Getting the Outdoors Ready for Summer #LowesCreator {$100 Gift Card Giveaway}

Now that summer has his Los Angeles, our little one has not wanted to come indoors. But my front patio area looked kinda sad…


So we decided to make some quick improvements. We started with one item and next month, we’ll be doing just a tad more. This month, because our daughter LOVES to swing, we decided to build her a swing. A real life tree swing.  We got the idea from a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Flyer that came to our house. Sofia saw it and she went nuts. So of course, Daddy decided it just had to be done. So off we went and bought all our supplies from Lowe’s and got to work.

Rope Swing 


Additional Supplies

  • Handsaw or miter saw (optional)
  • Drill with a 1″ bit
  • Utility knife
  • Sander and 120-grit sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Matches or lighter

Rather than give you re-written directions, I am just gonna send you to the directions on Lowe’s site which you can find here. Here is what we did:

Even Sofia did her part…

…and then we hung it using the knots suggested and a ladder and we got…Ta-da!

But the real test would be whether or not it got the princess’s seal of approval. So we asked her to take a swing and let us know what she thinks.


Yea.. I think we passed.

For more great ideas from Lowe’s, check them out on Facebook, Pinterest or their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blog. By the way- did you know they also have an app for Ipads? Check it out HERE.

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network and received a gift card for supplies toward my project. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. says

    I would like to create a lanai for the kids. They love to breath the fresh outdoor air but in florida, there are so many bugs that bite their skin. It’s also fireant season and you can treat until the cows come home and they still find a way to intrude in the yard. This would give them a safe indoor/outdoor place to play.

  2. Betsy Barnes says

    I need to replace the cushions on my patio furniture and I would replace some boards on my deck :)

  3. Janet W. says

    I would buy new hoses and nozzles because ours are so old and the hoses are in bag shape.

  4. jodi lasher says

    I would love to make a tree fort. My kids really want one but the funding is just not there right now. This would surely help. Thanks

  5. Amanda Alvarado says

    We need to get the back yard cleaned up so we have a clean spot to set up our pool!

  6. Ashley Hatten says

    we’re wanting to build a sandbox for the kids-this would come in handy! thanks!

  7. Carolyn G says

    I would love to add a fence to the side yard and then add some flower beds to make it look nicer

  8. Christina says

    I would love to be able to redo our patio area! Some new pavers and update our chairs.

  9. Michelle C says

    I would love a porch swing! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  10. Margaret Smith says

    I’d like to plant some flowers around our patio and add some hanging baskets.
    Thanks so much.

  11. Tim says

    I make sure the grass is fertilized so it can withstand the little feet that are working so hard to destroy it!

  12. Katherine Mahoney says

    Green, green grass in the backyard! I installed my own sprinkler system (pretty proud of that!) But kids, dogs, weeds, and not much grass! Ugh!

  13. Maureen says

    We have flowers in pot s that are inviting and we just have been looking for a bench for the front. We have a flag

  14. Sandra Brower says

    Install better fencing so the horses would stop trampling over everything and eating all my grass. lol

  15. Darren Spain says

    I’d actually just use it for pure necessities of things needing to be fixed around the house..

  16. Suzanne Deleon says

    I would build some elevated flower boxes around my deck! I love your swing idea, since my son has been asking for a tree swing, I am going to steal your plans and make him one! I would also love to build a bench on my deck! So many ideas! Would love to get them all done! Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

  17. Linda Walters says

    My husbands favorite store. He will find something there. I had trouble reading the blog because of the colored print background. Thank you for this opportunity

  18. carolynn ferraro-king says

    I would love a patio set or bench with table. We are always grilling on bbq but have no where to sit outside

  19. Katherine D. says

    i would build or buy an outdoor shed for storage of our lawn mower, snow blower, and garden tools.

  20. KIM CRAWFORD says



  21. Jennifer Irving says

    I have a fence falling down, so would love to get the fence put back up… and maybe kill all these weeds out of my patio!

  22. Cheryl Saves says

    My back yard is a mess because we are living in new housing. Money won’t let us work on it so first thing I would do is buy grass seed and fertilizer

  23. Laurel Simmons says

    We are currently trying to make our backyard liveable. Our front yard is great, but the back is a field of weeds. :(

  24. connie elaine says

    I would restain our deck and then add some flowers and make a little herb garden !! YAY …………

  25. Kylie C says

    We have a tree that needs to come down and I’d love to get some blocks or bricks to make some raised flower beds around the house.

  26. Courtney Sarver says

    Finally get our deck started !:) so we can have ppl over instead of going to their place

  27. Kathy M says

    I’d like for hubby to re-landscape our small front yard or, if hubby won’t cooperate, I’d update our back patio. :)

  28. Nicole Vosburgh says

    We just bought a house, so our flower beds need to get done and we need to lay grass seed down.

  29. shanon hyatt says

    I would get ready by getting a new grill-our family loves to barbecue and socialize out side.

  30. Kim Keithline says

    I cut the grass, plant flowers, clean off the decks clean the pool and clean the lawn furniture

  31. Shaun D. says

    I need some more plants to revive my flowerbeds. Might get some birdfeeding supplies as well.

  32. Victoria R says

    I would love to refinish our deck and get some new patio furniture – its long overdue!

  33. Jamie says

    I would by some flowers and shrubs. We have lived in our house 2 years and haven’t gotten around to the flower beds yet!

  34. Linda Kish says

    I need to fix a few sprinklers and plant some grass or sod some areas that are brown.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  35. Kathlean Owens says

    We prepared the vegetable garden for planting and the flower bed too. Made sure we didn’t have an fines at the local library for summer reading.

  36. Alisha Hodges says

    Besides cleaning up the yard and planting flowers, I would like to build a pagoda with some nice patio furniture underneath.

