How to Build Your Own Backyard Zip Line

This is one project both kids and adults will surely enjoy.

I love ziplines. I had my first experience at a recreational camp and boy, it was a whole lot of fun! As expected, a lot of kids were into it. But you know what’s surprising? Adults were lining up, waiting for their turn, too! I guess it’s the exhilarating rush that you get, zipping fast, the wind blowing through your face.

So imagine how happy I was when I came across a DIY backyard zipline. When I told my kids about it, they were jumping up and down, crazily happy. After a thorough survey of our backyard, we wasted no time. The kids literally dragged me to our local DIY shop to get the materials.

During the survey, identify two large trees that you’ll use as start and end points. This step is very important as this will determine the cable length that you need to buy. Aside from the cable, there are other things that you’ll need. As soon as you have all the tools and materials, ask some of your friends to help you out. After all, they’ll be using the zipline one of these days, too!


  • 5mm steel cable
  • Pulley
  • 28mm round wooden stick
  • Nylon rope
  • Carabiner
  • 6 pcs malleable cable clamp
  • 2 pcs eye-to-eye turnbuckles
  • Rubber tube


  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Lighter
  • Wrench
  • Duct tape
  • Paper tape

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Thanks to vuemme for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here




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