Rather than throwing them away, or leaving the ropes sitting in a corner of our equipment cupboard, I thought I'd put them to good use.
Here are all the uses we've thought of so far, with steps on how to make them:
- Dog Toys
- Skipping Ropes
- Emergency Tow Rope
- Rope Ladder
- Rope Swing
- Tyre Swing
Step 1: Rope Ladder
Cut each of your slats to length. My pallet was 80cm wide so my rungs ended up being 40cm wide. Drill holes slightly larger than your rope 3cm from either end and then run some sand paper over each rung to stop them splintering your hands/feet while climbing it.
Tie an overhand knot near one end of each piece of rope. Thread the first step on from the other end. If you like you can tie a knot above the step as well but I didn't bother.
Tie another knot 30-40cm further along each rope and thread the rung to it as before. Repeat this until you're out of rope or rungs.
Leave at least 50cm of rope at the top end of the ladder and tie a loop into the end of each piece of rope. You can now use these loops to fasten the ropes to themselves over a tree branch.
Step 2: Rope Swing
Cut your 2x4 timber to size to make the swing seat.
Drill holes large enough to just pass your rope through. For 9mm rope I drilled an 12mm hole 3cm from each end.
Sling the rope over the branch.
Pass one end of the rope through one hole and the other end through the other. Secure underneath the seat with an overhand knot. Leave a 20cm tail so it doesn't roll undone and turf your rider off the swing!
Step 3: Dog Toy 1
The first is a tasselled one for a game of tug.
1) Cut a 40cm length of rope, don't seal the ends
2) Tie an overhand knot 15cm from each end
3) Fray from each end to each knot. This may take a little while so is best done while watching TV.
Step 4: Tyre Swing
Tie a loop in one end of the rope and sling it over your chosen tree branch. Pass the other end through the loop and pull it tight.
Pass the free end through the tyre and lift the tyre while tying a knot. I used a bowline.
You can cut the remaining rope if you like, or leave it on since it makes a good handle to pull the swing with from a safe distance.
User dzurn suggests cutting a hole in the bottom of the tyre so it doesn't fill up with water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Step 5: Dog Toy 2
Tie the monkey's fist then tighten it up good 'n' proper.
With a good swing on the tail you can throw this for your dog to chase.
Step 6: Skipping Rope
Step 7: Emergency Load/Tow Rope
While a dynamic rope doesn't make an ideal tow rope (it's stretchy after all) it's better than nothing for helping get someone out of a ditch.
And it's good and strong for tying down loads on roof racks or trailers.
Step 8: Hammock
Step 9: User Submitted Ideas...
Post in a comment below and I'll try make it and add a step with credit to you. Or take pictures if you can :D
Ideas I need to document:
- woven fender for boats (thanks Kiteman)
- rope bridges (thanks Tape-structable)
- tug of war
- giant 3d string art (thanks solo.card)
- gear storage (thanks solo.card, I actually do this already, I'll take a photo of all my gear on it tomorrow)
- woven hammock (thanks ironsmiter)
- poi (thanks megziewoodles)
- donate to Scouts for fun and games (thanks andy.clarke)
- monkey fist door stops (thanks Mbeardsley)
- plant hangers, bird feeders and other Macramé projects (thanks Websprinter)