Create a DIY Backyard Rope Swing

One Day
Less Than $500
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    Have a Lowe’s associate trim the rough end from a 2″x10″ [5.08 cm x 25.4 cm] board and then cut two pieces 3″ [7.62 cm] long and one piece 22″ [55.88 cm] long.
  2. Steps:

cut the wooden seat
  1. 2


    Sand the faces, edges, and ends of all three pieces. Drill pilot holes in each 3″ [7.62 cm] piece. Glue and screw the 3″ [7.62 cm] pieces with both edges and one end flush with the end of the seat.
  2. Steps:

sand the wooden seat of the rope swing until smooth
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    Mark the locations of the four 1″ [2.54 cm] holes (for 3/4″ [1.91 cm] rope). Place a piece of scrap wood beneath the swing seat and drill the holes. Sand around the top and bottom edges of the holes. Then sand to round over all sharp edges and corners on the seat.
  2. Steps:

drill holes in the wood to attach rope
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    Apply one coat of primer, let dry, and lightly sand any rough spots. Then apply two coats of paint – don’t miss the insides of the rope holes.
  2. Steps:

paint the wooden seat on the swing
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    Cut two pieces of rope 5′ [1.52 m] long and, to keep the rope from unravelling, heat the ends with a match or lighter until they begin to melt. Thread one end through a hole in the seat from the top and make an overhand knot underneath. Repeat on the remaining hole on the same end of the seat with the opposite end of the rope. Repeat this step on the other end of the seat.
  2. Steps:

attach rope to swing
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    Place a snap link on each seat rope. Measure from the tree limb to the ground and cut two pieces of rope about 3′ [.91 m] longer than that distance. (We needed about 18′ [5.49 m] of rope on each side.) See our video on how to tie a double-bowline knot on one end of each rope. Throw the knotted end over the tree limb where you’ll hang the swing, pass the other end through the loop, and pull the knot snug against the tree limb. Then tie a second double-bowline and attach the snap link with the swing rope so the seat is about 18″ [45.72 cm] above the ground. Repeat for the other tree limb rope.

    TIP: Rope can fray or weaken after continuous use or when left in direct sunlight for long periods. Regularly check the condition of the rope and remove or replace it if you notice frayed or broken strands.

  2. Steps:

hang the rope swing in your backyard

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