Who could forget the exciting days of swinging on a warm summer day, at school, out back, or on the playground? For kids and adults alike, playing on swings can also be a fun way to exercise, while taking in the fresh air!
Given the prices of swing-sets at places like Home Depot, Walmart, or IKEA, purchasing a swing set today for your own backyard for kids to enjoy can be costly if you’re on a budget. But, if you’ve got the space in your back yard, time, and patience, then we’ve got a must-read list of 20 DIY Garden Swings You Can Bring To Life Almost Effortlessly – so read on below!
1. A Budget-Friendly Tire Swing for Kids
For just under $15 bucks, you’ll be able to build an efficient, budget-friendly tire-swing that your kids can play on – and have set up just 20 minutes or less!
It’s pretty straightforward to put this together, and will simply require threading the rope through the holes at the center of each tire – or using metal chains and adapters to connect to the tree – either way should work fine!
This is also an awesome, fun, friendly design for kids because they can practice balancing by standing up, or simply enjoy swinging the old fashion’ way by sitting down while they glide up into the air and back down.
DIY Details: survivingateacherssalary
2. The Wooden Chair-Swing
By simply taking any old wooden chair you’ve got lying around the house, while of course ensuring that its still safe, sturdy, and secure, you can make the perfect, fun, and colorful chair-swing for your little ones to play on – or even make two!
This DIY back yard chair swing project also includes more colorful options, so you and your children can paint not only the chair but even the rope!
All you’ll have to do is make sure you remove the legs to prevent any hazards, and before you know it you’ve got yourself a fun, practical rope-swing for a fraction of what one would cost you at the stores!
Best of all, you’ll be recycling wood and being friendly to the environment in doing so!
DIY Details: theownerbuildernetwork
3. A Bouncy Swing with Personality
By simply using nylon webbing and a few PVC pipes, legs, and adapters you can have a fun, comfortable back yard DIY swing that your kids are sure to love!
This DIY back yard swing setup is also a traditional favorite because it’s easy to make and should take no more than an hour before your kids are having a blast! Even better, this DIY swing will easily accommodate 2 or even three children at once, just be careful and watch them closely during use of course!
Lastly, this is an excellent choice for a DIY back yard swing because your kids can also relax, nap, and play on it together without even swinging!
Just be patient, and double-check your work and the integrity of the swing before letting them ‘go to town’ on it!
DIY Details: thenaughtymommy
4. A DIY Swing for Skateboard and Surfing Fans
By simply recycling and using an old skateboard your kids (or you) don’t use or play with anymore, you can make this awesome DIY ‘skateboard swing’ in under a day- and is sure to last for many summers to come!
This is also an excellent conversational piece, and sure to make your kids popular with the neighbors!
As for supplies, you should prepare a wooden dowel, a couple of stainless steel carabiners, wire clamps, safety tape for securing any odd ends, sander, paddle bit, industrial-grade or heavy duty rope, and of course your choice skateboard to give it the flavor it demands!
It’s also best to use a wooden skateboard for this – so double check the materials before using, as some are now made with foam, Plexiglas, nylon, or other artificial materials that might not be as durable as wood.
DIY Details: mothersarah
5. A DIY Fire-Pit Wooden Bench Swing Set
This combination fire-pit bench swing set is perfect for outdoor barbecues, having family over, friends, or even a romantic night with your loved one.
For enjoying laughs and memories together, to BBQ grilling your favorite chicken, veggies, or even S’mores this is the ultimate DIY back yard bench swing set made perfect for both adults and kids alike!
While a little more costly considering the benches that will be required, using nice wood, metal chains, and a few iron poles will put you on the perfect path to making memories for years to come! Even better? This is the perfect way to stay warm, enjoying a swing set that you can call your own, or for even when you camp out with your family and friends out back.
Want to learn how it’s made? Click the link below for a step-by-step DIY guide and to collect all the necessary supplies before building the DIY swing-set of your life!
DIY Details : theownerbuildernetwork
6. The DIY Horsey Backyard Swingset
This is an awesome way for your kids to have fun, pretend to be cowboys, and learn to grow a love for animals – horses to be exact.
Best of all, this DIY swing-set can be made from scratch only using a wooden board, posts, bolts, a few washers, an auger bit, drill saw, 1″ circle screw bolts, and a good old’ handy dandy rubber mallet!
What an exciting way to start the Summer, and best of all this entire project should just take a few hours to make! Find out more at the link below.
DIY Details: hometalk
7. A DIY Recycled Bench Swing Set
If you’ve got an old wooden bench lying around, in your backyard, or are willing to invest your money in one, this DIY wooden chair bench and swing is the ultimate project for you to enjoy your days relaxing out back – or letting your kids have a go!
Creating this back yard bench swing set will involve converting a basic garden bench, lumber, a couple of screws, chains – and a little personality and patience!
