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This is Week 7 of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL! Today we are welcoming Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage,  who are sharing an easy and super fun way to make a tree swing . For more summer fun, check out the overview page.

Hi! I’m Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage. I’m so happy to share a super easy DIY idea that’s perfect for summer months! We live wayyyyy out in the country, right beside the creek, and spend tons of time outdoors, so it’s no surprise that we love swings at our house. Porch swings, anywhere, really, where we can kick back with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy an afternoon breeze. This project is one of the easiest DIY ideas I’ve had in a long time, and hopefully even if you’re not a major DIYer, you can make one, too. Even if you lack major DIY skills, this project can be done in a snap – it’s really just about a little painting and drilling – no major building action going on here.

The supplies you need for your DIY tree swing - a long rope, paint, a sturdy wood circle, paint brush, and a drill with a spade bit.
Here is what you need:
 18 or 24 inch wooden round (found in the furniture making section at Lowes, etc.)
25ish feet of 1 inch rope (you’ll need enough to hang from a secure tree branch to the ground plus about 3 more feet)
some exterior paint in any color
a drill with a 1 inch spade bit
 a paint brush
On this DIY tree swing, you can paint the wood seat any color you'd like. This is a great part of the project for your kids to help out with.

Step 1: Paint the entire wooden round, both sides, with two or three coats of exterior paint. Any color will work, or if you want to get the kiddos in on the action then let them help you paint it. You could even get fancy and let them paint on their name or anything else they wish – it would look awesome to have a swing for multiple kids that they all designed themselves.

Drill into the center of the wooden seat with your spade drill bit to make the hole for the rope.

Step 2:Once completely dry, drill a hole right in the middle of the round with the one inch spade bit, going all the way through. You can either do it by eye or use a tape measure and get it precise (which I recommend.) Slow and steady is best when working with spade bits, let it drill in a bit and then pull it out so the chips get out of the way.

I had my husband tie the rope from a sturdy branch on a tree in our yard. Make sure to tie the rope very securely!

Step 3: You want to hang your rope from a good, solid tree limb (or get your husband to do it – that’s what I did.) You want to make sure that the rope goes almost all the way to the ground  and it nice and secure. We wrapped it around twice then tied it off with a really great knot to hold it all in place.

Thread the wooden swing seat onto the bottom of the rope and tie another knot securely under the seat.

Step 4: Thread the end of the rope through the hole from top to bottom, and then tie a good secure knot in it from the bottom of the swing.

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Step 5: And that’s it! It’s seriously easy to make this swing, and besides drying time it really takes less than half an hour of work. It’s just about painting, drilling, hanging – DONE. Besides just making a swing to have fun on, when you let your kids help with small projects like this it helps build memories as well as self-esteem  to let them learn they really can do things on their own. Happy Summer!


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And now it is time for another fun giveaway! Today we are again giving away something EVERYONE can use–a $100 Lowes Gift Card–that you can use to create your own summer fun projects! To enter, just follow the instructions in the box below.

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Gina Luker is the founder of The Shabby Creek Cottage blog Ways to Lavish Love on Your Kids | Home Life | Kids & School| Parenting | Motherhood Tips & the author of How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business. She writes daily on her DIY blog, as well as for magazines and other publications. She has been featured by Etsy, Romantic Homes, Brides Magazine, and many others all over the world. She lives in rural Tennessee, with her husband and two girls, in their shabby little cottage by the creek.

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What outdoor activities do your kids enjoy during the summer?


  1. July 14 at 08:26AM

    Oh my gosh this looks like such an easy project! My 8 year old will love this. I remember my neighbors having a tire swing when I was growing up and I have so many fun memories of swinging at their house.

  2. Natalie
    July 14 at 09:22AM

    This looks like simple fun project! I’m sure my kids would enjoy having one of these swings. This summer we’ve been all about going to the beach. It’s a great way to cool off from the heat!

  3. Melanie
    July 14 at 09:53AM

    What a fun project! We’ve needed to replace our worn out tire swing for years. During the summer we enjoy swimming, gardening, and camping.

