How To Make A Whoopie Sling With Simple Tools

Hammock camping is a great way to enjoy and experience nature. Usually, when you think of camping, you visualize a tent and a sleeping bag. But if you’re looking for a new and different kind of experience, you can try a hammock.

Although, hammocks can be quite a tricky thing to set up. Often times, they need practice along with the right tools and equipment to get ready. One of the components of a hammock that is very important, is a whoopie sling.

Today, that’s what we’re going to talk about – how to make a whoopie sling using only five tools. But the secret is actually it only takes two tools since the other three can be optional.

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Before we get into the tutorial, let’s take a quick look at what a whoopie sling actually is!

What Is A Whoopie Sling

Before anything, let’s quickly go through what a whoopie sling is exactly. It is an adjustable rope sling that is sometimes used for tree pruning or tree removal, but most often used for securing a hammock to a tree.

It is often made of an Amsteel Cord or dyna glide and can be bought or made on your own. It can be a bit tricky to make but with practice, it becomes very easy. Making your own whoopie sling can also save you more money.

If you’re ready to make your own whoopie sling, let’s go through the items you will need and the steps to get it done!

What You’ll Need

Here is a list of some of the items you’ll need for this tutorial.

Amsteel Cord

Amsteel cord is a type of braided rope that’s used for a variety of different purposes such as hammock camping and kayaking. It is widely known for its use in making whoopie slings for hammocks.

It is a 12-strand single braid that has a superior strength-to-weight ratio and is actually as strong as steel. Try to get the Amsteel Blue 7/64.

ALTERNATIVE: Dynaglide is very similar to Amsteel, except that it is a bit cheaper and slightly more difficult to work with. If it is your first time, try to just get Amsteel.


Splicing Fid/craft Wire

If you do a lot of crafting, you’ll probably know about a splicing fid. If not, it’s a simple tool to use that will help you make your whoopie sling easily.

While I’ve actually tried making a whoopie sling without using this tool, I highly recommend you get one just to make your life easier. You can find a lot on Amazon and they are actually really cheap.


Marker

Any regular marker will work just fine like a Sharpie. The marker is just for you to mark points in your whoopie sling so you know exactly where to splice. If you don’t have a marker, a regular pen will work as well.


Hex Nut (Galvanized)

The hex nut will function as a ring on your whoopie sling, although this is optional as not all whoopie slings actually have a ring. The purpose of this is to attach a ridgeline if you want to.

How To Do It

Once you have all of the items listed above ready, try to follow these steps to create your own DIY whoopie sling!

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Step 1: Create Fixed Eye Loop

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  • Take one end, and cross over the Amsteel cord to create a loop to your desired size (a loop that’s about 2” in diameter should be fine)
  • Make sure that the tail is a bit long, because you will be inserting that into the main body of the cord.
  • Mark the cord where the loops cross. 
  • Take the craft wire and poke through the cord on the main body.
  • Take the other end and pull it through the craft wire and pass through the center of the main body to create your loop.
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Step 2: Secure The Fixed Loop

Now, you’re going to create a “stop” so that fixed loop does not come off.

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  • Take one end, and cross over the Amsteel cord to create a loop to your desired size (a loop that’s about 2” in diameter should be fine)
  • Make sure that the tail is a bit long, because you will be inserting that into the main body of the cord.
  • Mark the cord where the loops cross. 
  • Take the craft wire and poke through the cord on the main body.
  • Take the other end and pull it through the craft wire and pass through the center of the main body to create your loop.
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Step 3: Burry The Tail Into The Main Body

Burying the tail into the main body is important because it will help make the entire structure of the whoopie sling much stronger.

  • Mark a point mast the end of the tail (around 0.5” would be fine)
  • Compress the main body of the Amsteel to the point you just marked so that it opens up nicely.
  • Push the craft wire into the middle of that mark
    NOTE: Push into the Amsteel, not through it.

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  • Take the tail, pull it through the craft wire, and pull it through and into the main body until the tail is “buried” inside the main body

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  • Straighten out your cord until the tail disappears into the center of the main body
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Step 4: Create The Friction Sleeve

Now you’ll be making the larger, adjustable loop of the whoopie sling.

  • Mark a point on the main body about 2” from the end of the tail you just inserted
  • Poke the craft wire through and into the middle once again, all the way down around 2” and pop it out

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  • Take the long end of the main body, and put the nut on it.
  • Then thread the tail end through the center like in the previous step and pull it all the way through

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Step 5: Secure the End With A Knot

The knot is the last step to create your whoopie sling

  • Take the end of the main body and tie a knot through so that it doesn’t slip through that friction sleeve
  • Try to tie it very close to the end 
  • Use the lighter to melt the tips so none of the braids unravel.

Alternative: As an alternative, instead of tying a knot at the end, you can burry it into the main body instead the same way you did the tail of the fixed loop.

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I know it might be really difficult to follow, so if it’s still quite confusing, you can try going along with the video below or follow the PDF from Samson Splicing Instructions.

Conclusion

Making your own whoopie sling can be quite difficult and may need a bit of practice. But I’m confident that over time, and after a couple tries, you’ll be able to get it done and do it yourself.

Of course, you can always purchase a whoopie sling if you don’t feel like making one yourself. But I feel like at least trying to make it once is a pretty great experience. Besides, making your own is much cheaper than buying one.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment them below. I’d love to hear from you. If you enjoyed this tutorial or know someone who is going hammock camping soon, go ahead and share this piece of information with them!

Rita Myers
 

I’m Rita Myers, and camping is one of my utmost passions. Growing up near the base of a mountain, hiking and camping have been in my system since I was just a little girl. My love for camping and hiking stayed with me well into adulthood. Now, as a mother of two boys and a wife, I keep my passion alive by bringing my family outdoors. Of course, my family isn’t always up to it, so I write these articles and tips in the hope that you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors like I do!