Make an indoor/outdoor swing for your little one
in 30 minutes.
By Abe Connally and Josie Moores
EVERY TIME WE GO TO THE CITY, WE’RE
obliged, at the insistence of our 2-year-old,
to spend a considerable amount of time at a
park, playing on the slides and swings. And
when we get home, he repeatedly asks to go
back to the “city swings.”
So one stormy day when we couldn’t play
outside due to gale-force winds, we decided
to make him his own swing indoors. It took
us about 30 minutes to build using things we
already had, and we’ve barely been able to get
him out of it since.
1. Make the swing seat.
Cut the legs off the jeans, and place your toddler inside. The waistband should come above
the waist but not up to the armpits. If needed,
Bend the rebar into a circle, with the ends
overlapping about 5", and feed it through the
belt loops (Figure A). You want it to keep the
jeans well open, but not stretched taut. Make
sure the belt loops are securely sewn; they’re
the weakest part of the swing.
Wrap duct tape several times around the
overlapped rebar ends.
2. Hang it by chains.
Check that the chain links will pass over the 2
sizes of quick link. If needed, you can widen a
chain link by hammering a metal punch into it.
Tie the wire through the first chain link
and use it to pull the chain through the hose
Abe Connally and Josie Moores
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