Swings Around A Campfire

Swinging by the Campfire


I first shared this above picture of swings around a campfire on my facebook page the other day, and it was spread like wildfire!  I started getting messages & comments from many people asking me for the directions to make it.  Only problem was – I didn’t make it!  It was just an interesting photo I’d seen on facebook myself.

So, with all these emails I got about it – I decided to do some digging & see what I could find for you guys.  I came across a post in an online hunting forum by the original creator of this beautiful piece with some great additional photos with the step by step process:

Swings Around the Campfire

The original poster, Dave, says he didn’t have any building plans to go by – he just winged it.  He layed out a hexagon in his yard so that the center for the uprights for each bay were 7 feet apart because he wanted to get 5 foot swings.  He had 14 feet from each upright to the upright opposite of it. He’s also not sure what the angles were, he just messed around with some scraps until he got the angles right for what he needed.   The one bay was left open so he can easily carry in firewood.

Hey Dave, can you ‘wing it’ and build one for me?

Read his original post here.

Swings around a campfire

*All photo credits & the idea itself goes to Dave

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  • Sherry Zink

    I can just see this in my back yard with my stick horse hitching post. Great idea!

  • drmwvr

    Absolutely awesome!!! I love it!

  • Parga’s Junkyard

    So glad I found your post! Just shared it on Parga’s Junkyard for my readers! A friend had posted that pic and I had shared it with my readers but then couldn’t find any directions for them! Be prepared for this post to now go viral!

  • Showed the pic to my husband, and we want to do this in our yard! We are on 2 1/2 acres, and have a big fire pit in our side yard! Since he is a welder he wants to use metal beams, so we don’t have to worry about the weather, and we can remove the benches during the winter!

  • Scott

    I am planning to make an octagon version of this. It’s such a great idea

  • Forevryors

    Genius! Love it, want it and will have it. Thanks

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  • indyracer

    It’s great idea, but who has not sat around a fire and moved their chair forward or back to the temp of the fire?

    • The beauty of a project like this is that you can customize your own – use it as inspiration!

  • Debra Brant Horn

    I think it would also be great to use only 4 swings and the open spot opposite of the open bay could be some shelving for smore and hot dog fixings, maybe some drink accessories.

    • Shelly

      Oooooo….I love that thought. Or maybe making it a square, using 2 benches across from each other, one open area to walk in, and the forth area a counter space for s’mores, etc.

  • Ruth

    I also showed this to my husband and we have the stakes in the ground, ours is going to be made out of metal. Our openings are going to be 8ft with 5 or 6 ft swings. Thanks for sharing the photo.

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  • jo

    That looks really cool and a lot of fun also! Well done! 🙂
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