Friday, 22 May 2015

Fun on our handmade upcycled wooden garden swing

My husband made this child's swing from upcycled wood for Magoo last Summer. It's been a firm favourite with our daughter and her friends ever since. I thought it was about time I wrote about it & shared some photos of the project. We bought the wood from Somerset Wood Recycling for a bargain price of £10. They also threw in the two large bolts we needed to attach the swing ropes to the frame.
handmade upcycled wooden child's garden swing
Somerset Wood Recycling is one of our favourite places to visit on a Saturday morning. They have a large warehouse full of wood waiting to be repurposed into new things. Much of the wood is donated and we like walking around looking at the crates, pallets, railway sleepers, old doors and piles of floorboards. Somerset Wood Recycling also sell a range of products made by volunteers and adults with learning disabilities. They have a fantastic selection of wooden benches, deckchairs, tables, chopping boards, garden planters and even upcycled wooden coffins.
handmade upcycled wooden child's garden swing
handmade upcycled wooden child's garden swing
Once my husband had chosen the pieces of wood he wanted to use, he started to put the swing frame together. Magoo helped with making holes to put the screws through. She loved being involved with the making-process.
Once the frame was complete, we attached the swing ropes and seat. Magoo couldn't wait to try it out and it was given the thumbs up.
Once the swing was in place we gave it a coat of cornflower blue wood paint.
This swing is made with upcycled wood which would have otherwise gone to waste. It also really solid and much firmer than mass-produced plastic or metal counterparts. Magoo loves her swing and has been playing on it in all weathers ever since it was finished...
handmade upcycled wooden child's garden swing
handmade upcycled wooden child's garden swing
I'm linking up with the lovely Country Kids #countrykids over on the Coombe Mill blog, Let Kids be Kids over on letkidsbekids.co.uk, #ordinarymoments over on www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk, Image of the Week #IOTW over on www.trulymadlykids.co.uk, Point + Shoot over on youbabymemummy.com, Trash to Treasure over on www.coombemill.com










18 comments:

Louise said...

That swing looks fantastic - definitely seems more sturdy that the ones you can buy and I love the colour. Looks like Magoo really loves it too :-) #CountryKids

Cheryl said...

Oh well done. That is a good swing. Kudos for using recycled timbers. We're in Somerset. I'll have to check out your link. Magoo looks very happy on her swing. #CountryKids

Coombe Mill said...

I love the colour on this swing and what a clever husband you have, a total bargain for £10! Nick made all our garden swings too for years, though we have a big purpose built one now. Homemade it often stronger and certainly more satisfying and it looks like it is being well used. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

EmmaT said...

Looks like a perfect swing. I love the pale blue, I want to paint my garden table/chairs that kind of colour. #countrykids

Tas D said...

Aww its a really special swing especially if she got to make some of it too!

Anne Stone said...

What a fabulous swing, much nicer than the metal ones. I love the colour too. #countrykids

Me, You and Magoo said...

Thanks for all your comments!
We used Cuprinol Garden Shades paint...it comes in lots of lovely colours and wears really well.
https://www.cuprinol.co.uk/products/garden_shades.jsp

Sara Murray said...

That's brilliant, what a great way to recycle/repurpose the wood. And, so much nicer than a metal one :)

pixiedusk said...

I am from Somerset! North Somerset. I havent heard of this and now I do and when I need to do something I definitely will go there for woods! #countrykids

Karen Bell said...

Oh I really love that swing, lots of fun, sturdy and looks much nicer than your usual swing. It's a fantastic way to up-cycle some wood.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

Katie @mummydaddyme said...

What a fantastic swing and even better and more special that it's handmade. My girls would love a swing in the garden. :)

Emmas Mamma said...

The swing looks amazing! And I love the colour! #PointShoot

Mommy's Little Princesses said...

Fantastic swing and your daughter is so lucky to have such a clever daddy.xx

Dont Call Me Step Mummy said...

Beautiful. How lovely that it's handmade. I wish we had a garden, this is a gorgeous post. Very creative #ordinarymoments

Dont Call Me Step Mummy said...

Here again, your husband is a bit of a legend. #countrykids

Angela Milnes said...

This is inspiring. my daughter asked for a garden swing for christmas. I wonder if we could make something like this? We shall have to see! Angela


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Truly Madlykids said...

This is fantastic! I love the sound of the place where you got the wood! The pictures are gorgeous - I love the last one, especially. Thanks for linking up to Image of the week

Coombe Mill said...

I love this post and adore the blue you painted it. A perfect upcycling idea, thank you for joining in with Trash2Treasure, Magoo is very lucky to have a Daddy who is so handy with some old planks of wood.

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