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15 Easy And Fun Outdoor DIY Projects You Can Do In Less Than An Hour

15 Easy And Fun Outdoor DIY Projects You Can Do In Less Than An Hour

Outdoor DIY projects are very divisive: some people love spending time outside and getting their hands dirty, while others hate the idea of spending hours exposed to the elements with only a tool kit for company. The good news is that even if you fall into the latter camp, there are still plenty of fun backyard DIY projects that you can do in less than 60 minutes. Try one (or more) of these projects when you feel like getting some fresh air but don’t want to spend the whole day in the sun.

1. Do Some Landscaping Along Your Walkway

    If you have a path leading up to your front door, spruce it up by adding some plants as a border along the edge. You’ll want to choose a hardy plant that can handle being stepped on and doesn’t require a lot of care, or else an initially short DIY project could become more work than you intended. Creeping Jenny is a popular option if you’re looking for ground coverage, while geraniums are great if you’re looking for a little more color. Find more suggestions for walkway plants here.

    2. Make an Outdoor Tic Tac Toe Board

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      Set up a giant tic tac toe board for your kids using only a wood round, smooth rocks, and yellow, black, and red paints. You can paint lines on the wood round to create your board while you paint the rocks to look like bumblebees and lady bugs.

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      3. Create Fire in a Bowl

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        Maybe you don’t want to tear up your yard or invest the time necessary to build a fire pit, but you can still add a cozy touch to your next patio get-together by setting up bowls with flickering flames. This project should only take about half an hour, and you can learn how to do it here.

        4. Turn a Plastic Bottle into a Succulent Hanger

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          The next time you have a medium or large plastic bottle hanging out in your recycling bin, turn it into a succulent hanger by cutting off the narrow top section and filling it with soil and pea gravel. All you have to do is purchase several small succulents (which require very little maintenance) and plant them in the containers, then poke two holes in the side of the bottle in order to thread twine through. If you’re ambitious, you can also use acrylic craft paint to decorate the bottle.

          5. Make a PVC Pipe Towel Rack

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            If you have a pool in your backyard, you can make a towel rack using only PVC pipes, a PVC saw, and 12 T-fittings that are the same size as the pipes. That way, your family can keep their towels off the ground and use them longer! Get the instructions here.

            6. Make Your Own Citronella Candles

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              Why not choose a DIY project that will benefit you, your friends, and your family the next time you want to sit outside on a summer evening? Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own citronella candles in order to ward off mosquitoes.

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              7. Make a Hanging Basket Garden

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                If you have a green thumb but limited space in your yard, you can create a hanging basket garden by running twine through sturdy, woven baskets, filling those baskets with soil, and adding plants. Just make sure that your baskets are large enough for your plants but not so large that they’ll be extremely heavy once you add the soil.

                8. Pitch a Hula Hoop Tent

                  This is a great project for parents and kids to do together. All you’ll need are hula hoops, old sheets, scissors, and safety pins for the actual tents, plus blankets and cushions to sit on underneath. Get detailed instructions here and give your kids a cool, shady place to hang out in the backyard.

                  9. Make a Movie Screen Out of a Bed Sheet

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                    If you have an old white sheet or tarp lying around, transform it into a projector screen for an outdoor movie night. All you have to do is sew down the sides of the sheet to get the screen size you want, insert eyelets on each side of the top of the sheet, and sew in PVC pipes to create the frame. Then you can just use twine or rope to suspend the screen from a tree or other outdoor structure.

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                    10. Build a Backyard Tandoor Oven

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                      Did you know it’s possible to turn a terra cotta flower pot into a tandoor oven for naan and other flat breads? Or that this complicated-sounding project can be completed in roughly an hour? You can learn how at Food52.

                      11. Make a Bird Feeder Out of an Old Bottle

                        To complete this project, you’ll need to use screws or wood dowels to connect two small wooden planks at a right angle. You’ll then need to add two wire loops to the vertical board—one near the neck of your glass bottle and one near the bottom, so that the bottle is suspended 3 or 4 inches above the bottom board and the birdseed will be able to flow out into a bottom container gradually.

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                        12. Turn Mason Jars into Outdoor Lights

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                          Illuminate your deck or patio by creating solar mason jar lights, which are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make and can typically be completed in half an hour or less.

                          13. Paint Cinder Blocks to Create Outdoor Coffee Table

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                            We normally think of cinder blocks as unattractive, but they don’t have to be. Throw down a drop cloth, choose a wide paint brush and a color paint that you like, and spruce up a couple cinder blocks. You can then turn two cinder blocks on their ends (so that they’re taller than they are long) to make an outdoor coffee table, or turn several painted cinder blocks into planters for colorful flowers.

                            14. Paint Your Patio Tiles

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                              If you like the idea of a painting project and have a tiled patio that you want to give a modern look, you can transform several squares using latex floor paint.

                              15. Create a Border for Your Garden Using Wine Bottles

                                All you’ll need to do is dig a trench (about 8 inches deep) around your garden, line the far edge of the trench with either aluminum flashing or landscaper’s plastic edging, and then place your wine bottles top down in the dirt against the edging or flashing. Just be sure you rinse out your wine bottles and remove any labels or plastic first!

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                                Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                                5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                                Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                                How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                                • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                                • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                                • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                                • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                                • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                                • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                                When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                                1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                                Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                                2. Find What Inspires You

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                                Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                                On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                                3. Give Yourself a Break

                                When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                                Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                                4. Shake up Your Routines

                                Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                                Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                                When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                                5. Start with a Small Step

                                Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                                Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                                Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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