Revamp breakfast table and chairs with Rust-Oleum
I am in the process of paving my outdoor area and want to set up a spot where we can sit outdoors on warm mornings and enjoy breakfast. Using cast-off plastic and steel chairs and a concrete pedestal table, everything was painted with Rust-Oleum spray products.
Old garden shed becomes children's playhouse
Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old sheld or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away. With a few supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse you can create an area where children an spend hours during the summer months.
Copper crafts for garden decor
Copper is a wonderful material to use for outdoor projects. Copper pipes, rings and copper sheet is soft and reasonably pliable, as well as fairly inexpensive. What's nice about using copper outdoors is that it acquires a beautiful patina over time.
DIY designer patio furniture
Forget my last feature for DIY outdoor furniture, this is definitely one garden suite that I want to build. The outdoor patio suite probably costs a small fortune but is a simple DIY project that anyone could tackle. I would probably use Meranti for the construction, but you could just as easily use any reclaimed timber you manage to get your hands on.
Winter gardening
The sun is beaming in through the windows, the air is warm and crisp and the wind is non-existent. Living in South Africa we are blessed with sunshine for three hundred days (possibly more), each year. And winter is just a quick break from our hot summers - it's also the best time to get planting and preparing the garden for the new growing season.
How to make  a concrete bench
Concrete is an inexpensive way to make a variety of projects, but it's also the ideal material to use for making a garden bench that not only offers a comfortable place to sit and relax, but also becomes a feature in a garden. Use powder pigments to tint to a variety of colours, or apply concrete stain for subtle hues. 
DIY ideas for concrete or wood garden benches
Making a garden bench out of concrete of wood provides a place to sit and relax in the garden. But a garden bench can also be a decorative feature, or provide storage. Here are a collection of DIY concrete and wood garden benches that you can make for your own garden. 
DIY building fences
Using reclaimed timber or planed pine to build an outdoor fence  is an option that allows you to enclose your property with materials other than vibracrete, concrete or brick walls. It offers a more natural approach to adding privacy, plus you have the option to choose reclaimed timber for a rustic finish, or planed pine. 
DIY fold up - drop down table or desk
The secret to this handy wall-mounted table is that it folds away easily when not in use. The two side flaps open up to hold the top of the table in place while you work. You can use this fold up - drop down table in so many ways: in the garage or shed as a potting table - as a handy place to set up a comfortable workspace - or in a small children's bedroom as a study desk.
Reclaimed wood herb or plant stand
I still have a few pieces of reclaimed wood leftover from some pallets I managed to get my hands on. Knowing that I still needed to do a project for easyDIY magazine, I thought it might be nice to make a herb of plant stand using the leftover bits of reclaimed wood and some old drawers that I have been wanting to use.
Make a DIY garden privacy kitchen
This pine privacy screen is perfect for a patio or balcony. You will find a selection of PAR pine products at your local Builders and you can modify the size of the panels to fit your particular situation - or build extra panels if you need more privacy for a large patio or entertainment area.
Make a kitchen herb tower
This herb tower is easy to make with a selection of different sized flower pots that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse, or may already have lying around in the garden or shed. Pot up with your favourite herbs and place in a sunny spot that's easy to access when you need to pick a few herbs for cooking or salads.
DIY concrete water feature
Buying a simple water feature can cost anywhere from R800 upwards depending on the size. Or you could make your own custom concrete water feature with a few basic supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and a cardboard carpet tube. Here's how to make a simple cylinder water feature that won't cost more than around R100.
Decorative concrete planters
Making your own concrete planters is a fun way to create your own personalised pots for a garden. You can add glass or stone pebbles, mosaic or any other decorative trim to finish off the concrete planters. You can also use this same method to create a water feature.
Make a simple raised garden bed
Raised beds are the solution to many gardening problems and you can modify the design for various situations in any garden, whether to rectify a garden that has poor soil, or to create areas that are easy to care for or planted up with assorted vegetables. In this feature we show you a quick and easy way to build a raised bed.
How to install a rain barrel
Prepare your garden for dry spells and reduce water consumption by fitting your own rain barrel. A small rain barrel won't take up a lot of space and is easily fitted to a downspout to collect rain water for use in the garden. Your local Builders Warehouse stocks a selection of small and medium rain barrels, but you could also use a plastic dustbin, large plastic container or drum, or sealed barrel, to serve the same purpose.
DIY outdoor garden furniture
With easy access to tools and materials for DIY enthusiasts, making outdoor garden furniture has become a growing trend that many like to take on as an alternative and affordable option for outdoor furniture.
Throw a summer garden party!
With our fantastic climate, a garden party now and again is a must - even if you have the tiniest garden! There’s nothing better than relaxing in the sun with your nearest and dearest. But the most exciting part of a garden party is setting it up, because you can have so much fun with the décor.
Design a decorative side pathway
If your garden is anything like mine, at the far end of my house the side path is used as a dumping ground. Here's how to lay a decorative gravel and paved path that looks good and enhances your outdoor area. The gravel and pave path is easy enough to lay in a day and you will find everything you need for this project (excluding turf) at your local Builders Warehouse.
Comfortable sunroom or patio chaise
I love to stretch out on a hot summer's day with a good book and a cool glass of wine. This comfortable chaise is simply a basic pine frame upholstered with a layer of foam and wrapped in fabric. Dress it up with colourful plain or patterned cushions and it’s perfect for a sunroom, covered patio or deck. Leave the cover loose so that it can be popped into the washing machine whenever necessary.
DIY outdoor slat chairs
If you need chairs for outdoors, these slat chairs are very comfortable and would look good on a deck or patio, or when creating a cosy corner to sit and relax. They are made of PAR pine that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and are finished with exterior sealer for maximum protection.
How to make an LED outdoor sparkball light
If you have plastic cups leftover from entertaining over the holidays, here's a way to recycle them into an LED light that is perfect for your New Year's party. The light is illuminated using battery-operated LED fairy lights and is stunning once switched on. You can hang it on the patio or in the garden to add fun lighting to your party.
Outdoor garden table and benches
If you're planning on entertaining during the festive season and won't fit all your guests around that small outdoor patio set, you need to make this large outdoor dining table and bench set. The table is large enough to seat all your guests in comfort. Made from PAR pine available at your local Builders Warehouse, the table has a tiled top that protects and makes for easy cleaning.
Copper pipe tikki torches
Make your own tikki torches using copper pipe and a few other essentials that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. Push your torches into the ground throughout your garden or around your patio, light them and relax.
Nail varnish dipped plant pots
Forget about paint dipped pots. This project shows how you can use nail varnish to add a colourful dipped effect to plant pots, or anything else for that matter. Buy a few bottles of inexpesive nail varnish in your choice of colours and experiment.
Lazy susan turntable for outdoor dining table
A lazy susan turntable is perfect for an outdoor garden table. All your condiments, sauces and jams can be placed on the turntable for easy access to everyone sitting at the table. And making a lazy susan is easy if you use a lazy susan bearing.
Eco-friendly garden craft projects
Here's a way to have some fun with your power tools and be eco-friendly at the same time. We've put together a selection of eco-friendly garden craft projects that will save you money and make gardening easier!
Reclaimed timber garden swing chair
The ideas for using reclaimed timber just keep on coming. These reclaimed timber garden swing chair is made from timber pallets and is just the place to relax in the shade of some trees on a hot summer day.
Classic slat garden bench
A place to sit and relax in the garden is a must have, and this classic garden bench combines contemporary good looks with comfort. You can make the bench out of PAR pine, meranti or any hardwood of your choice. You will find a selection of PAR pine and meranti at your local Builders Warehouse.

