Fun DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Backyard

Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors. Get ready for backyard parties, picnics, kid gatherings, and lounging and spruce up your backyard with some of these fun DIY projects!

Create a Cute Bird Feeder From a Wine Bottle
Have an empty wine bottle and wood lying around? Put it to good use and create a cute and mobile bird feeder with the repurposed materials! This project is extremely dashing and a great way to spruce up your backyard. Get the detailed instructions here and have fun building!

Get Colorful with Planters
Want a unique way to add color to a corner on your deck on somewhere in your backyard? Find cool containers/planters of all different sizes and materials and plant your favorite colorful flower! Items like old milk cans, metal buckets, watering cans, and chicken feeders are all great items to use as planters. Not only are they unique, but you’ll also be repurposing them as well. Also, the best part about this DIY is that you can go to fun flea markets to find these unique planters if you don’t have any on hand!

Create Your Own Mini Backyard Pond
If you’ve always wanted a pond in your backyard but never had the space, this is the DIY project for you! This chic deck-top pond is the perfect option for pond lovers who have always wanted a pond on their property. This miniature pond is made with cedar boards, plywood, and a fountain pump and a great eye-catching piece your guests will talk about! Get the tutorial here.

Craft an Old Tire into a Planter
Not a fan of using repurposed milk cans, buckets, and water cans as planters? No problem! Check out this fun DIY planter craft repurposed from an old tire. Wrapping the tire in sisal rope and adding legs gives this tire new life and makes it the perfect planter for a bunch of colorful and inviting flowers.

Make a Fairy Garden
Want a fun project to do with your kids that is also a great decoration for your backyard? Try building a fairy garden! You can get as creative as you want with this project and create the most beautiful miniature fairy garden ever. The best part about this DIY is that the possibilities are endless. Pick supplies to make your ideal fairy garden and build away. Also, don’t forget to tell you kids to keep a lookout for any magical visitors to the garden!

Treeless Tree House
Don’t have a tree in your backyard to build a treehouse? Build a treeless treehouse instead! This fun alternative is the perfect place for your kids to relax during the spring and summer months with their friends. It also acts as a perfect getaway if they’re looking for a quite place to relax and read a book or play a game! Get the tutorial here.

Make a Fun Birdbath
This project will bring color and fun to your backyard. The best part about this DIY is that your kids will love it as well! Building a birdbath is a creative project for everyone in the family to take on. First look on Pinterest for inspiration to find a style of birdbath that you like. Then, you can begin to build based off the birdbath DIY that you chose. Make sure to check out our Pinterest page! We absolutely loved this topsy-turvy birdbath design, which adds a pop of color and whimsy to any backyard!

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Potted Porch Plants and Window Box Tips and Ideas

Want to add curb appeal and interest to your home? Now it’s as easy as adding fun porch plants or window boxes to add that “pop.” Have fun creating dynamic set ups with colorful flowers and plants that will add liveliness to your curb appeal. Here are some ideas and tips to create wonderful porch plants and window boxes.

Potted Porch Plants:

1. Add a Pop of Color/Use Different Shapes and Sizes
Whether you are going for a more traditional or modern look, it’s always a good idea to experiment with color, textures, shapes, and sizes when making your potted porch plants. Find the perfect planters that match your personal style and have fun creating your dynamic porch plants. Mix and match styles, heights, and color for really interesting porch plants like some of these set-ups!

2. Get Creative with Planters
You don’t have to stick with using typical planters for your porch plants. Instead get creative and go on a hunt for interesting pieces that could serve as a planter. Do you have colorful and modern planters sitting around? Or can you find a cool vintage tin container at a flea market? Don’t be afraid to use artifacts that might not be considered proper planters. Check out some of these amazing porch planters for some inspiration!

3. Plant more than Flowers
Flowers are always the perfect go-to plants to use for your planters. However, you can also easily use other plants to your advantage. Instead opt to plant herbs that you could use in your recipes! Look at this idea, which is perfect for a back porch!

