Roundup: 20 Amazing DIY Outdoor Wedding Ideas

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 18, 2013

It's no secret that we all love DIY around here, especially when it comes to home improvements and decor. But there are plenty of other categories to cover when it comes to how-to projects. So today I'll be focusing on a realm that we haven't delved much into before: weddings. This roundup of DIY outdoor wedding ideas covers everything from outdoor lighting projects and unusual centerpieces to thoughtfully handmade photo booth backdrops and DIY ceremony arches. There's even a driftwood… Continue Reading

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9 DIY Outdoor Swing and Hammock Projects

By: Capreek Jul 16, 2013

Nothing says summer like kicking your feet up and relaxing in a hammock with your favorite book and a cold beverage! Here are some stylish hammocks you can make yourself, plus a few DIY swings for the kids (or kids-at-heart),… Continue Reading

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11 DIY Outdoor Mood Lighting Projects

By: Brittnimehlhoff Jul 12, 2013

This season feels made for hosting outdoor dinner parties and relaxing under the trees of your own backyard, especially once the sun goes down. And one of the first things I think about when it comes to outdoor entertaining is mood lighting. Why? Well, there aren't a lot of bell and whistle decorations needed for the great outdoors. A few well placed lights and great food is all you need. So here are 11 DIY ideas for outdoor lighting, that will bring ambience to your backyard with… Continue Reading

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Clean It: How To Make Your Grill Look Brand New

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 12, 2013

After each use, the grill takes a nasty hit. Grease, grime, and bits of charcoal manage to stick to the outside making it a nasty experience to touch. Take a little bit of time and cut through all the dirt to make your grill look brand-spanking-new!  … Continue Reading

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10 Beach-Inspired DIY Ideas For Your Home

By: Faith-towers Jul 11, 2013

I've always wanted to live on the ocean; there's something so calming about the beach. But it hasn't happened yet, so instead I'm filling my home with nautical, beach-inspired details... and sharing my inspiration with you!… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern Wooden Tabletop Planter -- From Scratch!

By: Capreek Jul 10, 2013

Is your tabletop missing a little somethin'-somethin'? Add a bit of greenery and some geometric flair with this DIY succulent planter… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Kitchen and Cooking Projects

By: Matt allison Jul 10, 2013

Round Up: DIY Outdoor Kitchen and Cooking Projects

These warmer months bring about the perfect opportunity to take entertaining outdoors. I've rounded up 10 practical DIY projects that make entertaining all that more enjoyable, from simple upcycling through full DIY outdoor kitchens, there is something for everyone, from the hobbyist to seasoned… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Projects For Your Summer Picnic

By: Faith-towers Jul 09, 2013

Celebrate summer with your friends and family by packing up a picnic basket and heading to the park! Check out these fun DIY projects that will have you picnicking in style in no… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Terra Cotta Pot Wreath

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2013

A local nursery, Bachman's, sponsors an 'Idea House' every spring, fall and 'holiday', providing onlookers with a wealth of design inspiration. In 2011, their Spring Idea House featured the most darling wreath ever made of tiny… Continue Reading

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How to: A Wooden Welcome Mat IKEA Hack

By: Faith-towers Jul 08, 2013

Is your front yard looking a little ragged after all this hot weather? Liven up your entryway with one of these easy DIY wooden door mats. And the best part about this project is that it uses materials… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Colorful DIY Summer Wreaths

By: Faith-towers Jul 04, 2013

I'll admit it, the wreath on my front door is leftover from last winter. So I decided that it was high time to make a colorful new summer one to freshen up the entryway. Here are ten pretty ideas that I'm using as my… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Bubble Wrap Printed Tablecloth

By: Capreek Jul 02, 2013

Spruce up your Fourth of July spread with this subtly festive DIY tablecloth! It's a cinch to make and fun,… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Summer Tree Swing

By: Brittnimehlhoff Jul 02, 2013

This DIY tree swing is perfect for summer and all you will need are the above materials to make your own. So, who is ready to start… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Kids Craft Projects Using Recycled Materials

By: Faith-towers Jun 24, 2013

School's out, and the dog days of summer are here... don't let the kids even have the chance to get bored. Try out these fun craft projects using recycled materials that you probably have laying around the house. And you'll be doing our earth a favor while you're at it!… Continue Reading

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Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 21, 2013



(HEY! We're giving away a $200 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of this post! Read on to find out how to win!)

My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother. 

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It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.

For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some… Continue Reading

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