Good Day Everyone!
Today we're going to make a Duct-Tape Swing!
- - I do not guarantee the functionality of this object-
- - I do not take any responsibility for injuries or any other incidents-
- - These are Kid-Sized-
So, I recently cut a tree to size and noticed a branch that was perfect for a swing. But when I was looking for one to buy, I realised I could make one for almost no money.
So now I'm gonna show you two designs I came up with.
Step 1: Making a Quick Sketch
So, my first design is also the easiest one.
This one is going to be a Belt Swing. You can actually do this in a few minutes, if you are handy with the tape.
The socond design is a classic Loll Swing.
Step 2: Collecting Materials
So I quickly investigated what materials I would need for this first design and essentially, it's only going to be:
- 1x roll of tape
- (1-2 sheets of paper)-for making assembly easier and also adding stability
We're also gonna need:
- nice surface (maybe a cutting matt)
- and of course: a place to hang up your swing!
Step 3: Calculating Dimensions
So, my swing is going to be 65 cm (26 inches) in length and 10 cm (4 Inches) in width.
Also, the "rope" length can vary, depending on how high your "branch" is, and how high you want your swing to hang.
Step 4: Making the Swing Base
I'm just laying aut some paper and cutting it to size, so I can put my tape on it. I am doing this, so it's easier for me to lay out the tape, and it also adds quite some stability to your swing.
Make sure that everything is nice and flush when you stick it together and put the tape over the edges, so that in case of an emergency, the swing will be waterproof.
Step 5: Making the Ropes and Hanging It Up
At first we need to prepare the swing for the rope attachment. So we just cut some edges off the swing, (as seen in the picture) at the angle that suits you best.
For the ropes I'm just gonna put two strips of tape with the sticky side together.
The attatchement of the ropes to the base and the branch will be as described in the pictures.
Step 6: Planning the Second Design
I already drew a sketch for the second one, and I'll list the materials needed here:
- 1x roll of tape
- this time, about 3-5 sheets of paper (not essentially needed)
- 4-6 pieces of wood
Because this swing is of a rectangular shape, we need some wooden struts to support it.
The swing is 50 cm (20 inches) in length and 22 cm in width. You could use a wooden board instead of the struts, but then the use of tape would be senseless.
Step 7: Putting the Loll Swing Together
I'm not going into detail on those, but you basically have to make a basic structure, as displayed in the sketch. Then just coat it in tape. ;-)
I won't hang this one on the tree, because I alredy have one hanging there and taking that one down and putting this one up will just consume to much time.
Step 8: Finished!!
So there you have it!!
A fully functioning Duct-Tape Swing!!
Any tipps for improving the swing are welcome!!
If you really want, and say please very loud, I'll have done the work for you and have these swings delivered directly onto your doormat!! :-)
Have fun, be safe and see you later ;-)