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DIY Outdoor Swings

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If you’re living in a house and especially if you have a garden with a large beautiful tree then you must know how great it can be to just sit outside and relax. This is one of the greatest advantages of owning a house. You can relax in the garden and you can even build a swing which is fun for both children and adults. Building a swing is not difficult. Here are a few ideas that could help.

Tree swing


If you want to build a tree swing then you’ll need a piece of wood for the seat, another piece of wood for the top and some rope, wood glue, clamps, a drill, wood screws, sand paper and paint. Cut the piece of wood into two parts and then cut another two. Put the two longest pieces side by side and glue them together. After that, glue the two shorter pieces to the ends. Pre-drill holes in each of the four corners and then two holes in the outer corners. Sand and paint the wood and then add the rope. Make sure the knot is sturdy.
 

Skateboard Swing


If you want you can be more ingenious and you can use items you already have in the house. For example, an old skateboard would make a lovely seat for an outdoor swing. You just have to get some rope and attach the swing to a tree or some other type of support. It will be a swing with character.

Backyard swing



If you think you can handle a more elaborate project, then maybe you’d like to make a freestanding arbor swing. First you have to dig the holes. Use an auger to make a hole for each post and make sure they are deep enough. Then set the posts in concrete. Once it’s dry, measure each post and cut it to size. Then set the crossbeams and add the trim. Add the swing supports and the hardware and cut the lumber for the seat. Assemble the seat and enjoy.

Pallet swing



As you know, pallets are very versatile and can be used for all sorts of projects. You can even use one to make a swing. First take the two end boards off the pallet and cut the pallet in half. Add some boards to the end of the pallet for drink holders. Stain the pallet and attach the swing to a tree o to the porch using strong rope. You can put a pillow on the seat for more comfort.

Tire swing



Tire swings are very fun and they are also easy to build. First you need to find a tire. Then clean it and drill holes in the bottom for rain drainage. Then find a sturdy branch on a tree. Drill a hole through the branch and feed the eye bolt up from the bottom of the hole. Then attach the chain to the bolt. Drill a hole through the center of the tire and insert a smaller eye bolt through the top. Attach the chain and you’re done.
 

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