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Unique ideas for flower pots and containers
If you are looking for ways to add colour and interest to your garden, take a look at some of the unique flower pot and container ideas.
How to rust sheet metal
We've looked at corrugated sheet metal as a material for interior decor, and it has just as many uses outdoors. But if you really want to create a rustic setting you might want to encourage sheet metal to rust. After some research I undercovered a few tips and tricks on how to rust sheet metal quickly...
Build a privacy screen for garden, patio or balcony
A privacy screen is a great idea for adding privacy to a townhouse garden, screening off a patio area, blocking off the view from close neighbours, or a way to offer shade to a sunny spot. This privacy screen is easy to make and looks good, as well as providing a reasonable amount of privacy.
Make a tabletop firepit
Here's an easy way to add a special touch to your next get together with a personal firepit. The tabletop firepit uses gel fuel to light up and provide a touch of ambience.
Revamp garden or patio furniture
If you're a fan of Home-Dzine, you know how much I love using Rust-Oleum spray paint in and around the home. It's the most amazing spray paint ever and can be used on so many surfaces to instantly transform or add colour. Here's how to use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to transform dull, drab patio furniture in a day.
Tool shed or garage organisation the easy way!
If you spend ages digging around to find the tools you need, it's time to make this PVC pipe storage system for your garden shed or garage. All you need is a length of 50mm diameter PVC pipe - that you will find in the plumbing section of your local Builders Warehouse.

