20 minute crafter--Skateboard Swing!!

I saw this idea months ago on Pinterest...but every link that I found led to a swing set company.  Boo!!!  A quick search there will show you the link that I am talking about.  I just knew that I could make one myself and that my boys would love it!  Both turned out to be true!  Want to make one?
You need:
a skateboard (I waited to find one at goodwill and scored this one for $3!!)
rope (from Lowe's--pay attention to the weight limits)
a 3/8 drill bit (this was the biggest we had--we took it to Lowe's to match it to the width of the rope)
2 of those metal things--I have no idea what they are called but they are oval with a way to screw it closed
a dowel big enough to drill a 3/8 hole through
Get your first helper to remove the trucks and wheels from the skateboard.
Get your other helper to drill holes 2in from the sides of the skateboard.  I centered the new holes in between where the holes from the trucks were. 
(Also, allow your three year old to drill at your own risk).
Like this. :)
 Grab your dowel and cut it into two equal lengths.  I made mine a little wider than the skateboard.
Drill holes through each about an inch from each end.
Cut your rope in half.  Thread your ropes through each side as shown above...keep the ends even, center the board in the middle of each rope. 
 Put a knot above each hole.  Don't tie your knots too tightly, because you may need to adjust them later.
Add your dowels...
 ...with a knot before and after the dowel.
Attach your rope to your metal do-dads.  Here is how we did it.  I am not a knot expert.  The metal part ends up being the part that sits on the top of the tree branch you hang it from and helps to keep it in place.  :)  You may need to adjust your knots a little and level the whole thing out and then...
Hop on and...
...swing...
 ...swing...
 ...swing...
...swing!!!!  Have fun making your own!!
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22 comments:

Katie said...

Supercool!

Susannah said...

I just started following your blog yesterday, and I believe it was destiny that you posted this my very first day as a reader! My husband and I made skateboards while we were still dating, and have since taken the trucks off and have them hanging in our guest room. The guest room will soon be our son's nursery, and I've been really struggling with what to do with our personalized skateboards b/c they don't match my nursery decor. Now I know! This is a project my husband will LOVE making, it will keep our treasured items around, and our son will love it one day! Thank you so so so so much!

Suzanne said...

i LOVE this!! and i love that it is a 20-minute crafter! you are one cool mama! best part - portable so it can move to your new house - eeks!!!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

This is so awesome!!

Zookeeper Jess said...

So fun! Love it!

Zookeeper Jess said...

So fun! Love it!

Amber said...

Thank you for posting this! I had pinned the same thing and thought the same thing... but hadn't been brave enough to attempt it myself, of course, haha! My question is, is it just over one tree branch or two?

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang said...

Wow! This is awesome. Thank you for the tutorial.

The life of Clare said...

This is fantastic, what a great up-cycle.

Simona Walters said...

Can you email me a photo of the part at the top touching the tree? I can't seem to visualize this and how it works with the metal rings. Thanks

SeanCW said...

Repeat of Simona's request.
Can you send a pic?
Cheers.

Lauren -aCommonersCastle said...

I saw these on pinterest about a year ago, and really wanted to make one, but never got around to it. Thanks for taking all the hard work out of it by providing a tutorial. Now I just need to get on it, and do it!

Barbara said...

This looks great (: I don't have kids yet and I'd love to make one for me!

Coniqua Abdul-Malik said...

Thanks for the tutorial and pics I've got all of my holes drilled and just have to find the right rope. i too would love to see how it is hung on the tree. Thx

Coniqua Abdul-Malik said...

I hav all the holes drilled and need to find some good rope. i too am interested to see how the top of the swing is hung on the tree

emily nelson said...

How did you attach this to the tree? It is very cool!

AcidOllie said...

They're called karabiners!

AcidOllie said...

They're called karabiners!

Randi Jo :) said...

Crystal & Doug -
How fun!!! I opened up my email this morning and saw Ann Voskamp's weekly "Only the good stuff" Saturday Blog...and I recognized the picture of Doug right away embedded in there linking to the buzzfeed article that you all are included in. It made me cheese big time! The world seems so small sometimes!! Great job! I am sure you will get lots of hits from her readers & so many others. I hope you all are well & that you are enjoying our Savior's presence and love. :) God is so good isn't He? Healer, Savior, friend & King...the loyal one, the one who will always cleanse & forgive - SO AMAZING!!! :) Wish you all the best.

OneMommy said...

What a super fun use of a skateboard! Going to look for one at garage sales to try this at home -- reminds me of a swing they had at my son's OT. Bet he'd love it!

April said...

Would like to make this! Wondering how well the kids can play with this on their own. How do they make it swing/move? I guess what I'm asking is, how does it work?

April said...

I would love to make this for a Christmas gift! Can you tell me how well it works for your children? How do they make it move/swing on their own?

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