To make the swing, you will need:
*Some rope, at least 5mm thick
*A heavy object, such as a small rock
*A tree branch or other support strong enough to hold your weight
*A tire, a plank of wood or a smooth, reasonably fat stick
Step 1: Finding a Place for Your Rope Swing
*Choose a place where you cannot swing into anything, i.e. the tree/support itself
*Make sure that the branch/support that you are using is not dead or dying/rotten or rusting
Step 2: Hanging Your Rope Swing
It is a good idea to check the rope is securely fastened before you use your swing by pulling down on the rope hard.
Step 3: Finishing Your Rope Swing
*A loop swing
This is a swing for standing on, and is ideally used for smaller swings. If it is used for a large swing, then it can be dangerous and unpredictable and you are likely to get into a fast spin.
Comfort rating: 2/5 Practicality rating: 2/5 Overall rating: 2/5
*A tarzan swing
This is the most basic type of swing. A large knot for holding onto or sitting on is tied on the end of the rope. This type of swing can be used next to a lake or a river, so you can jump off into the water.
Comfort rating: 1/5 Practicality rating: 2/5 Overall rating: 1/5
*A tire swing
This type of swing is good for just about anything, wether it is for sitting, standing or possibly holding onto. It also tends to be the most comfortable; sitting on a plank or a stick can get rather uncomfortable after a while. The only drawback is that you need to have a tire, which can be hard to get hold of.
Comfort rating: 4/5 Practicality rating: 5/5 Overall rating: 4/5
*A seat swing
This type of swing can be used for either sitting, standing or even holding onto (like a trapeze), and only requires a smooth, relatively thick stick or a plank. You can either attach both ends of the stick or the plank to the rope to create a more stable swing, or just have a basic knot in the middle to hold it up. It is also easy to replace if the seat gets damaged.
Comfort rating: 3/5 Practicality rating: 5/5 Overall rating: 4/ 5
It may also be a good idea to tape or (if using nylon rope) melt the ends of the rope to stop it fraying.
Have fun and enjoy your rope swing!