Making a Dreamy Garden Swing for the Backyard

Michelle Leslie
by Michelle Leslie
We have a beautiful, well established garden, but it was lacking something. We had no where to sit and just soak up all that beauty. We'd just recently made a teddy bear swing for some of our soft toys and that got me thinking about making this grown up version for the garden.

Now I don't know about you, but I've never outgrown my love for swings. It brings back such lovely carefree memories, where the only thing you needed to worry about was high you could fly. These old bones of mine probably couldn’t handle wild swing rides anymore  but I sure could see myself swing gently under the trees after a long, hard day at work. We have lots of big trees in the garden so finding a spot to hang the swing wasn’t a problem. All we had to try figure out was how to make a dreamy garden swing. The seat was easy enough. We just took a few pallets and joined them together and then painted them with white roof paint. We figured if the paint lasts on the roof for years, it would be perfect for a swing seat too.

For the dreamy bits, we used polystyrene shapes that we found at the craft store. We made a hole through the center of each shape before dipping them into water mixed with exterior waterproof grout.

The polystyrene beads were strung onto a two plastic coated wires and secured with rope clamps so they would stay in position. Just for love we added a few metal hearts that we got from a craft store.

We hung the swing in a large River Bush Willow at the bottom of the garden and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

So if your looking for me I'll be on the swing, that's if hubby hasn't gotten there first icon Wanna join us, I promise we'll give you a turn.

P.S. We've added the full tutorial on the blog that shows how we hang the swing
Michelle Leslie
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  • Pam Pam on Mar 31, 2017
    I don't have a question, I jus want to say I think this is a beautiful expression of a tender heart and creative mind. It's really amazing. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us.

  • Rachael Basye Rachael Basye on Apr 09, 2017
    Do the "beads" get in the way of where your hands would go (so you don't fall off the swing)? Very cute... I love the dreamy look. I wish I had some strong tree branches in my yard.

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