DIY Old-Fashioned Wooden Swing

Thank you all SO much for sweet comments you left about my wicker sofa makeover.  It was fun to attempt a project that was a challenge for me and now that I feel like I have a better idea what to do and not do, I wouldn’t be scared to try something similar again.
After such a big project, I needed to work on something simpler that was quickly rewarding and this is it.  For the last few months, I’ve been wanting an old-fashioned wooden swing to hang from the tree in our front yard.
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DIY Wooden Swing Summer Fun Outdoors Grass Old-fashioned via Knick of Time

Because what is summertime without a swing?

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Other projects kept crowding this one out, and I kept forgetting to buy wood to make it, but the other day I walked by “Big Blue” (if you don’t remember him, you can read about it here).  I still haven’t done anything with him, other than remove the 2 huge boards that were the top of the counter, and I realized they were nice and thick and work well for a swing.  I asked my husband to cut me a section off one of the boards, then I painted it with my homemade chalk-style paint.  Normally, I wet distress chalk-style paint, but this wood had wonderful grain lines, so I took my palm sander over the whole thing and love the worn appearance it gave it.
DIY Wooden Swing Summer Fun Outdoors Grass Old-fashioned via Knick of Time
I wanted to make sure I tied the correct knot on the seat, so I did what all smart DIYers do…I Googled it and found the instructions for a rolling hitch knot HERE, then used a metal rope clamp to secure the end of the rope to the main rope.
DIY Wooden Swing Summer Fun Outdoors Grass Old-fashioned via Knick of Time
My youngest son thought it was entirely too girly and old-fashioned looking, but that didn’t stop him from wanting me to get off so he could have a turn on it.  Photographing it was a great excuse to buy myself some pretty daisies too!
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  1. Beautiful swing! I’ve wanted one for a long time too – I’ll definitely be using your pattern!!!

  2. Love it! I have wanted one too….I have the perfect tree for it, just have never gotten around to it. Now I think I have to do it.

  3. I LOVE IT! It is gorgeous!!! I think I need one now…:)

  4. Our swing has been on the backburner for too long! Thank you for the motivation. :o)

  5. Love the swing Angie … I had an antique metal one, but sold it … sorry now, but your homemade one is much sweeter. I just don’t have a good limb for one. I had an old tire swing up when I kept our grandson, but it was always in the way when we mowed. Still would love one.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. Looks like the perfect prop for photos! So so pretty!

  7. I love the swing! And the color is dreamy.

  8. The swing turned out great, as did you wicker sofa!! Here from Chic on a Shoestring. I love your pictures as well…great job!

  9. Wow such an easy idea yet beautiful. And the color is of course one of my favs. Wish I had a big sturdy tree in my backyard to string a swing up to!

  10. It’s so sweet, and what a fun way to spend a summers day…..just swinging.

  11. I love it- There is nothing quite like an old fashioned swing. Love the color,too- xo Diana

  12. Charming…

  13. This is so perfect! Makes me wanna come over with a glass of lemonade and swing with a breeze in my hair! Lovely color too!
    Oh how I wish I didn’t have baby trees…

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  14. Oh Angie, I’m so glad you did this and showed the knot and all. We had a swing out back for years and it was my favorite thing in our yard, but then the rope finally broke or something and we had to take it down. I’ve bugged my kids to make me one for the last few years and no one ever got around to it. My son and I went out the other day to figure how we should do it and we just weren’t sure about how we wanted to deal with the top where it attaches to the branch. I’ll pin your adorable swing and maybe it will help me get out there and finally figure it out and just get it done myself! Congrats on such sweet results!

  15. SO charming!!

  16. Beautiful. Thanks for the instructions. I have pinned your swing. xoGinger

  17. That is just too cute!! Wish I had a tree to hand a swing from..our trees are still to young for that. Come link up your post at my party Centerpiece Wednesday

  18. I love your swing! We used to have one like that when we were kids. 🙂 Thank you for linking up to our Simply Create Link party. We are featuring you tonight!!


  19. Angie the color is perfection!Love this sweet little swing!

  20. I love this so much! I just searched your blog to find this from the pic in your header. I just told my husband that I want him to make me a bunch for fun bbq seating in the yard! The rope could be decorated by season too! Is there anything special you do to actually attach it to the tree?

  21. Angie, I’m so in LOVE with this charming swing! I want to steal it for my own back yard. I’ll be featuring it in this weekend’s Party Junk post. 🙂

  22. Woodie Sprague says

    Thank you for all your posts…I love stopping by just to wander around and take a peek! 🙂

  23. Just wanted to make you aware there is an Etsy shop that is using your images as their own for their listing. even going as far as to erasing your watermark.

    I just thought I would make you aware.

  24. So pretty – your pics turned out awesome & so did the project.
    Have a great day!

  25. Great swing! I’m currently on vacation at the coast and have walked by so many cute beach homes with wooden rope swings in their front yards. Visiting from Think Tank Thursday party.


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