DIY backyard swing circle

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What’s better than sitting around a campfire drinking beer? How bout swinging around a campfire drinking beer!
At least, that’s what Dave Chenango was thinking when he posted the idea of a DIY backyard swing circle:

DIY backyard swing circle

building a backyard swing circle, *All photo credits & the idea itself goes to Dave

The list of materials he used for this DIY project were:

6- Bags of Sacreete (or Quickcreete – whatever you call it) one for each upright.
6- 6x6x10’s (for the uprights)
6- 6x6x8’s for the top sections
6- 2x6x8’s for the stabilizers that go kitty corner on top of 6×6’s (for strength)
24- 3/8’s x 8″ lags for laggin the top horizontal pieces to the uprights (countersunk)
24- 4″ Deck screws for screwing the top pieces together horizontally before lagging them.
24 – 3″ Deck screws for screwing the top 2×6 stabilizers to the 6×6’s
10- 3/8×8″ eyebolts with nuts and washers for hanging the swings

The beauty of a project like this is that you can customize your own – use it as inspiration!

Check out the details of his build right here

If this project is a bit to complicated for you, maybe check out this DIY Pallet Swing or take on a smaller project with this baby swing.

DIY Rustic Citronella Candles

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Citronella Candles

It’s never too late in the season to protect yourself from those pesky bugs – specifically mosquitos. Man, I hate those guys! We went for a walk by the river the other evening, and were eaten alive! Boo.

I’ve never been a fan of the way most citronella candles you can buy at the store look. I think they’re pretty cheesy. They already don’t smell the best, so why not create something that at least looks nice? Here is an amazing DIY from Glamorous Bride. The tutorial is not just for the outside of the candle, but you actually make the citronella as well! Love!

The Glamorous Bride – Rustic Citronella Candle DIY

DIY Fire Pit!

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Fire pits are one of my most favorite things about summertime! It’s a lovely place for friends and family to gather, laugh and talk, and of course roast marshmallows! 

DIY Firepit

I just love this DIY from Homeroad! I also love what they did with the whole space surround their fire pit. It feels so beach-y and relaxing. Sign me up!

Lace Flower Pot

This is such a great idea! How cute would these be grouped together on a window sill, a shelf, or a bookcase? What I like the most about sprucing up plain ole’ terracotta pots, is it makes an outdoor idea an indoor idea. Love it!

Lace Flower Pot

(Source – Pinterest. Original Source – Unknown)

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Outdoor Decor

I have found that as soon as starts to warm up outside, I am constantly looking for little projects to spruce up my outdoor space. These projects range in price and difficulty, but I think all of them are pretty adorable! Try one (or more!) of them out and see how the whole look of your yard can change!

 Add Curtain to your porch swing.

Curtained Swing

 Make an easy, affordable outdoor bench

Easy inexpensive outdoor bench

 Stitch something cute on your screen door

Stitched Screen Door

 Create a side table out of some old shutters

Shutter Side Table

 Make an outdoor table with wheels out of pallets

Pallet Table w Wheels

Add glow in the dark paint to your planters 

Glow in the Dark Planters

Use the frame from a paper lantern to plant a vine. When it fills in, it will be awesome!

Vine Lantern

Use an old shutter to hang some of your plants. 

Hanging Plants

Plant a vertical garden.

Vertical Garden

 Make your own garden swing. 

Garden Swing

My Perfect Summer Party

My perfect summer party includes gorgeous weather, my closest friends and family, delicious food and beverages, and the following nine DIY’s.  They help create a lovely atmosphere while getting those creative juices flowing! My personal favorites are #2, #5, and #6. Go check them out!

1. Mason Jar Cups w/ Lids

Mason Jars Cups

2. Terracotta Lanterns

Terracota Lanterns

3. Colorful Utensil Organization

Colorful Utensil Organization

4. Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

5. Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns

6. Sangria Drink Station

Sangria Bar Drink Station

7. Hanging Mason Jar Lights

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

8. Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

Wine bottle lantern

9. Movie Screen 

Outdoor Movie Screen