DIY – Do it yourself. It’s become an extremely popular expression and can cover any project from household repairs and home improvement to creative decor. I can’t tell you the number of things my husband has fixed around our home by watching YouTube videos and then ordering the parts he needs online. We love DIY projects. If we can do it ourselves, we do! Sometimes our projects are to save money because we find something we like but don’t like the price tag. Sometimes we just can’t find what we want to suit our needs and a DIY project is the perfect solution. And sometimes, we are just in the mood to be creative and make something unique.
Spring is fast approaching and we have been busy working in our yard the past few weekends enjoying the warm temperatures in our area. So far we’ve started planting new flowers and making a list of all the DIY home improvement projects we hope to accomplish this spring. I thought it would be fun to share some of our past DIY projects we have completed for our backyard since moving into our current home a little over three years ago.
Project #1: Towel Stand When we moved into our new home, we loved that there was a pool in the backyard. Every pool owner knows that if you don’t have a designated place to hang your pool towels, they will end up in a wet pile or draped over a fence or left in some other random place. The only towel stands we could find to buy were either too short or made out of plastic. We knew we wanted something tall and not made out of plastic. We made our own pool towel stand using a fence post concreted into a ceramic pot with a hook screwed into each of the four sides. It’s been great for drying all those wet towels! It’s heavy duty so we don’t have to worry about it tipping over from the weight of the towels and the towels dry quickly since they are not bunched together.
Project #2: Directional Signs Our directional signs serve no functional purpose, we made them just for fun. We hand lettered all of the signs and attached them to one of our trees. They add a colorful reminder of some of the tropical places we have been fortunate to visit over the years.
Project #3: Outdoor Shower My husband likes to rinse off after mowing our yard and before jumping in the pool so he really wanted an outdoor shower. Outdoor showers can be pretty pricey so we decided to make our own. We literally walked around the aisles of Lowes brainstorming on how we wanted our shower to look and gathering the supplies we thought would work. We were really excited when our finished project turned out as we envisioned. It needed to be hooked up to one of our outdoor faucets so we placed it next to one in a flower bed with stepping stones leading to it. My husband is so much happier rinsing off under the flowing shower head than with the garden hose. Nothing like showering in the great outdoors!
Project #4: Umbrella Stand Planter We made this umbrella stand planter because we were tired of our umbrellas being blown over all the time. DIY umbrella planters are not a unique idea but we were really happy with how ours turned out. We liked it so much we made two more! You can check out how we made them here: DIY Umbrella Stand Planter
Project #5: Flip Flop Bucket Summer is flip flop season around our house and when we take them off to jump in the pool, we need a place to flip our flops. We found this bright and cheerful bucket and decorated it with some of our favorite flip flop sayings so everyone would know its intended purpose. It’s usually right by the back door but it can be moved by the pool for a party. It was a simple project yet functional for our family lifestyle. It’s great to have a specific place to store our flip flops where they are handy and in one place instead of scattered around the pool or in front of the back door where someone could trip over them.
It seems like when you are homeowners, there are endless DIY projects you can keep busy with to maintain, update and enhance your home both inside and out. Whether we are making repairs to something old or creating something new, we really enjoy the sense of accomplishment we feel when we “do-it-yourself!” Do you enjoy DIY projects? Where do you get your ideas and inspiration? Do you prefer to follow step-by-step instructions from one source, combine ideas or come up with your own unique ideas and solutions?