HOW TO… MAKE A SWING

Branch out with this play­ful ad­di­tion to a gar­den

The Simple Things - - COLLECTIONS -

You will need: Wood that’s at least 2.5cm thick, avoid pine and dam­aged wood Poly twist rope Hand­saw Sand­pa­per Drill

1 Find a thick, liv­ing branch, par­al­lel to the ground.

2 Cut your board to mea­sure 45 x 25cm and sand­pa­per it.

3 Drill four holes a lit­tle big­ger than your rope width in each cor­ner of the wood, 2.5cm in.

4 Cut rope into two lengths twice the height of the swing plus 3.5 m.

5 Take a piece of rope and dou­ble it over so cut ends are to­gether.

6 Hold­ing the looped end, place rope over branch and then thread the two cut ends to se­cure the loop against the tree branch. Re­peat with the sec­ond bit of rope – the same dis­tance apart as the holes on the seat.

7 Thread lengths through the four holes and ad­just for height.

8 Tie each length in a fig­ure eight stop­per knot un­der the swing.

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