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DIY Outdoor Hanging Chair Swing

Paige Paige

If you missed my Home & Family episode last week for my DIY Outdoor Hanging chair swing, I have everything you need right here to get you started. You may also have noticed that recently, I have been repurposing things we used for our wedding and giving it new life in our home as a keep sake♥
Our wedding theme was rustic chic so a lot of old wooden crates and pallets were used to decorate the backyard. I have taken one of those pallets and turned it into a backyard hanging, swinging seat to enjoy this summer with my hubby!

DIY Outdoor Hanging Chair

You will need
  • One pallet
  • Drill (with 1″ hole saw bit)
  • Screws
  • Saw (jig saw or circular saw will work)
  • Measuring tape
  • Rope (3/4″)
  • Mattress, cushions or other embellishments
  • Green floral wire (for embellishments)
  • Wire clippers (for embellishments)

Palet Stain


  1. Cut your pallet in half, just over the second vertical wood piece. (This help with keeping the strength and integrity of your base.)
  2. Drill holes in the four corners of the pallet, both the top and bottom boards of the pallet. Make sure the hole is big enough for the rope to fit through!  I used a 1″ hole drill bit since our rope is 3/4″.
  3. Thread the rope through the hole, making sure the rope goes under the bottom of the pallet.
  4. Knot your rope using the “Ashley Stopper” knot.
  5. Tie the rope securely to your tree or archway.
  6. Measure your area so you can get the mattress, cushion and embellishments you want and the right size!
  7. Decorate with fun cushions and embellishments.  I used a turquoise cushion for the base, and added blue and yellow pillows to style it up a bit.  Then I took ivy and little yellow and white flowers to decorate the rope.  I used green floral wire to hold these in place.

How to tie an Ashley Stopper knot

  1. Lay the ends of the two lines parallel to each other
  2. Coil the free end of one rope twice around the second rope and pass it back through the inside of the coils
  3. Repeat with second rope in opposite direction. Pull free ends to tighten knots, then standing lines to slide knots together.

If you missed the segment you can check it out here!  The rope tying process will make much more sense when you can see the demo.

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