  4. Kristin
    July 14 at 10:12AM

    This looks like such an easy project even I could do it! Thanks for this post!

  5. July 14 at 10:38AM

    Love taking walks with the family!

  6. Sherri
    July 14 at 10:43AM

    Looks simple! Now just to find a tree to hang it in…

  7. Ashley
    July 14 at 10:57AM

    I love gardening and watching the kids run crazy.

  8. Miranda
    July 14 at 01:38PM

    I love this swing! I will put it my husband’s to-do list ASAP.

  9. July 14 at 01:45PM

    This is perfect. We just bought land and were talking about putting a swing under a big oak. Now we can do it for on the cheap…and maybe have more than one!

  10. Melissa L
    July 14 at 02:23PM

    We love playing bean bag toss, polish horse shoes, and trio toss!

  11. Charlotte
    July 14 at 03:27PM

    The kiddos absolutely love to garden. They have so much fun watching everything grow. And they especially enjoy the picking and eating!

  12. Anonymous
    July 14 at 10:44PM

    awesome simple idea for the less handy people!

    • Anonymous
      July 14 at 10:44PM

      and we enjoy camping and fishing in the summer

  13. Shannon
    July 14 at 11:43PM

    I love swimming with my kids at the pool or the beach!

  14. Angela
    July 15 at 08:30AM

    Early walks, before it gets hot here in the Florida sun, and gardening are things I really enjoy

  15. Kara
    July 15 at 09:23AM

    Taking a walk and swimming!

  16. July 15 at 10:25AM

    Ooh, now I am very inspired to take a peek in our side yard to see if any of our branches are suitable for this. We have tons of oak trees, which are great, but the branches might be too high to reach with a ladder.

  17. We’ve been talking about doing a tire swing, but this seems even simpler! Thanks!

  18. July 15 at 01:54PM

    Is there any reliable way to measure whether or not the tree will be able to support the weight?

  19. rondah
    July 15 at 11:58PM

    we enjoy swimming

  20. July 16 at 06:27PM

    Floating down the river!

  21. april
    July 16 at 11:59PM

    We love going to the beach and to the park!

  22. One of our favorite things to do as a family is make a fire in our fire pit after dinner and sit around it talking and playing, while watching the fireflies come out as it is getting dark. We also enjoy going on lots of hikes and taking impromptu picnics to the lake for an afternoon of swimming!

  23. Michelle Cordova
    July 17 at 02:33PM

    This swing looks fun! Our favorite summer activity is running through sprinklers!

  24. Love this easy idea Gina! And of course you had to paint it aqua too! Pinned!!
    PS – tell Mitch I want to hire him to come hang mine, by the way!! 😉

  25. Debbie McShannon
    July 18 at 04:41PM

    We love being on the lake in the summer!

  26. July 18 at 05:58PM

    I love to go swimming!

  27. July 18 at 09:31PM

    This summer we have been busy playing outside (I have a 4.5 year old, 2 year old and 8 month old) and we do a Field Trip Friday each week with different outings. We have had a beautiful, mild summer in the mid-west!

  28. Vanessa Logue
    July 19 at 09:48AM


  29. Cindy Keener
    July 19 at 04:59PM

    Great post – I want a swing for myself AND my kids! 😉 I think our favorite outside activity is biking.

  30. Anonymous
    July 20 at 02:00PM

    Swimming 🙂

  31. Kara
    July 20 at 02:01PM

    We love to go swimming. Thank you so much!!!

  32. Betsy
    July 20 at 10:58PM

    We love to playground hop! We visit familiar favorites, but also find new spots in neighboring communities.

  33. kat
    June 1 at 11:21AM

    I noticed that your kids seem to be sliding back a bit while on the swing. Were they ok with that?

  34. August 25 at 04:50AM

    Putting up a swing in the garden is a great idea for both kids and adults. The best online seller of children’s tree swing is at

  35. caroline
    September 29 at 01:07AM

    Such a great idea! Swings are definitely a summer must have. We recently found tree swings off of It’s hard to get everyone in my family together for DIY projects, so it was a great alternative.

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