If you have some time off work coming up, or just feel like doing a little DIY over the weekend so that your home is presentable for the next barbecue, why not try one of these quick, easy, but impactful weekend DIY projects? They also make great activities for the kids to keep occupied during those long summer holidays!
A quirky, organized lobby
The lobby is the first thing that people will see when they enter your home. Re-organizing your lobby so that it is tidy, brightly lit and welcoming will make all the difference to your mood when you enter your home. Hang a small storage bin on the wall, with dividers for each person who lives in the house. Put up some hangers for coats, and lay out a tray for the mail. Add a welcome mat, an attractive plant, and a place to leave your shoes as you enter the home. Repurposing small items like this can create a unique and quirky look for your hallway, as well as help it to become more organized.
WiFi in your garden
Get some serious geek cred by installing Tomato on your router and using it to boost its transmission power, extending the range of your WiFi. If you have a huge garden, or incredibly thick walls, you can use Tomato or another free router firmware called DD-WRT to turn an old, spare router into a wireless repeater. There’s plenty of documentation on the subject, so you don’t need to be a super-geek to do it. Make your outdoor area like a cool outdoor café-bar complete with WiFi. If you’ve ever wished that you could use Facebook in your WiFi only iPad while you’re lounging in the sun, now’s your chance to make it happen
Decorate a bare wall
A bare wall is a blank canvas and you and your kids can use your creativity to do whatever you want with it. If you prefer not to let the family loose with paint, think of items you can make to hang on the wall instead. Get each member of the family to make a unique piece of art to hang, or create an interesting way of hanging photos. One nice idea is to use your imagination to come up with alternative methods of shelving. We particularly like this method of using bamboo steamers to create an interesting and modern looking shelving unit.
Make a DIY hammock
Seriously, who doesn’t love a hammock? There’s something about this alternative method of lying/sitting that’s gets just about everyone excited as soon as they see one. And there really isn’t a more comfortable way to relax in the sun on a nice, warm day. Making a hammock is easier than you think, and as long as you have the space and suitable anchor points, it will make a great addition t your garden. Check out this guide on how to make your own.
Repurpose old crates
Wooden crates are easy to get hold of and extremely cheap (free if you’re lucky!). With a few extra materials and a little imagination, there are tons are different things you can make with them. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider making a whole outdoor furniture set. Paint and build the crates to resemble a suitable seating plan and then make some cushioning by getting some large foam squares and covering them with homemade covers. Complete the set with a table by painting in a matching colour and adding wheels to each corner so that it can be easily moved around. The possibilities of what you can create with some old, wooden crates is seemingly endless, have a look at this pinterest board for some ideas.
All of these DIY jobs require a different level of skill and effort but can be a great weekend project for the whole family to get involved with.
This article was written by Amy from Tool Orders. Amy loves being creative in the home and so is constantly thinking of new and interesting projects that she can do around the house. She loves repurposing old items to create something unique and exciting.