4. Have fun with Seasonal Plants
Porch plants don’t have to be reserved for the spring and summer seasons. Have fun with porch plants all year round and add curb appeal with your seasonal porch plants. Plant and decorate for the different seasons and your planters will be a focal point all year long.

Window boxes:

1. Get Colorful
Just like potted porch plants you’ll want to experiment with color and texture. Going with a non-traditional color will definitely add bold curb appeal. However, if you are going for a more traditional look, feel free to get colorful with your flower and plant choice instead. Also, make sure to install window boxes correctly! Here’s how you can properly install window boxes!

2. Get Creative
Don’t get caught up making window boxes that are typical in their design. Get creative just like you did with your potted porch plants and find interesting pieces that could serve as window boxes! Not only will your displays stand out for being unique, but they will also be beautiful as well.

3. Mix up Flowers and Plants
Mix and match flowers and plants within your window boxes for maximum curb appeal. Check out some of these amazing window box displays for inspiration. Get a range of plants that vary in color and height and arrange accordingly! You’ll have eye-catching window boxes in no time!

How to Start a Garden for the Summer

Savor the summer and pick up a fun and healthy hobby through gardening! With the weather warming up, it’s about time to start planting and reaping the rewards of having your own garden. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will allow you to garden. Here are some tips on how to start a small garden for the summer.

Determine What to Plant
Before you start anything for your garden, you’ll want to determine what you are going to plant. Many first time gardeners get excited at the prospects that gardening has to offer. However, don’t plant too much! It’s better to start small if you’re gardening for the first time. In order to determine what you are going to plant think about what and how much your family will eat. Also, remember the amount that each plant produces. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers provide throughout the season while carrots and corn only produce once. So plant accordingly!

Here are the best starter plants for the first time gardener:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (if you have enough space)

Determine How Much Space Your Need
For first time gardeners you won’t need too much space, but if you garden every season then you should already know the amount of space you need. Also, if you are tight on yard space don’t worry! Try planting your garden in containers in a place that gets plenty of sun, like a deck!

Pick the Perfect Spot
There are only three basic requirements for a successful garden: a spot that’s full of sun, plenty of water, and great soil. Again, the size of your garden doesn’t matter. If your garden has these three essentials it will flourish! Because you are focusing mostly on warm-season vegetables they need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a space that gets enough sun you could always grow leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach. Water is just as important as sunlight. To make gardening easier on yourself plant your veggies as close to a source of water as possible. However, the most important aspect of gardening is your soil. You’ll want moist, well-drained soil for the best outcome.

Layout Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden’s layout will depend on what type of garden you’ve decided to build. For raised garden beds or containers, you’ll want to make easy plant combinations for easy harvesting due to the small space. Try planting tomatoes with oregano and bell peppers, or arugula with romaine lettuce. Whatever you’ve determined to plant layout your garden accordingly.

Examine Your Soil
Soil is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful garden. Make sure to examine it before you finally plant. Soak the soil and get a handful of soil to examine. Next, squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, add organic matter or compost to improve drainage. Then open your hand to see how the soil reacts. If the soil doesn’t form a ball or falls apart its too sandy. If a ball holds together and takes a lot of effort to breakdown there is too much clay in your soil. You’ll want the ball to break into cake-like crumbs for the best results.

Plant and Feed
Finally you can plant your vegetables! Plant based on the preexisting layouts you determined and have fun! Once you’re done planting, make sure your veggies get a steady supply of water, about an inch of water a week.

For more in-depth gardening tips, click here! Also, if you’re looking to garden all year long here’s a great garden calendar to follow!

Create a DIY Headboard

Do you feel like your bedroom is lacking a little something? That you room isn’t as dynamic as you want it to be. You don’t have to redesign the whole bedroom if you feel this way. You can easily make your room more dynamic by doing simple DIY projects throughout the room!

The best place to start to make your room dynamic is with the headboard of your bed. Your bed is the main focal point of your room so by creating a new headboard could take your room to the next level. Below is a list of tips to help you through the DIY process for making a headboard.

