4 DIY Outdoor Projects For Your Back Yard

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I love interior decorating, but I have to admit that lately, my mind wanders towards outdoor projects more than indoor projects. Here are just a handful of the things I have planned for my own back yard, and I thought I’d share the inspiration with you as well. From planting a small flower garden to sprucing up your outdoor furniture, many of these projects will take you less than a day to complete and some may not cost you anything at all if you have a few basic supplies on hand.

If you’re the type of person who likes to build things on your own, you’ll love this amazing and fun ideas to craft your own backyard things. This requires nothing but a few hours and some loud music so that you don’t feel bored.

There are many advantages to owning a home, but being able to customize it may be one of the best. If you’re handy with a hammer (and honestly even if you’re not) some of these craft projects can take your backyard this fall season from “blah” to “WOW THAT IS AWESOME.” Thanks to many creative people on the Internet, we have discovered some pretty genius ideas for projects you can work on in your back yard this fall season. Check them out!

Whether you choose on project or choose them all, we are certain that you will find something that will instantly improve your outdoor décor and give you a great reason to get outside this fall season.

Are you ready to turn back the clocks to the 1800’s for up to three years? Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers were the last generation to practice the basic things that we call survival skills now… WATCH THIS VIDEO and you will find many interesting things!

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How to Make a Birdbath

Materials:

• One shallow pan such as an old cake pan, not more than 2 inches (5 cm) deep. Or, use a flower-pot tray: the flat, shallow tray or pan that’s used under a flower pot so it won’t drip when watered. This should also be less than 2 inches (5 cm) deep.

• A few large pebbles or a flat rock

Steps:

1. Choose a good site to place the bath. The ground should be level. There should be some evergreens or other shrubs nearby. Pick a site where you can easily watch the birds from a window.

2. Set the pan or tray down and fill it with water. Be sure the water is only about an inch (2.5 cm) to an inch-and-a-half (3.8 cm) deep.

3. Toss in a few large pebbles or a flat stone. These will give the birds confidence to enter the water because it will help them judge how deep the water is.

Sources: audubon

How to Build a Hanging

Building a hanging daybed isn’t exactly a quick weekend project! But anybody who’s simply willing to squeeze in a couple of hours every day can make their own hanging daybed swing in a week! This DIY project doesn’t require any special tools or skills.

However, if you are thinking of taking on this project we recommend you consult a professional builder or carpenter (unless you already are one 😉 ) to assess your ceiling joists first. It’s a necessary step to ensure that everything is strong enough to carry the weight of both the daybed and its occupants!

As long as you’ve sought advice from a professional and have taken your time in building a strong and sturdy daybed frame, you’ll be able to enjoy many relaxing and super-comfortable hours in your DIY hanging daybed swing.

Just imagine getting your much needed afternoon nap or reading a great book on your hanging daybed! It sure is worth the time and all the work needed, isn’t it? 🙂

Be inspired by taking a look at our album of hanging daybed swings below, and learn how to build one by heading over to the step-by-step tutorial by Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club.

Materials:

  • 6 – 1 x 6 x 8 Pine Boards
  • 8 – 1 x 4 x 8 Pine Boards
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 3″ Carriage Bolts
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 2″ Carriage Bolts
  • 4 – 1/4″ Washers
  • 4 – 1/4″ Nylon Nuts
  • 2 – 3/8″ Eyebolts
  • 2 – 3/8″ Nylon Nuts
  • 4 – 3/8″ Fender Washers
  • 2 – Large S Hooks
  • 2 – Small S Hooks
  • Paint
  • 30′ Chain – rated at 340 lbs

I highly recommend you to watch this free survival video that reveals the most important skills from our great-great-grandfathers that will actually keep you alive in any situation.

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Tools:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Sander
  • Paintbrush
  • Router
  • Wood Clamps

You can watch the step-by-step instructions here:

Sources: diyprojects.ideas2live4

Create a DIY Smoker

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at smoking meat, fish, or cheese but didn’t want to drop the cash on a backyard smoker, you can always trybuilding a stovetop model or hacking your own using Alton Brown’s method, but this technique from our friends at Food52 uses the grill you already have in your backyard. With a few tools, you can transform it into a cold smoker, ready for anything you want to influse with delicious smoky flavor.

All you need to make this happen is your backyard grill (or any grill with a lid,) a soldering iron, a tin can, a can opener, and the wood chips you want to use for smoking. It’s important to use a new soldering iron and a tin can without a BPA (or any other kind) of lining so you dont wind up burning off anything that’ll get into the smoke. You can probably see where we’re going: The wood chips go in the can, which is open on one side for the smoke to come out and has another opening for the soldering iron—which provides just enough heat to get the wood chips nice and smoldering—to fit through.

Put whatever food you want to smoke on the grill grate (or better yet, use a removable grate), and place the can/wood chip/soldering iron assembly right next to it. Plug in the soldering iron, shut the lid, and walk away. Set a timer for about 30-40 minutes, and let the magic happen. We have to admit—we’ve discussed some great ways to smoke your own food at home before, but this is a great way to do it with stuff you might already have (assuming you have a grill, that is!)—or at least is super-cheap. For a full step-by-step with more details, hit the link below.

Sources: lifehacker

How to Build a Fire Pit

There are few things as relaxing as a warm fire on a cool evening. An outdoor fire pit makes any patio or backyard into a great gathering place where friends and family can eat, talk, or just rest by the fire.

The installation is pretty quick — you can build a fire pit in just few hours — and doesn’t cost a whole lot, especially if you look for a sale on bricks at the end of the season at Lowe’s or Home Depot. You can even occasionally find bricks for free when someone tears down a structure or replaces their driveway.

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