Entering into a double-dip recession, it’s time to count pennies again. DIY home improvements can be a nifty way of saving a lot of money as well as adding a personal flair to your home. As we move into the summer, and hope for the sun and hot weather to continue, we Brits spend as much time as we can in our gardens. It’s the season of the Barbeque and the time of wafting scents of charred meat fill the air on every street.
One project to set your man on this summer could be a ‘DIY Fire Pit’.
Ingredients: A shovel, a small bag of gravel and some Breeze Blocks or bricks (fire not included). Depending on the size you make it, you could use your own oven racks to transform it into a barbeque.
Invite your friends over, char some meat and make the whole street jealous. Cook smores over the open flames and enjoy the ambience of having a fire to light up your garden.
Garden Lanterns are a lovely way to make your garden beautiful in the dark and twilight of summer. For the cheapest version of these, use old tin cans. Punch holes in the sides with a nail and hammer, being as artistic as you like, paint and put a tea light inside. You can either use some garden wire or twine to hang them or just place them in plant pots and tables. For the less crafty using old jars and filling them with sand and a candle can be equally as beautiful.
Hanging them with wire from trees or fences and painting them with some left over paint from the kids ‘stained glass craft kit’ can give your garden that special glow.
Not much a bird fan? How about making your own butterfly feeder! Tempt these beautiful insects into your garden with colourful plates of nectar. This is a really inexpensive project and would be a great summer activity to do with children. Look here for instructions on how to make your feeder and recipes for butterfly food.
Recessions and generally being short of cash gives us the opportunity to get crafty. To put things that would otherwise go in the trash to good use. Just think, every time you use that jar of pasta sauce, open that tin of beans or throw out a slightly chipped plate… that could be something beautiful for my home!