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Rope Tree Swings

Here’s a rope tree swing with a twist . . . or a flip trick! You (and your kids) will be able to pull some sweet aerials with this rope swing. (Yes, I had to Google “skateboarding tricks” on Wikipedia to make sure that I used the correct “street talk” in writing this post.)

I’m going to state the obvious . .  . but those of you who are like me and need a little step by step, I’m here for you:

1- Find an old skateboard deck

2- Drill a hole through the middle with a a 3/4 inch or a 1 inch paddle bit. (My husband did this, he won’t let me operate the drill for the safety of our family)

3- Get a sturdy rope

4- Find a sturdy tree

5- Google some skateboard tricks

6- Attempt a Method Air Grab, a Rock and Roll, or a Stalefish with a Goofy Grab on your Toe Edge. Boom.

While you’re at it, play “Pumped Up Kicks” while you swing. It will make you happy.

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  1. Jenni 07/22/2012 at 7:10 pm

    That is really sweet! Any kid would love that! Nice creativity.

  2. lance stone 11/21/2011 at 9:07 pm

    you know that song is about a kid shooting other kids right? just saying, its catchy, but “all the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run run faster than my bullet…”

  3. Erin Oltmanns 09/13/2011 at 9:45 pm


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  5. Raejean 09/13/2011 at 9:11 am

    I think my son would cry at the thought of drilling a hole in a skateboard!

    • carrie 09/23/2011 at 10:09 am

      hence the reason she put “old deck (that has been sitting in the garage for a decade or two)”

      Hey this is fantastic! We have a mini skateboard that is good for nothing, because its toddler size, and WHAT toddler can stand on something so balance-requiring anyway?

  6. Erica Fehrman 09/13/2011 at 8:46 am

    This is so fun! You are turning into a DIY goddess for your backyard!