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Jul 26, 2023

Designer Vanessa Meister Varma brings a new addition to your backyard in just three basic steps

Do your kids love to play outdoors but haven't quite decided what they want to do? This time make their play time creative and try this DIY Harlequin Pattern Swing. Besides, this will be a fun and creative way for your children to enjoy the outdoors! With some simple instructions, colorful fabrics, and hardware, this project will spruce up any outdoor area. Plus, your kids will be so proud of their handiwork. So, gather the supplies, grab a few friends, and get ready for hours of outdoor fun with your very own Harlequin Pattern Swing.



Intermediate to advanced. Can be done with kids ten years and over.



  • Wooden swing
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Rope and hooks

Spruce up your outdoors by adding a DIY swing! This swing can be easily created with simple instructions, vibrant colours, and basic tools. The DIY promises endless fun and a refreshing way for a family to embrace the outside. Watch as Kochi-based designer Vanessa Meister Varma magically transforms a plain piece of wood into a Harlequin-Pattern Swing, which both children and adults can enjoy.



  1. Sketch design
  2. Paint three coats
  3. Tie the rope to the swing and hang



This DIY is a great gifting idea for families as it can be used by adults and children with an outdoor space on a daily basis. Take a trip to your local carpenter and get a 3/4-inch-thick multi-wood plank measuring 22.5 x 8 inches with 4 x12 mm holes. Rounding the corners is a safer option when there are younger children. You can work with this Harlequin pattern using only two colours, and black and white. Start with a base coat of black. When dry, follow with two layers of white where the colours will be added. The key to a good finish is to slowly add layers of paint until you get very neat edges and full colour saturation. Keep the back black, date and sign your work with a marker. If you are hanging the swing on a balcony, make sure there is ample space to swing and that you face a direction which is safe. Fix two hooks in the ceiling to which you can attach a metal chain. Finally, adjust the ropes to the desired length. This model is strong enough to support an adult and wide enough for two children to sit side by side. Happy swinging!

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