  37. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon says

    I live in an apartment so I don’t have an outside to fix up so I would give the git card to my nephew

  38. Sherry Compton says

    My husband and I are getting our backyard ready for summer and company. We are painting the patio and restringing the patio chairs. I would love to buy a new glider for outside but maybe next year.

  39. Crystal F says

    I would get some new chairs for my front porch. It would make it look so much better and we would be able to sit out there. thank you!

  40. Candice Hull says

    We just moved to a house with no shade outside and our average temp has been around 100, so that is top of my list
    thank you

  41. Geoff K says

    I’d build a nice fence around the garden and refinish the deck to get it summer-ready!

  42. jodi bradshaw says

    we spend so much $ at lowes in the summer. i buy stuff to grow my garden and we buy tools.

  43. lisa lo says

    Need a nice screened enclosure or else you don’t get to go outside. The mosquitos are overwhelming here and even if you cover yourself in bug spray they will still find the few spots you missed.

  44. Christina says

    Have my sweetheart build wooden outdoor furniture, and then buy cushions and a big umbrella and table!

  45. peg m says

    i have a flower corner in my backyard that never grows…i would love to put fresh good dirt and fertilizer there to help.

  46. Theresa Jenkins says

    It’s bee 15 yrs since we had a pool ….now that we have grandkids I love to put one back in.

  47. ky2here says

    We make sure everything is clean and safe before we have family and friends to our house.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  48. Selene M. says

    Clear overgrowth, stock up on insect repellent, get the chairs out of storage, check out the grill and get ready for fun.

  49. Lee Black says

    We really need to put in a patio! Right now we have no patio, and so that is our first priority outside

  50. Christina Hidek says

    I would get some big planters for my front porch to add some Summer curb appeal.

  51. Wanda McHenry says

    I’d have to refresh the flower garden’s soil and place new mulch down to create a fresh look!

  52. Kelly Mills says

    I would just put out some nice patio furniture on my deck.. because i live in an apartment.

  53. Terri Moore says

    I would plants lots of veggies in the garden, set up water games for the kids and maybe build a putting green for the hubbie

  54. Debbie R says

    We are still cleaning up from the tornadoes here from 4/2011. Now that we are beginning to make a dent in the clean-up I would like to replant & replace flowers in the flowerbeds which were demolished and start some new trees.

  55. Mona Z says

    I would love to start a garden! I’s also need some nice lounging chairs, maybe a swing too for my nieces! :)

  56. Lucy Schwartz says

    i would like to get on of those racks for the garden hose. Right now it is in a pileready to be used but untiddy.

  57. says

    There are so many things, but I would love to get some more mulch, shrubs, and flowers! I need to do so much to the outdoors! And some paint for the fence!

  58. says

    I had planned on redoing all my flowerbeds this year but it’s been too hot and too dry so I have to push that back to next summer. I do hope to be able to get a swing set up for the kids though.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  59. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    wash down the patio furniture and want to add a new umbrella and hammock
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  60. says

    We just got a new pool and backyard deck and now we really need some new landscaping items. I would buy some plants and bushes at Lowes.

  61. Susan Smith says

    I’d fill in the bare grass spots, plant bushes along the fence and plant a flower garden.

  62. Dawn Sollitto says

    I would love to plant some flowers. We have grass only and there is no color anywhere in our backyard!

  63. christal c willdebbie says

    I would like to paint my front door, install shutters and paint the garage doors

  64. Jeff says

    I would like to plant shrubs, bushes and flowers which are native to my location and grow with minimal mantenaince

  65. Sumer Blaker says

    I would love to build an outdoor space for my daughter since we have finally moved into our first house from a tiny apartment. I’ve been wanting a sandbox and a playhouse and she would definitely enjoy the rope swing. My list keeps getting longer and longer and all the more expensive so I’ll take all the help I can get!

  66. Aaron Bretveld says

    I don’t have much of an outdoor area at my appartment, but I really need to get a new grill grate for my weber and some new cleaning tools. And maybe a couple of new lawn chairs.

  67. Tracey Byram says

    I’ve cut back the bamboo in the backyard, planted a flower garden and a vegetable garden.

  68. carol lewis says

    Bought our epo home12 years ago and we are still working on it. Ugh. Need to rebuild the 2nd story deck rail. And paint the exterior and redo the wood on the front porch. All the wood is rotten.

  69. melina r says

    I would have to clean the backyard and make sure that it was safe for the kids to play

  70. Rebecca Shockley says

    Redo some of the landscaping in the back yard, replace the fence, too much to mention

  71. Peter G says

    Paint for the garage. The walls are cracking and I really need to get these fixed before moisture gets in them.

  72. tanya white says

    I need new patio furniture and need to plant some more flowers and we are thinking about making a play area for the kids.

  73. Rosey says

    we have this great sectioned off space that would be great for a flower garden. I would get the items we need to have fun planting and caring for them for summer fun.

  74. Paula Tavernie says

    Id like to get a porch swing to enjoy the summer evenings!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  75. Katharina says

    I’d put a fountain in the garden area… hubby’s been mentioning it forever and it would be nice to have one. :-)
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  76. Rachel says

    Trim a few trees, lots of weeding, install a new paver patio and path. Then plant lots of flowers and vegetable/herb plants.

  77. April V. says

    Our backyard has been getting nicer and nicer as my husband works to get flowers and pretty plants and veggies growing. Right now the thing we need most is shade so that we can enjoy it during the day. So I would invest in some sort of tent like structure.

  78. Matthew Salter says

    To get my outside ready for summer I’d get more potting soil and pots for growing veggies and fruit. I’d also get some outdoor furniture for the porch.


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