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5 Crafty ideas to spruce up your outdoor area

Guests will be delighted to see your re-decorated space with these easy ideas

5 Crafty ideas to spruce up your outdoor area

1 Mason Jar Lights

Decorate old jars using glass paint, twine and lace. Fill each with battery operated tea lights, and hang from string to illuminate a darkened space, creating a welcoming glow on a summer evening. They are simple to make and can be colour coordinated for any occasion.

2 Drink Umbrellas

Using just a few materials, you can quickly dress up a drinkl and make it into something really special. All you'll need are origami patterned paper, scissors, wooden skewers, glue and beads. First, you'll need to trace the outline of the umbrella on the wrong side of your paper, then cut it out. Fold your paper to make creases from the centre of the umbrella to each tip of the umbrella's edge. Next, poke the skewer through the underside of the cone's point, then glue your bead to fit on top.

3 Lantern Frames

Decorate a bare outdoor table with painted battery powered lanterns filled with your favourite photos. Cover the glass on your lantern with painter's tape before applying paint to the wood to ensure a mess-free project. Once the paint has dried, remove your tape, print out your photos and place them inside the lantern, taping them down with clear tape to finish.

4 Antique Wind Chimes

Add a touch of relaxation to your backyard by creating DIY wind chimes using antiquities. Hang old keys, jewellery and any other item that will fit together perfectly from string and attach it to a tree branch. Your guests will be able to sit back, relax and listen to the soothing sounds.

5 Mini Floral Wreath

Using florist wire, artificial flowers, string and a glue gun, you can create hanging wreaths to add personality to your décor. For an added touch, tie ribbons into bows and adhere them to your make.