Fantasy Swing

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Fantasy Swing

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I’m sure you’ve seen a romantic, fantasy swing like this in pictures and movies, but now you can have one for your own backyard! Perfect for a romantic photo op at a wedding or engagement party or sweet pictures of the kids. Choose your colors and customize the look however you like. This DIY project is totally budget friendly and can completed in under 2 hours!

Materials:

Swing

  • Wood – use a durable hardwood like yellow pine, green oak, maple or redwood cut to approximately 30″ x 12″, size is optional but make sure the thickness is at least 1 5/8″ – 2″.
  • Rope – use a strong rope such as 5/8″ braided hollow core polypropylene, hemp or 550 paracord. The total length of rope depends on the height of your tree branch or the beam from which you’ll be hanging the swing. For example, if the distance between the seat of the swing and the branch is 10ft high, you’ll need (2) 20ft lengths of rope. I would also add an extra 3-5ft for the knots and to allow for adjustments.
  • Drill with 5/8″ bit
  • Saw
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Lighter
  • Ladder
  • Paint, stain and sealant – optional

Embellishments:

  • Ribbon, fabric or lace
  • Flowers
  • Decorative vine
  • Green floral tape
  • Green floral wire – optional
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Measure wood & cut with a table saw (or have it cut at the lumber store).
  2. Measure and drill four holes at each corner of the seat, 1 inch from the edge.
  3. Sand edges and holes smooth.
  4. Paint, stain and/or seal the wood if you like. Follow paint and stain application and drying times.
  5. Feed the ropes around the top of the beam or tree branch. Make sure the ropes are the same width apart as the width of the swing seat.
  6. Feed one length of rope down one hole, up through the other hole on the same side. Repeat on the opposite side with the second length of rope.
  7. Secure the ropes by tying a Running Bowline Knot on either side. Position the knots about 6-12″ above the seat on either side.
  8. Seal the cut ends of the rope with a lighter to prevent fraying.
  9. Add your embellishments starting with the vines. I used pretty long pieces, about 6ft. Use green floral tape to secure to the rope.
  10. Fill in with ribbon, fabric and lace along the height of the ivy. I attached mine in bunches so it had a super romantic feel and really flowed. If you’d like to add texture, add in ripped lengths of fabric.
  11. Glue flowers around the holes of the seat and along the height of the ivy. Use floral wire if you’d like to make sure the flowers are extra secure. Just be sure to trim and/or tuck in the ends so they can’t scratch or catch any clothing.
  12. Grab a camera and start making memories!

Notes:

  • Make sure you select a tree branch that is thick enough to carry the weight of the swing.
  • Also make sure the swing easily clears the trunk of the tree.
  • If you’d like to make your swing more permanent, use chains when hanging it from a tree. HGTV has great instructions for hanging with chains HERE.

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