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What could be better after a long, hard day at the office than chilling in a lovely, tranquil garden? Especially this time of the year when the weather is so glorious. Our garden must be one of my all-time favorite places to unwind, so when we made a swing for some of our teddy bears a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about making a bigger version. There’s just something about a swing that brings back so many beautiful memories of a time when things seemed so much simpler. When the only thing you had to worry about was how high you could fly.
These old bones of ours probably couldn’t handle wild swing rides anymore 😉 But they sure could do with a garden swing, where we can relax and contemplate the small things in life. So that’s what we did, we built ourselves this dreamy garden swing.
We’re very fortunate to have a lovely, well established garden full of indigenous trees, so finding a spot to hang the swing wasn’t a problem. All we had to try figure out was how to make a dreamy garden swing.
The seat was easy enough. We just took a few pallets and joined them together and then painted them with white roof paint. We figured if the paint lasts on the roof for years, it would be perfect for a swing seat too.
Once we had the seat, we started thinking about how to add the dreamy bits. Please stay with me, coz this is where it gets interesting 😉
Those beads on the sides are actually polystyrene or Styrofoam shapes that we found at the craft store. They can be used for so many different ways. We drilled a hole through the center of each shape and then covered them with some self adhesive mesh tape to make them stronger and more durable. These babies are going to be hanging outside in all kinds of weather and I want them to last.
Once all the shapes were covered they were dipped in watered down waterproof grout and left to dry overnight.
I found the easiest way to get them to dry evenly was to insert a skewer and a straw through the holes we’d drilled earlier and then push the skewers into a box. After the first layer of grout had dried, the shapes were sanded and then dipped again until they were completely covered.
To hang the garden swing we used:
We drilled four 8 mm holes in the pallet swing seat and inserted the female eye nuts from the top. The galvanized thread bar was cut and screwed into the eye nuts from the bottom and then everything was tightened with a a torque nut.
The locking carabiners were inserted into each female nut before adding a 70 cm chain on each side. Finally a normal carabiner was added to the middle point of each chain.
Our trees are really special to us and I didn’t want to damage the branch where the swing would go. After some thought we decided to use a tube inner around the chains that would go over the branch to protect it. The ends of the chains would be joined together using the anchor shackles after the chains goes over the branch.
Once the swing seat and the bit that goes over the branch were ready it was time for us to add the beads to create the dreamy look. We measured the height from the branch down to the ground and cut two pieces of 3.5 mm plastic coated wire. A 4 mm rope clamp was added to the wire and then a bead. The rope clamps stop the beads from moving down the wire and they can be re-positioned just by loosening the clamps. We added clamps and beads until we were happy with the whole look and then made a loop at the bottom and top of the coated wire and used some more clamps to secure the loop.
Finally we used the carabiner to join the looped plastic coated wire to the swing seat.
With a little bit of height adjustment we then connected the whole swing to the chains that we’d thrown over the branches using the anchor shackle. Just for love we hung a few metal hearts under the beads.
I’m hoping it will be easy enough to adjust the swing as the tree grows by lengthening or shortening the chain at the top or bottom. We just need to un-clip the carabiners or the anchor shackles at the top and adjust accordingly. Well that’s the theory anyway 😉 I’d really love to know what you think of our dreamy garden swing. It’s in the perfect spot and hubby really loves it. I swear he’s spent more time on that swing watching me, with a beer in hand, making things than I have. Now my inner child also want a turn. Wanna join me? We can take turns 😉
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