For her first birthday, I put together this hammock and stand.
(2) 8' 2x4
(2) biners bought at the hardware store.
2 yards of fabric from the discount section at walmart. Was $0.33/yr.
For the hammock, I wanted a gathered end, just for ease of assembly. ended up doubling the fabric in a "pillowcase" style, leaving the hem on the ends for the paracord to run through.
total materials was under $15! Assembly took about an hour.
Here's a couple of pics.
first the hammock and stand:
My daughter, the first time she got in it:
and a quick video from today where she lets us know how she feels!
She likes it a lot! It works great for quick naps and bottle time. I also strung it from corner to corner over her crib and she slept the whole night in it. My goal is to be able to use this for family backpacking trips in the future.
Thanks for looking!