DIY Baby Swing

My husband and I made this swing for our nephew last summer. It takes some time, but with the right tools, it’s very easy to make. We got the idea from this blog post, and if you want to make one yourself I would definitely recommend using the instructions they provide. They have a great step-by-step tutorial with images included. We changed a couple of things on the swing we made, which I’ll go over below.

Disclaimer: As Ryan also says in his blog post, we take no responsibility if you decide to construct a baby swing according to this blog post or the one we got the idea from. It is up to you to ensure the swing is hung properly and knots are tied well. Only you can be responsible for your child’s safety, so please be careful and proceed with caution.

What you’ll need:

Supplies:
– 20 feet of 1” x ¾” wood planks
– 3 feet of a 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ wood piece in order to make 34 – 1” wooden squares
**we went with these squares as opposed to the beads that Ryan used
– 30 feet of 3/8” braided nylon rope
**we ended up wishing we had started out with more rope, which is why we call out 30 feet instead of the 20 feet that Ryan calls out
– 28″ of 1” wide nylon webbing
**Ryan used leather, grommets and a clasp for the front leg stopper
– 1 set of 1″ metal D-rings
**Ryan used leather, grommets and a clasp for the front leg stopper
-2 heavy duty carabiners

Tools:
Drill
3/8” Drill bit
Sand paper in various grits
Orbital sander
Sewing machine

For the wood squares, we marked the 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ wood piece into 1″ increments.

After the cubes were cut, we sanded the heck out of the edges using an orbital sander and various pieces of hand-held sand paper. This was to give them a softer look and feel.

Measure twice and cut once, as they say.

To make the front leg stopper, as I’m calling it (basically the part that keeps the baby in the swing), I just cut the webbing into two 14″ pieces. One piece got a loop big enough to slide onto the wood plank on one end, and two d-rings on the other. The other piece of webbing got a loop big enough to slide onto the wood plank on one end, and a turned under edge on the other. These next three photos are of the back of the webbing pieces:

Once you get all your wood pieces cut, sanded, and the holes drilled, thread the rope through the left side of the swing. Slide the webbing leg stopper on the necessary wood plank pieces (see visual below, or the blog post I linked to above) before threading the rope through the right side of the swing.

Thread the rope through the right side and knot the ends. Make sure the rope is knotted properly! I even hand sewed the knots after they were tied to be really, really sure they’re going to stay tied.

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