DIY work in the garden is difficult, particularly for those with no woodworking or natural home improvement talent. But there are always solutions, and sometimes they’re easier than you’d think.
We don’t get all seasons in full swing in South Africa, but maintaining the garden year round is still a challenge. We want to use your gardens to their utmost potential but aren’t necessarily always sure where to begin. Well this Ideabook has
been compiled to make your garden usable and smart regardless of the weather, transform
that dull and dreary patio into a brilliant outdoor entertainment zone that
will make the perfect setting for any social occasion. Cool, crisp fresh air
and nature’s own vitamin D, now that is what the doctor ordered.
A lot of people are so busy focusing on the placing of garden stones that they completely overlook a crucial element: colour. After all, colour is what draws people (and animals) into your green space, so an adequate amount of time should be spent on deciding on the hues and tones you want to include.
Colour can enter your garden in many ways: flowers, fruits, pots, or by painting a wall or fence. In addition, there’s a myriad of garden décor out there, ready to transform any garden into a wonderland (see some striking examples of modern gardens here on homify to get your creativity going).
Remember: the colours in your garden should enhance the space. Using light colours in garden accessories and objects can make the hues of your flowers stand out even more. On the other hand, who’s stopping you from adding, for example, a bright orange into your garden space, as seen in our example above?
Whether you’re a woodworking star or just starting out, there are plenty of garden and patio options that are easy to build!
Stone, wood and tiles are increasingly replacing the traditional turf of our courtyards and gardens. There are several motives for this, including practicality. While grass and earth give you a fresh feeling, it also requires periodic maintenance, as well as good sunshine and irrigation. Moreover, grass is a breeding ground for one of the most annoying pests of modernity: mosquitoes.
So, many houses that once had a piece of land in the back or at the entrance, look glamorous today with floating wooden floors, terracotta tiles or simple stones, white or coloured, the prices of which are affordable and the results spectacular.
Today we will showcase 18 spectacular patios and gardens without grass, wherein exquisite combinations between stone, tile and wood appear. In addition, just because there is no grass, doesn’t mean you can’t have flowers. Plants appear in these gardens and occupy strategic areas, either as shrubs, flowers or in niches as contained in pots. These proposals will undoubtedly reslove your garden design problems!
Buying a gift for the woodworking in your lift is difficult. You don’t know what they have, what they don’t have, what they want, what they need, or what works with the items they already have. If you are looking for ideas, this is intended to provide you some ideas and inspiration when searching for gifts that a woodworker would love to have in his or her shop. We have compiled a list and some descriptions that will help make this process a little easier.
Below is a list for woodworking items that are under $100. These items are great for all situations, stand alone gifts, white elephants gifts, stocking stuffers, or sidekick gifts with larger items.
Rockler 3-piece silicon glue kit – An excellent stocking stuffer for your woodworker. Once glue dries, it can be peeled off. This saves money!
FastCap Tape Measures – Tape measures are extremely underrated in the shop. There are specific tape measures for specific applications or people. If your woodworker is left handed, get them a lefty tape measure!
FastCap GluBot and BabeBot – We use the GlueBot nearly everyday. They are a wonderful innovation to the glue bottle which allows the user to apply/dispense glue at any angle. The BabeBot is great for smaller or craft type projects!
FastCap 2P-10 CA Glue Family of Products: This product is used every single day we are in the shop. The activator allows the user to instantly bond two surfaces together within seconds. Decreasing waiting time and increasing productivity in the shop. Shop time is valuable, don’t wait for wood glue to dry on those certain applications, use CA glue!
CA Glue – Available in two sizes and a variety of viscosities. We used medium and thick in the shop the most.
Activator – Applied to one surface after the glue has been applied to the other surface. Once they touch, the activator kicks the CA glue and sets it within a few seconds
*Rockler Silicone Mat – Another great stocking stuffer to cover your work surface or bench. Once glue, epoxy, paint, etc dries, simply peel it off.
*Rockler LED Utility Lights – A great alternative to increase lighting in your woodworkers space. Whether it is a shop, garage, or shed, you can increase the light and also save money while doing it!
*Rockler Custom Knife Kits and Knife Scales – A fun project that also makes great gifts! Purchase the premade knife scales or make your own. We recommend to buy a few at a time.
Black and Decker 20 Volt Max Drill-Driver – A great starter upgrade to today’s technology. If your woodworker has an older drill and wants to upgrade, this is a great option if they do smaller projects.
*Rockler Corner Radius Routing Template – The routing template guides the user to make perfect radiuses on material. Excellent gift if you notice rounded corners on your woodworkers project.
Rockler Bench Cookies – In our opinion, a shop must! They are excellent to bring safety, help protect your project, and convenience to your woodworkers shop. They can be used to prop up your material when cutting with a jigsaw, keep your project in place when sanding, or use the pyramids while letting the finish dry.
FastCap Pocket Tool Kit – A 7 tool kit that include, Awl, diamond sharpener, laminate knife, saw, file/rasp, putty knife, combo putty knife and that is all included in a hard case. This is great if your woodworker does mobile projects on the house or does work for family or friends. They keep a variety of tools in a safe package.
