As summer approaches, it’s time to prepare a few DIY decorations that will bring new life to your home. This year, try these four projects. They’re relatively easy, but they can add a lot of charm to your house. Scroll down to see these four summer DIY home garden ideas.
1. Add Color With a Vertical Garden
You don’t need much space to build a vertical garden. In fact, you could easily make one that fits on an apartment balcony. As long as the area gets the right amount of light for your plants, you can put a vertical garden practically anywhere.
There are numerous ways to make vertical gardens. Some popular options include:
- Adding landscape fabric and dirt to old pallets
- Hanging small planters from a fence
- Filling a shoe organizer’s compartments with potting soil
- Stacking planters to form a pyramid
Since you want the garden to add color to your home, it’s best to choose flowering plants like African violets and geraniums. If you don’t want to spend much time caring for the plants, then choose attractive cacti.
2. Brighten Your Backyard with String Lights
Christmas lights aren’t just for the holidays. This summer, string them above your backyard to create a beautiful canopy. You can use clear lights to make it look like the stars are out every night, or you can use colorful lights to create a festive atmosphere.
If you don’t want to expose your Christmas lights to the summer weather, you can purchase new strings from Christmas Lights Etc. The company has a wide range of outdoor lights for sale at affordable prices. By purchasing new strings for summer, you can reserve the ones you already own for Christmas. That gives you an opportunity to choose different colors and styles for each season.
3. Repel Bugs With Decorative Candles
Summertime’s wonderful weather brings annoying mosquitoes to most parts of the country. This year, you can combat pests in style by making your own insect-repelling candles. To make your candles, you’ll need:
- A few small jars
- Citronella essential oil
- Leftover herbs or citrus rinds
- One tea candle per jar
The directions are quite simple. Start by putting leftover herbs and citrus rinds in the jars. Lavender, rosemary, and lemon rinds work well because mosquitoes don’t like their scents. Add about 30 drops of citronella essential oil and fill each jar with hot water. Once the water cools, place a tea candle on top of the water (it should float). For an extra splash of fun, add food coloring or glitter to the water.
4. Bring the Outdoors Inside With Terrariums
Terrariums give you a no-fuss way to bring the outdoors into your home without creating a mess. To build a terrarium, you’ll need:
- A small glass container
- Some pebbles
- A couple small plants
- Some decorative items like ornaments or geodes
You don’t have to buy new containers to make your terrarium. Look around your home for items that you don’t use anymore. An old coffee pot, for instance, could make a great container for your terrarium.
You don’t need much money or time to make your home look amazing this summer. You just need a good idea and a handful of materials to get started.