4 Ways to Build a Better Backyard for the Kids This Summer

Photo: homedit.com/diy-tree-swing/

Photo: homedit.com/diy-tree-swing/

Spring and summer months are finally here, and the warmer weather is perfect for spending time outside. Instead of traveling far for entertainment, read on to learn the best ways to transform your backyard so that you can enjoy the perks of summer without ever leaving your home.

1. Tree swing

If you have a tree, then this afternoon project is an easy way to encourage children to spend time outside, and for you to create a nice breeze during those sticky summer days. The best part? You’ll need a few supplies, but overwhelming carpentry experience isn’t one of them. Read on as we break down the steps from homedit.com.

What you’ll need:

  • One 2 x 4 x 8 piece of wood for the seat
  • One 1 x 2 x 8 piece of wood for the top
  • Rope long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight
  • Wood glue
  • 2 clamps
  • A drill
  • 8 wood screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

To begin: Start by cutting the 2 x 4 x 8 piece of wood into two parts measuring 2.5 feet long. Then cut another two pieces, this time measuring 8 inches long. Glue the two longer pieces together and then the shorter ones to the ends. Clamp and put heavy objects on top of them. When it’s dry, pre-drill screw holes in each of the four corners of the short pieces. Also drill two holes in the outer corners of each end. Now you can sand and paint the wood if you want to.

To finish: Cut two lengths of rope measuring 5 feet long and attach them to the seat. Tie a double knot at one end and on the other end as well. Repeat the process for the other side of the seat as well. Then cut the rest of the rope in half. Create a loop and attach it to the swing with one of the chain quick links. Do the same for the other side. Now cut the 1 x 2 x 8 pieces and make them 2.5 feet long. Drill a hole in each end and, about 5 feet above the seat, tie a knot in each rope. Slip the loose end through the tope and tie the ends to the tree branch.

Tip: Look for a tree that is in open ground, and that has a thick, live-wood limb which is growing parallel to — and not too high off — the ground, for a suitable swinging experience.