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Make a Hammock in an Afternoon – Easy DIY

There is no better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon than in a hammock in a beautiful garden. This easy DIY only takes an hour and costs under R200 (about $15) – now that’s pretty cool 😉

How to make a hammock in an afternoon. Easy DIY

There are tons of How-To’s on the internet, but the best one I found was at A Beautiful Mess. Her step by step instructions were so easy to follow. I made a few changes which I’ll try share with you.

What You Need To Make The Hammock

  • 6 m Sisal Rope, cut in half
  • 1 Throw (140 cm x 180 cm or 55″ x 71″)
  • A drill, sewing machine and some scissors
  • 110 cm (43″) wooden bar or lathe with a diameter of at least 5 cm (2″)
Mr Price throw, sisal rope ad a lathe

Mr Price throw, sisal rope and a lathe

Fold the throw in half and then fold the outside corners in by 30 cm (11 6/8″) as shown below.

Fold the top most corners over

Fold the top most corners over

If you’re lucky Jazz might even pop in to help out and make sure your measurements are correct.

Jazz checking the measurements

Jazz checking the measurements

Cut away the folded corner pieces and zig-zag the cut edges so that they don’t fray. Now we need to create pockets for the sisal rope on each side. Fold each side in about 4.5 cm (1 7/8″) and pin. Stitch up the pockets and reinforce the beginning and end with back stitches. Stitch twice to make sure the pockets are strong enough. Repeat on the other side.

Sisal rope pockets

Sisal rope pockets

Getting the Hammock Ready to Hang

Make a mark 9 cm (3.5″) and 14 cm (5.5″) in from both ends of the lath and using a 13 mm (5 1/4″) drill bit, drill through. Tie a knot at one end of each of your 3 m ropes. That’s about 3 and a bit yards. Use masking tape to seal the edges so they won’t fray.

How to thread the hammock

How to thread the rope for the hammock

How to Hang the Hammock

Thread the rope down through the outside hole of your lath and into the top, narrowest edge of the throw and through to the widest edge.  Tie a knot about 170 cm (67″)  from the first knot and thread it up into the lath. Repeat on the other side. Adjust the knots up or down to make the hammock higher or lower.

How to make a hammock in an afternoon. Easy DIY

Hanging the hammock

That’s it, your hammock is ready for a shady spot in the garden, just knot the two pieces at the top together.

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The coolest hammock

Have you tried making your own hammock? I love to hear about yours if you have and if you like this one would you mind pinning it.
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Pinny Please

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A word of caution. Make sure your hammock is fastened to a branch that is strong enough to support the weight and whoever is sitting on it. You need to check that the hammock is properly tied so that it won’t come lose or fall when you get in. Kids should never be allowed to use the hammock without adult supervision.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

P.S We also made this miniature hammock  so the fairies can enjoy the garden too.

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: January 27, 2020 09:11

    Connie Pliley

    I have been researching the theory of using different types of hammocks and hammock swings for deep pressure therapy for autism, ADHD, Spinal injury, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety and PTSD (all things someone in our household manages on a daily basis. I now sleep in a hammock fulltime in my bedroom and have hammock swings, cuddle pod swings and hammocks throughout my home inside and out. Its easy to move them to the room needed by using clips. This has been life changing for us and am thankful to get so much relief for so many various issues.
    • Posted: January 27, 2020 09:53


      Oh wow Connie, that sounds absolutely fascinating. I didn't realize that hammocks could make such a difference. I would love to hear more about your research too.
  • Posted: April 21, 2018 16:24


    Beautiful hammock! Can you show video on how you make it?
    • Posted: April 22, 2018 13:23


      Ahh Tanny, I wish I could get the whole video thing done properly. I really struggle to figure out how best to do it and share it so it's not huge. I'll carry on trying though
  • Posted: April 21, 2018 16:05


    Nice! Love the blanket colors! A video would be Awesome! :)
    • Posted: April 22, 2018 13:24


      Thank you Sharon that blanket is real pretty and one day, I'll figure out how to make a video 🙂
  • Posted: April 21, 2018 13:50

    Judith Dembowski

    I bought two of these from Wish. Now I know how to make more sturdy ones! I can't wait. Think I will use stronger dowels, we are a very "healthy" bunch. My husband hung ours from 4×4s supporting our patio cover. Thank you for these directions. I can make more and use the colors I want. (The bought chairs used cotton twine which stretches so badly I worry the "setter" will end up on the floor! Going to replace with the good sturdy stuff you used.)Gotta go make. Thanks.
    • Posted: April 22, 2018 13:27


