Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • Advanced Crafting: Pinwheels, Trellises, and Hanging Lanterns

    Pinwheels, trellises, and hanging lanterns are all items that can jazz up the look of your outdoor space. Take note, these items are for the advanced crafter. Those who are looking for a challenge should step up to the plate. Here are multiple examples of each item so you can decide which style works best for you: Intro Environmental Safety


        • This flower-inspired version can be used for formal events, such as weddings.
        • Pinwheel magnets can be used both on your indoor and outdoor refrigerators.
        • Make a pinwheel mobile to hang over a baby’s crib if you or anyone you know is expecting a little one.
        • Getting back to the outdoors, these soda-can pinwheel flowers can be used to enhance your yard and keep squirrels out of your garden with the noise they make.
        • If you have an outdoor wall that is lacking flair, spruce up the look by creating a pinwheel mural.


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  • Introduction to Creating An Outdoor Event Space

    It is fun to entertain guests at your home during the spring and summer months. If you want to host friends and family outdoors, creating an appropriate event space can be done easily over the course of a weekend. The first thing to decide is what kind of event space works best for your needs. Do you normally have three to five guests in a casual and relaxed environment? Or do your gatherings tend to be more large and formal, including sit-down meals? The vibe you are going for will help you determine what sort of furniture, lighting, and accessories are best for your event space. Intro Environmental Safety

    Next, consider the size of the space. If you have a basic backyard patio within a confined space, it’s easy to create an outdoor event space that works for many types of occasions. A bigger space requires you to create areas that clearly signify to guests certain activities, i.e. eating, sitting, dancing, mingling, watching the big game, etc.

    When it comes to seating, there are several options to choose from as a host. You can take your living room furniture outdoors to make the gathering feel more cozy; you can set up lightweight folding chairs to make your space feel casual or formal depending on your décor; or you can simply use chairs for dining purposes for a more low key vibe.

    When it comes to choosing a table, a square table is a nice option because it has the ability to be expanded in the middle. This will allow it to work for big and small gatherings. Round wooden tables are also a wise option because they fit between four and eight people easily. In the summer months, round tables are great, because you can use them with a large umbrella to shade guests from the sun.

    Unless you are having a formal event, it is a great idea to serve up delicious meats and vegetables for your guests from a grill. For safety purposes, position your grill away from any “child zones” you have. A large portable grill is best because you can have it located centrally for an intimate gathering, or move it to the periphery for a large party.

    When it comes to décor, you can tailor accessories to the theme of your event. If you're watching a big game with your buddies, create the right atmosphere by using dishes with colors of each team and use tablecloths inscribed with the team logos. If you want to go the extra mile, offers concession machines, including those for popcorn, beverages, cheese, snow-cone’s and more!

    For more sophisticated events, place flowers on each table, hang lanterns of different colors, and use string lighting to light up the sky, as the event dwindles into the evening.

  • Intermediate Outdoor Party Crafts: Decorating Tables and Chairs

    Tables and chairs serve a functional purpose for guests at parties, but they also create a statement when it comes to décor. Many hosts overlook the art of decorating tables and chairs, but taking the time to do so can benefit the overall aura of a party.Intro Environmental Safety

    When it comes to tables, it is important to debate the kind of atmosphere that you are trying to create. Atmosphere should propel your decisions when decorating.

    For a summer theme, beach colors like yellow and blue can be incorporated into the tablecloth or runner. Use silver lanterns to add sparkle; place sunny lemons inside to add flair. Keep the actual candle on the table itself.

    If you want to show off glorious flowers that are in bloom around your yard, focus on displaying a rainbow of colors on your table. Use small mason jars and short drinking glasses to create a whimsical arrangement of flowers in alternating colors and heights. Make an extra special statement by casually placing whatever fruits are in season on the runner as well.

    For something a little more unusual, create a table by placing wood slabs across columns or old barrels you may have on your property. Keep the top of the table simple in this instance so that the focus stays on the assembly of the table. Use a wooden bench to match the look of the tabletop.

    For a sweet and simple look, run with vintage/rustic elements. Use recycled newspapers as placemats. Place white hydrangeas in recycled silver cans for an earthy look. Use black and white plates with silver utensils to match the tin cans. Your guests will be blown away by the simplistic beauty of this look.

