I'm an impulse shopper. I'll admit that. If I see something cool at an affordable price, it's on it's way to me before I even know where it's going to go. Last year I saw this nest swing on sale for $70. I can't remember where I bought it but I'm pretty sure it was Wayfair or Overstock. It seemed like too good of a deal to be true, but sure enough the swing showed up.
And the box ended up in our storage room. Unopened. Still taped up. For a year it sat. Until this year when I was cleaning out the storage room and stumbled upon it. It's starting to get warm here and summer is just around the corner, so I pulled it out and showed hubby. We both agreed we should use it if we have it, and I put it together. It was so easy to assemble, simply consisting of 6 pieces of metal that fit together to form a circle. There are tiny bolts that hold these together, and then the frame fits inside a fabric cover.
I shared a video below of the entire assembly and hanging of the swing but if you're not the video type, you can just keep scrolling and read on all about it. If you're on Instagram, be sure to give me a follow there so you can get to know me better!
We set out to find the perfect tree to hang our nest swing from. Thankfully we live in an 1800's farmhouse, and on a farm with plenty of mature trees. We opted for a spot that we could still see from the front deck, but that also overlooked the field. I knew that Ryan would be spending lots of time out here, and I wanted to be able to keep an eye on her while she plays. She is starting to get free reign of the farm, so we try to locate things in safe spots, within eyesight.
My husband used to be an arborist, so instead of chain, we opted to use some of his climbing rope. It is just as strong, and he can tie secure knots in it, but also make the swing easy to remove. Living in Michigan, we have unpredictable weather so being able to remove the swing and bring it inside is a must.
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First, we cut the rope to a length we thought was just a little bit longer than we needed. Then hubby burned the ends of the rope to ensure they didn't fray.
Next, he tied a loop and threw the rope over the tree to secure it in place. We used a ladder to give us some extra height.
He then fastened a carabiner to the other end of the rope, and that is where we suspend the swing from. The swing does stretch when you get in it, so be sure to hang it high enough from the ground that once used, it is still hanging at a good height. Otherwise you will be touching the ground!
I am able to simply remove this swing from our tree, and hang it in our storage room on a hook. Hopefully this way it will last several seasons, and stay looking bright white!
Now I know one of the top questions I'll get is where to purchase the nest swing from. Since I purchased this last year, and have even looked this year, it is sadly already sold out. But I did find it on Amazon, just at double the price. It is still a good deal for the size of the swing you get, but the actual manufacturer is sold out currently at the $70 price. I will also link several other swings I found that I think would make a great outdoor swing!
It's seriously so easy to turn your outdoors into your own little oasis! Little by little and one space at a time, we are making our outdoors a living space we can enjoy. This was such an affordable project..$70 to be exact. And will be years of fun!