Summertime Backyard DIY’s

It’s summertime in Minnesota so spruce up your backyards and enjoy being outside!  DIY expert Danielle Rode, the owner of Upsy-Daisy in White Bear Lake, has some easy to do projects.

Spindle Wood Chime

Materials:

  • Spindles (from old chair, old crib, etc.)
  • Topper (wooden bowl or circle of some type)
  • Spray paint
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors

How to:

  1. Cut your spindles to desired size using a saw (sand smooth the edges)
  2. Spray paint the spindles and topper piece (Danielle’s is an old wooden bowl)
  3. Once dry, drill tiny holes at the top of each spindle. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood under the spindle to catch the drill on the other side.
  4. Next, measure, mark, and drill holes in the topper piece
  5. If you want a more shabby or rustic look, you can use sand paper to distress the painted spindles
  6. Thread the spindles with the fishing line. (Danielle cut one piece of fishing line for each piece and knot.) Next, thread the fishing line through the topper so each spindle will hang. Securely knot the fishing line above the topper holes.
  7. Middle spindle has a sail hanging from it to help it catch movement from the wind.
  8. Hang in your yard and enjoy!

 

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Materials:

  • Wood (Danielle used scrap pallet wood)
  • 2 paint stir sticks
  • Spray paint
  • Saw
  • Wine Bottle
  • Small candy dish/bowl
  • Weld glue
  • Drill
  • Wood glue / screws
  • Hose Clamp
  • Bird seed

How to:

  1. Cut wood into lengths of 18” and 5 ½ – 6” long
  2. Cut a peak at the top of the long board to create a house roof line
  3. Cut the paint stir sticks into lengths to from the roof line.
  4. Spray paint (if desired) for color
  5. Assemble the feeder: Use wood clue and glue the long board to the top of the shorter board at 90 degree angle – use nails for extra reinforcement if desired
  6. Screw the hose clamp to the back of the taller wood board – this will hold your wine bottle
  7. Secure the candy dish in place using Weld glue
  8. Fill the wine bottle with bird seed and attach the wine bottle using the hose clamp.
  9. Place outside and enjoy your feathered visitors

 

Patio Side Table

Materials:

  • Tall basket
  • 18” Round wood (from home improvement store)
  • Stain
  • Polycrylic Clear Coat to seal the wood
  • Low volt (cable) staples

How to:

  1. Start by staining both sides of the wooden panel
  2. Attach the wood to the basket using cable fasteners/staples
  3. Apply a couple coats of polycrylic clear coat to protect the wood from the elements.
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