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Swings for garden – 5 detailed DIY Swing tutorials

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Nowadays, children are pretty obsessed with electronic devices. Unfortunately, they leave behind those outdoor activities. Good garden swings can attract their attention, but also ensures a good mental and physical development of their children allowing them to spend time outdoors.

Swings for garden – 5 detailed tutorials

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And what could be better than building a DIY garden swing at home and customizing it to get exactly what your child would like? The swings give us a feeling of flight, ease, freedom. For children, this is entertainment, for parents: a way to relax.

Swings for garden – 5 tutorials to make a swing at home

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Where can the little ones really have fun? Of course in the open air. You can make swings for the garden, for all tastes and ages. Inspire by examples from our collection of garden swing tutorials.

Swings for garden – 5 easy tutorials

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Here are some tutorials on how to make garden swings for children that bring much more joy to your garden!

Swings for garden – 5 tutorials of different materials

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Yes, the idea of ​​going to the park isn’t an option for you because you know that you will be sitting on a bench listening to 40 children while shouting “Mama, Papa”, then you will do anything to avoid it, including the creation of a mini-park on your own Backyard where you can sit and have tea and watch your children play. Children love the park and spend one or two hours a day there. But if you have a garden and can make a park in the garden, it will be necessary to go to the park only one or two days a week. It’s cute, functional and, best of all, allows your child to have fun over a long period of time.

Swings for the garden for babies

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You will need to:

Fabric: get about 2 meters of denim or upholstery fabric. You will need to endure a lot of balancing.

Fabric or part of quilt: approximately 1 meter of light fabric that will fill the fabric and make it a little more firm.

Rope: you will need about 5 meters of rope depending on the height you want for the swing. You can use a braided marine rope that has a breaking strength of 650 kg, so it should probably hold up to most small children.

Wooden rod: 1.6 m length of the 19 mm wooden dowel will work perfectly.

Two steel carabiners: Make sure you get the ones that will hold your child’s weight.

Two steel hooks (eye screws) to hang the roof swing. Again, go as hard as you can. Seeing your child flying around the backyard when the hardware fails isn’t as entertaining as it seems.

Two thick zip ties to secure the rope in place

You will also need (and know how to use it): A sewing machine. A circular saw.

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We will start with the sewing:

Cut the fabric into pieces 2 x 92 cm by 36 cm rectangles. Rectangles of 2 x 36 cm by 28 cm and 2x 28 cm by 15 cm rectangles If it is stripped, it will be better to have the stripes on the larger piece in one direction, and the stripes on the smaller pieces in the opposite direction

Take the 2 smaller sets of rectangles and place them on the right (print/pattern) together. With a seam allowance of approximately 9 cm, sew together on 3 sides, leaving one side of 14 “and another of 6” open. Trim the 2 completely sewn corners to make room and turn to the right.


Find the center of one of the larger pieces: 92 x 36 cm place the open end of the piece of 36 x 28 cm centered on one side and the open end of the piece of 28 x 15 cm centered on the other side. Pin instead. Place the other larger rectangle – 92 x 36 cm piece down and gather all together. Stitch the edge, leaving an opening about 20 cm on one of the shorter sides.


Trim the 4 corners and make sure all corners are clear by running your finger over the interior seams to make sure the fabric is fully turned. Place the fabric under the opening you left to match the rest of its edges.


Now it’s time for DIY

For this particular job, you can use the jigsaw and the drill, however, any of the saws will work as a normal drill. Cut 4 x 40 cm stitches and sand the ends; this is just personal preference. On the 4 rods, drill a 1 cm hole to approximately 2.5 cm at both ends. Take the rope and pass the rope through the holes. Fasten the cable clamps around each rope with a hammer. Connect the carabiner link through the thimbles. Now you can thread the rods through the pockets. Once they are in the pockets, make sure that the side blocks are on top of the front and rear studs.


If you have a tree in your garden like you don’t think about making garden swings, here is our next option, which is easier than the first one.

Materials needed to make simple garden swings:

1 piece of wood of 2x4x8 that will be the seat, 1 – a piece of wood of 1x2x8 for the top, rope long enough to hang from the branch and strong enough to support the weight of an adult (just in case). Glue for wood, 2 clamps (or heavy substitute objects), drill and bit wide enough for your rope.


