Make Your Own Tree Swing

DIY Tree Swing from A Beautiful MessOur first house in Springfield had a huge oak tree in our wild, rambling backyard, so I made Sebastian a tree swing once he was big enough to enjoy it. We were so sad to leave it behind when we moved, especially since our second house had absolutely no trees large enough to support even a family of squirrels much less a toddler. Our new place came with a good-sized apple tree right in the middle so as soon as the weather warmed up I decided it was time for another swing.

Tree Swing StepsSupplies needed:

-1 2x4x8 piece of wood for the seat
-1 1x2x8 piece of wood for the top rope (long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight, just in case. I suggest at least 40 ft.
-wood glue
-2 clamps (or substitute heavy objects), drill and drill bit wide enough for your rope. I used a 3/4″ drill bit and my rope fit through nicely.
-8 wood screws 1 1/2″ long
-2  3/8″ chain quick link
-sand paper

Cut your 2x4x8 piece of wood into two cuts measuring 2.5′ long. Cut another 2 pieces measuring 8″ long. Place the two longer pieces side by side and glue the long sides together. Then, glue the two shorter pieces to the ends as shown making sure they are flush with the edges, not overlapping. Clamp immediately or carefully place heavy items on top of your glued pieces. Be sure everything is in place.

Wait 20 minutes until dry and then pre-drill screw holes in each of the four corners of each short piece making sure not to get too close to the edges. Add screws. Drill two holes in the outer corners of each end as shown. Again, be careful not to get too close to the edges and split your wood. Sand and paint (or seal) if you like.

Cut two lengths of rope about 5′ long for to attach to the seat. Tie a double overhand knot at one end, push the rope up through the bottom and back down on the other side. Tie the same knot at the other end of your rope. Repeat on the other side. Cut the remainder of your rope in half so that you have about 15 ft. of rope for each (obviously you need more if you have a high branch). Hold your rope with one hand at the end and the other about four feet up. Fold it together and then tie a knot so that there is a loop left at the end (as shown above). Attach that end to the loop on the swing with one of your chain quick links. Repeat with the other side.

Cut your 1x2x8 piece so that it’s 2.5′ long (or as long as your swing seat if you choose longer). Drill a hole in each end about 1″ in and centered. Measure about 5′ above your seat and tie a knot in each rope. Slip the loose end of each rope through the board as shown above. Tie to ends to your tree branch using a taut line knot.

Disclaimer: Please check all knots with your weight before allowing anyone to use it. Make and use at your own risk.

DIY SwingMake Your Own Tree Swing on A Beautiful MessThe kids and I love having a swing again and it adds a lot of charm to our backyard. Don’t have a yard or a tree? Make one to use inside your house! Friends of mine have one in their playroom that they attached to a beam for support. It’s sure to provide hours of fun! –Rachel

  • These are stunning tree swings for my garden. I love those wood tree swings for my fancy vintage looks. I guess the one I bought from can be good addons to this list.

  • This tutorial needs to be updated, because it is clear that the person who wrote this has no clue as to what they are doing. The pictures do not match the lumber item list or cut wood given. Pictures shows what appears to be 1×3’s or 1×4’s used. 2 cuts of 2×4 measuring 2.5” long, and 2 pieces 8” long. The two 8” pieces of 2×4 laid parallel to each other would have a width of 7 inches. The 2.5 inch cut 2×4 suggested would have a dimension of 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch. How is that supposed to line up flush on the ends of the swing top? My suggestion would be to actually know what you are doing and talking about before you create an article about a diy swing that gets picked up by the Bob villa website, since the people who have commented on this post clearly also have no idea what they are doing as well.

    • It still works—it’s just not written clearly. She means cut the 8 foot (1×4) board into pieces measuring 2.5 feet (X2) and 8 inches (X2)—but YOU are right about the actual measurements being less than 4 inches—so it should be 2 pieces 7 inches long. What is not made clear is that the board isn’t being cut into pieces equaling 8 feet—there will be almost 2 feet of (1×4) board leftover. What I find confusing/inaccurate are the rope lengths. Both the rope pieces that go through the seat are supposed to be 5 feet—and the top piece of wood is supposed to be 5 feet from the seat—but the distance to the top piece looks much longer than 5 feet and the seat rope pieces look much shorter than 5 feet…but neither the supply list or the photos are very detailed or clearly organized so I would suggest determining the rope lengths and distances yourself. And how did she get those knots tied in that thick rope so perfectly—that’s what I’d love to know! It’s always the little details that get left out which make you look at your creation and wonder why it looks nothing like the picture!

    • exterior paint but sadly we no longer have the name / code for the color

  • I’m in the process of doing this tree swing project . So far it’s awesome and I can’t wait to get it hung in the tree. I’m making two so the kiddos will not have to take turns.Thxs

  • That is such a cute swing. I really like the color and the old looking rope, but I really want to make one that has the rope braided through like you can see on Do you know what that’s called or where I can find out how to do that?