      It's a HUGE pleasure Judith, I so happy you like the idea and it does make it so much better when you can make them using fabric or throws that fit in with your decor. Have fun and shout anytime if something doesn't make sense, I'll be glad to try help out
  • Posted: January 26, 2017 16:17


    I have a hammock swing, but I didn't make it. Yours is lovely. Nicely done.
    • Posted: January 26, 2017 17:31


      Thank you Kellie. They're surprisingly easy to make once you figure out how the rope goes
  • Posted: October 18, 2016 12:01

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    What a great idea. Never thought about making my own hammock seat. You have the perfect garden for it, lush and gorgeous! What a great space to while away an afternoon.
    • Posted: October 18, 2016 13:34


      Thanks so much Nikki, we love our hammocks and I find the seat ones are easier to get into and out of. Lol, we've had some curious mishaps with the long ones.
  • Posted: October 18, 2016 07:29

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    I cant believe how easy you make this look - love it!
    • Posted: October 18, 2016 09:00


      Thanks Sarah, it really is easy though ;-)
  • Posted: October 17, 2016 22:26

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This is so cool! I would love to have a hammock. We even have the perfect tree, except the hubby wants to chop it down. I will have to work on him, and maybe make a hammock. Thanks for sharing!
    • Posted: October 18, 2016 05:55


      Thanks so much Linda and please don't let hubby cut down the tree, hammocks are the perfect spot for enjoying Mother Nature. We've made three of them already and they're super easy to do.
  • Posted: August 14, 2016 04:44


    Having relaxed time with the hammock✌👍✌
    • Posted: September 24, 2018 17:12


      Awesome Viria, enjoy it <3
  • Posted: June 18, 2016 16:34

    Heavenly Hammocks

    So the throw had tassels already attached? That made yours more unique. We made one too, but with regular canvas: https://www.heavenlyhammocks.com.au/diy-hammock-chair-make-your-own.php
    • Posted: June 19, 2016 07:37


      Oh your hammock is stunning. Love the idea of using rip cord, it makes so much easier to thread through the pockets on the side. Thank you for coming to say Hi :-)
  • Posted: April 18, 2016 02:00

    Jen @ upcyclednest

    Nice job! I love hammocks and currently have a traditional one hanging between two trees in the yard. But I really like this seated one, would be easier to read in this one than lying down. I pinned it in the event I get around to making myself one!
    • Posted: April 19, 2016 13:53


      Hi there Jen, hope you did get some time to make one (please share a pic or to when you do). It's really easy once you figure out how the ropes go.
  • Posted: April 16, 2016 23:37


    Michelle, this hammock seat is too cool!! I can imagine sitting in this outside, while my kiddos are playing! And the price is nice too. : ) You did a great job on this!!
    • Posted: April 19, 2016 13:52


      Hey Keri :-) Thank you
  • Posted: April 16, 2016 23:09

    Mary - The Boondocks Blog

    Your pillow is on point here it really is such a cool project. This is perfect for the summer time. And the fabric color is nice and relaxing. I think I'm just about ready to come on over and take a nap over in your hammock. Thank you for visiting us over at Sweet Inspiration.
    • Posted: April 19, 2016 13:50


      Hi Mary, you can come visit anytime :-)
  • Posted: March 18, 2016 21:46


    Need a conversation for cm
    • Posted: March 19, 2016 17:58


      Hi Sandy, yes you're right. I'm slowly trying to add the cm to inches converter to all the posts. Thanks for the heads up, I have added a link to a converter for the hammock.
    • Posted: June 7, 2016 04:53


      Approx 2.5 cm = 1 inch
  • Posted: December 15, 2015 08:14

    No-Sew Denim Pouffe - A Crafty Mix

    […] My son asked us to get him a Pouffe to rest his feet on when he’s relaxing in his hammock.  Now these things come in all shapes and sizes, but none of them were quite the right height or colour, so we made our own using recycled plastic bottles, a staple gun and fabric glue […]
    • Posted: January 30, 2017 17:21


      What is a Pouffe??
      • Posted: January 31, 2017 07:33


        I think it's also called a ottoman.
  • Posted: October 23, 2015 11:23


    When I grow up I want a backyard like that... awesomeness!!
    • Posted: October 26, 2015 06:06



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