nosey neighbors

The first thing I do when the sun goes down is close the blinds. I call it the ‘fish bowl’ effect. I don’t want anyone who drives by looking in on us, seeing what movies we are watching, and what we are having for dinner. I don’t want to live in a glass bowl where there is no privacy and everything is exposed. Kfoster (Imgur user) felt the same way. She needed some privacy and a way to get away from her neighbors prying eyes.

She built a tall screen around her deck that gave her that much desired privacy. It has a trellis on top and twinkle lights. We all need a stress-free hiding spot, even in the city. Especially in the city. And kfoster has done just that and transformed her backyard in a stunning way.

Thinking about throwing down your hammer and nails and going green? Pick up a shovel and check out these fast growing trees! Be sure you look at the ones that would thrive in your neck of the woods. I really like the River Birch!

See the finished project and all the “after” photos here…

Little Things: Much Needed Privacy Screen Blocks Nosy Neighbors (photos)

backyard transformation

Waste not, want not. Reddit user ‘My_DIY_Account’ wanted a backyard and he didn’t want to waste any space. His little home in Milwaukee didn’t have much space to start with so creativity was a must when coming up with ideas for an outdoor oasis. He turned the space next to his house, barely big enough to park a car, into a wonderful ‘city backyard.’

I love the end results! There is no reason you can’t carve a little stress-free outdoor hiding spot, even in the city. The wood stain that he used is really beautiful and I really like how the fence was built like ‘Venetian’ blinds. I only see one thing missing…where’s the hot tub?

Feeling inspired? You can build your own deck! This Old House has a terrific tutorial. It won’t be easy (moderate to difficult skill level) and it won’t be cheap ($800-$1000) for a 10×16 foot deck. It won’t be easy, but it will be gorgeous. Here’s the how-to.

Here’s the link to all the project photos…

Little Things: 6 Poles Backyard Transformation (photos)

fire pit cheap

DIY is the best! Especially when it is affordable. If I’m being honest, some of the projects out there, though terrific, can be a little spendy ($$$). This DIY fire pit, featured at Viralnova, really isn’t one of the pricey ones. you can make it for $50! Scouts honor. I’m so excited to have found this tutorial! I know you will love it too.

Where were you last summer?! This DIY pit is simple to make and perfect for beginners. Although everyone, beginners to experts will love it! It’s easy to start and stop. Not to mention clean. It might take some work, but this a portable pit too. I like the idea that if I have to move something I can. What do you think? Is this the fire pit for you?

Woohome has a roundup of 38 fun and easy fire pit ideas worth checking out too. If this one from Viralnova isn’t for you, one the 38 will be! Have fun deciding which one.

See the full project details here…

Viralnova: $50 Fire Pit Build Plans (photos)

DIY Fire Pit

Hot summer days, cool summer nights. You know what that means…fire pit season is almost here! Hooray! There are so many DIYs out there for making your own but this one from Home Repair Tutor is great because it’s small and will make a nice ‘accent’ piece for your yard or patio. This is a great and easy idea!

I can see myself roasting marshmallows already! This is a bit of work but the end result…wow! Worth it? I think yes! So doable. Maybe my next DIY. There are lots of supplies needed for this one….You’ll need some plastic bowls, Pam, quick setting cement, trowel/stir stick, bucket, palm sander, grout sponge, sandpaper, lava rocks, and gel fuel cans. This is such a detailed tutorial. The video is great but be sure to check out the written instructions too.

There are so many styles of patio fire pits. I wish I had room for all of them. I love this simple DIY version but I find myself falling more and more in love with fire glass. That’s a DIY beyond my skill level. They come in all shaped and sizes with all colors of glass. They’re also all sorts of expensive. This one here, from Wayfair Supply, is the dream. With blue glass.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

If you love crafting and DIY projects then you will love these projects about decorating with mason jars. Mason jars are so versatile and classy looking, and can really dress up any scene or create a rustic atmosphere. The most common way to dress up mason jars is to use them as vases and hang them with an assortment of flowers.

Another popular use for mason jars are as candle or votive holders. They can make beautiful evening patio lights or gorgeous centerpieces for a wedding reception. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination! Take a few minutes and look at the projects we’ve found below. Enjoy!

1. Grow air plants in hanging mason jars:

air plants mason jars
Releasemecreate.blogspot.com

2. Add some flair to your balcony decor:

balcony decor mason jars
Artemisandapollo.ca

3. Blue mason jars make a stunning craft:

blue mason jars
Rosakate.blogspot.com

4. Mason jars with candles and pebbles:

mason jar with candle and pebbles
Etsy.com

5. Fall mason jar centerpiece:

fall mason jar centerpiece
Flickr.com

6. Hanging mason jars with flowers decorate formal tables:

flower decor mason jars
Pinterest.com

7. Mason jar floral trio:

flowers and mason jars
Fantasticmaterials.blogspot.com

8. Mason jar bouquets:

mason jar bouquets
Storyboardwedding.com

9. Mason jars hanging from a branch:

mason jars hanging from a branch
Bridalmusings.com

10. Burlap wrapped mason jars:

burlap wrapped mason jars
Craftsunleashed.com

11. Floral mason jars hanging on white chairs:

mason jar flowers
Confettidaydreams.com

12. A ladder and some mason jars makes a wonderful patio light:

mason jar ladder light
Unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com

