Build up Your Backyard this Summer

Summer is the perfect time to undertake a DIY project or two, and the sunny weather means now is the time to get stuck in to some new-season garden design. Grab your spade, some putting mix, a paintbrush and some wood and get started on these easy backyard projects.

Pot plant display

Pot plants are the perfect option for small or non-existent outdoor areas, gardeners who don't quite have a green thumb or homeowners looking for a cheap and cheerful way to brighten up their home.

One unique way to display your pot plants is to mount them on a hanging display that can be placed along a fence or the side of your home. This saves space and is an eye-catching addition to any outdoor area.

All you need are some pots, pot hangers, plants of your choice plus some wood for mounting and a bright colour to decorate the pots and wood with. You could opt for several shades of the same colour group, such as baby, royal and navy blue, or go for contrasting shades to really make the plants pop.

Outdoor coffee table

Bring your favourite cafe to your home by building your very own wooden outdoor coffee table.

Build a box-shaped table (think a wooden crate but larger and with fewer gaps) out of fence palings. It helps if you're handy with a saw and a drill, but this project is so basic, even novices will do it with ease. Just make sure you sand down the wood to avoid any nasty splinters while you sip on your latte!

Finish the table with a wood stain in the tone of your choice, or match its colour to the rest of your outdoor furniture. A crisp white or black finish will work well with a minimalist outdoor design, whereas brights and pastels work well with more bohemian gardens.

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