Want to add to the fun and really show off your masterpiece? Then consider painting your wooden bench swing a brilliant ocean blue, violet red, or other color that will compliment your other outdoor furniture and garden.
The DIY Recycled Bench Swing set is also great because it shouldn’t take more than a day to complete, and adding a few cushions or pillows will add the perfect touch to maximizing comfort and enjoyment the next time you decide to go for a swing, nap, or snooze!
DIY Details: ana-white
8. The Ultimate DIY Pallet ‘Bed Swing’
The DIY Pallet Bed Swing is a relatively basic design, and will only involve either picking up an unwanted or recycled wooden pallet – or simply using ones you have already lying around your home!
Being able to combine swinging and sleep in the same place will give you the enjoyment of being ‘rocked to sleep’ and best of all this entire project should cost no more than $20 in supplies to build!
To get started, invest in a measuring tape, sturdy, recycled wooden pallets, extra lumber, screws, rope, mattress, cushions and a vinyl zippered mattress cover to keep it weather proof when not in use!
DIY Details: themerrythought
9. A DIY Headboard Lounge Swing
If you’ve got an old headboard lying around, or simply choose to pick one up at the local thrift store, then this is an excellent DIY back yard swing that will really add to personality, fun, and provide a peaceful experience the next time you go out back to relax.
The DIY Headboard Porch Swing won’t be too difficult to make, and using recycled wood for the arms is a cinch’! A hammer, nails, and a little extra plywood for support as needed should do the trick – and you can top it off by throwing some comfy’ blankets and pillows on top so you can relax anytime out back and get the rest you and your loved ones deserve. See below for details.
DIY Details: theownerbuildernetwork
10. A Fun Tire Swing with Personality!
This DIY tire-swing is the perfect artsy project you can do with your children, letting them select their favorite color – or colors – and painting them on to allow your kids to really express themselves in a meaningful way.
While a rather “classic” concept this swing is made from just a tire, wood, and chains! This is a great, safe, fun way to let your kids – or adults – have a nice swing the next time you go out in your back yard to relax and enjoy, or simply reflect on life.
Best of all, this tire swing can spin around and go (safely) in different directions which will really add to excitement when used!
DIY Details: ehow
11. A Perfectly Fashionable DIY Tree Swing For Families
This is a really cute, small, and yet simple design that’s likely a back yard swing you or your neighbors haven’t seen before!
It also manages to be both innovative, yet original in design, and whether you like the Teak wood style, or simply want to use a different finish and color, the possibilities for style are truly endless with this beaded, semi-bouncy, functional DIY back yard swing.
This DIY Tree Swing for families is also great because it requires minimal tools and supplies, you’ll only need a nylon braided rope, a drill and drill bits, sandpaper, a few other tools, and of course a sturdy, stable tree to hang it from.
The metal rings needed to build this are also relatively cheap, along with the beads, making this a budget friendly DIY back yard swing. So, click below for more details on how to get started!
DIY Details: momtastic
12. The DIY Porch Swing Made With Love
This DIY beautiful porch swing is an excellent way to add personality to your back yard or garden and is the perfect way to sit back and relax, take in the scenery, or simply have a few drinks with your friends and family.
It’s also a pretty simple design, and assembly shouldn’t be too hard assuming you either already have a garden bench, or are willing to shell out a few extra dollars for one and have the necessary tools – and chains – lying around your garage.
Using a rustic wooden texture finish will give this porch swing the perfect touch, and there’s even free wooden templates included with this design and instructions – just click below!
DIY Details: instructables
13. The Redesigned DIY Pallet Swing
This is a really cool modified design of other DIY wooden pallet swings, is comfortable, and also lots of fun to use!
Even better, this entire swing can be made from mostly recycled wooden pallets. After throwing on the chains and double-checking that it’s secure, you and your loved ones can swing away into the sunset and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
Click the link below to learn how to get started, and why this Home Talk DIY wooden pallet swing is so popular!
DIY Details: hometalk
14. A Hand-Crafted Luxury Swinging Chair
An exquisite style, this incredibly beautiful hand-crafted DIY chair swing is the ultimate combination of style, comfort, and ‘swinging’ experience that will match the tone of nearly any back yard.
The blue and white cushion design is brilliant, and hanging this on your porch, patio, or back yard tree is quite simple. You’ll need to use a hardwood brace, and best of all this DIY back yard swing chair is designed to hold multiple people – and greater amounts of weight than most other DIY custom tree swings.
This is hands-down an awesome design by Shop Style, and will make assembly quick, easy, and enjoyable – see below for details.
DIY Details: shopstyle
15. A “Military Style” DIY Chair Swing
This ‘military style’ DIY Chair Swing is a really spectacular addition to any back yard, or home – as well as if you have lots of acres or even woods out back.
