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DIY One Rope Tree Swing

DIY One Rope Tree Swing

I have HUGE trees in my yard and I always wanted to have swing hanging off one of the tall limbs!  Well, this year I finally broke down and made one.  I’ll have to say these kind are some of the best swings to swing on.  The longer the rope, the farther these swings will take their riders high into the limbs.  The kids LOVE this swing and will spend hours pushing each other on it, especially to see how high they can go!

…and yes, it’s great for adult kids too!  (It is sooooo relaxing!)



  •  (1) 2 x 10 for a 10-12 inch long seat.  You can also use one 2 x 6 put together or any other combination
  • (3) pieces of 2 x 4s or 2 x 3s for seat supports (each piece should be the same length as the width of your swing)
  • (1 Box) of 2- 1/2in screws
  • (1 inch) diameter rope (5ft longer than the height of the limb that the swing will hang from)
  • a large tree limb


  • Chop saw or skill saw
  • One 1 1/4in wood spade bit
  • Hand drill
  • Sander


Tip: Before assembling, I sanded all of my wood pieces first.

For your seat, you can use a 2 x 10 or in this case I used what I had lying around, one 2 x 4 and one 2 x 6.

Using my 2-1/2in screws, I screwed two seat supports on each end and one exactly in the middle of the bottom of the seat.

Now flip the swing right-side-up and drill a hole down the center of the swing.  Make sure the hole is drilled down the exact center of the middle brace that was just screwed in underneath.

Tip: To prevent splintering, put a piece of wood where the drill bit will be coming through the bottom.

Hanging the Swing:

I simply drilled a heavy duty 5 inch eye bolt into a strong limb of the tree.  Then, I tied the rope to a heavy-duty, 500lb capacity carabiner, and clipped it onto the eye bolt.  This works great if you ever need to quickly remove the swing.

Slide the dangling end of the rope through the hole that you drilled into the swing and tie a knot underneath the swing seat.

If you don’t want to drill into the tree:

You can simply tie a slip knot in the rope and then attach it to the tree.

How to tie a slip knot:

Make a ‘looped end’ out of the rope.

Now twist once.

Curve the looped end around to make a circle.

Pull the looped end THROUGH the circle and pull tight to form a knot.

Throw the knotted looped end over a sturdy branch and pull the other end of the rope through the looped end.

Time to go swingin’!

How fun it is!  Now it’s your turn to make one!

Be sure to check out my other Kid Fun Ideas HERE!

DIY One Rope Tree Swing
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  1. Paul

    Such a good idea!

  2. Tee,
    We can’t wait for our Little to be bug enough to hold on and enjoy a swing like this! *pinned for later 🙂
    Denise and Sean

    • Tee

      I’m sure they will like it when they are bigger, but enjoy them while they are little too. They grow up too fast! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Such a fun idea to help encourage kids to get outdoors! Thanks for sharing – found you through the Simple Homestead Blog Hop #217.

  4. This reminds me so much about summer fun and just having a great time visiting family. Those are the thoughts that come to my head. Great project and I’m happy to see how easy it does look to create. Thanks for sharing with us at #OMHGWW

    • Tee

      I’m glad it evokes such good memories for you, Alice! Thank you for your sweet comments!

  5. Who doesn’t love a tree swing?!? Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    Cottage Blessings,

  6. Sylvia|Grace for a Gypsy

    Cute and easy idea! Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41. sharing!

  7. Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41! Pinned!

  8. Such a great idea! We would love if you would share at our weekly link-up party Handmade & Otherwise (Fridays 8am-Mondays 8pm). http://petalspiesandotherwise.com/category/handmade-otherwise/

  9. Tree swings are the best and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. Now, this is a simple and fun idea! And pretty frugal too! Everything doesn’t have to be techy to be fun! This is a good example.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

  11. My granddaughter would love this, and I have the perfect tree. I just wish I had your skills. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best. I’ll be Pinning your post.

    • Tee

      This one is so easy, Rhonda! You could have Home Depot or Lowes cut the wood for you, then all you have to do is screw it together and make a hole. You would be surprised what you can do yourself! Thank you for you sweet comments too!

  12. Don Davies

    Thanks Tee! Thanks! This step by step procedure even helped me to put up this swing properly and safely. The kids really love it as well as the adults too. It’s so fun to just swing around on beautiful afternoons and wait for the sunset!

  13. Edward Reeves

    Thanks for this DIY on your classic tree swing. I really love swings ever since I was a kid. Now that I’m a father, I just felt that I needed to make sure that my kids share that same joy and experience on the swing. Even me and my wife still spend our afternoons just hanging on the swings!

  14. Georgina

    Such a great idea for the DIY swing! It looks sturdy! I’m planning to make my DIY tree swing for our backyard.

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