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Wall bar for deck, patio or balcony
This nifty wall bar is just the thing for outdoor next to the braai, on a patio, or even on a balcony. You can make it out of pine, or marine plywood if you want to leave it outdoors.
Make a groovy garden table
Entertain in style with this groovy garden table. We used PAR pine to make our table and then finished it off with exterior sealer. The groove design adds an decorative touch to the table and is not something you can buy in a store. You'll find everything you need to complete this project at your local Builders Warehouse.
Restore steel garden furniture
It's officially spring, which means spending more time outdoors.... yah! But if your steel garden furniture is an eyesore, it's time to grab your Dremel Multitool and sanding ring, as well as a can of Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint.
Upcycle washing machine drum into firepit
Here's how to turn a washing machine drum into a firepit. It’s a super-easy project and the design of the stainless steel drum is perfect for a fire. The small holes around the drum not only allow for oxygen flow to the fire but also make for a pretty light show. Although this one has welded feet, you can leave these off.
Make a portable steel fire bowl
This practical fire bowl is adds style to any garden and provides a gathering spot for entertaining. The lightweight design gives this project a unique, decorative look that you won’t find in store-bought models. Hone up your welding skills by attending a DIY Divas Welding Workshop.
Ideas to install an outdoor shower
If you are tired of children running indoors to rinse off after swimming, an outdoor shower might be just the solution. Tiled floors and wet children are an accident waiting to happen, and installing an outdoor shower involves nothing more than hooking a hosepipe connection up to an outdoor tap, or asking your local plumber to install one for you.

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Decorative pine table and stools
Perfect for a sunny spot in a courtyard, on a balcony, or even on a small deck, this decorative pine table and matching seats won't cost you an arm and a leg, is easy to make, and you'll find everything you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse - or you can use reclaimed timber.
Make a pyramid planter
Make this pyramid planter to grow your own vegetables and herbs in a small garden or sunny courtyard. Just choose the sunniest spot and plant up. You can even make one for herbs and one for veggies, or plant up one by the front door and fill with colourful annuals.
Build (or buy) a large outdoor farmhouse table
It's hard to find a table that accommodates a large group of family or friends, and making your own outdoor garden table has its benefits. This large, rectangular garden table can be made to seat as many people as you like, and you can make it with supplies readily available at your local Builders Warehouse, or with salvaged wood.
Poolside landscaping with DuraTurf
Anyone with a pool knows how difficult it can be to get anything to grow around the perimetre. Whether you have a pool that uses chlorine or salt, when the kids start splashing around the plants start to die off. I've also mentioned the problem of having quite a shady garden, which makes it even more difficult to get anything to grow... so, time for a new plan.
Makeover garden furniture with Rust-Oleum
Give me half a chance and I will talk for hours on the joy of using Rust-Oleum spray paints for projects in and around the home. There simply is no spray paint that comes close to Rust-Oleum, and their range of products is amazing.
Add pizzazz to a plain patio set
A screwdriver and a can of Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze - plus a few supplies - and you are ready to transform your patio set and have it ready for the next season. You will find Rust-Oleum on the shelf at Builders Warehouse.