13. Formal mason jar light:

mason jar light
Theknot.com

14. Mason jars hanging from a tree:

mason jar tree lights
Blog.enpointephoto.com

15. Macrame mason jar hanger:

macrame mason jar hanger
Etsy.com

16. Mason jar cluster patio light:

mason jar patio light
Allthingsheartandhome.com

17. Hanging mason jars with ribbons and butterflies:

mason jars with ribbons and butterflies
Dreamyweddingideas.com

18. Mason jar decor hanging on a fence:

mason jars with candles
Boredpanda.com

19. A chandelier made from mason jar lights:

mason jars chandelier
The-oaks.com

20. Hanging mason jars centerpiece:

hanging mason jars centerpiece
Merrybrides.tumblr.com

21. Mason jar vase with wildflowers:

mason jar vase
Snippetandink.com

22. Mason jar decor at a wedding:

mason jar wedding decor
Ruffledblog.com

23. More mason jar wedding decor:

mason jar wedding decor
4.bp.blogspot.com

24. Rustic light made from mason jars:

rustic light mason jars
Sheknows.com

25. Vintage mason jars:

vintage mason jars
Weddingchicks.com

Fire Pit

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, fire pits are always in season. What is it about them? They are the perfect spot to sit and relax, catch up with old friends, toast marshmallows, and hide from the world for a little while. There are so many great designs and DIYs out there but I am loving this one more and mote. It is durable, affordable, and portable. It would make the best addition to any backyard!

You can build this pit on your own for $50. Hooray! I love this idea and I think Lowe’s has these rings and they go on sale quite often. Why a mobile fire pit? Because the only certain thing in life is change. The perfect spot for the fire pit this year might not be great next. This design is nice because it can be moved and rebuilt elsewhere fairly easily.

Now you know how to make a fire pit out of concrete tree rings. Score! Know what else would be good to know? How to make your own concrete tree rings. Lol. There is a DIY for everything! Some days I can’t even remember what life before the internet was like. I love having all this information! Find that tutorial over at Instructables to learn how to make tree rings.

Check out the full article from Instructables and learn how to make your own fire pit here…

Instructables: $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

Grill Table

Fire pits can take up a lot of coveted backyard space. That’s why I love this fire pit, grill, and table combo. What? Yup! It’s as awesome as it sounds! It’s not a 3-in-1 DIY but it is a really awesome product. I wish I could have this for summer. It would be a little ‘over-grill’ for my backyard. It’s a too big for my patio/yard space and there are one two many control freaks that would flip out about not having sole grill power. Lol. I wonder if it gets too smokey while sitting around? I hope not! I’d learn to deal if it did, it’s too cool to not love!

I adore this fire fit from The Lilly Pad too. It has an adorable removable table top and is perfect for the patio when not in use. Simply lovely! This is very DIY and very budget. What’s not to love?! Check out the tutorial here.

Here’s the Video… Enjoy!

pub

How many of you have an old shed wasting away? Shame on you! There are so many better things you could be doing with it. Better things like turning it into a pub! Pub sheds are fast becoming a ‘thing.’ They are a definitely a growing trend that I can get on board with.

OMG! These are great. It’s about time there was a playhouse for adults. Why should kids get all the fun? A ‘Shub,’ (my abbreviation for shed pub) would make a great man cave too. I don’t think anyone would mind being in ‘the dog house’ if it looked anything like one of these! After seeing these you will be inspired! Clear out the cobwebs and buy a jukebox. Don’t forget to drop my invitation in the mail for the grand opening! I am so going to do this! I can have happy hour every hour, hehe.

Don’t despair if there isn’t room for a shed in your life. You can build a bar in your house! Learn all about it here.

See all the amazing makeovers here…

Little Things: Old Sheds Transformed Into Something Incredible (photos)

transform backyard into something incredible

You are about to meet a guy who transformed his backyard into a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen and dining area. He created his dream outdoor kitchen and when you see it you will be astounded. His backyard really needed a major upgrade, especially the existing patio. He was lucky because he had friends who could help him fulfill his dream.

Most of us are so busy with our lives, working and getting home to make supper and tend to our children. We often don’t get the time to devote to our backyards like this guy did. Maybe his story will provide you with some inspiration. Go look in your backyard and see what you can imagine there. Perhaps a new outdoor fireplace? Or gaming area? How about an outdoor movie theater? There are so many things you can do!

Follow along as this guy truly transforms his dreary backyard into a summer oasis. We assure you you will not be disappointed!

diy backyard spring projects

Whether you have a large or small backyard, there are a lot of projects you can pursue to liven things up. After a long drawn out winter most of us are ready to sit outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. You may be ready for spring to arrive but is your backyard ready?

Even before spring arrives you can start planning projects to brighten up your backyard and get it ready for the best season outside yet. You can consider larger projects such as a pool or building a patio or deck, but there are also several small projects that can make a huge difference with a lot less money and effort.

From homemade flower hangers to crafty lanterns, there are so many possibilities. If you are eager to take on a larger project, consider creating an outdoor fireplace. What could be more welcoming than enjoying an evening beside the fire?

See all 23 DIY projects here…