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With summer in full swing, it’s time to head outside and get crafting.
Instead of throwing out those empty glass jars, transform them into magical fairy houses in a gorgeous upcycling project. Our go-to would be an adorable mushroom design, but you could create an acorn or even a traditional wooden hut. Learn how to make one here, where Carley Duff uses air drying clay, like the Viva Decor Concrete for Creatives (463445), to make individual textured elements.
We’re spending long summer evenings unwinding in the garden, and what better way to bring a touch of colour and a little serenity to your outdoor space than with a wind chime? There are plenty of ways to go about this, but why not try suspending bells, buttons, charms or beads (such as the Gem Duo Double Hole Beads from TotallyBeads) from a piece of driftwood or a large stick? The brighter and noisier the better! Head here for a step by step guide, plus a handy video.
Make a memorable first impression with a personalised doormat – a fun and simple project that is bound to spruce up your summer doorstep. All you need to do is trace your design onto the mat and use some outdoor craft paint to fill in the letters or image. The paint will take some time to soak in, so allow the mat to dry for a few days before displaying your artwork proudly to the world.
Painted flower pots are great fun to make, but for a quicker and less-messy approach, turn to washi tape and marker pens to decorate adorable mini flower pots – because, why not!? Try positioning your washi tapes around the rim of the pot, or to add pattern around the centre, and make sure to use permanent markers to protect your designs from water.
Crafters and families alike can rely on painting stones for a spot of creativity, because it’s so easy! Now that summer is here, why not design vegetable patch markers or paint garden animals? To spread the fun further than your own backyard, take part in Love on the Rocks (find a tutorial, here) and hide your creations out and about in your local area for passers-by to find.
It’s a fact that chandeliers add style and drama to a space, but they don’t need electricity to be effective. Upcycle an old fixture by removing any wires and bulbs, and coating it with a bright, summery spray paint. Once it’s dry, you can adhere small glass candle holders to where the bulbs sat, and pop in some candles. Hang the chandelier from your patio cover or pergola for an atmospheric garden statement.
For an easy outdoor project that the whole family can help out with, give an old slatted wooden chair a new lease of life with a quick lick of paint. You’ll need to sand down the chair first to remove any dirt, then paint each slat with two coats of exterior paint. Why not create a beach style design by alternating between different shades of blue? Just remember to protect your new seat from the elements with an outdoor sealant, such as Mod Podge Outdoor.