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Ready for Summer? You Should Make a DIY Picnic Basket Backpack

by M.E. Russell

Picnic Basket Backpack DIY

Picnic season is upon us. As a matter of fact, July is National Picnic Month! To celebrate, we're working on projects all month that are best enjoyed outdoors. Today I'm here to show you how to transform a regular straw tote bag into a handy backpack, perfect for bringing an outdoor lunch to the park. Keep reading to see how this picnic basket backpack was made.     

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Simple Solutions to Help Refresh Your Lifeless Patio for Summer

by Lidy Dipert

Simple Solutions to Help Refresh Your Lifeless Patio for Summer

Can you believe it's that time of year again...summertime! I don't know about you, but we spend as much time outside enjoying all the good weather while we can. And that's kind of the norm around here when you spend a lot of time indoors hibernating during those long winter months. In order to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, here in Canada anyway, a good outdoor living area is a must! As much as I love a good black and white...

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Planter Box for Under $40

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Modern Flower Box

It's that time of year again! The season to start thinking about our outdoor gardens and spaces! When we first moved into our home three years ago, the outdoor living space was...decent. But it wasn't quite our taste, and that made it a bit challenging to get over what we inherited and visualize an outdoor space that was meaningful to us.

But this year, we decided to take our first baby steps towards a more modern and clean outdoor space...

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97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

by Faith Towers
97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Houzz

Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, people will assume the inside doesn't either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

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62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. We've rounded...

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62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. We've rounded...

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Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000

by Faith Towers
Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000
Photo: The Fresh Exchange

Creating a beautiful patio on a budget can be difficult, especially considering all the not-so-pretty options out there. The gorgeous outdoor space above from The Fresh Exchange inspired us to do some browsing... and then we assembled five different patio setups in a variety of styles that you're sure to love. Click through to check out the mood boards!   

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How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

by Holly Wade

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. 

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You're Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

by M.E. Russell

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.        

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The Best Selection of Foolproof Outdoor Plants, Northeast Edition

by Faith Towers
Foolproof Outdoor Plants, Northeast Edition
Photo: Faith Towers

When I bought a house a couple years ago, it came with lots of garden space just waiting to be filled with beautiful plants. So I promptly went to the local nursery and spent way too much money, only to have half of the plants die within weeks or months. But I did lots of research and tried again, and each year I've learned more and more about what works here in the Northeast. And today I'm sharing my findings with you, so you don't have to go through the same struggles! Here are my favorite foolproof outdoor perennial plants, and some tips on how to care for them.   

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