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Whether its for relaxing in the shade on a summers day or keeping you up off the wet ground, you cant beat a good Hammock!

What could be better than kicking back and chillin out in a hammock you made yourself. Its much cheaper than the store bought ones and easier to make then you think (only 3 different knots!).

You will need:

1 x 7.5m Muli-purpose Rope (polypropylene)(approx 10c per meter)

19 x 3.1m Mason's Lacing Cord (approx 4c per meter)

4 x Tent Pegs

1 x Measuring Tape

First I will explain the knots we will be using. If you know your knots you can skip forward to Step 4.

Step 1: The Knots - Overhand Knot

This is the most basic knot of them all, its probably the first knot a child learns to tie.

Place the 2 cords that are to be tied together, parallel to each other. (photo 1)

Where you want the knot to be, creat a loop. (photo 2)

Pull the working end through the loop and tighten. (photo 3-4)

You can also make a loop using the same knot, by making a 'bite' or loop and follow the steps above (photo 5-7)

Luciaesk10 months ago
Interesting loop, although the waffle brand must be delicious ;)
ralema692 years ago

Not that often you get to see braided mullets! Are there still hicks out there that actually think they look cool like that?lol

rachelallan3 years ago

Awesome work...

KDMac4 years ago

I figure once Christmas is over, with all the trees that will be thrown out (free), there will be plenty of wood to make some of these!!!

sawker12 made it!4 years ago
Great design. I used 550 paracord for the outer layer. then shotline for the net portion. took no time at all. Now I just need to test it out.
VentureScout (author)  sawker124 years ago
Nice job, neat knotwork. The fist time you use it it may sag a little when it takes weight, dont worry this is just all the knots tightening up. You may need to reposition it to get the right tension.
Moltroub4 years ago

would be great to use to secure loose loads in back of pick up truck, I think I'll have to make one next spring!

VentureScout (author)  Moltroub4 years ago
Yes, good idea, you could make it wider and line up the loops in stage 4 to match the tie off hooks on your pick up truck so you won't need to tie it down. Send me a pic when you make it.
really great information. here in michigan we just had a festival that had an electric forest. very way cool! during the day it had hundreds of hammocks hung between very tall pine trees so visitors could kick back and enjoy the day or meet people. at night there were lights hung and many more surprises waiting to be discovered. any way, the trees had no padding to buffer the rope. this has been happening for years and no damage to the trees. it is a very good idea though. i am a tree hugger so i agree with your methods to protect our forests. i look forward to an instructable about leaving no prints. good luck

I live in MI and have never heard of it... Upper Peninsula..? Anyways I'll have to look into it.

The Electric Forest is in Rothbury, Michigan each summer. It is not to far from Whitehall, Michigan or Muskegon, Michigan. Its on the west side of the state, close to Lake Michigan. Alot of people call it the freak fest but it is more like a little Woodstock. Hippie, boho, free love kind of thing that people bring their children to. It is something to see with many bands and its like a 3-4 day festival with rustic camping. Hope to see you there next summer.

VentureScout (author)  reikimaster55555 years ago

that sounds awesome, would love to see the electric forest. Glad no trees were damaged, most trees would be fine after a bit of hammocking,


VentureScout (author)  TrollFaceTheMan4 years ago
mogo05 years ago
it really doesn't look comfortable
VentureScout (author)  mogo05 years ago

You should try one out.

The closer and neater you can do the knots the better, we found that the distance between the larks foot knots in step 5 should not exceed 12cm for comfort.

The knots on the chair exceed this, that was just a prototype, but we found that this spacing was fine for a seat.

jimmybotak5 years ago

can use with parasute..?change the rope

VentureScout (author)  jimmybotak5 years ago
You sure could.

Many years ago I made one out of jute and fancy knots. Took many, many, many hours to fabricate. Because of the jute usage (what was recommended) it eventually rotted. Have wanted to make another but procrastinated because of the many, many, many hours it took before. I am older and wiser now and have the rule to "work smarter not harder". I will be getting another hammock this year, not with pretty knots, but with colored cord. Can't wait to get to the hardware to check out the color options. And by the way, your hair is as awesome as your grass. tyvmfti

VentureScout (author)  reikimaster55555 years ago
Cool, do you have any photos of your old hammock with the fancy knots? You should be able to finish this hammock in less than an hour. We sometimes hang the hammock between two trees, from two of the corners when we are tieing the the web. It's saves us from bending down to tie it or more often the case saves us from kneeling on the wet ground! I will see if I have a photo.
Thanks, enjoy your hammock.
VentureScout (author)  VentureScout5 years ago

Making hammocks between two trees.

photo (7).JPG

If you're a scout, you should know to put sticks around the trees before you tie rope around it. Because the tree's sap travels in the bark, transporting water and food, tying ropes around it will suffocate it. Putting some sticks around it will prevent that, with only some pressure on some points, not suffocating it.

