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 😉
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″)
Fold the throw in half and then fold the outside corners in by 30 cm (11 6/8″) as shown below.
If you’re lucky Jazz might even pop in to help out and make sure your measurements are correct.
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.
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 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.
That’s it, your hammock is ready for a shady spot in the garden, just knot the two pieces at the top together.
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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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.
P.S We also made this miniature hammock so the fairies can enjoy the garden too.