Wood screws, quick link chain, sandpaper, paint. Cut the piece of wood of 2x4x8 in two co. Cut other 2 pieces that are smaller as shown in the photo. Place the two longer pieces side by side and stick the long sides. Next, glue the two shorter pieces on the ends, as shown, making sure they are flush with the edges. Hold the heavy objects immediately or carefully on the pieces. Make sure everything is in place.


Wait 20 minutes until it dries 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. Drill two holes in the outer corners of each end as shown. Again, be careful not to get too close to the edges and divide the wood. Paint the swing if you want. Cut the rope to secure it to the seat. Tie a double knot above at one end, pass the rope up through the bottom and down into the other side. Tie the same knot on the other end of your rope.


Repeat on the other side. Cut the rest of your rope in half so you have enough to hang. Fold it in a knot so that there is a loop at the end (as shown in the photo). Cut your piece of 1x2x8 so that it has. Drill a hole in each end. Slide the loose end of each rope through the board as shown above. Tie to the end of your tree using a knot. Please check all the knots with your weight before allowing anyone to use it.


We are sure that your backyard is missing something!

This weekend, you can make this swing in the shape of a DIY circle with a reduced budget. Take a look at our tutorial and learn how to make yours quickly. You’ll only need an hour or so, and you’ll be swinging!



You will need a piece of wood in the form of a circle, a circle of prefabricated wood or a round plastic swing. You can definitely make your own circular piece to make it cheaper for you, but if you want a DIY circle swing project even easier, just take a circular prefabricated seat.

Rope (you will need approximately 1.5 times the distance from the ground to the branch of your tree).

Drill and drill to drill the hole in the center.


Measure and mark your center point. Place the nail in the center point and stretch the string to the radius you want, and mark the lines of the outer circle. Use a saw to cut the curved edges. Then, drill a hole in the center of your piece of wood with a normal bit but make it a hole, slightly larger than the string.


Take the rope and tie the top knot first before putting the swing. Tie a knot over the branch of the tree. Then, pull the opposite end of the rope to adjust the knot around the limb. No ladder is required!


All children love the garden swings!

If you are a DIY fan instead of buying a swing, the old tire and a few meters of rope became the favorite toy. Simply drill holes in the tire at a distance of a few centimeters and carefully pass the rope in one piece or anúdelo.


All you have to do is remember that you don’t want the grid space to be too large. Otherwise, the small one will slide quickly or it will get stuck.


Now we will show you one more way to build a tire swing. We will need a simple tire turned into a swing. This option worked for many children. But, these days, simply tying a rope to a tire isn’t good enough. But today the tires are mounted horizontally instead of vertically, and that presents its own challenges. Here’s how to make a professional-looking tire swing at half price! If you really are not interested in building a tire swing, then don’t waste time on this tutorial. But, if you are really interested in building a tire swing, these are serious and detailed instructions that should give you all the tools to succeed.


First, choose a tire. Thinking that when bigger better in this project will only get you in trouble here. For younger children, a large tire simply won’t work. For large adults, a smaller tire should be fine, as long as the tire is bigger, not the butt! Once the tire is chosen, check the condition of the tire to choose which will be the top side. Drills holes in the lower side wall. To do this, place the tire on a surface that will be at an appropriate height for piercing without straining your back. The holes don’t have to be perfectly spaced but will drain if there is more space between the holes.


Next, turn the tire so that it is face up. Then you have to place the eye bolts that will join the chains that will support the rolling of the tire. Since a triangle is the most stable plane, you will want to find three points, around the side wall, for each eye. You can use all kinds of geometric formulas to determine the ideal points.

With a pair of large pliers, squeeze the side of the hook s so that it is closed around the bolt. This requires several compressions. Adjust the shank shackles fairly wide and tighten them, closing the hook in S a little. Open the jaws and adjust the adjusting bolt, making them a little smaller, and tighten them again, closing the hook in s a little more. Repeat this process, making them smaller and smaller, until the S-hook is completely closed around the eye bolt. Remember this process, because you will have to do it on all sides.

Speaking of doing it again, do it again for the second hook in the second eye and for the third in the third eye.


Now that the S-hooks are attached to the eye bolts, it is time to attach each of the chains to each of the attached hooks. Here are the pictures of how to do that.


Next, take another hook on S and join the ends of the 3 chains on it, hold it with the pliers as well as the first three.


Here is the finished project and ready to swing.


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