There is nothing quite as satisfying as successfully undertaking a do-it-yourself project
that adds value to your home and provides endless hours of enjoyment – and perhaps
an opportunity to show off to the neighbors. The difficulty is finding a project that
is both useful and relatively easy, but still provides enough of a challenge to test your
skills. Here are a few suggestions of varying degrees of difficulty to get you started.
Add a Beer Cooler to a Patio Table
This is probably the most difficult and, if you don’t have the correct size metal container
on hand, you might need to brush up on your welding skills or find someone who has
that particular talent. All you need is a basic wooden table and a metal open-topped
container. Cut a rectangular or square hole on top of the table and drop in a metal
container of the same shape. You will need a lip around the edges of the container to
keep it in place and holes at the bottom to allow water to escape. Simply fill with ice,
place your drinks in it and you have a beer or wine cooler within easy reach. If you need
to reshape, cut or join the container to match your table, and visit a reputable welding
site such as http://www.welding.com.au
Build a Fire Pit in the Backyard
Creating a fire pit for the back yard might require some extra support depending on
the complexity and the scale of the pit. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a simple
but effective way, first, you need to dig a hole in the back yard. Using a simple mortar,
build a small brick wall around it and you’re finished. If you want to get a little more
extravagant, a grate to hold the wood and small entry points to remove ash and debris
can be added during the bricklaying process.
Drinking Glasses out of Beer or Wine Bottles
Here is a creative DIY project that not only allows you to show off your skills but is a
genuine contribution to recycling. Instead of throwing out your empty beer and wine
bottles, why not turn them into drinking glasses instead? Soak some string or yarn in
flammable material like lighter fluid and tie it around the neck of an empty bottle. Light
the yarn and rotate the bottle until it burns out. Quickly dip the bottle into iced water
and the neck should break cleanly off at the point where the yarn was burning. Now
you’ll need to sand down the sharp edges until it is safe to take a sip. Warning: this
might take a bit of practice!
Put Marbles in your Fence
There is a trend spreading across back yards where people are creating arty gardens by
hanging fairy lights in the trees and along their back fences. While this visual treat adds
great ambiance to your garden party or barbecue, unfortunately it works only at night.
But here is an idea that will provide a bit of color during the day. Drill some marble-
sized holes strategically in your back fence and insert – you guessed it – colored glass
marbles. As the sun shines through them, a colored light show will flicker majestically
across your yard. Pretty cool, huh?
There is no end to the number of wild and wacky DIY projects out there for you to