Create your own swing

Photography: John Halfhide, Dieter Mylius

All kids love swings, but not all backyards have the right tree to accommodate one – so why not build your own? This set is designed for one swing, but you have a choice of two seats – a pretty flower or a Red Baron biplane.

Watch Rob Palmer make this swing

This swing is intended for kids under five years old and the seats simply clip on and off, so you could easily build both types if you like. All up, the cost should be about $250. Before you start, it’s a good idea to check with your local council as to whether there are any restrictions on swings. This project is just over 2m high, so it shouldn’t present any problems.

You also need to consider the depth of the holes in the ground. As this swing has only one post on each side, each needs to be embedded to a depth of 900mm, so check with the Dial Before You Dig service first. Visit for more information.

When it comes to backyard fun, few things give as much excitement as a swing

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