    When decorating chairs, use cushions or fabric in different styles and colors to improve your décor. If you are having a 4th of July party, go with red, white, and blue fabrics. For a garden party, consider a gentle pastel-colored cushion. Adjust your color scheme with your party theme.

    Drape more intricate decorations around the top of the chair, or on the sides. For example, if you have fresh flowers, tie them to ribbons and casually drape them on the tops of chairs.

    Lastly, it is always fun to point your chairs in a color that is appropriate for your event. If you have a surplus of chairs, select two or three different paint colors to alternate amongst the tables.

  • Introduction to Building Lawn Features: From Adding a Foundation to Creating a Labyrinth

    Weekends are the perfect time to build lawn features. Many people pay extra attention to these features because they enhance the look of a lawn. Homemade lamps, fire pits, birdhouses, pebble mosaics, labyrinths, and gazebos can bring major pizazz to a lawn. The possibilities are endless! Intro Environmental Safety

    Let’s start with creating a foundation for a gazebo. It’s great to hang out on the lawn during the warm months, but the sun can get overwhelming at times. Building an outdoor gazebo will allow you to relax outside regardless of the weather.

    The first major step is to build the walls – start with four large posts for the corners and dig holes for the posts using post holders. Use quick cement to anchor them. Mount the bracing beams – in this step you are essentially using 6 beams to brace the three closed sides of the gazebo. Add windows, or keep it open-air if you prefer. You’ll then need four more beams to join the top posts in order to create a stronger foundation for the roof of the gazebo.

    The second major step is building the roof. You’ll need five 4 x 4” beams, four of which should be cut with a 45-degree angle at one end. Bolt the beams so that it looks like two upside-down V’s connected at the top. Attach the roof beams by bolting it into the corner posts at each end. If you decide on windows, you’ll need to install them at this point.

    Finally, you can finish off by adding some finishing touches – paint the structure, add a roof covering of corrugated aluminium or fiberglass and secure with nails. Create walls, add some furniture, and you’re set!

    Another cool, but basic weekend project for your lawn is building a labyrinth. There are advanced versions but we’re going to keep it simple. A labyrinth is like a maze, but without the confusion. It provides a guided path from beginning to end. Simple labyrinths can be created from blocks, pebbles, and even plants. The essential things you’ll need for the project are stakes, measuring tape, rope, and a pattern for your labyrinth.

    Measure the area you have available so you can decide on an appropriate pattern. Mark out the labyrinth pattern using stakes, placing them two feet apart. Wind rope around the stakes (on the ground) to line the path so that they are more visible. Next, use your material of choice to start lining the labyrinth along the rope outline. The height and details of the path are completely up to you. Finally, remove the ropes and stakes and you have yourself an awesome backyard labyrinth!

    The last feature we’ll talk about is a which will add color to your lawn, a feeling of nature, and a habitat for small birds. Kids will also have fun helping with this project. You’ll need materials including an 8-inch clay flowerpot, 10”x10” piece of plywood that is at least ¼ inch thick, two fender washers, rat-tail file, power drill, half-round file, saber saw, and one 8-inch eyebolt and nut.

    First, locate the entrance of where you want the hole for birds, and use a small drill bit (1/8 inch or smaller) to get the hole started in the center. Work your way up to larger bits, to gradually enlarge the hole. Once you’ve used your largest drill bit, you’ll need to enlarge the rest of the hole by hand, using the rat-tail file and half-round file. Once a quarter coin can pass through the hole, you’re all set to move to the next step.

    Trace the open end of the flowerpot on your piece of plywood in order to make the floor for the birdhouse (the small bottom end will hang off the tree.) Set the flowerpot upside down on top of the plywood base. Slide your fender washer onto the eyebolt and pass it through the drainage hole and through the plywood base. Then, use another washer over the end of the eyebolt and secure it with a nut.

    Now your birdhouse is ready to hang. This is a nice opportunity to get creative and paint flowers and other images on the outside of the pot. Finally, using a hook or chain, suspend the house 5 to 10 feet above the ground and wait for the birds to arrive!

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