If you have ugly chains on your porch swing, this is an easy and inexpensive solution. Here’s how to cover porch swing chains in minutes.
Please tell me you have sung a School House Rock song at least once in your life.
Conjunction junction what’s your function?
Lolly, lolly, lolly get your adverbs here.
Interplanetary Janet she’s a galaxy girl.
I sang along as I typed each one of these. I have a mother who is a government teacher and I grew up on School House rock. She’d play the one about the bill who was just sitting on Capitol Hill and the one about no more kings and the preamble to the Constitution put to song.
But the one I’ve used the most?
You know. The song about Thomas Edison and the lightbulb and Samuel Morse and the telegraph and Elias Howe and the sewing machine. It’s all about how necessity is the mother of invention.
That’s my mantra.
It’s where most of my projects come from.
So when my porch swing chains were ugly and needed a fix? That was a necessity.
Good thing I had an invention.
Here’s how to cover porch swing chains.
I found these before pictures of what the chains looked like on the porch swings.
We have two porch swings on our back porch that hang from these metal chains.
The chains are fine.
They are a little glumpy at the top.
I had an idea.
What if I covered them with cord covers?
I know, right?
I found these cord covers at Hobby Lobby.
They were the cheapest I could find (especially if you use your 40% off coupon). I ordered these online and had them shipped to the house.
Here’s what they look like out of the package.
These cord covers are 8 feet long and made of burlap.
I found some that snapped and some that velcroed and I would 100% recommend the velcro.
It was SO much easier to put on.
This is what they look like when you un-velcro them.
There are tiny little strands of elastic inside that help keep the scrunched shape.
And here they are on the porch swing.
I know? RIGHT?
Didn’t it turn out so cute?
And it was so much easier than I thought to put them on.
I originally thought I was going to have to make tons of cuts to make them fit, but the velcro made it so easy.
Here’s how to install them.
The chain is a triangle with a long chain at the top. We used three cords for this project.
Place one cord from the bottom of the swing all the way to the top.
Here’s a close-up of the top of the cord.
It’s actually gathered which helps it to stay when you velcro it over the hook.
Start at the bottom where the chain is attached to the swing and to all the way to the top hook.
Velcro in place.
Repeat on the chain on the other side of the swing.
Now all you have left is the back part of the triangle.
I cut the remaining cord cover in half.
Simply add the cut end is to the top of the triangle and tuck it into the other cord.
The scrunched end is at the bottom.
Simply velcro that part of the cord in place and repeat for the other side of the chain on the swing.
It took about 10 minutes to take these swings from ordinary to extraordinary.
I’m no Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell, but I am ALL ABOUT a little necessity.
Especially when it turns into an invention like this. 🙂
PS I found this old picture of my four littles sitting on this porch when my parents lived here.
I almost started crying when I found it.
I’m so proud of the young people they have become, but I miss the days of littles.
Especially when they were this cute. 🙂