Since the weather is absolute perfection in New York right now, we’ve been spending every waking hour outside! My kids wake up and first thing they want to do is go jump on the trampoline, go play on the swings or just plain go OUTside! I love it! I even enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast on my patio last week and loved every minute of it.
I was inspired by Ana White’s “Birthday seesaw” and I knew it was destined to be in my own backyard! I’m a novice wood worker so I know that ANYONE can build this and build it well. It took about 2 hours or so. Ana gives a full shopping list, wood cut list and how-to tutorial for the whole project making it a cinch!
I used Ana-White’s tutorial completely and added some padding and fabric to the seats to make it a little more comfortable and dress it up a bit.
We had a playgroup at my house for my son’s 2nd birthday and the kids LOVED it! I hadn’t painted it yet when the party rolled around but the kids could care less. ha!
Here she was the day of the party…
The Birthday Boy, precious little Parker! (How in the H is my baby 2 already??)
After Parker’s birthday party, I decided I should probably put the finishing touches on this little seesaw…
I used my staple gun to staple the red/white chevron fabric (from Fabric.com). I may still opt to add clear vinyl to the seats. My only concern is the vinyl getting hot on their little legs. The chevron fabric has held up extremely well to the weather so far.
I used Rustoleum’s pre-tinted paint from Home Depot called Glossy Apple Red!
After spraying a few coats of the glossy red paint on the wood, it’s done! We’re so excited for summer and my boys are thoroughly enjoying every square inch of our backyard.
Just FYI: my aunt and I rode the seesaw with no problems so I’m comfortable it can hold children 100+ pounds on each side.
That is so cute! Great job. I met Anna White over the weekend, she is lovely.
LUCKY! She is so talented!! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO, Mallory
Seriously! That is uberly genius and adorable. I think I need to try that.
That is an amazing project!!! I think I may need to try this one out. Megan
Oh how fun!
Have you heard about our Craftastic Competition? I’d love for you to enter in it! Lots of prizes to be won too!
That’s so cool! I never would have thought to make a seesaw ourselves. I wish my younglings were small enough to still enjoy something like this.
This is wonderful! I will definitely do this in the future. Thank you!
Amazing and the paint color with the fabric is soooooo cute! My daughter would LOVE this in our backyard!! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
Hope you had a great day!
that is so fun! love the red, too!
So glad I found this. My little boy has been begging for us to ask my father in law to build him one!
You did amazing! My three year old is actually sitting right next to me and keeps saying, “I want one!” Hmm…maybe we’ll have to make one sometime. I love the red too. It adds a great pop of color.
This is fabulous!! If I had children I’d definitely make one. Or maybe I’ll make one anyway!!
This is the cutest seesaw I’ve ever seen! how fun!
What a great idea!!!Perfect summer addition. I hope you will link these up to The CSI Project. The challenge is Summer outdoor decorating and parties. Come on over! You just might win!!!!
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Wow, this is great. We’re getting our basement finished right now, and we have a lot of wood left over. I bet we could make this for next to nothing. I also have some green camping chair fabric that I could use to cover the seats== the chair broke but I refused to throw it out because I knew the fabric could be used somehow 🙂
MIght need to send this to my dad! YOu don’t see See Saws much. Thanks for sharing. Newest follower from Sunday Scoop. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. I am hosting Mom’s Monday Mingle tonight and tomorrow. Love to have you 😉 Last week we had over 180 mom blogs! Hope to see you there!
The see saw looks great! Our boys would love it. I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell. My readers would love this and some of the other posts on your blog. Come join us at http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20 Thanks and have a great weekend.
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Love this teeter totter! We are totally going to make this! We would love to have you link up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party at sixsistersstuff.com. We hope to see you soon! -The Sisters
Perfect birthday gift for energetic, active kids! They will certainly love having a piece of the playground in their own yard!
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Is your fabric still holding up? We have so much humidity I’m thinking I would have to use some sort of outdoor fabric.
Wow, this is wonderful!
Aqua Armor Waterproofing Spray 😉 http://www.amazon.com/Armor-Fabric-Waterproofing-Natural-Fabrics/dp/B002WLUYUG
I wonder if there is a way to enlarge it for bigger kids???
We just made this today and it turned out great! My husband and I had a blast playing on it. I would think the size is adequate for any age/weight child. On the contrary, my husband added an extra hole on the uprights so we could lower it some for 3 & 4 year olds. We can raise it when they get older. It’s very sturdy. And, even at our lowered level, when my husband was on the ground it was like when I was a child with no way down until let me. Our grand babies are gonna love this!
I absolutely adore this. I have a blog called It’s A Handmade World. I promote handmade shops around the world. I have pages on there where you can put a button to your shop, a button to your blog, a favorite tutorials page and more. I would love to share this with everyone. I was wondering if you would let me put this on my favorite tutorials page along with a link back to your blog? Feel free to add your blog button and shop button too if you have one.
I wonder if I could get my guys here at the shop to make this out of metal