MAKE IT / 37
my grandparents live on a farm and have this tree swing in their front yard attached to an enormous tree. it’s very special to all of us grandkids. when natalie suggested that we make a tree swing for our DIY column i was sold. i have so many memories outside as a child, swinging on that swing. kids love their iPads and video games, but there is something very special about just playing outdoors, right? this would be a fun family project…
what you’ll need:
• 10 x 2 wood board cut to 24 inch length
• ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
• 2 colors of spray paint
• outdoor craft paint and brush
• sand paper (medium and fine grit)
• clear coat spray
• 3/4 inch braided polypropylene rope
• drill with a 1 inch spade or wood boring bit
• hand sander (optional)
how to make it:
• drill 1 in holes in the corner of your board and sand the edges. if you have a hand sander you can round the edges if you want.
• paint both sides of your board one solid color. lightly sand between coats for a total of 3 coats.
• when your base coat is dry, tape off the design of your choice with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and smooth edges. we love creating geometric designs since we can create such a clean edge.
• spray several coats of paint in your second color on both sides as well. sand between coats if necessary.
• when all of your paint is dry peel off the blue tape to reveal your design.
• with outdoor craft paint, hand paint dots around the outside of your design to make a boarder and stripes along the edges of your board to contrast with the sharpness of your geometric design.
• to help protect your swing from the elements clear coat your board with two to three coats of clear gloss spray.
• now take your 3/4 inch braided polypropylene rope to hang your swing from your tree. be sure to use the braided variety instead of twisted to combat wear and tear. to determine the length needed measure from the branch to the level that you would like your swing, multiply by four and add four feet extra to make a knot
• because each tree is unique so is each tree swing. you may want to do some research on the best hanging method for your tree online. we found some great video tutorials on various secure knots online. we decided on two large loops to hang our swing because of the branch we hung our swing from was well suited for this type of rig. you may want to choose something slightly different depending on your own circumstances so we encourage you to consider your options and choose a method and knot that works best for your swing.
*** bonus round, add tassels to the bottom of your swing once you’ve hung it for extra, extra high flying fun.
project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
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(this project was sponsored by ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. Visit ScotchBlue.com for more information.)