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.