Bird Feeder from a Teacup

I love this fun idea for repurposing a teacup and saucer from Jessi at Practically Functional.  It’s a great way to invite the birds to a backyard tea party!


For this project, Jessi started with an old teacup and saucer–no need for them to match!  She glued the two together and tied twine around them to enable them to hang from a bird feeder hanger.  Filled with birdseed, Jessi now has a unique way to welcome the birds to her yard.


Make sure you visit Practically Functional to learn what Jessi used to glue the cup and saucer together.

Fire Pit from a Flower Pot

Erin blogs at The Blue Eyed Dove.  Lately, she’s had a bit of an obsession with s’mores.  “I decided it was time that I have a s’mores party…but I don’t have a fire pit,” Erin confesses.  Instead of buying one, she decided to make one out of a flower pot.


Choosing one of her ceramic flower pots, Erin gave it a quick facelift with paint.  Next, she filled up the pot with river rocks.  She placed a container of chafing fuel in the pot with the river rocks, piling the rocks up around the fuel to hold it in place.  Once the chafing fuel is lit, Erin has the perfect spot to toast a few s’mores.  Time to party!


Click over to The Blue Eyed Dove to get more information about this DIY  mini firepit.

Pallet Wood Window Box

Over at Crafty in Crosby, Jeanette decided it was time to spruce up the exterior of her backyard storage shed.  She made a window box using materials that she had leftover from other projects.


Jeanette gathered some boards from old pallets and other unused wood scraps, and cut them to the dimensions she needed.  She nailed them together to form a box that she could use to house a plain plastic planter box from Walmart.  Jeanette explains, “As you can see, we weren’t too worried with it being perfect since it was made out of pallets.  I was going for a vintage rustic look!”  Decorative metal brackets hold the new box full of flowers under the shed window.  Beautiful!


Click over to Crafty in Crosby to see how Jeanette built this window box.

Weathered Bench Container Garden

Shauna from Satori Design for Living originally found this bench in an old shed at her parents’ home.  She decided to give it new life as part of a container garden in her own yard.


Before setting up her container garden, Shauna needed to make the bench look more stylish than salvaged.  She started by sanding off the top layer of peeling paint on the wood part of the bench.  Next, she flipped the bench over and sprayed the metal legs a bright, glossy red.  When it was spruced up, Shauna explains, “We put the bench in place with a slight slope to allow water to run off, and I started layering potted vegetable and herb plants on top and all around.”  It looks great!


Head over to Satori Design for Living to learn more about this garden bench makeover.

Playing, Planting, and Repurposing

Over at Remodelando la Casa, Cristina explains that after years of fun, the playscape in their backyard was a little worse for the wear.  It was time to take down the weatherbeaten wood structure, but Cristina had something in mind for the leftover wood.


Cristina reimagined what had been a swing set into a backyard potting bench!  After dismantling the playscape, there was plenty of wood for making a convenient spot to work on gardening tasks.  Her super-size potting bench has shelves and storage space above and below the countertop.  What a happy place to spend time in the garden!


Visit Remodelando la Casa to get all the details on how this potting bench was constructed with leftover wood.

From Boring to Blue-tiful Patio Chair Update

Over at The Blue Eyed Dove, Erin decided that it was time to ditch the faded patio set in her backyard.  She spotted a pretty pair of turquoise chairs at Target that she loved….until she saw the $110 price tag.  That was when Erin realized that she could have the chairs she wanted at a fraction of the price if she simply refinished the ones she already had!


Erin used spray paint to cover the faded original finish on her metal chairs.  She used outdoor fabric to recover the seat cushion.  Some accent pillows from Target complete the new look.  It took a little more work than bringing home new chairs from Target, but saved a ton of money, and the chairs look amazing!


Go to The Blue Eyed Dove to get all the details on this project, including the paint brand and color than Erin used.

Backyard Play Kitchen

Over at Boxy Colonial, Gretchen and her husband had the inspired idea to create an outdoor kitchen just for their kids.  This was a recycling-heavy project that is going to provide many hours of fun for a very low cost!


The location for the play kitchen is underneath their backyard swing set.  Many of the materials–like the lumber, hardware, and paint were leftovers from other projects.  Gretchen found all of the kitchen implements at the thrift store.  Her husband made a simple counter for the kitchen from their scrap lumber, complete with a “sink” made from an old pot lid.  All kinds of kitchen tools that are kid-friendly are available for the kids to play with in their kitchen, either hanging on the wall over the counter of stored underneath in crates.  Mud pies for everyone!


For full details on this backyard play kitchen, visit Boxy Colonial.

From Bath to Backyard Seating

Over at One Krieger Chick, Ariean tells us, “Years ago, my dad came across this cast iron bathtub in excellent condition and since he knows I kinda like old stuff, he asked if I would like it.”  Of course she said yes, but it took her a few years to figure out how she’d use it.  


Well, recently Ariean and her husband came up with a creative use for the old tub, and it’s their favorite project so far!  They coverted the bathtub into an outdoor lounge.  They cut away the front of the tub, leaving the back, sides, bottom, and feet intact.  They refinished the paint job on the tub.  Then, Ariean made some adorable cushions with foam and outdoor fabric to create a comfy lounger.  So cute!


Get all the details on this project by visiting One Krieger Chick.