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DIY Kids Seesaw for under $30

EASY DIY Seesaw tutorial for kids - Build this for under $30!

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!

image via Ana-White plans

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.

EASY DIY Seesaw tutorial for kids - Build this for under $30!
Hope you all are enjoying your summer! XOXO!
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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your project with us on Someday Crafts! We will be featuring your project tomorrow on our blog Please stop back in and grab a Featured at Someday Crafts button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!


  4. 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

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

    Thanks bunches,

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