This last weekend we had little time for getting the deck pergola started. But the kids got lucky with a 15 minute project that we easily found time for.
Master W has long since outgrown the swing that we all love, and Miss E is finding it a tight squeeze to get in and out now too.
So while I was out and about last week I stopped by a repair shop and asked about getting a tyre. As it turns out, they have to pay to dispose of them, so it was no problem for me to just help myself to one.
A quick scrub with some soapy water and a brush, and it was ready and waiting for a man with a plan. My plan was to tie some rope around and hang it in a tree, but Andre had a better idea. Maybe he just wanted to involve fire and power tools? I don’t know, but it’s a good thing he did, and I’ll tell you why in a minute.
So, first up. Get out the drill. After drilling the first hole, we got a tape measure and then marked up two more drill holes all equal distance apart.
We used some rope we had in the garage, and on the previous crate swing so this was a no cost project for us. We like those!
A simple knot on the end, and repeat another two times…
To keep things clean and dry Andre also drilled a few holes around the bottom side to let any rain water drain right on out.
And with that it was all ready to hang in the tree.
These are the two eye bolts we fixed into the tree for the first swing. You can see how (as per our research that time) the tree has just grown around the bolt, and is much happier than if we’d just tied a rope around and ring-barked it.We only need one hanging point for this swing, but it’s nice to leave the other bolt in for swing 1.3 at some point in the future!
So with all three ropes threaded through the eye of the bolt, the hardest part of the whole project was getting them tied off with the swing sitting level. Kids keen to jump on already and wife calling out “that’s not level!” were no help apparently!
Now here’s why this way up is much better for our (younger) kids than my idea of hanging it vertically with a single rope tied around it (like this one, which is maybe better for older kids).
1. Multiple kids can sit on it at once (we’ve only tested it so far with two, but I can see three times that number having a ball on it!)
2. It’s a more comfy seat than wedged over the inner gap
3. Having ropes to hold is easier for littlies than trying to hold the tyre itself
4. This is the biggie… the kids can climb on it and push it themselves with their feet, then tuck them up on the inside to swing – even Miss E!
Their favourite way to “swing” is to twist it around and around then shriek madly that they want to hop off as it unwinds and spins them back the other way!
With this, the sandpit, and the gorgeous warm weather holding, the kids are spending lots of time outside, which is always a good thing!
Have a lovely week…