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Outdoor Pergola and Lights

Hey all! Hope you had a great weekend….We caught up with friends and did a few outdoor projects. I also hit the sewing machine on Sunday to crank out a few more clutch purses. Go see them this week at LuluBelle’s here in Norton Commons:)

I wanted to share with you a project that we did not complete ourselves….we hired this one out. Our carpenter friend Bob (Bob the builder we affectionately call him:) built it for us. He has built us decks and finished out our basements in the past…and we knew that he was much more versed on pergola building then we were:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

10 Unique Outdoor DIY Projects

Hey yall! Happy time change….or not…anyone else draggin this morning? What is it about losing just one hour…oy! It was so nice to get a taste of spring this weekend….Made me want to think up some fun outdoor projects. I found a few online that I thought were different and unique and wanted to share them. You can gather your materials this week and have it ready to build up this weekend:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Paint a Polka Dot Pumpkin

A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.

That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Idea for Grassless Yard (no maintenance Yard)

 

The last time we were at the beach house we were amazed at some of the brush that had grown in the backyard. It is a bit of a tough backyard to landscape because we have a large pine tree and a large oak tree that both provide some really great shade but also shed a lot. We wanted to figure out the best way to make it look a little bit nicer without adding the expense of lawn and plantings. So after a little bit of research I decided to go with what was native in this area.

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We had a landscape company come in and clean out all of the brush that was in the corners…weeds that were WAY over grown. They pulled all of that stuff and also spread a herbicide to contain some of the weeds. Pine needles ( also called pine mulch) was spread around the entire yard.

 

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This made the back yard look so much nicer and actually a lot bigger. The pine needles will act as a natural deterrent for the weeds because as it heats up during the day it will smother the growth underneath. The landscaper said that it should last at least a couple of years with just having to spot treat for weeds in the corners.

 

It was something that we probably could have done on our own but we really needed some heavy equipment and it was the last thing we wanted to worry about doing when we got to the beach. Now it’s nice and cleaned up and will last us a while.

I just thought that if you’re looking for ideas for your yard that does not need maintenance like watering this might be a good idea especially if you’re in the south where pine trees are abundant. And I know you like a good before and after so just take a look for yourself

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Have a great weekend celebrating all the Dad’s in your life;)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bottle cap Birdbath (repurposed bottle caps)

This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a fun summer project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.

 

There are so many fun projects that call for bottle caps. After I saw a few projects online I wanted to try one out for myself. This inspired my bottle cap birdbath project.  I am partnering with the True Value again for this year’s DIY blog squad.  So thankful to have such a great partnership with them!  I thought that this outdoor garden project would be fun to do this summer…get the kiddos involved….it is that easy:)

I found some really unique German beer bottle caps on eBay. I think I paid $3 for the whole lot. You can find bottle caps that are particular color or style just by searching on Etsy or eBay.  I am sure you’ll find something that you love. This bird bath is probably good for just one or two small birds but at the same time it is a conversation piece for your garden. The supplies are pretty simple and can all be found at your local True Value Store.

 

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Here is what you will need:

 

2 foot copper pipe

1 end cap for copper pipe

1.5 inch metal washer

12 inch round terra cotta pot base

liquid nails

bottle caps

unsanded grout

sponge

water

rubber gloves

hammer

paper towels

outdoor clear sealer

 

Steps:

 

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* collect and organize bottle caps and create your pattern

*glue the washer and end cap on the bottom of the planter bas, let dry

* starting in the center, spread the glue and start adhering bottle caps

* continue to work your way to outer edge. Allow to dry according to glue instructions (I left mine overnight)

*mix up grout with water so that it is the consistency of icing

*using rubber gloves, spread the grout on the bottle caps. Get in the crevices and smooth with your hands all the way to the edge.

*using a damp sponge, wipe excess off let dry. (it is ok if some grout is filmy on the bottle caps, you will be able to wipe clean)

*when grout is dried, wipe off and clean up bottle caps well.

*apply a clear coat to protect

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Find a spot in your garden and hammer the copper pipe into the ground. Top with your new fancy birdbath!

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*hammer copper tubing into ground

*slide the birdbath on top

*fill with some water for your feathered friends;)

 

How stinkin cute!?! Am I right?!? I could have made a bunch of these…it was so fun and very easy. Be sure to check out your local True Value for all your DIY needs…they are always ready and willing to help you getter done!

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Also don’t forget to follow True Value on Instagram for more inspiration!  And share your own #DIYaDay projects for a chance to win- they’re giving out prizes all throughout June!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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