Nine Outdoor Projects You Can Do This Weekend

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Now that the warm weather has (finally) arrived we're spending our weekends trying to find that sweet spot between doing all the projects and actually taking time to relax. Some of the projects are the less fun ones (I'm looking at you yard work) but then there are all the fun ones. Oh, the fun ones. I basically live on the internet so more and more fun dream projects get added to my list each week. This list is a mix of the fun and the practical and can all be done in just a few days.

Pallet Fort

pallet fort
Credit: Little Bit Funky

I am currently really mad that my yard is a hill because I can't tell you much I want this pallet fort. It's fabulous. I would fill mine with a big outdoor pillow and make it my outdoor reading nook.

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Revive a Used Playset

Revive a Used Playset
Credit: Dream Book Design

First let me say that my playsets were never this awesome when I was a kid and I'm totally jealous of the kids that get to play on this one. Playsets get a lot of wear and tear but with a little work you can make that old playset look like new -- maybe even better than new -- by staining it. It's also an excellent time to replace any worn parts on wooden playsets. Don't you love the shade of grey Adri choose to stain her new-to-her playset?

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Stain Your Deck or Porch

Stain Your Deck or Porch
Credit: The Crislers

I laughed a teensy bit while reading about the Crislers experience staining their porch. When we did our deck for the first time we also learned the hard way that you will need more stain than you think and that it will take longer than you think. We thought it would only take us half a day. It took a full day and boy were we tired at the end of the day. But like the Crislers we loved the end result and will forget how long it took by the time we need to treat it again.

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Recover a Patio Cushion in 20 Minutes

Recover a Patio Cushion in 20 Minutes
Credit: Thrifty and Chic

Are your patio cushions looking a little tired? Alicia has a quick and easy tutorial for how to recover your patio cushions. It only took her 20 minutes but it may take some people (like me!) a little bit longer.

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Paint Your Patio Furniture

Paint Your Patio Furniture
Credit: In No Simple Language

This project can be filed under "Spray Paint is Your Friend." After a few summer seasons your metal patio furniture will probably start to show its age. Or maybe you no longer like what colour it is. Spray painting your patio furniture will take a few cans of spray paint and few hours (including drying time) but in the end you'll have a patio set that looks brand new.

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Turn a Terracotta Pot into an Accent Table

Turn a Terracotta Pot into an Accent Table
Credit: Thrifty and Chic

I really, really wish I had thought of this project. Alicia turned a terracotta pot into an outdoor accent table. I have everything we need to make one of these table in my garage and I bet you do too!

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Make a Critter-Proof Cage for Your Garden

Make a Critter-Proof Cage for Your Garden
Credit: More Like Home

I don't have a garden. I have a few containers on my deck but as long as we have local wildlife roaming around I won't be doing raised beds any time soon. Or at least so I thought before I read saw Georgia's DIY critter-proof garden cage. That would keep the deer out of my lettuce, right?

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Plant a Container Herb Garden

Plant a Container Herb Garden
Credit: A Cultivated Nest

There's something you need to know about me -- I am a houseplant murderer. I've yet to meet a houseplant I cannot kill. You would think my killer instinct would apply to outdoor containers but I am rather shocked at how well I do with my container herb garden. I like Manuela's tips for a container herb garden and I totally want to make some of her washi tape herb markers.

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Adding an Irrigation System to Your Yard

Adding Irrigation System to Your Yard
Credit: Southern Hospitality

You'll need to be a bit handy to install an irrigation system in your yard but it's something you really can do. Just be sure to know that Rhoda is not joking when she confirms that your yard will look like it exploded in the initial stages of installation.

What outdoor projects are you working on this summer?

Karen Ballum is a Community Moderator on BlogHer.com. She also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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