Karen here and today I wanted to share with you the Bitty Swing I made for My niece for when she comes to play at our weekly tea party date. This was an easy craft that uses duct tape and a milk container to make the perfect “little kid” swing like you would find in any park.
To create your own Bitty Swing you will need:
- 1 gallon or 4lt sized Milk or Juice container
- Duct tape
- 80 inches of ribbon or longer (shoe laces for adult shoes work great, you would need two)
- 1felt pen
- A Ruler
- * Your Doll and a low hanging branch or hook to put your swing on outside.
Step 1- Assemble all your supplies, wash out the milk or juice jug and let it dry.
Step 2- Use a felt marker and make lines along the jug top and side where you are going to remove the top and handle to create the base of your swing, see the photos above. At the X mark leave the lip this will become the center of the swing’s bucket and will help to hold your doll in.
Step 3- Cover your Swing Seat with Duct tape inside and out, cutting where you need over the curves. The tape makes the swing look more uniform in color and gives it some strength.
Step 4- Once your Swing Seat is covered with tape you will need to make the “seat belt” to make this tear a 10 inch strip of duct tape from your roll and fold it in half lengthwise sticky side to sticky side, this will become the center loop of the seat belt. Fold it in half again and use more tape to tape it over the lip into place as shown in the photos above.
Step 5- Tear a 14 inch strip of tape from your roll and fold it the same way you did in step 4, this will be the “seat belt”, Place one end of the strap through the center loop on the swing, tape that end to the side of the chair.
Step 6- Place your doll in the chair and measure how tight your belt should be over your doll but still be able to get your doll in and out fairly easily. Tape the belt in place and remove your doll from the seat.
Step 7- Use a ruler and make a mark at 3 inches from the top of your seat and 2 inches in from the front, repeat on the other side. Use your scissors tip to carefully poke a small hole through your “x” on both sides. This is where you will put the first of your Ribbons.
Step 8- Push one end of your ribbon ( I cut mine to 40 inches) through each hole. Make a knot so that the ribbon will not slip out, then use tape to cover your knot and hold it in place. Repeat on both sides.
Step 9- Use the other ribbon for the front of the swing, you can see mine is a lighter color, tie and knot the ribbon to the “seat belt” section of your swing on each side, you can tape it in place or you can leave it so you can slide it around on the belt, and let your doll “hold” on to the swing as seen in my photo above.
You can now hang your swing up on a low branch for your dolls to use and enjoy! If you do not have a tree that will work perhaps and adult can help you hang a hook outside where you can place your swing. Be sure to bring it in at night!
I hope you enjoyed today’s doll play craft I look forward to sharing more doll play craft ideas with you again soon.