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  • That’s terrific!!!

    congratulations for the idea!


  • It was excited to come across your site a short while ago. I arrived here today hoping to learn interesting things. I was not upset. Your well thought out ideas with new strategies on this subject matter were enlightening and a great help to me. Thank you for making time to create these things and for sharing your mind.

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  • So cute! I’ve always wanted one. Maybe someday we’ll have a tree in our yard.

  • I love tree swings. Check out my blog to see a lovely romantic session on a tree swing! 🙂

  • This is the type of project that makes me which I had a house! Another downside to apartment living. *Adds to home bucket list*

  • Everybody are enjoying in the swing specially the kids. I remember that when I was a little kid I always wanted to swing that my fathers provides us. And it was funny because this is made from empty sack of rice.

  • This is SUCH an adorable idea. Very cute.



  • So beautiful! I love how quaint this looks.

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  • I used to have one of those as a child. My mom hang it on the door frame. good memories…

  • So, so, so cute! I don’t think I can really hang one of these up in my dorm room though, haha.


  • My dad copped the maple tree we had out front. D: But I always wanted a swing from it.

  • I’ve been wanting to make one for our yard. This is perfect. It looks cute too. Some swings are such an eye soar.

    – Sarah

  • That is the coolest looking swing, love it! cant wait to make one for our garden.


  • Ugh. Apartment living just will not do! I need a backyard so I can make this! It’s awesome. Love the mint green color.


  • I´d love to have a tree like this! Never had such a great swing! Love it! :)) Xx

  • This is such a cute idea! This could even be adorable for someone who is having an outside wedding for all the kids there!


  • That is SO cute! I might have to go make myself one of those. Great idea!

  • what a fun idea! swings are the best 🙂
    thanks for sharing!
    xo, cheyenne

  • I love this but unfortunately I’m missing the oct important thing…the tree…

  • Oh the tree swing. How nostalgic. I love the way this one looks; the rustic ones are the best! 😀

  • Another important disclaimer might be to check the tree branch for defects such as splits, dead wood or decay. It might seem like a no brainer, but in my experience people often don’t realize when hazardous defects exist in their trees. I love tree swings though. 🙂

  • This is a great DIY! Love wooden swings. I actually helped build one for a store display for one of my friend’s stores. It was really summery!

  • When I was younger my grandfather made me a swing in his backyard. I was supper bummed when the tree that it was hanging on started to rot. I’ve always wanted another one.

  • I shared a part of our working space, where we are creative (sewing, etc.) I really like yur post about how you work and where you create all your fantastic stuff. I’d like to see more of it! 🙂

  • This is amazing. I hope one day I have a yard and a tree big enough for one of these.


  • Growing up my dad hung two swings like this for my sister and me (because we couldn’t share, lol) and we loved it. It also looked super cute.

  • This is such a cute idea! Love the colours of the swing. x

  • This is amazing, your DIY skills blow my mind.xx

  • Thank you for this! I’m going to make this when I move into my new house in September!

  • for some reason, seeing any tools turns me off! haha but i can ask my dad to do it someday. this seems easy enough! love it.


  • This is so great!! If only I had a tree that’s sturdy enough!

  • The guest house we stayed in last weekend had one, and it reminded me how much I want my own! I really hope to live somewhere I can have one, one day!

  • I want this for myself! I love to swing!

  • I always wanted a swing like this!
    But no tree in our garden seems fitted.
    I’m building one some day though.

  • When I was a child I had two swings like this in my garden and used to love it. I could swing and chat with my friends in one time:)
    thanks for sharing this DIY, it made me recall funny memories from my childchood!


  • cute! I ALWAYS wanted a tree swing when I was growing up!


  • I think I am gonna make it one for my baby, she would like it! Thank you for sharing.

  • This is simply adorable. I may be in my early 20’s, but I still enjoy a nice swing (especially on a tree swing). I love the color combination of the swing ropes and seat.

    The free-flow creativity on this site truly inspires!!


  • i’ve been dreaming of a swing for the giant walnut tree in our backyard..this is perfect!

  • You guys blow my mind with the stuff that you come up with! I love this! Looks amazing…
    Ronnie xo

  • I love swings, sadly there aren’t any trees that would be strong enough to hang a swing in my parents backyard. And I don’t have a yard at my place. :/
    But what a great idea for when I do. XD

  • Love this! I would love to see more kid DIY’s on a ABM. It’s still summer… maybe we’ll see more? The maternity DIY’s have been wonderful!

    XO Krystin

  • woweee ! i love this DIY. so perfect. the swing sits beautifully in the yard. love it & will definitely be giving it a go !

  • I would love to get someone to try this for me.
    I wouldn’t attempt because knowing how clumsy I am, I’d find a way to lose an eye…or arm..
    But great tutorial!

  • I wish I had such an oak tree and could create this. Actually if I had a big tree to hang it from I would do this!! x

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