It’s a great, sturdy design as well as a budget-friendly DIY project. It’s also desirable because it safely flexes, bends, and will shift and give enjoyable swings based on different heights and weight, making this a must have for any DIY Garden Swing fanatics!
Best of all, it’s an incredibly unique build using Para-cord to weave a certain level of indestructible stability and comfort that’s sure to last decades to come!
Check out the link below to learn how to start this DIY swing today, by Instructables.
DIY Details: instructables
16. The Perfectly Colorful DIY “Swing For Two”
This is a very cool DIY back yard swing set and an excellent way to let your kids and their friends use pencils, highlighters, and markers to add their personal touch – and show it off!
For anyone looking for an easy to build, understand, and use DIY Tree Swing this is definitely an excellent choice and will require gathering a pressure-treated wooden board, nylon rope or chains, or if you’d like an exact match of the design above then hollow-core braided polypropylene rope!
Using a couple of deck screws, a sanding block, drill, wood glue, and of course colorful pens, paints, and pencils mean this DIY back yard swing easy to make in just six simple steps, so check out the link for Built By Kids below!
DIY Details: builtbykids
17. The ‘Luscious Blue’ Full-Size Swing Set
This is an awesome, brilliant use of modified pallet wood, or by simply combining (hammering or drilling screws to secure) sturdy, preferably pressure treated wooden planks, chains, and a few extra slates of thick wood to make the seats just right and comfortable!
If you’d like to add to comfort and style, consider adding cushions to the seats, mixing paint colors, or letting your kids place stickers on the wood to make it an even more creative and fun project!
18. A Colorful ‘Budget-Friendly’ DIY Swing
This DIY Colorful Swing is an awesome way to brighten your back yard, compliment your garden, and make an attractive play toy for kids that they’ll absolutely love!
Putting this back yard swing together is pretty easy, and you and your children can make your own fun, personalized colorful patterns with simply different colored fabrics, a wooden chip plank, and of course some sturdy rope – or chains – to keep it stabilized and provide endless swinging adventures!
This is an enjoyable way for kids to have fun, is an easy to see swing so you can keep an eye on them when playing, and simple to make if you want more than just one- but make sure you find sturdy enough branches to hang them from!
DIY Details: sausagejar
19. The DIY ‘Plastic Box Swing’ for Kids
How many times have you caught your little ones playing in your plastic totes, cardboard boxes, or simply “playing car” in one while they slide around your kitchen floors? Well, now you can give them that same experience and more – with this awesome DIY ‘Plastic Box Swing’ design!
Putting this swing together is super easy, just make sure you use a new, durable plastic box – or a recycled fruit crate – and give your kids endless hours of fun! Kids love sitting on this, swinging, and playing inside with their toys! Don’t forget to add a little cushion for their bottoms by throwing in a nice comfy’ pillow to top off this creation!
DIY Details: playtivities
20. The DIY Tractor Tire Swing
This BIG Tractor Tire Swing is awesome for multiple kids to play on at the same time, and hanging up more than one means you can have fun swinging on them too!
Combining a rustic, earthy, and environmentally-friendly look, you’re sure to spark your kid’s interest and respect – and getting your hands on a few huge recycled tractor tires shouldn’t be impossible!
All you’ll need are a couple of strong metal chains, a couple of bolts, and an old tree with the necessary measurements and girth to hold the weight – and you’re ready to go!
You can even add to the fun by using different sized tractor tires. Check out how to set yours up today by clicking the Stone Cottage Adventures link below!
DIY Details: stonecottageadventures
21. A Simple Yet Effective Tree Swing
Setting up a good old’ fashion tree swing in your back yard can actually be an awesome solution to providing endless hours of fun, and remaining budget friendly thanks to it being a simple, cost-effective DIY design.
This tree swing is simple, neat, and effective for providing a safe, exciting way for your kids to have fun in your back yard. Just measure up your tree, inspect the branches, and gather a few of the following necessary tools and supplies: a saw, a few pieces of (dry, durable) wood, a drill machine if possible to make the job easier, some sturdy (new) rope, and sandpaper to beautify the final results!
This is a relatively easy DIY back yard tree-swing, and favorite among those both new and experienced to fun backyard projects.
DIY Details : themerrythought
As you can see from our list above of DIY Garden Swings, the possibilities are endless. Even better, many of these designs can also be enjoyed by adults – or modified to do so.
Each of these DIY Garden Swings are made from simple designs, and most don’t require too technical or advanced experience and knowledge, supplies, or tools to get started!
Best of all, families love these DIY Outdoor Swing designs because they come in various styles, colors, sizes, and more! So you see, you don’t have to spend lot’s of money to have fun or create your own outdoor swings, and in most cases, they can be made from everyday household items.