How to Upcycle a Skateboard Into a Tree Swing

INTRODUCTION
Get The Old Skateboard Out of the Garage
Store-bought swings can be expense. Save money by using an old skateboard, some sturdy rope and a couple of dowels for the handles.

STEP 1
Remove the Trucks
Use a screwdriver or a drill with a driver bit to remove the wheels and axle from the skateboard deck.

STEP 2
Determine Rope Placement
Determine where to drill holes for the swing’s rope. We placed ours just before the deck’s curve, two inches in from each side.

STEP 3
Drill Holes
Drill holes in the skateboard deck using a drill bit to match the thickness of your rope.

STEP 4
Drill Holes in Handles
Drill two holes at each end of the dowel, approximately two inches from the end. Sand around the holes to smooth out the wood.

STEP 5
Paint and Decorate as Desired
Paint the dowels to match the skateboard.

STEP 6
Secure the Handles
Run the rope through the dowels making a knot at each end to hold the dowel securely in place.

STEP 7
Secure the Deck
Run the end of the rope through the skateboard deck and tie it securely. The dowels should sit about 12 to 18 inches above the seat.

STEP 8
Hang the Swing
Tie the rope to a tree or secure to a swing-set bar with hooks.

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