Make a Homemade Hammock

As I wandered through the most recent MintLife posts, I came across a great article about outdoor DIY projects. Since summer is in full swing here in South Florida, I thought I would share one of them.

When I was little, my family spent most weekends and vacations in the Florida Keys. Although my family and I moved to different houses a few times during my childhood, one thing remained the same– every house always had a hammock. I began to associate hammocks with a necessary part of summer fun, or general beachtime fun. My family would sit in our hammocks and watch the sunrise; my neighborhood friends would come over and we would have lunch on the hammock. The hammock became our home base for hide-and-seek or manhunt and the spot where each of us waited our turn to go on a jet-ski.

 Hammock DIY Materials DIY Hammock HowTo2

Sufficient to say, a hammock, for me, is pretty intrinsic in feeling like it is summer. So to celebrate the height of summer, here is a DIY Summer Hammock made by Kate at Design Sponge. All you will need are the following:

  • cotton beach towel/blanket or piece of fabric at least 40″ x 80″
  • scissors
  • pins
  • 1″ leather strapping (if your sewing machine cannot sew leather, nylon or canvas strapping would also work)
  • mid- or heavyweight cotton muslin or canvas (at least 4″ x 40″)
  • rope for hanging hammock (I used this)
  • zip-ties
  • cotton twine

Check out the rest of the instructions for this Hammock DIY.

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