As a traveller without money, I need a secure place to sleep. Sometimes a tent is a pain to set up and I am in an area with scorpions...... so as I have been riding on my trip, I started to notice a lot of scrap pieces of rope. And with a knowledge of rope, I thought... why knot. Lets take a look at how to make a hammock for free!

Step 1: Beginning With the Ends

To begin we need to find a way to secure your hammock to a few trees that have a good distance. Keep in mind you are making a hammock for yourself and possibly others, take this into consideration when choosing your space. I used some scrap wire, and some cow bones from Ribeyes to anchor mine while building. Later while sleeping on the hammock one of the bones broke so I switched to the Hammock Straps shown in the instructable here .

         First we want  to pick two of the best pieces of rope you have. Choose pieces about three feet (one meter) long. We will be tying two bowline knots in each of these ropes. One small and one with a very large loop. The small loop will connect to the tree and the large loop will connect to the long ropes (cords) of your hammock. 

Tying a bowline:

1. Twist a loop into the rope a little more than twice the length of the loop you want to tie in the end.
2. Wrap the loose end of the rope around and tuck it under then through the loop
3. Wrap the loose end of the rope around the back of the body of the rope
4. Tuck the end of the rope through the loop again
5. Pull really hard and the knot will tighten up

About the bowline: Bowline knots are really secure. They are easy to untie, but will not come undone or slip if you do not want them to. It´s a great way to put a fixed loop in a piece of rope or string and is useful anywhere loops are needed.

Photos 2-5 are the bowline tying process, photo 6 is the desired end result.
I personally made my own sheet bend hammock (look it up on YouTube) and I find it a lot more comfortable then a rope hammock but I like how industrious this is. One tip I have is to get some tree straps (tree straps are wider and better for the trees).
I have miles of rope, so this is on my to-do list. Store bought is not my style.
Yeah I'm a very green person and reuse a lot of what society deemed unfit for normal usage. Glad you liked it! Good to see another person impacting the environment positively!
Ok Living in Mexico where we have scorpions too I now must collect rope and see if I can do this
This is such a great instructable! I love hammocks and really like the thought of building my own now :)
Thanks!! I'm glad you like it. I spend as much time as I can trying to upcycle and use what I find while traveling. ;)

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