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15 Incredible Backyard DIYs To Embrace Summer

15 Incredible Backyard DIYs To Embrace Summer

Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your epic backyard. If its not epic yet, these projects are guaranteed to make for a signficiant upgrade. Do yourself a favor and get on these right now. You’ll make your space more enjoyable and have an awesome space to make all those summer time memories. Here is the inspiration you’ve been waiting for:

1. The Mini Greenhouse of your Dreams

Do you love plants? Do you want to have the perfect environment to grow them? Then this is the project for you. Check out the details here.

Baby Greenhouse

    via designdreamsbyanne

    2. Curvy Fire Pit Seating

    Do you love your fire pit, but just aren’t sure what the best seating solution is? Well, this DIY project is easy and practical. Get your bench on while creating cute excellent seating options.Next time you are ready for some summer smores, you and your crew can enjoy in style. Get the details here

    fire pit bench

      via abeautifulmess.com

      3. Upcycled Planter

      Do you love plants but aren’t sure how to best incorporated them into your design? Do you like to recycle older items into awesome new ones? Then this is the project for you. Grab an old tire and the paint can. Check out the details here

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      hanging-tire-flower-planter-tutorial

        via diyshowoff.com

        4. Outdoor waterworks

        Who doesn’t love the sound of running water? Well, for surprisingly little effort and investment, you can have such a luxury beautifying your backyard. It is a bit more involved than some DIY projects, but it also has one of the best payoffs. You can go for the pond option or the waterfall look with this DIY. Get the details here

        before-after-waterfall-pond

          via ohmy-creative.com

          5. Buddha Tiki Torches

          Are you looking for a bit of Asian flaire in your backyard? Why not make use of that Lucky Buddha Beer bottle? Turn those happy little suckers into elaborate tiki torches with this tutorial

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            via adventuresinmaking.com

            6. The mini bar you have been dreaming of

            Summer gatherings can only be improved with a mini bar. Make it something memorable and affordable with this tutorial.

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              via ideas.evite.com

              7. River Rock Table

              You’ll be amazed at how easily you can add this awesome piece of practical decor to your backyard. Grab some river rocks, wire, and a glass top and BAM you’ve got an awesome table. Check it out here

              river rock table

                via bhg.com

                8. Outside Movie House

                Imagine the whole family chilling in the backyard around dusk eating BBQ and watching a movie. LEarn how to build the perfect outdoor screen here via runn.

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                  ing-w-scissors.com

                  9. Fairy Folk Garden

                  If you think fairies are cool, this is the project for you. Not only will you have a cool conversation starter, but you will help make some awesome magical memories. Get the details here

                  fairy-house-from-onceuponacrafttime

                    via featheredneststudio.com

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                    10. Charming “rock” path

                    Do you love the way rock paths intricately connect a wide variety of shaped rocks? Would you like to have that effect without the big time investment? Bam problem solved

                    walkway

                      via onemillionpicture.com

                      11. Log Lounger

                      If your backyard is longing for some additional seating, this log lounger is the answer for you. Its inexpensive and adds a distinct taste of atmosphere to your little oasis. Check it out here

                      log lounger

                        via homemade-modern.com

                        12. Classic outdoor dining set

                        If you are going to throw an epic party in your backyard, you will definitely need a place for people to sit and dine. Check out how to build exactly that with some old pallets here

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                          via bridgman.co.uk

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                          13. Fence Bench

                          Grab those old pieces of fence you’ve got laying around and turn them into this cool piece of furniture. Check it out here.

                          fence bench

                            via the-brick-house.com

                            14. Crate Storage Table

                            Practical, stylish, and upcycled. What more could you want from a DIY project? Check it here

                            crate table

                              via Infarrantlycreative.com

                              15. Flower Pot Table

                              And you thought flower pots were just for plants. Hah. Get the real story here

                              flower pot table

                                via apartmenttherapy.com

                                Featured photo credit: LOSTMIND via pixabay.com

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                                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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