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Tips on building an outdoor fireplace
I don't have a big garden, so a firepit is big enough to warm up and create a cosy spot during the colder months of the year. But an outdoor fireplace is just the thing if you have a large patio or entertainment area.
Stepping or flagstones with a rubber door mat
Here's a way to use a rubber door mat to make decorative stepping stones or concrete pavers for a garden path or walkway. All you need for this project are a few supplies that you can easily buy at your local Builders Warehouse.
Make a gazebo using PVC plumbing pipes
I know that our summer has ended, but that's no reason to pack away your tools! During the winter hibernation you can pop into your local Builders Warehouse and grab all the materials to make this gazebo out of PVC plumbing pipes and it will be ready to dress up for when spring comes.
An old trampoline becomes a garden day bed
I know quite a few people that have an old trampoline packed away in the garage, or dumped at the bottom of the garden - left there because the kids have grown up and no longer use it and it's too big to throw away. Well now you can put that old trampoline back into use... as a hanging garden chair.
Colourful mat for patio or deck
Use thick canvas and paint to freshen up a deck or patio with this simple weekend painting project. Pop into your local Builders Warehouse and grab a thick dropcloth, some Plascon Sure Coat matt acrylic in your choice of colours and painting gear and turn a drop cloth into a custom-coloured mat for a touch of outdoor decor.
Lush green lawn all year round
Way back in 2008 I made the decision to give up on my small lawn, having already spent way too much on planting and re-planting with different grasses to have a lush green lawn. Too much shade and poor draining in the rainy season resulted in a patchy lawn that was a sad sight to behold.

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Solve poor drainage with a French drain
It is important to deal with bad drainage, as left unattended this can lead to serious problems such as damage to building foundations. An easy DIY options that solves bad drainage in a garden in installing agricultural pipe or putting in a French drain.
Upcycled items become garden decor
Create an interesting feature, fun corner or conversation piece by upcycling household items into marvellous containers for the garden. Steel toolboxes, oil drums, dustbins, a piano and cracked crockery can all be upcycled and repurposed for use in a garden.
Timber pallets become garden containers
Marick and partner wanted big pots with cherry trees for their front stoep, but rather than buying huge, expensive pots, decided to build them from timber packaging pallets.
Make your own garden spheres or orbs
Here's how to make your own orbs or spheres for indoors or outdoors. These spheres add interest to any garden setting, especially when left to rust naturally. You can make these orbs or spheres using steel or wood.
Green gardening competition
I love the idea of using recycled glass bottles to make hydroponic herb containers for a kitchen. Recycling is not only a move towards greening the planet, it's also an opportunity to look for ways that you could do more. Put your thinking cap on. We have a Dremel Tool hamper valued at over R3500.00 to give away to the best idea.
Easy DIY concrete stepping stones
Here's how to make your own concrete stepping stones with an organic design that you can create using elements from your own garden. These concrete stepping stones are much nicer than the ready-made ones you buy and are quick and easy to make.
Make these cute hypertufa pots
This project designed by 33 shades of green shows how to make these cute hypertufa pots, similar to the ones made by Tanya Visser on her gardening show, and using the same principle as the hypertufa table previously featured on Home-Dzine.

