Build a simple toddler swing from a 5-Gallon Bucket!
You and your tot will have tons of fun in the backyard with this affordable and easy-to-build DIY project!
To get started, you'll need tools and materials!
Step 1: Get a Bucket
To start with, get some rope and a bucket.
I already had a 5-gallon bucket handy. It was a "Pickle Bucket" I got from a restaurant. Restaurants are great sources of #2 Food-Grade plastic 5-gallon buckets. They are very sturdy. You could also purchase a 5-gallon bucket from a home-improvement store.
If you will build this project with a used/recycled bucket, just make sure that it is in good condition (some plastics degrade in the sunlight outdoors and become brittle.) Wash out the bucket before building the swing.
You will also need some rope. Ideally, you would like something designed to hold up to the weather - wind, sun, and rain.
You will need a length of rope at least DOUBLE as long from your favorite tree-branch to the ground.
Once you have the bucket, remove the handle. If you look where the handle goes into the bucket, you can see how the wire makes a turn, it's then pretty easy to figure out which direction to twist to make the handle come right out. You don't HAVE to remove the handle, as the part of the bucket it is connected to will be cut off, but the bucket is easier to work WITHOUT the handle getting in the way.