Summer is a season we all associated with great weather and fun times, but it can also be a fantastic time of year for completing all those little DIY projects you’ve been meaning to get round to! In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at ten top DIY projects you can get finished before the end of the summer – leaving you free to enjoy a stress-free autumn.
1. Build a Playhouse
This is a great activity for families! Building a playhouse needn’t cost the earth, and can be completed with just simple household items like cardboard boxes. If you feel like getting more creative (and building something more long-lasting) then opt for materials such as plywood. Whether you stick to traditional designs or prefer something more unusual like a castle, this is a wonderful way to involve children in your DIY project.
2. Create a Feature Wall
Feature walls are a great way to express yourself, and work wonderfully as a simple DIY project to complete during the summer. Put simply, a feature wall is designed to provide a visual focus in a room, and can be created using a wide range of techniques. Some people choose to use vibrant wallpaper, whilst others opt for a bold colour choice on this particular wall, whilst keeping everything else neutral. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy a little summery inspiration!
3. Indulge in Some Summer Downsizing
Many of us like to horde items, but summer is a lovely time to let go of unwanted or unneeded items inside your home. This approach doesn’t have to mean making everything minimalist – far from it. However, there are lots of ways to de-clutter which allow room for your own personality while giving your home a little more space to breathe. From clothing to personal items, think about what you can afford to lose, whether by gifting to a charity shop or by selling online.
4. Plant a Herb Garden
If you’re lucky enough to have garden space at your home, then make the most of it with this delightful DIY idea. Planting a herb garden means you can add seasoning to your dishes throughout the rest of the year, while making the most of the summer weather in the great outdoors. There are lots of wonderful herbs to choose from, many of which are well-suited to the British climate. If you don’t have a garden, then you can grow herbs on a windowsill by simply investing in a packet of seeds, soil and a container for the plants to grow in.
5. Make a Bird Feeder
We all want to show nature a little love, and summer is the best time to get outside and help out mother earth. One of the simplest ways is to make a DIY bird feeder and keep it stocked up. A wide range of materials can be used including used tins with a cord looped through each side (and placed in a nearby tree or on a windowsill).
6. Decorate An Entire Room
If you’ve just installed a new heating system (or are planning on adding some bespoke radiators), then it might be time to take advantage of the great weather and get decorating! Choosing just one room to focus on sets a realistic goal for the summer. This is a fantastic way of giving your home a quick refresh, and sets it up perfectly for future design ideas such as incorporating stylish horizontal radiators to your space.
7. Make Your Own Hammock
Summer days are made for lounging, and while your panel radiators will keep you toasty in the autumn and winter, this season its all about the outdoors. If you want to learn how to lounge in luxury, try creating yourself a garden hammock. They can be made using a wide variety of durable materials including canvas, nylon and even blankets – and if you don’t have trees, try creating a hammock stand.
8. Make a Colourful Kite
What better time to fly a kite than the summer months? They can be created from lots of different fabrics, and if you’re seeking inspiration for a colour-scheme, take a look at our range of impressive coloured radiators. This is a lovely activity to enjoy with friends or family, from creating the kite through to finding a great place to fly it. Use sticks or bamboo boles to help line and support the kite, and you’ll have created something thoroughly unique.
9. Create Your Own Wall Art
Few of us are likely to win the Turner Prize, but that doesn’t mean you can’t unleash your creative side this summer and create something stunning to hang on the wall. There are a few different ways to approach this task, including looking for paintings you like and trying to replicate their mood and style, throwing caution to the wind and free-styling your creative project, or matching the artwork to the room you have chosen to display it in. Whatever you choose, don’t panic about your own artistic skills – you might even discover a new talent while completing this fun DIY project.
10. Upcycle a Piece of Furniture
Furniture can sometimes start to look a little tired, but the trend for upcycling means even the most outdated piece can be given a whole new lease of life. As with the best DIY projects, the approach you take can be customised to suit your own needs, home and personality. You might simply prefer to paint your furniture in a vibrant new colour, or perhaps give it a chic distressed look? Consider the aesthetic you’re going for, and plan around the time you’re allowing for the task. Some projects can be completed in a single afternoon, while others could be a little more long-running.
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