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Add a mock window to your balcony or patio
Ever wanted to add a touch of glamour to your balcony with a decorative feature? Well, how about creating a mock window to bring the outside in! You could also mount this mock window on a patio, or even in the garden to create an illusion of more space.
How to make a vertical garden
One of our Home-Dzine readers, Anisha, sent through a picture of the vertical garden that she made for her patio. We have previously featured on vertical gardens, which are ideal for anyone that has a small garden, a courtyard, or a balcony.
Make a garden table
I completed a garden table project for Easy DIY magazine. Having been inspired by the guys at Far Out Flora, who used reclaimed timber for their garden table, I wanted a more formal design for the garden, not to mention that I seem to have run out of reclaimed timber for the time being!
Gilded flower container
Metal leaf provides a shiny metallic finish and transforms a boring galvanized tin container into a beautiful feature. Gilded using a mix of copper and imitation gold leaf, this container looks gorgeous outdoors in a sunny spot and will brighten up a dull space.
Make concrete flower pots
Create your own unique garden pots and planters using concrete, cooking spray, and your choice of forms. Here's a great way to repurpose your chlorine buckets. Use the large bucket for the outer form and a smaller container for the inner form.
Timber pallets become practical garden furniture
One crafty reader transforms timber pallets into attractive patio furniture. Samantha Klein was lucky enough to stumble upon plenty of timber pallets for her repurposed patio furniture. Definitely a worthy project for our Craft Challenge.

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Repurpose leftover bricks
If you have some clay bricks left over from a building project, don't toss these aside. There are many ways to put these leftover bricks to good use in the garden. Use bricks to edge around lawn, stack bricks for decorative features, or use old bricks as planters.
Build a basic garden shed
Every home needs a place for garden tools and this small garden shed provides for plenty of storage without taking up too much space. The compact design will fit almost anywhere and you can make the entire shed out of timber and board that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
Make cute clay pots of succulents
I've been posting a lot lately about succulents. I really do love these little guys and the fact that they grow so easily makes them even more lovable, especially if you don't have green fingers. Here is a project that shows you how to make cute little clay pots out of oven-bake clay, and they are soooo cute...
A mini greenhouse using cd cases
You know I love projects that repurpose household waste in new ways, and I was blown away by Mega Crafty's unique way of using CD cases to make a mini greenhouse. I think it's awesome that we are being inspired to recycle and repurpose in such amazing ways!
How to make a vertical garden
You can make a vertical garden on the cheap with a few supplies and basic tools. The plants you choose are what makes your vertical garden special and succulents are best, as they require minimal watering.
Outdoor scrabble board
A tiled board and some painted blocks are all that you need to create this fun outdoor game of Scrabble. The actual Scrabble board is made by laying a timber frame and then pouring concrete into 10 centimetre squares.

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Name tags for herb pots and herb gardens
Here I go again... thinking up ways to recycle plastic bottles. I have done quite a few projects using these flower design cut from the base of a plastic 2 litre bottle, and you will be able to make an amazing chandelier in a future issue of Easy DIY magazine, so keep an eye out.
Timber pallet garden day bed
Who doesn't enjoy finding a shady spot in the garden to read a good book. This garden day bed is made up entirely from relaimed timber pallets, joined together and topped off with a covered foam cushion
Concrete flower pots
Make your own funky flower pots and containers with empty plastic bottles and some concrete. If you prefer, you can use a hypertufa mix for a more natural looking pot.
Garden table gets a new tabletop
Find out how easy it is to replace a garden tabletop with a beautiful rustic piece of raw edged pine.
Tips for autumn gardens
Whether it's the result of climate change or not, this past summer has been a challenge for any gardener. With the heat and heavy rains, most of our landscapes look overgrown and tired.
Build raised garden beds
If it’s almost impossible to grow plants in your soil (heavy clay, poor drainage, rocky), a raised garden bed is the perfect solution. It lets you bring in good soil and create the ideal garden bed. It also lets you garden without bending over as far or working on your hands and knees.

