7 Classic DIY Projects for the Outdoors
7 Classic DIY Projects for Outdoors
Summer is here! It's time to embrace the warmer weather by tackling a couple of outdoor DIY home improvements!
1. Tree Swing
If you’ve got rope, a board, and a free afternoon, you have most of the ingredients for a tree swing! Drill a couple of holes into a sanded plank of wood and secure it with rope. Use a ladder to reach a large branch on a healthy tree and loop a chain over the branch. Attach a properly knotted rope to the chain and the board.
2. Cinderblock Planters
Here you can see a great way to use cinderblock to create DIY planters for outside your home. The best part is that it doesn’t have to stop here. You can use the same cinderblock planter idea anywhere around your home and in any way you want. Stack them high, keep them low, paint them different colors, or do whatever your creative mind can come up with.
3. Bird Feeder
There are as many bird feeder designs as there are backyard birds. You can make your own feeder from almost anything, including upcycled bottles, teacups and saucers, and peanut butter and pinecones.
4. Updated Lawn Furniture
If your lawn furniture is looking a little tired, perk it up with a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint. Buff rusty metal furniture clean with steel wool. Vinyl cushions can be cleaned with a mixture of dishwashing soap, borax, and warm water. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. Finish with a colorful coat of spray paint.
5. Garden Path
The amount of time spent laying a new path depends entirely on its length and the materials you use. Mulch is the quickest and most economical material for a garden path, but gravel, bluestone, and brick are great options if you're willing to spend a bit more. Give an existing path an upgrade with new edging made of metal, stone, bricks, or even wine bottles.
6. Build a Trellis
If climbing vines grow in your garden you probably already have a trellis, but if you don't, make one this weekend with lattice fencing and 1x4 boards. Be prepared to secure the trellis by hammering the posts into the ground with a sledgehammer. Alternatively, integrate it into your space as a permanent fixture by filling the postholes with gravel and concrete.
7. Raised Beds
The best raised garden beds are no more than three or four feet wide to allow gardeners easy access for planting, weeding, and harvesting. Raised beds allow for proper drainage and greater control over the growing medium, so you can raise your own fruits and vegetables even if your region's soil isn't the most arable. Build your own with pressure-treated boards, concrete blocks, or bricks.
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