycled chair swing idea; this is a wonderful DIY project to try!