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Make a hypertufa table
Hypertufa combines peat moss and concrete that can be moulded into moderately porous planters. Note that the mixing and moulding process shown below is on a smaller scale to show the details. It’s also a good practice project to try before moving on to the larger table
Concrete leaves as ornaments or feature
For those of you who attended the 2012 Homemakers Expo, I promised to share the project that Tanya Visser did at the show, where she made beautiful huge leaf features of concrete.
Erase grease and grime from a concrete driveway
You can erase years of grease and grime in a single day with a high-pressure washer.
Suburban herb garden
If you live in a townhouse, flat or apartment and don't have access to a garden, here's a way to recycle empty tins into colourful containers for herbs and plants.
Grab some 'me' time in a hammock
Kids are back at school, hubby is back at work, and you've spent the holidays running around after the whole family (and possibly relatives too!). Now it's time to grab some 'me' time before you get stuck into the new year.
Relax in a deckchair
While catching some rays during the holidays this year I thought back to how comfortable sitting in a deckchair was. The fabric fitted your rear end perfectly and it was easy to fall asleep. With that in mind, for all you folks who remember the comfort of a deckchair, here's how to build one...!

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Kids fun water shower
This project is a must build for summer, especially if you don't have a swimming pool. A trip down to your local hardware store for a few supplies and some basic tools are all that you need to create this summer spray.
How to build a garden fence
If you've got nosey neighbours, putting up a fence it just one way to give yourself more privacy.
Cute concrete garden mushroons
Sprout some style in the garden by making these unique mushroom-inspired artworks. Historically, staddle stones were used as architectural supports to keep grain barns elevated and their contents safe from moisture and rodents. Today, you’re more likely to see them adding wonder to a water garden, flair to a flowerbed, or grandeur to a garden path.
Recycled glass jar candle lights
Recycle empty glass jars and add pizzazz to a summer patio with hanging candle lights. Suspended from hooks or branches, these easy, solar-powered candle lights will add sparkle to the garden by day and illuminate a pathway by night.
Make a garden obelisk
Typically constructed of wood lattice, a garden obelisk is basically a free-standing trellis. When situated near climbing plants such as a black-eyed Susan or sweet pea, the obelisk showcases the vine and acts as a striking focal point.
Restore steel or timber garden furniture
Vintage patio furniture has a rustic charm that modern furniture simply cannot compare to. It's a look that says I'm old and loved. Don't toss out that old metal patio set simply because it's covering in flaking paint and rust.

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Restore outdoor furniture with Rust-Oleum
Giving your garden furniture a makeover is as easy as 1... 2... 3.... Buy a can or two of Rust-Oleum spray paint, prepare your furniture for painting and then spray on glorious, new colour. It's as easy as that.
Build a freestanding pergola
Whether you build a small arbor, or a larger pergola, this is a garden structure that will increase your enjoyment of the garden and add value to your property.
Makeover a garden table with a new top
At around R250 for a full sheet of 18mm plywood, it's easy to give your outdoor table a brand-new shape and size with plywood.
Restore or revamp wicker furniture
You can easily revamp or restore indoor and outdoor wicker furniture in a couple of hours and we show you how.
Give my braai a makeover
The average South African braai has to be ready for anything - at any time! Because we love a good braai, in winter or summer. Grab a can of Rust-Oleum High Heat spray and give your braai a makeover.
Build a garden rocker
Get ready for lazy summer days in the garden, or by the pool, with this lazy garden rocker and stool.

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Recycled table for garden
This gorgeous table is made from nothing more than old timber pallets that have been stripped apart and then sanded. The idea is to leave the reclaimed timber in its natural state rather than finish off with anything. I do think it just adds to the whole look.
Recycled cans make garden tags
Most tags are pretty useless for long-term. I've spent a little time experimenting with other options and have come up with an inexpensive and easy to make tag for the garden. Its design also adds movement to the garden as the wind catches it.
Makeover a rusted garden table and chairs
So as I was touring the garden the other day, I realized there’s definitely some sprucing that needs to happen. I was reminded of the bistro set I found a couple of years ago and that I had every intention of refinishing, but I just never got around to it.
Make a copper pipe garden chime
If, like me, you find a wind chime therapeutic here is a way to make your own copper wind chime that’s in tune with your senses and your budget.
Give garden furniture a makeover
Patio furniture looking dull and dated? Think twice before you toss them out... It's easy to transform them and make them look better than new. All you need is a little imagination and a few cans of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
Quick and easy greenhouse
You can easily build this sturdy, little greenhouse in a day with basic tools and a few supplies from your local Builders Warehouse.
Build a tree ring
In addition to being an attractive design element, a border encircling a tree is practical in many ways. It protects the tree trunk from contact with lawn mowers, and it corrals mulch from spreading to the lawn. Plus it adds a decorative element to a garden.

