5 Simple DIY Backyard Idea’s That Will Bring Any Yard to Life This Summer!

Summer time is the season of backyard BBQ’s, celebration’s, and outdoor activities! Keeping up your outdoor space can be expensive, time consuming, and sometimes leave little to show for hours of work. These 5 simple DIY idea’s are great for adding a bit of spice to your backyard without spending tons of time and money!

1. DIY Votive Chandelier – Sunset Magazine

Blog 1Add a great evening ambiance to any outdoor space with this gorgeous DIY Votive Chandelier. To get step by step instructions on how to do this, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked to this fun project!

2. DIY Coffee Can Planters- Decor4all.com

Blog 1Take old coffee can’s (or any old aluminum can of choice) and spray paint with an outdoor (weather resistant) paint. Drill a hole at the bottom to allow for drainage. To learn more about this project, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked.

3. DIY Personal Fire Pit- Theartofdoingstuff.com

Blog 1This is a great idea for those who are renting or have limited outdoor space! This personal fire pit is surprisingly cheap, easy, and really adds a peaceful ambiance for those late evenings with friends and family. To get step by step instructions on this project, CLICK HERE to be directly linked.

4. DIY Large Modern Porch Swing- Ana White

Blog 1Now this project can seem intimidating to those just beginning DIY projects around the home, but it is not! Using mainly 2X4s and standard screw joints, this project can be completed in just a few hours by the beginner! To get complete instructions,including blueprints on how to do this project, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked to Ana White’s page.

5. DIY Outdoor Chandelier With Solar Lighting- Buzzfeed

Blog 1So I am a huge fan of using old chandeliers in my outdoor decor. I usually let them hang freely most times due to limitations when it comes to wiring. This awesome DIY idea from Buzzfeed.com incorporates solar lights to add a dimmed overhead lighting ambiance for any outdoor space. To get learn how to do this awesome project, CLICK HERE to be directly linked to the Buzzfeed article.

5 Great DIY 4th of July Home Decor Idea’s

Getting the home ready for those 4th of July BBQ’s is not always as easy or as cost efficient as we would like it to be. Luckily, I have found these 5 simple DIY idea’s that are cheap, easy, and will look wonderful for all of your 4th of July celebrations

1. Red, White, and Blue Candle Hurricanes- BLovelyEvents.com
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2. Carnation Balls- Countryliving.com
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3. Red, White, and Blue Can Luminaries- daysofadomesticdad.com
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4. Grand Old Flag- favecrafts.com
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5. 4th of July Wreath- AllYou.com
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5 Fun 4th of July Activities to Do With Kids!

The 4th of July is a fun time for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day of BBQ, Parades, and Fireworks! Get little ones involved with your 4th of July celebration this year with these 5 fun kid friendly activities!

  1. Balloon Fireworks!
    Blog 1Kids love fireworks, but parents know how dangerous they can be! An idea I obtained from MarthaStewart.com is fun alternative to the real deal that requires only seconds to make!Balloon Fireworks are filled with confetti and popped using a sharpened pencil (marthastewart.com advises parental supervision for children under the age of 8).

    To see the full article and instructions on how to do this, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked to marthastewart.com

    **Fun add on idea’s:
    -LED Balloons can be used to give your balloon fireworks a glowing effect before it pops!
    -Glitter or angel dust can give a more sparkling effect especially in bright light (I would advise to have them pop it in an area where you can easily clean up mess such as outside or over a mat)

  2. 50 Stars and 13 Stripes American Flag Cake!
    Blog 1This American flag cake has 50 refreshing blueberry stars, and 13 juicy raspberry and powdered sugar stripes! Found on Smitten Kitchen’s Blog, this cake is not only fun to make but delicious to eat! Cut down time, and make it more kid friendly by using boxed cake mix such as funfetti.

    To get the full instructions on how to make this, CLICK HERE to be directly linked to Smitten Kitchen’s Blog.

    **Make this cake significantly less in calories without sacrificing taste by using angel food cake and whipping cream frosting.

  3. DIY Patriotic Pinwheel
    PinwheelWe all remember the hometown parades on 4th of July morning where kids would hold cute little flags or pinwheels as they watched floats throwing candy pass them by! This fun DIY patriotic pinwheel is from firstpalette.com and is a fun activity for you and your children that will make them proud to hold during your 4th of July celebrations!

    To get full instructions on this fun DIY project please CLICK HERE to be linked directly to firstpalette.com.

    **Fun Tip!! ** -Use clear glitter paint for a day time sparkle effect, and glow-in-the-dark paint for a fun night time glow!

  4. Red and Blue Water gun Tie Dye!!
    Blog 1What kid does not love to get messy! With outside BBQ’s and family gathering’s This is a perfect activity for kids and they can make a cool Tee!

    I found this on postgradlife.tumblr.com! I would recommend this for older children, but with adult supervision, this could be a fun activity for the whole family!!! Using white tee shirts, with red and blue dye, they can create a fun patriotic shirt while battling out their friends!

    To get the full instructions on how to do this, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked to postgradlife.tumblr.com.

  5. DIY Ring Toss
    Blog 1I found this fun idea on HGTV.com and thought it was a great way to replicate a classic childhood game! Using common household items like old soda or clear beer bottles and rope this ring toss game is sure to provide your kids and your friends with hours of fun outdoor entertainment!

    For instructions on this fun game, please CLICK HERE to be directly linked to HGTV.com.

Let us know what you think!!! If you liked these idea’s, have comments, questions, or would like to see a few of your own featured in future blogs, let us know in the comments below!