11 Fun, DIY Backyard Projects that You Can Do This Year!

   

Do you have any big plans for your home or yard this Spring?  Do you want to spruce up your yard and/or patio for the nice weather this year? Are you wanting to try out some new DIY backyard projects? Check out these cute and (mostly) easy DIY Backyard projects and games! I think I might try a couple of these out with my kids.

Check out these 11 Great DIY Backyard Projects and Games:

1. DIY Outdoor Cinder Block Bench

I love the idea of hanging out outside with iced tea in hand, sitting on this adorable bench.

2. DIY Pallet Planter Box

I’m all about planters.  Our property is unique in that much of it is concrete.  That means that DIY Backyard projects are the norm and planters are a great way for us to plant flowers and/or veggies here!

3. Gnome Garden

Oh my goodness, this DIY Backyard gnome garden is going to be the hit of the neighborhood.

4. DIY Garden Markers

Gardening puns are life!  Okay, maybe not life, but I do enjoy a good laugh and these Puns work well on these markers.

5. Patio Bench Refinishing Project

Reduce, reuse, recycle and refinish?  I love a good refinishing project, don’t you?

6. Fairy Garden

Fairies, fairies, all about the fairies!  If you have been wanting a fairy garden of your own, here’s how you can do it!

7. Easy, DIY Splash Pad

Why load the kids up in the car for a trip to your local splash pad? This DIY Splash Pad will provide hours of entertainment and fun for the kids and doesn’t rack up your fuel bill!

8. Backyard Obstacle Course

Keep the kids busy outside with this fun backyard obstacle course! Who am I kidding?  This is going to keep the grown-ups busy too!

9. DIY Pool Noodle Games

Pool noodles can be bought at the dollar store, so not only is this diy backyard game fun and easy to make, but it is also extremely budget-friendly! I’m sure we all know how much I love to save money, so if I can buy a couple of pool noodles at Dollar Tree and create hours of entertainment for my kids, you can count me in!

10. DIY Rope Swing

When I was young we had a tire swing and a rope swing.  While I did have lots of fun on both of them, I had a particular fondness for the rope swing.  I literally would spend hours and hours on it during the summer. Sometimes swinging with my friends and siblings, sometimes just sitting and reading a book.  When I became a teenager, you could find me with my Walkman listening to my favorite songs while sitting on our rope swing. Doesn’t that make you want to build one for your kids?

11. DIY Backyard Container Garden

I have been thinking about doing a container garden this year.  It will be a great way to utilize the space that we have here.

So, if you are ready to become a DIY Backyard warrior, give one of these projects a shot! They are cute, fun, and none of them look too difficult to create and for a non-crafty person like me that is a huge bonus! I always find myself intimitated by these amazing Pinterest bloggers who can put together a beautiful project with seemingly little effort. That is not the kind of gal I am, I assure you. I am more the Pinterest-fail kind of gal, but that dosn’t stop me from trying.

What DIY backyard projects have you taken on in the past? How did it work out for you? I would love to hear your stories and see any photos for inspiration!

15 Super Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts!

 

DIY Valentine's Gifts

What kind of gifts are you planning to give out for Valentine’s Day this year?  I am always a sucker for homemade gifts and I know that I’m not the only one!  Check out this awesome list of 15 Super Cute DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts!

  1. Orange spice potpourri
  2. Coffee bath scrub
  3. Marbled mugs
  4. Heart scribble mug
  5. Bird feeders
  6. Wood photo signs
  7. Hair ties
  8. Goat Milk soap
  9. Fingerprint heart keychain
  10. Pyrography spoons
  11. Rosemary infused olive oil
  12. Bath bombs
  13. Whipped body butter
  14. Magnets
  15. Lemon sugar scrub

15 Fun Valentine’s Crafts!

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Are your kids bored at home?  Do you want to keep them busy?  Well, don’t forget that we are mere weeks away from Valentine’s day, why not get them going with these fun Valentine’s crafts?

Diy Valentines Crafts

1. Valentine Bird Feeder Hearts

2. Old Puzzle Hearts

3. Twine Hearts

4. Decoupage Heart

5. Heart Doily

6. Long Distance Hug

7. Valentine Wreath

8. Valentine Blocks

9. Valentine Twig Arrows

10. Measuring Spoon Valentine

11. Vintage Camper Valentine Card Box

12. Love Bug Cups

13. Paper Hearts

14. Burlap Banner

15. Owl Valentine

Thinking About Granite Countertops? Here are Some Pros and Cons!

If you are looking for a high-end countertop option that is both beautiful and practical, granite countertops may be the perfect choice for you. Made from natural stone, granite is attractive, durable and long lasting. It comes in a wide range of colors, patterns and styles, and it offers plenty of options.

Granite Options

Because granite is cut from natural stone, it comes in a wide variety of unique colors and patterns. You can find granite in every color from black to beige to white to green, or even in less traditional colors such as blue, red or yellow. You can find a pattern that is subtle, bold, swirled, edgy or stippled, and you can get a countertop that is long, short, curved, straight or anything in between. Choose a granite countertop that is thick or thin, and choose an edge such as a flat, bullnose, radius, bevel, ogee or cove. Even if all of your neighbors have granite countertops—and some of them may—your countertop is still sure to be a unique reflection of your personal tastes and preferences.

Advantages of Granite Countertops

Granite offers two main advantages: beauty and durability. If you are looking for a high-end countertop that offers your home a unique and sophisticated look, granite is the perfect choice. It won’t let you down when it comes to function, either. Granite is scratch, dent, stain and heat resistant when properly sealed. Whether you have children, pets or frequent dinner parties, granite is up to the task.

Other advantages include the fact that granite is easy to maintain and easy to clean. Granite is very sanitary, as it does not absorb germs or bacteria when properly sealed. Granite also holds its resale value well, and can even increase your home’s value if well taken care of.

Disadvantages of Granite Countertops

Without a doubt, the biggest disadvantage of installing granite countertops is the expense. Granite countertops can cost between $50 and $400 per square foot, which may be more than some people can afford. While the countertops’ durability makes the price worth it, the initial expense can be a shock.

Other minor disadvantages include the fact that the countertops must be sealed as often as once a year, the fact that they can crack in rare circumstances, and the fact that they can stain if they aren’t sealed properly. Plus, they can be very heavy, which means that you need strong cabinets to support them.

If you are looking for something cheap and temporary, granite may not be for you, but if you are looking for the perfect beautiful countertops for your dream home, granite is the perfect choice!

From Oatmeal Containers To Gift Boxes: A Repurposing Craft

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Our family eats a lot of oatmeal.  I mean a lot of oatmeal.  We go through roughly 1 to 1 1/2 containers per week, which means a lot of leftover oatmeal containers.

I absolutely hate throwing out the containers when I am done with it because it just seems so wasteful.  So the kids and I looked through some ideas on what to do and we decided to repurpose our containers as gift boxes for the baked goods and treats that we make for family and friends during the Christmas season.

This project was so simple that my 6 year old was able to do it with minimal supervision.

All you need for this project is these five things:

  • Empty Oatmeal Containers
  • Wrapping paper (we spent $1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft/stick glue

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Depending on what type of lid your oatmeal has, you may need to cut a circular piece of wrapping paper and glue it to the top, otherwise if you have a clear plastic lid you can skip this step.