If you have a favorite outdoor spot, deck or patio but not a lot going on in the line of style and function, the following DIY projects will have you wanting to get your craft on. Reusing and upcycling can turn a bare spot into a lounge worthy space, great for a weekend project.
The following tutorials have good, easy to follow images and videos, including a great compilation of ideas for making a fantastic homemade patio set.
Break out your old broken lawn chairs and chaise lounges. Making a macramé lawn chair with an existing frame is a perfect way to personalize and reuse.
The video illustrates the looping technique used in macramé. However, the time and patience needed to finish a whole set of chairs will be needed.
The lawn chair design can also be done in different patterns and colors, as seen in the how-to. Check out the tutorials:
This compilation of 15 outdoor furniture projects has a fit for every skillset. From completely simple assemblies using concrete blocks and wooden slats or crates to outdoor farmhouse tables, most of these ideas can be done economically and quickly.
Adding extra elements to standard pieces can offer both decoration and functionality. Affixing mosaic tiles on a table or other surface gives an update but also add a protective layer for outdoor weathering.
Putting in a functional feature, like seen on this outdoor basin added to a potter’s bench, gives the piece a sense of style, but also adds a practical touch.
Or, if cutting and sawing isn’t on the agenda, larger fallen wood branches or tree trunks make for perfect tables and stools that can be used both indoors and out.
Ana White has a stockpile of good building designs with great, free plans that include dimensions and supply lists. Check out her patio constructions, like this clever table with built in beverage cooler and outside bench style swing. Both could be made using old doors and scrap lumber.
Add a patio umbrella for shading and the outdoor space is complete.
Now, if there was just a way to incorporate more time into the day for projects…
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