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How to build a garden fence
If you just want a fence to keep out the neighbour's dog, there are plenty of off-the-shelf choices at your local home centre. If, on the other hand, the idea of defining your personal landscape with a touch of architectural flair grabs your imagination, you've come to the right place.
Stop dogs from digging in beds
Some dogs love to dig. And, of course, one hole just isn’t enough. I read somewhere that chicken wire laid over the ground would solve the problem, and sure enough, dogs hate getting their nails caught in the mesh. But if you want the wire to stay put, you have to take time to carefully bury all the edges and put in plenty of stakes.
Make a garden day bed
Build an outdoor daybed for lazy days enjoying the freshness of spring in the air. Our daybed is perfect for a shady spot in the garden, or on the patio or deck.
Make a garden compost bin
If you love to garden, nothing feeds your plants better than compost. In this project the gaps between the wood slats let air circulate around the pile to keep odours at bay and ensure that wastes are breaking down; removable slats, front panels, or doors make it easy to turn the pile and remove compost when it’s ready to spread.
Make a garden spiral
I first spotted a spiral wind-spinner in a friend's garden and I was captivated by it. When the breeze turned the spiral, it had a magical hypnotic type of effect. The ball gave an illusion of moving up and down the spiral tail.
Table for garden umbrella
Here's the perfect project for anyone who enjoys a cool drink under a shade umbrella on a hot summer day. The 600 x 600mm table will accommodate an umbrella and stand, have enough surface space for drinks and snacks, and looks great.

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Garden cubby with tray for plants
Useful garden storage box that serves double duty with a planting tray on the top. It's perfect for displaying colourful annuals or a collection of herbs. Behind the door you could store garden accessories or even a hose pipe.
Decorate flower pots
I love terra-cotta, but I think too much of it can be monotonous. To vary the look of these I sometimes age them by spraying them with a yoghurt solution to stimulate moss growth (a time-consuming affair), or if I want instant gratification I paint them.
Mosaic bird bath
This project is fun to do, keeps the three of us relatively out of trouble, and requires only simple, inexpensive household items.
Recycled tin cans for potted plant display
Recycle old paint or coffee tins into attractive plant holders that can be hung in the garden to decorate a plain wall.
Make a 4-poster garden daybed
During the winter month's you don't have to hibernate. Get out the tools and make this daybed for relaxation in the summer months.
Mosaic projects for the garden
Turn bits and pieces of broken china and tile into unique garden ornaments with these easy mosaic projects.

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Make a bamboo trellis
What I found on a recent shopping trip was either overpriced, lacking in character, or made with flimsy materials. That’s what motivated me to make my own trellises out of bamboo. Bamboo is a wonderfully versatile building material. It’s lightweight, strong, and flexible, and it looks at home in most gardening schemes.
Garden planter bench [PDF]
The hardest part of building a wood bench is ensuring that its legs are sturdy. So to make it easy to build this 3m long bench, we designed a bench top that rests on a pair of oversize ceramic pots. Add plants or trees to enrich the look; we used New Zealand flax.
Faux stone patio
Concrete is a sturdy and durable floor for a patio, but it’s certainly not charming. Learn how to transform your concrete slab into a faux-stone living space.
DIY timber garden hammock
Rock-solid posts and overhead shading make this hammock the perfect retreat on hot summer days. All you need to do is to add the hammock.
An old lapa restored
The Colourful Corner Nursery in Randpark Ridge has a lapa, deck and pond quietly tucked away in the corner. Over the years the wooden windows and doors, as well as the deck have been left uncared for and the DIY Divas decided that this was the perfect project to show you just how easy it is to restore outdoor timber - in a weekend!
 

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