When we were little, our grandparents had a beautiful garden swing. It was our absolute favourite place to spend spring days and summer nights, swinging lightly in the breeze and reading a book, eating a snack, or just enjoying some down time. Every once in a while, we’d get excited and swing as high as our legs could take us from their tree swing too, which stood a few feet away, further down the lawn. No matter which one we used, the swings helped us make some of the best warm weather memories we have, so it only makes sense that we’d want to share that same joy with our own kids now that we have our own porch and backyard trees to work with! Sure, there are plenty of pre-made tree, garden, and porch swings that you can buy in stores and simply hang yourself, but we always get a lot more satisfaction out of the things we’ve made ourselves.
Just in case you love the idea of tree and porch swings as much as we do but you feel like you could use some guidance, here are 15 awesome designs, tutorials, and ideas that will help you get started!
1. Classic rope and wood tree swing
Are your fondest spring memories the ones of afternoons you spent swinging on a classic, old fashioned style swing made from a simple wooden plank and some rope? We loved this kind of swing too and we used the one down on our grandparent’s farm until the rope was just about frayed and needed replacing. That’s why we were so excited to find a tutorial that would walk us through the simple steps of making the same kind of swing for our very own backyard! A Beautiful Mess shows you how to make it happen, as well as how to hang it safely from a strong tree branch so now one gets hurt as they swing, no matter their age or size.
2. Wooden slats and beads swing
Do you quite like the idea of a wooden tree swing but you actually always found that the discomfort of sitting on a hard wooden board usually cut your swinging time short, so you’re looking for an alternative? Then we think you’ll be pretty happy to discover this awesome tutorial from Momtastic! They show you how to cut holes in small lengths of wood and string them onto rope with wooden beads in between. This gives the seat of the swing some movement and give to create a surface that’s a little more comfortable to sit on.
3. Fabric and dowel tree swing for toddlers
Are you very into the idea of making a backyard swing for your kids but you’re actually worried that they’re still a little bit too young to hold themselves up properly on the seat while it moves? Then perhaps you’d be better off making this toddler swing version instead! Kidsomania shows you how to make a safe seat that your little one can lean back comfortably in so they can still enjoy swinging but you have less to worry about.
4. Small kids’ tire seat swing
Have you been very into the whole tree swing idea so far but you remember the one you used as a kid being made from an old rubber tire rather than a piece of wood? Well, lucky for all of us, that kind is probably even easier to make! Just in case you still feel like you need a bit of a hand, however, here’s an awesome tutorial from Surviving A Teacher’s Salary that lays the whole process out in a quick, easy way.