Nothing brings back nostalgic memories like childhood swinging. The best thing about swings is that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on them. You can set up your own home project to build a safe baby swing for your little one. To help you ensure you employ all the safety precautions, we’ve shared a detailed guide on how to make DIY outdoor baby swings below.
Tools And Materials
Before you start building your little one’s baby swing, you have to ensure you have the right tools. Below, we’ve outlined the essential tools to have during the building process.
Steps To Make DIY Outdoor Baby Swing
This step covers a basic tree rope swing with a seat. Whilst it offers basic guidelines on how to build the swing and seat, the sizing will depend on your preferences. However, generally, for a baby or toddler, the ideal seat size would be around 144 square inches. Additionally, this process features a basic criss cross back design, however, you can use your router to create other patterns, grooves, and designs to your liking.1
StepThe first step involves building the seat’s back support. In this case, you will need wood glue and a couple of 2.5-inch screws. Put together long, narrow wood planks (measuring at least 15 inches long) vertically and 12 inches away from each other.
Then, within either end of the gaps put together, thick, short wood planks to form a frame. Hold the wood together by countersinking the screws into the wood. To hold them together, you can opt for the pocket hold joinery method or drive the screws through.
StepCut additional into two long and narrow wood planks that would fit into the in a criss cross manner. You can check the right sizing by lining the wood planks before you cut them to ensure precise sizing. Remember, one plank will be shorter than the other because you will have to cut out its center to create the criss cross shape. After cutting the wood, to attach them to the frame, simply use the wood glue and drive nails at an angle.
StepThe next step is to work on the farm. To do so, cut two thick and short planks (about 10.25 inches long) for the bottom part and two thin and long wood planks (about 8.25 inches) for the front part. Then, hold them together using wood glue and 2.5-inch screws.
StepThis step involves attaching the arms from step three to the actual sitting surface, also known as the slats. To do so, cut the planks to the size of the frame width (about 12 inches). Start by pointing the front part of the arms with the first wood slat using wood glue and 2.5-inch screws.
The slat should be positioned around the center part of the arm – about an inch from the top. Then, leave some space between (about half an inch), and continue to place the second slat, then, the third one.
Leaving some space between each slat comes in handy on rainy days or in case of accidents when it necessary for the seat to rainwater. After you are done, attach this bottom part to the bottom part of the frame using wood glue and 2.5-inch screws to make the seat.
StepLastly, you want to attach the top part of the arms to the chair. To do so, cut two long and thin planks (measuring around 13.15 inches long). Then, using wood glue and 2.5-inch screws, attach the arm to the chairs at the back through the frame sides and onto the front arms using 2-inch brad nails.
To keep your child safe, you can add a front guard. To do so, cut small sections at the front part of the arms to create square-like gaps. Then, measure a long thin plank that will fit into the gaps and run from one end to the end and simply insert it into the gaps.
StepOn both sides where the front guard attaches to the arms, mark where the tree rope will run through and then, drill holes on the marked areas using half-inch Forstner bits.