Guest post contributed by Diana Smith
The weather is nice and hot, so is there anything better than spending these sunny days and warm evenings right in your backyard? And wouldn’t it be even more amazing if you’ve spruced up your backyard all by yourself instead of hiring someone and paying them a ton of money to do it for you? There are plenty of things you can do to turn your backyard into your personal oasis where you’ll be able to enjoy peace and quiet or throw lovely summer parties.
Convenient fence table
Whether it’ll serve as a place to put food and drinks when you’re organizing a party or you plan on putting various plants on top of it, a table is always needed in the backyard. If you already have a table but you need extra space from time to time, this convenient DIY fence table might just be what you need. Gather some picket boards for the surface (and if you want it to last longer out in the open, it’s best to get treated lumber), a board for the legs and some hinges and screws. You can make the table fold down whenever you don’t need it, so it doesn’t get in your way. The best thing about this table is that it’s not expensive and it’s very easy to make.
Is there anything better than getting cozy under a comfy blanket next to your friends around a fire pit on a cool summer night? A fire pit doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to make considering you can make it from bricks or stones you already have. All you’ll need to do is dig a fencepost-sized hole (about two feet deep) and fill it with gravel to create a drainage system and then simply dry-stack the stones. If the fire pit is placed near a wooden surface, in order to make sure everything is safe, before starting the fire, soak the area around the pit with water. Also, always have some buckets filled with water and a shovel nearby.
Vertical herb garden
What better way to spend the summer in your backyard than by having a nice barbecue with your friends and family. Make a summer kitchen in your backyard by setting up some capital appliances and add a twist to your cooking by using herbs from your very own herb garden. You can make a very convenient vertical herb garden by using a simple shipping pallet. You’ll need to sand down the pallet and work out some of those rough edges. Next, you’ll need to treat the pallet with a protective liquid and after it dries, simply add pots with fresh herbs. The best thing about this herb garden is that it can be easily moved around the backyard and it doesn’t take up that much space at all.
It doesn’t matter if you’re inside or outside, lighting is extremely important and some nice outdoor lanterns can really do wonders for your backyard and add a nice ambiance to it. Instead of having boring lamps and lights around your backyard, you can make your own lanterns by using plastic or clay pots or even woven baskets. Take a simple basket, turn it upside down and slip a chain through the weave. Next, tie some fishing line to the back of the light inside the upside-down basket. Make sure that it is nice and snug on the top of the shade, add a light bulb and hang your cool (inexpensive) lantern in your lovely backyard.
Many people will agree that having a backyard is truly a blessing, and what better way to enjoy it even more than sitting back in your nice lounge and admiring the work you did around your backyard. There are so many fun DIY projects to do, so why not use this summer to try some of them out?