How to Hang a Tree Swing

5 Materials
2 Hours

There’s something about a tree swing that just brings out the kid in everyone. If you’re looking to add one to your yard this summer, here are some tips on how to hang a tree swing safely and securely as well as how to hang a tree swing without a branch.

Whether you’re looking for a spot to relax after a long day or you want to provide your kids with some outdoor fun, a tree swing is a perfect addition to any backyard tree!

But how do you go about hanging one? Here are some tips to help get you started in the printable card below.

I like the look of aged wood but you can paint or stain your wood if you like.

I made a stencil with “Never Stop Dreaming” and think it’s perfect for an outdoor tree swing! What quote would you create for your swing?

You can learn more about how to use a scorch marker in my embroidery hoop wedding wreath.

How to Hang a Tree Swing

Learn how to make and hang a wooden tree swing that can be enjoyed for years to come!


  • Palm Sander


  • Scorch Marker
  • Wood for Seat
  • Gray Chalk Paint
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Cricut
  • Rope
  • Chains
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Towels


  • Sand the wood for your swing with a palm sander.
  • Create a stenciled quote using a Cricut Cutting Machine.
  • Fill in the stencil using a scorch marker. Remove the stencil.
  • Use a heat gun to create the wood-burned effect.
  • Apply a gray chalk paint wash using a sponge brush.
  • Go over the wood swing seat with a dry brush technique with white paint.
  • Apply 2-3 coats of clear coat to protect the wood from the elements.
  • Apply chains around the tree and secure the rope through the wood seat and attach it to the chains.

Suggested materials:
  • Wood   (home store)
  • Cricut   (craft store)
  • Rope   (home store)
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Melanie Ferguson
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