A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to see this post from Michelle over at A Crafty Mix. We were in the middle of getting ready to move my daughter into a new bedroom, and I thought this would be an adorable addition to her decor. So, I’ve put together my own swing shelf!
I’ll show you how I put mine together, but be sure to head over to Michelle’s blog as well, as she did things just a bit different than I did. Either way you do it, this is a super easy DIY project that goes together quickly and really adds something a little different to your room.
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- 1 x 4 poplar board (2 ft. long)
- Minwax wood stain (and old rag)
- Sisal rope and twine
- Cup hooks and drywall anchors
First, you’ll need to decide how wide you want your shelf to be. I knew that this was going to go above my daughter’s chest of drawers. So, I held it up approximately where I planned on putting it, in order to determine how wide it needed to be.
Then, my husband drilled a hole into each corner of the board about 3/4″ from the edge. We had purchased 1/4″ rope, so he drilled 1/4″ holes.
Once the drilling was done, we sanded the board down very lightly. After wiping it clean, I put one coat of stain on the board in order to achieve the color I was after. I used Minwax 70002444 Wood Finish Penetrating Stain, quart, Provincial.
Next, I cut two pieces of rope. (T.W . Evans Cordage 23-210 1/4-Inch by 100-Feet Twisted Sisal Rope is very similar to what I used.) You will need to decide how long you want the rope to be from board to hook. Then, double that measurement PLUS add quite a few inches to it for the knots underneath.
Thread each end of the rope through a hole, and tie it off underneath.
Be sure to measure on the wall where you want your hooks to go so they are level with each other. Insert the drywall anchors first, then screw in your cup hooks. (We just happened to have blue drywall anchors on hand, which I wasn’t thrilled with. You really can’t see any blue from out in the room though. Phew!) Hang your swing up to see if the board is level. If the board is not hanging straight simply adjust the knots underneath accordingly.
Finally, I tied a smaller piece of twine around each rope near the hook to give it a more finished, secured look.
Voila! You’re done.
I really love the way this turned out, and it looks perfect in her new room. (Click here to see the full room reveal.)
The bunny in the picture is her beloved Bunny Foo-Foo. I am going to have to find another stuffed animal to go on the shelf though, as she has already demanded that bunny Foo-Foo stay in bed with her. Ha! The bunny was a gift from her Aunt and Uncle.
The shoes were mine as an infant. And the bracelet was a gift from another Aunt and Uncle.
I just love it! What do you think?