Pick a Style/Theme
There’s most likely a style or theme to your bedroom already so you might want to stick with a similar theme. However, before you make the final decision explore the vast array of options you have. Browse on Pinterest to get inspiration and ideas. Play with different textures and colors or even fabrics. Have fun and don’t be afraid to mix and match, you might find that a different style headboard will make your room “pop.”

Get Crafty
When doing any DIY project it’s important to stay crafty throughout the whole process. You’ll never know what your craftiness will lead to, which is extremely fun and exciting. Look around your house and see what’s sitting around not being used. Those materials could become a main feature in you new headboard!

Go to Local Flea Market
If you don’t have any resources lying around your house that inspire you don’t worry, there’s an easy solution. Local flea markets are the perfect place to pick up beautiful pieces to incorporate into your headboard design. There are always a vast array of items and materials to choose from, and don’t forget different styles as well. From farmhouse chic to industrial style, going to a local flea market is a surefire way to find materials for you DIY headboard.

Revamp and Refurbish
If you don’t feel confident in your crafting skills you can easily give your existing headboard a “make over.” That’s right, you don’t have to start from scratch when making your DIY headboard! Instead, you can revamp and refurbish your existing headboard to your liking.

Build it Yourself
When creating your DIY headboard don’t be afraid to start from scratch. If you’re having trouble finding existing pieces to use you can easily build a headboard yourself. There are a multitude of helpful videos and tutorials to guide you through the process. So pick you style, design your ideal headboard, and get building!

DIY Pebble Bathroom Mat or Teak Board

Are you looking to spruce up your bathroom but don’t know what to do? Well why not add a new bathroom mat or teak board to liven up the space? These two DIY projects are becoming extremely popular and add that spa like atmosphere to your bathroom. So here is what you’ll need for each project and how to build them.

Pebble Bathroom Mat
This bathroom mat is more of a craftier DIY than the teak board. All you need are a few materials and an hour or two to make your pebble bathroom mat. The best thing about this project is that you don’t have to use it in your bathroom! It could easily be a used as a front entrance mat too!

Materials;

  • Rubber Floor Mat
  • Garden Pebbles (also known as River Pebbles)
  • 5-minute Epoxy

Step 1: Pick the color of rocks you want to use. Do you want a modern feel? Go with black, white, and grays. Do you want a rustic feel? Go for browns and reds.
Step 2: Clean and dry the surface of each rock to ensure that they are clean and easy to work with.
Step 3: Spread 5-minute Epoxy on the rock and mix the hardener and resin together for about a minute.
Step 4: Place the rock on the rubber floor mat in the position you want it and hold it down for about 3-5 minutes.
Step 5: Repeat the first three steps until the whole mat is finished. Make sure to watch your placement of the rocks to make your mat more dynamic.
Step 6: Place your mat in the bathroom or at your front entrance once it has finished drying and enjoy!

Teak Board
Materials:

  • Wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or hand saw
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Sander (if you don’t want to sand by hand)
  • Drill
  • Nails
  • Watco Teak Oil Finish
  • Paint brush or rag

Step 1: Cut the board into 30” pieces and pick a width you want them to be.
Step 2: From the remaining wood, cut three pieces of wood that are 1.75” wide and the length you want your teak board to be.
Step 3: Sand all the pieces of wood. This process will smooth the wood and ease the edges with your progressive sanding. Start 120-grit sandpaper and rough sand all the pieces. Then continue with 180-grit sandpaper and finish off with 220-grit sandpaper for a fine sand.
Step 4: Arrange all wooden slats to your liking. Make sure the bottom sides of the slats are facing up. Feel free add spacing between each slat. The spacing depends on what you want your teak board to look like. If you want spacing, the usual space is 3/8” apart, but feel free to experiment to get the look you desire.
Step 5: Once you’ve decided the spacing of your slats, grab your wood glue and dab glue on each slat one inch from the edge.
Step 6: Place the bottom support piece (the three pieces you cut 1.75” wide) over the glue and nail them down. Make sure to keep all the slats even during this process.
Step 7: Repeat for the other side and center support piece.
Step 8: Let the glue dry and then apply the finish you desire on the board and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 9: Enjoy!

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