*Ryobi 18 Volt Quiet Strike Pulse Driver – If your woodworker has sensitive hearing, needs a pulse driver, or needs to upgrade his/her impact driver. The Ryobi Quiet Strike is quite impressive. It is very quiet and packs a punch. Great for someone that does any project across the spectrum.
More where that came from!
We have another video on gift ideas that are over $100. If that video is live, there will be a link below.
If you’re in need of a last minute gift idea, then put your woodworking talents to use and handcraft something valuable. For inspiration, we have compiled a collection of nine woodworking projects perfect for gifting when you don’t have a lot of time. These step-by-step demonstrations provide all the information you need to whip up a beautiful handcrafted item in no time at all.
No-Miter Picture Frame
This picture frame may be easy to make, but that doesn’t mean it will look easy. This tutorial demonstrates one the easiest ways to make a wood picture frame without the need for cutting miters. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll be able to make multiple frames in an instant. Print off some photos of family and friends to gift and display them in this custom handcrafted wood frame.
Find the project here: Post-Haste Project: No-Miter Picture Frame
Box with Barrel Sides
This small wooden box makes a perfect gift for storing keepsakes, jewelry, or other small trinkets. It looks complex with its barrel sides, but follow along with the steps in this tutorial and you’ll be able to easily build this charming little box. This is a two-part video, so be sure to catch both parts to get all of the instruction.
Find the project here: Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 1 Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 2
Upcycled Wood Boxes
Using salvaged wood in projects has become increasingly popular. This upcycled wood box is a great way to give old wood a new life. Using salvaged wood can be fun to work with, but it may be beneficial to do some research on working with reclaimed wood before you start. Give it a try and surprise someone with this upcycled rustic box.
Find the project here: Cool Upcycle Wood Boxes Using Salvaged Wood
Kitchen utensils are practical gifts for the home. One simple woodworking project in that category is a pair of kitchen tongs. Learn about the planning and building process for making a pair in this tutorial. Gift these kitchen tongs and if you’re lucky, maybe they will invite you over for dinner.
Find the project here: Simple Woodworking Projects: Kitchen Tongs
Handcrafted Wood Pens
Crafting a handmade pen is one of the more challenging projects to take on, but makes for an impressive gift. This tutorial takes you through the basics of woodturning and pen-making. Watch for tips and tricks to master the skill.
Find the project here: Pen Turning Basics
Balancing Wine Bottle Holder
In three easy steps, you can craft a mystifying wine bottle holder to give as a gift. This particular bottle holder is called the Houdini because it’s self-balancing and appears as if it’s floating. You can sand the board and add finish to spruce up this project.
Find the project here: Wooden Houdini Wine Bottle Holder
Personalized Jigsaw Puzzle
Personalized photo gifts are always a big hit. Learn how to transform a meaningful photograph into a wood jigsaw puzzle in this tutorial. You’ll learn which blade you should use depending on the thickness of your material and techniques for cutting out the pieces.
Find the project here: Make a Picture Into a Wood Jigsaw Puzzle
Wood Travel Mug
Learn the basics of stave construction and apply your skills on the lathe while making this wooden travel mug. This project calls for a high quality metal insert to contain the liquid, which you can find in most woodworking stores or online retailers. This popular travel mug project is not only beautiful but durable as well, and makes for a great gift idea for anyone on your list.
Find the project here: Custom Wood Travel Mug Using Stave Construction
End-Grain Cutting Board
Learn how to build a long-lasting end-grain cutting board in this tutorial. This cutting board is not only practical, but also pleasing to the eye. Gift this to someone and they’ll want to display it in their kitchen as a beautiful focal point.
Find the project here: End Grain Cutting Board Plans
Handcrafting a gift with your own two hands can be an incredibly rewarding experience, especially when you can complete them in no time at all!
If you’re looking for even more great gift ideas, you can download the 10 Quick and Easy Woodworking Gift Ideas project guide. Get your copy here.
If you are looking for woodworking ideas for you home, you are in the right place. This month on DIY Housewives we are bringing you 12 ideas for you home. We have something for every room in your home, even the garage! These are some of our favorite projects from the past, get ready to get inspired.
Easy woodworking projects are a great way to test your DIY skills. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to woodworking, these wood craft ideas are cool projects for everyone!
Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners to Start With
It’s always such an accomplishment when you finish a DIY project you spent time and effort on. Ever since I learned how to use my hammer and nails, every finished project feels exhilarating! True, woodworking projects can be intimidating at first, especially with all the tools you must use. But after completing my first project, I realized it’s just the same as any craft project I work on. Each project just needs a little time and effort… and some passion too! Check out these easy woodworking projects I have for you today!
1. DIY Saw Horse
I want to start off this list with a DIY woodworking project that will be very helpful to you. A saw horse always comes in handy, especially if you plan to do tons of woodworking projects in the future. My husband already built us a pair at home, and it’s been working hard ever since! Before you get started on this woodworking project, get one of these extension cords with built-in outlets to help you out!