VentureScout (author)  jwu235 years ago

For any permanent/semi-permanent structures that need to be secured to a living tree we use 4-5 half-spars to spread the pressure, to not damage the bark. As for the hammocks, we use sacking under the rope as padding, these will only be up for a matter of hours and puts relatively little pressure on the tree. Also the choice of tree is important as some have stronger bark than others.

I think you may be mistaken on the "tree's sap travels in the bark", trees transport their fluids through the 'Sap Wood', this is the outermost wood and varies from tree to tree, from the first few millimeters up to 30 centimeters in thickness. Tying a rope around any substantial tree by hand (no mechanical aid) would not result in the suffocation of the tree, but the bark must be protected from damage, as damaged bark can cause infection it the tree.

Thank you for the comment, I may do a 'Leave no Trace' Instructable in the future.

Thanks for the pic. I get it now. Unfortunately I do not have a picture. Back in the day, I was making plant hangers, hammocks, owls and anything else I could get a pattern for. I was really into it for a few years. I call those "the boho-hippie years". I think the only things I have still is one large tiered plant hanger, towel hanger and a garlic keeper. Wish I did have a pic though. It was spectacular and comfy. I will send a pic of my next one.

VentureScout (author)  VentureScout5 years ago

Thanks for the complement on the hair and the grass. tyvmfti took a wile!


How did u keep the lacing cord from sliding on the frame
VentureScout (author)  BigBoulder1235 years ago

When we made these before we used Sisal, which is a natural fiber and has more 'grip' when you pull it tight. When you made a larks foot and pulled it tight, it stayed in place.

This Inscrutable uses ropes with 'man-made' fibers and I found the larks foot knots did slide up and down at step 5. This would only be a problem for the first row of knots as you will tie the web to both ends of the hammock (see photo 6-7 on step 5). This should stop any major sliding.

If your concerned about sliding when you unpack your hammock, I look it over when I set it up and make any adjustments before I use it. Once you stretch out the corners the adjustments are minimal.

I hope this answered your Question.

ladybgood5 years ago

o my, I see a paracord version happening in my summer. thanks for the 'ible!

VentureScout (author)  ladybgood5 years ago

Cool, enjoy.

RubikCube5 years ago

Do you know how much rope that it took to make this? Did you measure in order to know how much of each would be required in case you wanted to do it again? What are the dimensions of this Hammock as well so that I can properly adjust for my needs and size? Just wondering what it would take to make this. Great and seemingly simple construction. I love it, thanks for posting it.

VentureScout (author)  RubikCube5 years ago

The internal dimensions (excluding the loops) of the finished hammock are 195cm X 85cm.

I used 7.5m of the blue (4mm) rope for the outside of the hammock. You can use up a lot of rope in the loops so keep them small.

For the web I used 58.9m of the yellow (2mm) rope, cut int 19 lengths 3.1m each. When they are doubled over in step 5 you have two 1.55m lengths (82% longer that the width of the finished hammock). We found that the distance between the larks foot knots in step 5 should not exceed 12cm for comfort. Keep this in mind if you are making yours longer, you may need to add extra lengths.

Your best bet is to cut everything longer, if you can, as different thickness of rope may use more in the knots. But if your rope is similar to mine, these measurements should be accurate enough.

Yes, it is incredibly simple. We have made these with kids as young as 11 with no problems.

Thanks for your comment, I hope I answered all your questions.

Good luck with your hammock.

SpinedWave5 years ago

Is it a option to replace your robe with only paracord? I thinks so because paracord 280kg load.

VentureScout (author)  SpinedWave5 years ago
Making the hammock (or part of) with paracord would be cool and stronger. As I plan to make these with Venture Scouts, using paracord would be a bit too expensive.
As the weight will be distrabrutied through the four corners, the weight the hammock can carry would be close to 200kg, much more than my needs.
To answer your question, yes using paracord would be an option, but a more expensive one.
If you do make one with paracord, I would love to see some photos.
skelly355 years ago
That is just awesomeness is all I can say !!
VentureScout (author)  skelly355 years ago

You should try it out and send some us some photos of the finished product.


petrolon5 years ago

That...that hair...

VentureScout (author)  petrolon5 years ago

Hrrr...Thanks....I Think

this is awesome


cege5 years ago

Can not wait to try ! Thanks.

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