Posts tagged ‘DIY’

February 10, 2015

Creating a 24 Hour Garden

The summer of 2014 feels as though it was forever ago, but now we have reached February the temperatures are starting to rise and we are starting to get longer days and evenings. As the frost starts to recede and your garden begins to recover, it won’t be long until gardens start to come into full bloom once more. But, how do you change your garden into a 24 hour place to enjoy? This post aims to find out.

Creating a Pleasant Place to Sit… And Enjoy

If you want to enjoy your garden, then you need to make it a pleasant retreat; a place to be that’s away from the children, the noise and the hustle and bustle of family life; somewhere that you can sit back, relax and enjoy.
This can be done fairly easily, and at a relatively low cost, too. Increasingly, we’ve seen a number of people add patios to their garden, but there is obviously a large cost attached to this. If you’re after a cheaper option, then a small paved area is great. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature in a natural setting, this will arguably be better, as it will appear more natural and less man-made. If you add a dining set then you’ll even have a place where you can relax and eat outside; as well as somewhere to rest your wine and book.

In order to create a 24 hour garden, you have to create a place you actually want to be 24/7.

Lighting the Way

To make a 24 hour garden you need artificial light for when the natural light fades. Sadly, even in the summer, light can fade relatively early even when it is warm. To make the most of this natural heat and to enjoy dusk in your garden, you can add outdoor wall lamps to provide a suitable level of lighting for your needs. This can either be localised or cover the whole garden depending on exactly what you require.

Setting the Mood

Finally, consider the ambiance of the garden. Something like a water feature can make a lovely sound and convert your garden into a relaxing area to unwind after a long day at the office, or a place to sit and enjoy a morning coffee as you wake up to the world. Much like with patio areas, there’s no need for your water feature to be too extravagant, so you can even create a great look on a budget.

Follow these simple steps to make sure your garden is a place you can enjoy morning, noon and night.

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February 9, 2015

DIY Projects to Improve Your Garden

We all love our gardens, but sometimes they can get a little neglected – particularly during the winter months. So get into the DIY craze with a few easy and fun projects to upgrade your garden and really enjoy your outside space, no matter what the time of year.

Designer Flowerpots

Beautifully decorated flowerpots can make all the difference to a garden – particularly if you’re limited on space and pots are your main gardening space. But there’s just no need to spend a fortune on something pre-painted. Instead buy a few plain terracotta pots and grab a brush! A great way to upscale plain pots without too much effort is by dressing them in bold stripes. All you need to do is grab two contrasting colours, a brush, and some masking tape. Start by marking out some stripes with the masking tape, and painting between the tape lines with the first colour. Let this dry completely (probably overnight) and then remove the masking tape. Re-apply the tape up against the edge of the now dry first colour, and paint the remaining terracotta stripes in the alternate colour. Allow this to dry overnight and remove the tape – and you’re done! Plant away!

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Outdoor Movies at Home

Your very own outdoor movie screen might seem like a huge project, but it’s far more manageable than you think! You’ll need a selection of materials and tools. For the frame of the screen you’ll need wooden boards – they can be of pretty much any length as you’ll cut them to size with a power saw to construct a basic TV screen shape frame. Choose two anchor points in your garden such as trees or fence sections and use a power drill to insert heavy duty screws from which your frame will hang. To prevent it from swinging forward and back, you should attach small bungee cords to connect the bottom of the screen to the tree trunks, fence posts or whatever anchor point you’re using. Center the fabric and staple a few at the top/bottom centers, then the sides. Pull and staple your way to corners, making sure to stretch out any wrinkles for a smooth, tight surface. Then string heavy duty curtain wire (or similar) between the two anchor points and hang the screen from it, attaching the small bungees as you go.
Anglia Tool Centre have all of the tools you’ll need to execute this project, so check them out, order what you need, and treat your family to a fantastic outdoor movie experience!

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October 16, 2012

DIY Glow-in-the-dark Eyeballs

Halloween is coming up and I’m making some decorations. Glow in the dark eyeballs are an easy and quick idea. All you need is some ping pong balls, battery operated tea lights and markers to decorate the ping pong balls. I found some ping pong balls at the dollar store so I bought white for the eyeballs and orange ones for pumpkin faces.

Drill a small hole in the ping pong ball enough to fit the top of the tealight inside. I used a vice grip to hold the ping pong ball while I drilled a small hole.

I used colourful markers to create eyeballs, or whatever design you wish.

They look amazing at night when you light them up! Darker colours show up better at night.

I even cut out holes and put a pair in the pumpkin for eyes.

Making these eyeballs were fun! I put some inside a pumpkin for eyes and the trick or treaters just loved it! You could even put them on a string of lights with skull faces or ghosts, get creative! Enjoy Happy Halloween time!!!! muahaahhh!

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