2. DIY Hanging Planter
Hanging planters are a big hit nowadays, which gives you no excuse as to why you shouldn’t even attempt to make your own DIY hanging planter. Learn how to work a jigsaw and make this stunning planter to hang in your home.
3. Pallet Wood Wall Art
I’ve got tons of wood wall art signs in our home, and I want more! I used to buy them all, but now, everything’s personalized and customized by yours truly. If you want to try your hand at making these wood crafts, this pallet wood sign tutorial will guide you through.
4. Glowing Table
A glowing table? Is this for real? You bet! There’s actually no chemical equations, magic, nor sorcery involved in making this; it’s just plain woodworking and some glow in the dark paint! I think the kids will really love this amazing glowing table!
5. Amazingly Easy DIY Metal Pipe Table
Apart from loving rustic designs, I also have a place in my heart for industrial designs–which is why this DIY metal pipe table is on my list of wood crafts to do. I like the rugged appeal! But best of all, it’s sooo easy to make!
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6. DIY Utensil Organizer
I’ve already made my own DIY utensil organizer and man, I love it so much! I’m planning to make another one for my daughter and use it as her personal art kit organizer. You really must do this project because it’s very useful!
7. DIY Wooden Clothes Rack in Under 15 Minutes
This fast and easy woodworking project will give you more space for your clothes. It only takes 15 minutes to finish this project. I think this simple DIY wood clothes rack will be the kids’ go-t0 coat hanger from now on.
8. DIY Circle Wood Shelf
Oooh! So classy and beautiful, and it just landed a spot on my list of woodworking projects to do ASAP! I can already envision it… potted flowers, a cute small clock, and a couple of picture frames on that DIY circular wood shelf. Effortlessly beautiful!
9. Minimal X-Shaped Coasters
I don’t think there’s going to be a woodworking project as easy as this one! Do yourself a favor and make these chic X-shaped coasters because it will come in handy when there are guests around.
10. DIY Office Supply Tray
Having a hard time finding your office supplies? Put them all in one place with this great DIY organizer. Trust me, you won’t even break a sweat!
11. DIY Holder for Wine Bottle and Glasses
Here’s a craft project for those wine lovers out there. Make this DIY wine glass holder and bring your wine bottle and glasses wherever the party is.
12. Wooden Bookends
This project is really cool! If you have reclaimed wood at home, this is a good project to take on. Add these DIY wooden bookends to your room, and let it be the accent piece your table or bookshelf deserves.
13. Rustic Hook Decor
Create a rustic hook that doubles as home decor and a great place to hang stuff. I’ve already made a similar wooden hook before. and it has been very useful for storing our clothes.
14. DIY X-Brace Bench
This DIY X-brace bench is just too gorgeous not to try to make. It does look a bit intimidating, doesn’t it? I might enlist the help of my husband here, which I’m sure he’ll be happy to do. This bench will look so good in our backyard!
15. Tiered Garden Shelf
If you love gardening, you’ll love this easy woodworking project. You can make your own tiered garden shelf and use it as your planter box or maybe your potting tool organizer, too.
16. DIY Wooden Spoon
You’ll never run out of wooden spoons once you’ve learned this simple wood craft. They make great cooking tools, as well as excellent personalized gifts to friends and family any time of the year.
17. Cute Side Table
Have you been looking for a side table that won’t cost you much, but can still make a statement in your living room? This curvy side table is adorably cute and will only cost you $12 to make!
18. DIY Bottle Vase
Do a little upcycling while you’re DIYing. Make this simple DIY wood project and repurpose old bottles into adorable vases. A wooden vase holder adds rustic charm to the whole project!
19. DIY Bottle Opener
This is a cool, simple project to do for the outdoors or for those who actually have a man cave. This DIY wooden bottle opener makes opening bottles a lot easier, plus, it stores the bottle caps, as well.
20. Easy DIY Birdhouse
Introduce the kids to woodworking with this easy birdhouse project. Have them help out with painting the birdhouse, too. You don’t need to have birds to recreate this project; they also work well as simple home decor!
21. DIY Wood Cutting Board
I like to keep our chopping boards clean and germ-free, which is quite impossible (but I try!). I end up just replacing them every now and then. But since we have a lot of leftover wood, we figured it’s best to just keep making new DIY wood cutting boards instead of buying them!
22. DIY Headboard and Bedframe
If you’re up for an afternoon of building, try this DIY headboard and bed frame. Believe me, it’s not as complicated as it seems.
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After seeing our list of easy woodworking projects, now you know that wood isn’t really hard to work with. If you have the proper tools and a little know-how, I’m sure you can make one or twenty-two of these DIY wood projects. From planters to tables, get your woodworking gear on and get to work! With some motivation and inspiration, I’m sure you’ll do wonderful things with these easy woodworking projects!
Which easy woodworking projects are you trying this weekend? Let us know below in the comments!
And if you need more help with your woodworking projects, check out these 8 DIY Hacks To Make Your Woodworking Projects Easier!
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