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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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Make a Compost Bin from Shipping Pallets!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Make a Compost Bin from Shipping Pallets!

Remember my DIY paver stone patio and walkway project from the summer? Well, those paver stones came to us stacked on (what else?) wood shipping pallets ... 'lotsodem. For a couple months, those pallets sat out behind our garage while I mulled over what to do with them. Neighborhood bonfire? Wild turkey shelter (yes, we have dozens of wild turkeys around)? Skate ramp (wait, I don't skateboard)? 

Then I stumbled on this post by John over at...

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Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

by Craftmel

Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

How's this for yard art?  I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard.  This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."   

The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website.  It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event. 

I just don't want to be in charge of all that...

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How To: Quick, Easy, and Temporary Garden Lights.

by Chris Gardner

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Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here's a sweet DIY alternative: "make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars."

Materials

  • Lithium coin cell batteries
  • Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
  • Mason jars and lids
  • Tape

Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole...

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How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

by Chris Gardner

Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.

How To Save Water in Your Garden and Yard.

  • Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
  • Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
  • Water your garden early
  • Clump...

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‘Boulder’ Disguises

by DIY Maven

‘Boulder’ Disguises

Now that the snow has melted where I live, unsightly utility paraphernalia has come back into view. Planting some pretty foliage to hide junction boxes and pipes and such is always a good idea, but for immediate and complete disguise-ification we can always purchase some Mock Rocks®. Durable yet lightweight, the hollowed-out rocks can cover up a multitude of yard sins. Available in various sizes costing between 50 and 350 bucks at Plow and...

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Mid-Century Birdhouses.

by Chris Gardner

You may never get to live in an actual Case Study house, but that doesn't mean you can't look at one every day. "At Modern Birdhouses..., they've released a series inspired by architects of the Case Study Houses Program--specifically J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson. They're made of SmartWood oiled teak, with floating aluminum roofs in three signature modern silhouettes, and they ship preassembled, so you don't have to be as gifted...

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30 Uses for a Dead Tree.

by Chris Gardner

If you logged on to your local Craigslist, chances are you'd see at least one household with a dead or recently removed tree, begging for someone to help reuse the material. "Cool," you'd say, "but what would I do with a dead tree?"

DIYLife has 30 ideas.

30 Uses for a Dead Tree.
LEAVE IT ALONE
1. Leave it standing.
2. Turn it into yard art.

CUT IT UP
3. Use planks for fencing.
4. Build a big brush pile for wildlife.
5. Make garden mulch.
6. Use it for firewood and/or kindling...

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Compost On A Small Scale.

by Chris Gardner

I long for the days where I'll have enough space to properly compost my food waste. But, until then, I can find certainly find room

Compost On A Small Scale.
for the Green Cone.

Solarcone's Green Cone is an enclosed system - a "four-part injected molded unit" -that helps release the nutrients from organic products back into the groundsoil. "The Green Cone reduces food waste to its natural components of water, carbon dioxide and a small residue. The solar-heated garden unit...

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