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How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing

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How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing.

We have a nice sized oak tree in our side yard that’s been begging for a little rope swing.  (Ok, so maybe it wasn’t the oak tree begging, lol.)

How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)

I did finally manage to “talk” my hubby into putting together a simple rope and wood swing for the tree.  Once he started on it, he put the swing together in no time at all.  I’m definitely very thankful he is good at this kind of stuff.  (He’s also made me a picnic table, headboard for my son’s room and my little bubble fountain.  (Thanks, honey!)

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Didn’t it turn out cute?

How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)

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Would you like to make one too?  (or get someone else to make it for you?)  Here is how he did it:

How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing

Tip: these instructions are for a 24-inch wide swing.  *To make the swing wider, just increase the width of your wood!

Materials needed:
  • 2 by 6 piece of wood at least *6 foot long
  • 1-inch rope
  • 16 3-inch screws
  • 16 washers (Hubby says 2 by sixes are not really 2 inches, so he used the washers to make sure the screws did not poke out the other side.)
  • Stain or paint (optional)
  • (drill, saw other misc tools)

Instructions: 

Cut the 2 by 6 into 4 pieces.  2 that are 24 inches long and 2 that are 10 inches long.
Assemble the pieces as shown below, drilling the screws into the wood.  Use washers to ensure the screws don’t come through to the other side.
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
Add distressing if desired and sand down the swing seat.
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
Use a 1-inch wood drill bit and drill 4 holes as shown:
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
Paint or stain if desired.
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
Cut two pieces of rope, 6 feet long and thread through the holes of the swing seat, tying a secure knot at the end of the ropes under the seat.
Cut 2 more pieces of rope as long as you need to reach your tree branch.  Attach one end of the rope to the tree using a secure knot and the other end to the tree swing using a hitch knot.  Repeat for the other side.
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
How easy was that?  Let me know if you make one!
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing. (How to make a Tree swing)
How to Make a Rustic Rope and Wood Tree Swing

 

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30 Comments

  1. Tree swings bring back so many memories for me! I needed my kids to have one. We actually made one and they absolutely love it. They definitely stand out from ordinary swing sets.

  2. I love this! When I was a kid my grandpa had a tree swing for us kids that hung off the back of his hay barn. We played on it for hours. But, unlike him I’m not very handy in building things.

  3. How far are the holes away from the edge. I was guessing about 2 inches In?
    Thanks for your help,

  4. How many feet of rope did you purchase?

    1. I don’t remember, but it will depend how high the tree branch is anyway.

  5. Hi,
    Which hitch knot did your husband use?

    1. I don’t remember now, just google hitch knot and use whichever one looks good to you.

  6. Hi Jamie! Where on earth did you find 1" sisal rope? I cant even find any on Amazon! Thanks!

    1. Hi Rachael, this rope came from Lowes, though I bet you could also find it at your local tractor supply store.
      Good Luck,
      Jamie

  7. I just love this swing Jamie! A swing like this has been on my to do list forever! Yours is beautiful and your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Project Parade! Hope to see you there again tonight:)

  8. Hi Jamie. I love your swing! I have been wanting one for so long but none of my tree branches are cooperating with me on positioning or strength. Some day….

  9. That is so super adorable ! I can't wait to build one for the treehouse this summer. Thanks for the great idea !!!

    Lynne

  10. Love it! We're getting ready to buy our first home, I'll have to see if any of the branches on our pecan tree are sturdy enough to do this 😉

  11. Lisa, you must be a sweet talker! Lol… It took me months to get mine made!

  12. After seeing how simple this was, I talked my boyfriend into making one yesterday. My daughter and I love it. . . Thanks for sharing!

  13. How cool! I wish we had a tree we could hang one in our yard on. Maybe great grandma's house in the country. Thanks for the how-to!

  14. Your kids are going to have a blast on this! (And they are adorable btw!)
    I'm going to try and convince my hubby to let me put a rope swing in my sons' room! I don't know if it will fly….here's to hoping! 😉

  15. Adorable! Looks just like the one I had when I was young!! found you at the Best of the Weekend Party – new follower here!

  16. Oh my goodness–precious! That tree swing just brings back so many memories of living in the country. What a great project. I'm sure your children will have so much fun in years to come. -Tabitha

  17. Your swing is so beautiful! I'm sure your kids are loving it. Absolutely lovely.
    Stopping by from The Girl Creative.

    Angela

  18. What a great swing! Looks like your little model is loving it too! I'd like to invite you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop going on right now. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  19. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!
    –Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com