7 Easy Summer DIY Projects To Try This YearBy Angelica Malin
DIY projects aren’t for everybody, but there is something about the summer that makes getting your hands dirty all the more irresistible. Perhaps it is the warmth that makes enduring some hard work outdoors more favourable than sitting inside. Unfortunately, not everyone is great at DIY projects. You don’t want an entire afternoon’s work to go to waste, so what else is there to do during the summer?
The answer lies in finding the right kind of DIY project for you. There are plenty of different DIY tasks that you can do to spruce up your home or garden. Many of which aren’t as complicated as you would initially imagine. As such, here are some easy DIY projects you can try out this summer.
While the summer provides you with the perfect chance to head out into the garden to relax, there are some things that come along with the summer seasons to ruin your fun. Take, for example, the lowly mosquito. Just one bite from these flying pests is enough to drive you mad from itching, and the last thing you want is for them to make it into your house. So, how can you get rid of these pests while also satisfying that DIY itch?
It is quite simple really. All you need to do is assemble a mosquito repeller. You can make one of these out of citronella oil and a masonry jar. The oil should produce a flame out of the tip of the jar and a scent that mosquitos despise. Scatter a few of these around your garden, and you shouldn’t be disturbed by any mosquitos this summer.
Outdoor Disposable Bench
Whenever you have a lot of people over in the summer, you will often find that there isn’t enough room for people to sit. Also, you will also find that any packages that you order come packed with more polystyrene than you know what to do with. What do both of these problems have to do with each other? Well, you can use one issue to provide a solution for the other.
A surplus of polystyrene can provide you with the materials for your next DIY project. This dense material is unlikely to buckle under any weight. Therefore, you can use some polystyrene as the base supports for a makeshift bench. Just slide a piece of timber or sturdy cardboard across the top, and you have something strong enough that your guests can sit on. It may not look great, but the plus side is that these benches are completely recyclable. This means that you can redo the same project next summer if you need to. There is no doubt that you will receive a surplus of additional polystyrene in that time, after all.
Build Your Own Raised Flower Beds
Summer isn’t just a time to get together with your friends in the garden. The nice weather also provides you with the opportunity to start gardening again.
Unfortunately, those who are not very experienced with gardening will fill a few pots with some soil and seeds and call it a day. However, it is much more beneficial for your plants to grow them in a raised bed. You can easily build one of these structures yourself. All you need to get started is some timber sleepers from Suregreen. Once you get more used to assembling some of these rectangular structures, you can experiment by building using oak sleepers or train sleepers.
Paint Your Door
Your garden isn’t the only part of your home that needs some TLC during the summer. You may have some lingering DIY projects around the house that are weather sensitive.
For example, you will need a few days of clear skies to paint your front door. A sudden rain shower is only going to undo your hard work or make the paint run. If you have ever wanted to change the colour of your front door, the summer may just be the time to do it. It is a super easy project too. All you need is a paintbrush and the right type of paint to get started. Just make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast before you start.
Build A Shed
Building a shed is an easy project that can take you an entire summer to complete. You can even get these structures as a flat pack and follow the instructions to build your very own shed. However, you may have to request some help if you plan on building a new shed from scratch.
Your first step in building a shed involves laying down a foundation. This step involves digging out a lot of soil and pouring some mixed concrete down where you want the shed to stand. Clearing away the space is easy enough, but you may need some help with the concrete if you have not done anything like this before. The next step is the easiest one by far. Just like how you would construct a raised flower bed, you also need to raise and secure the four walls. With the walls in place, your next job is putting on the felt roof. This part may also require you to ask for some assistance, but the main premise involves laying down enough felt that the rain cannot get inside. A shed that you have built yourself does not need to be perfect, and you can ignore things like windows on your first attempt.
Stain Your Wooden Furniture
Staining your furniture is almost as easy as painting. All you need is a paintbrush and a solid afternoon of good weather. Staining your furniture and wooden fences protects them from the harsh weather that is sure to come during the winter. Therefore, it is something you should do every summer.
One of the biggest problems you may face when painting or staining anything is your brush drying out as you wait for the last coat to dry. That is why you may benefit from storing your brush somewhere cold, like the fridge, in between coats.
Clean Out Your Drains
There is no special knack for this task, yet it is something that you should probably do once every summer. The drains surrounding your house can easily become full over the winter. Therefore, you will need to unclog them yourself.
Common signs of a clogged drain are a strange smell or pools of water on your patio. All you need to do to remove these blockages is open them up and get your hands dirty. If you have any stubborn blockages, then a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda should be enough to slowly remove the problem when left standing overnight. It might not be a pleasant job, but clearing your drains yourself is a much better job than having to deal with the outcome of a broken drainage system.
The only way to become truly skilled at DIY is by getting started somewhere. These smaller projects can offer you a low-stakes entry point into doing home projects by yourself. Also, the summer is the best time to start as the weather is more likely to be on your side.