DIY Tree Swing from A Beautiful Mess

Our first house in Springfield had a huge Oak tree in our wild, rambling backyard so I made Sebastian a tree swing once he was big enough to enjoy it. We were so sad to leave it behind when we moved, especially since our second house had absolutely no trees large enough to support even a family of squirrels much less a toddler. Our new place came with a good-sized apple tree right in the middle so as soon as the weather warmed up I decided it was time for another swing.

 

Tree Swing Steps

1. Supplies needed: 1 – 2x4x8 piece of wood for the seat, 1 – 1x2x8 piece of wood for the top, rope long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight (just in case). I suggest at least 40 ft. Wood glue, 2 – clamps (or substitute heavy objects), drill and drill bit wide enough for your rope. I used a 3/4″ drill bit and my rope fit through nicely. 8 – wood screws 1 1/2″ long, 2 – 3/8″ chain quick link, sand paper, paint.

2. Cut your 2x4x8 piece of wood into two cuts measuring 2.5′ long. Cut another 2 pieces measuring 8″ long. Place the two longer pieces side by side and glue the long sides together. Then glue the two shorter pieces to the ends as shown making sure they are flush with the edges, not overlapping. Clamp immediately or carefully place heavy items on top of your glued pieces. Be sure everything is in place.

3. Wait 20 minutes until dry and then pre-drill screw holes in each of the four corners of each short piece making sure not to get too close to the edges. Add screws …