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Thursday, July 7, 2011

{enough swings for everyone}

With five kids that all love to swing, there just isn't enough room on our play set to accommodate everyone--especially needing two baby swings.  So I came up with a plan.
There are two trees in our yard spaced at what I thought would be the perfect distance apart for two baby swings.  My husband came up with this brilliant plan using a 4x4 post and some hardware to get them up. I really wanted to paint the wood (and probably distress it, lol) but my husband really didn't want me to. Okay, so I gave in on the painting part, but I still used vinyl.  :)

I bought the bucket swings on amazon, and I {love} them.  My darling Henry is a big boy, and he was already too big for the Little Tikes swings. I wanted these to last for awhile, so it was worth the extra cost. Plus, my girls will still be able to swing in these, as well as their friends .

I'm so excited! It was just finished last night, and already the babies didn't want to come inside.  It's going to be so nice to have a swing for everyone! 

ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • 4x4 post, whatever length you need (ours was 8 ft.---it will depend on your space)
  • 2 pieces of 4x4 post, 6 inches in length
  • 4-3/8 x 8 inch lag bolts
  • 4-1 inch washers
  • swing hangers
  •  Liquid Nail
 DIRECTIONS:

First of all, find some really cute helpers.


1.  Cut a 45 degree angle on the 6 inch pieces of 4x4 post.  On the remaining flat piece of wood just above the cut, drill a 3x8 hole into the wood and through the tree.  Ratchet the lag bolt through the hole, and into the tree. Repeat on the other side. (Ours are 8 feet from the ground)


2.  Make an angle cut on each end of your long 4x4 post (for aesthetics). Sand it well--removing any writing and rough edges. This will be like a shelf, and sit on top of the pieces you just attached to the trees. Once it's centered on either side, use Liquid Nail to glue it on top of the attached pieces.  Then you'll add another lag bolt directly above the first one, going through your long 4x4 post and attaching it to the tree.


3.  Following the directions on the swing hangers package (we bought ours at Home Depot), attach them to the bottom side of the 4x4 post.  Hang your swings!


That's it!  Ready to swing!

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Have a great day everyone! We are headed to our favorite beach today...can't wait.

My favorite beach tip?  Make sure to take a bottle of baby powder with you.  It removes sand like a charm! Feet, baby's bottom (when you have to change them), legs, arms, you name it--it's a staple in my beach bag.
Kierste

10 Comments:

Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love the natural look of the swings tucked between the trees! And I always enjoy the way you personalize everything ... just that fun added touch.

July 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

v cute! i still love to swing so i hope to have a (big kid) set in our backyard when we get a house. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

July 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

How fun! We have three swings on our playhouse and that is fine as long as the boys don't have any friends over:) If we had any trees big enough for this, I would be adding this to our backyard for sure!

July 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Nettie said...

I wish we had trees that would work to do this. Very clever!

July 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

Terrific idea, I really like that your children helped with the project. The names made them special and unique. Looks like everyone has a swing, does dad have a hammock? Maybe a good gift suggestion?

July 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

How fun! I wish we had trees to hang swing on- only at our camp.

July 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Irishenchantment said...

these look fab and all the kids will be entertained for the summer :D

shel xx

July 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Putting their names above the swings was a great idea.

July 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Hal Wilke said...

How has this worked over time? I did something similar, and had the lag bolt break/work their way out of the tree. The ones you chose are longer, so hopefully you don't have the same issue I had. As the kids get bigger watch to make sure the wood doesn't appear to be wiggling where it is connected to the tree. I found your post trying to find a new solution for my daughter's swing.

June 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Hal Wilke said...

How has this worked over time? I did something similar, and had the lag bolt break/work their way out of the tree. The ones you chose are longer, so hopefully you don't have the same issue I had. As the kids get bigger watch to make sure the wood doesn't appear to be wiggling where it is connected to the tree. I found your post trying to find a new solution for my daughter's swing.

June 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM  

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