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Make a swing for your Toddlers

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My husband and I have two kids, Leo (4) and Nico (1), and both of them absolutely love this swing.

We live off-grid and make pretty much everything we need. Together we built our home from scratch; our electricity comes from the wind and sun; we catch rain water in tanks we build; we raise a large part of our own food. The kids love this life, especially planting gardens, weeding, looking after the animals and gathering food from the wild for both us and the animals.

When Leo was two, he was awed by swings. Every time we'd go to the city, we were obliged to spend a considerable amount of time at a park, playing on the slides and swings. And when we got home, he would repeatedly ask to go back to the “city swings”. So, when we couldn't play outside due to gale force winds one day, we decided it was the perfect time to make him his own swing. It took us about 30 minutes to build, using things we had around the place, and he never seemed to tire of it. However, having helped build it and acted as our test-dummy, he regards it as "his" swing and is sometimes reluctant to share it with his little brother!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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- a pair of old jeans (we used 32” waist; if yours are much larger, you will need to increase the size of the rebar)
- a 42” length of 3/8” rebar
- 2 x ¼” chain quick links (150+ lb)
- 2 x 3/8” chain quick links (150+ lb)
- 2 pieces of ¾” hose or tubing, each about 18” long (the tube must be wide enough for the chain to pass through it easily)
- 2 pieces of 3/16” chain (150+ lb), the lengths of which depend on how tall the object (tree, ceiling beam, etc.) where the swing will be attached.

Step 2: Tools

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- a needle and thread
- scissors
- duct tape
- tape measure
- crescent wrench
- 2' steel wire
(metal punch, hammer, channel locks or vice)
katvanlew1 year ago
This is such a great idea!
your baby is so cute,and he loves it, i love it and want to try do it.too, lol.
bajablue1 year ago
I love this!  One look at your son's face tells me he loves it, too.

Great work!!!!!
LucifeL1 year ago
This no Toddler Swing" this is VEGGIE swing.. lozzz.. :P. Hey nice effort though.
racoontnn1 year ago
A child does not complain that he was uncomfortable to sit? It may be worth it to sew back a little rest?
FrostyDon1 year ago
You may want to weave a rope through those links. I'd be worried about him getting a finger in there and pinching it when you are putting him in and out.
velacreations (author)  FrostyDon1 year ago
if you notice, there is a clear hose over the chain to protect their little fingers.
That is just awesome! And it looks like you put a lot of thought into how to secure it and make it safe :)
J-Five1 year ago
Awww,
He's so cute!!!
Very cute and creative idea.

Have you tested the denim to see how much weight it can safely hold? or do you have any recommendations for others who may want to make your project?

I'm guessing that a heavier denim would be needed, and probably a maximum weight for the child?
velacreations (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
well, these were my husband's shorts, and he has sat in it. The denim is amazingly strong. i wouldn't worry about any kid under 40 lbs.
That's good to know. Thanks for sharing your great project! :-)