Monday, June 15, 2015

Swing Set Make-Over: Summer DIY Project!

Reposting this DIY Project I did last summer. It's one of my most popular pins on Pinterest so I thought it was worth a repost!

So excited to share a little project I did this summer! We got a used swing set off someone on Craigslist. A great find and in good shape, but needed "prettied up" in my opinion. So off I went to Joann Fabrics for some fun, outdoor fabric. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bright pattern I found! Our backyard colors (on chairs, cushions, and accessories) are orange and green so this went very well with the rest of the decor, yet stood out as something special for a girlie clubhouse. :-)

I got about 4 yards of the fabric and if you keep an eye out, you can almost always find JoAnn coupons for 50% off. I used mine and only spent about $40.00. I also got 1 yard of a coordinating fabric to throw into the mix. You'll need to get some heavy duty thread to do the project, too.
First thing you want to do is lay out the old tarp that comes with it. Measure each piece and then add an inch to each side - allowing for the hem. Then cut and hem your fabric.
For the back panel, I wanted it to be double sided. This way it is pretty on the inside and outside. So I just measured out another piece the same size, hemmed it, and sewed the 2 pieces together.
Now you are ready to hang! Using the same holes and screws that came with the swing set, my husband and I drilled/screwed in the new fabric. It's been holding up great so far, but I think I may unscrew and take it down in the winter to keep it looking fresh and just put it back up next Spring. Only takes about 10 minutes to attach everything.
Made easy curtains with a rope and 2 square panels of fabric. Just hem fabric all the way around and then hem again on top, leaving enough room to fish the rope through. Then hang!
  I made a bunting banner to go across the top of the swing area to tie it in with the club house side. It's sewn on a thin rope and tacked on the wood beam.

My daughter and her BFF enjoying the new space.

Finishing touches: a few throw pillows and an extra square of fabric as hanging "art" for the wall.
Added in two terra cotta pots of bright colored petunias, and a planter with bright colored pinwheels. Old Little Tykes picnic table (in the background) got a make-over, too, thanks to a nice can of spray paint in Eden green. 
Last, but not least - a sign to personalize it. Spray painted an old board and then let Ruby do the rest! After watching the Little Rascals, she decided her clubhouse should say "No boys allowed!" But then she re-thought it and added in: "except Daddy".  Love it!
Wishing you all a fun summer! If you make your own, share it! Would love to see how yours turned out!

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