Toy Swing Set

Jack and Tess have always loved swings.  One of their favorite activities in my art room is swinging the climbing gorilla toy that I made over a year ago.  So now I’ve added another swing to the mix.  A very simple one using bent wire and wood scrap.  I made it so the guy comes off, so part of the fun is just getting him into the seat.  It actually swings for quite awhile.  I was surprised.


  1. Make mine Mid-Century
    September 10, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Very cute!

  2. = lingonsmak
    September 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Wonderful idea! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and scrolled back all the way to the first post because I couldn't get enough seeing all this nice simple things :) Great! Kind regards, Katrin

  3. Nina/littleperky
    September 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful funny toy!

  4. fridica
    September 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

    The best thing about seeing the projects you put up here is watching how they come to life in Jack's and Tess's hands. : )

  5. AbluMoo
    September 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Love this swing!

  6. Flo
    September 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Everytime I come here... It's full of "Bonheur"... Using small things for mervellous game ! Thanks !

  7. Virgínia
    September 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Love your work :)

  8. Joel Henriques
    September 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    fridica - Yes! That's the fun part isn't it! I love seeing how they react to the different toys and how they choose to play with them.

  9. Flotsam Friends
    September 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    That is seriously incredible. I adore it. What lucky lucky kids. Is that band-aid because he was hammering something he shouldn't have been?! Divine. Pruxxx

  10. Joel Henriques
    September 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Flotsam Friends - Ha, thanks. No, the band-aid is actually for a rock and roll guitar blister. He recently got out an old guitar that I made in college (I'll probably post it on the blog soon) and has been strumming it like crazy! Awesome.

  11. Carla
    September 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    This is so cool! All of the toys you design make my husband and I extra excited for when our baby becomes a kid. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Maryam
    September 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    what an awesome little swing set!

  13. OrangeFarmhouse
    September 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    And if you see jack's face it's pretty serious business. Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  14. {jane}
    September 13, 2010 at 5:48 am


  15. le banc moussu
    September 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

    No need to have children eyes to love being here.
    It's allways a great pleasure for me.

  16. aya
    September 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

    You are very abrupt! I in delight!

  17. Mrs. LIAYF
    September 18, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Such fun! This reminds me of the Alexander Calder exhibit I saw with my 3yo a few months back at the Seattle Art Museum. There was a great video of tiny wire/wood moving sculptures he made into a little circus - acrobats, horses pulling carts, belly dancers.

  18. Joel Henriques
    September 19, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Thanks everybody!

    Mrs. LIAYF - Yes, I'm a huge Calder fan. That Seattle exhibit was awesome wasn't it! I took the train there and back all in one day just to go see it.

  19. Noon
    October 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

    OH MY GOD! YOu are TALENTED.. beautiful work.. I love your blog..

  20. Steph
    October 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Where have you been all my life?! Just kidding (but only a little).

    I just discovered your blog today, and I love the creativity and simplicity. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

  21. Matthew
    February 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Love it :-) Can I ask what sort of wire you use? What gauge is it?

  22. Joel Henriques
    February 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    Matthew - I think this was a combo of 22-gauge wire (you can find at a craft store) and er 308L welding rod, which can be found at welding supply stores. Wire is really inexpensive, so just go to a craft store or home supply store and buy a few different gauges and try them out. It's really fun!

  23. sweety
    December 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    how do you make it. where do you go on this website to make it

    1. December 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Sorry. I didn't make a how-to for this project. I just used welding rod for the wire and drilled holes in the wood. You should just start bending and go for it, while looking at my photos if that helps. Or just make up your own swing design. Wire bending is much more flexible and forgiving than people think. Very fun!

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