Condo Blues: 18 Easy Summer DIY Projects That Will Motivate You

Sunday, June 14, 2015

18 Easy Summer DIY Projects That Will Motivate You

Summer is my favorite season. I think I am part plant because I love being out in the sun after suffering though the cold and harsh winter. I’m  too Type A to sit in a lawn chair and tan (which is actually skin damage. Who knew?) I’m not into sports much either. I spend time outdoors getting my DIY on!

I lovingly refer to summer as Project Season. 

There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing a DIY project. It might be a little project that ends up taking all day because you are new but that’s OK because everyone has to start someplace and every super smart DIYer I know had to start at the beginning.

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I just want you to pick up the tool of your choice and try. I get a thrill when someone like Diane of The Big Green Purse lets me know you were inspired to make try making a repair yourself. You go Diane! Woot! Woot! 

DIY doesn’t have to be all big scary power tools unless you want it to be. One of my favorite gardeners Anna from Green Talk insists she isn’t a DIYer, yet she has an amazing garden and spends hours tending it with love. So yes Anna, you are a DIYer your tool of choice is a trowel instead of a hammer and that’s OK.

18 of My Favorite Summer DIY Projects


 Wizard of OZ China Town Fairy Garden – This project was so fun to do and the neighborhood kids love it. I now understand why fairy gardens are so popular.

The OZ books hold a special place in my family’s heart.

Drop Cloth Grill Cover – This grill cover was easy to make AND it hasn’t ripped like our old vinyl grill cover did in the harsh winter weather. My new grill fanatic neighbor likes it so much he asked me to make him an apron just like it.

Three years of rain, snow, and sun later, my grill cover looks the same. The paint hasn’t faded!

5 Ways to Save Electricity in SummerWith some new habits and simple, low cost DIYs you can put your savings toward buying more materials for DIY projects! Or is that just me?

8 DIY Fire StartersLighting a fire pit or campfire?  Put down the lighter fluid and back slowly away! Light your fire with these fire starters instead.

Make a Cornhole Game– Make one for your next cookout!

Five Natural Ways to Repair Brown Grass from Dog Pee – because dogs and green lawns can 
peacefully coexist.


Make a Compost Bin Out of a Plastic Storage Tub- All you need is an electric drill and the time  to drill a bazillion holes!

How to Make a Self Watering Planter from a Plastic Storage Tub – I made this self watering planter because I forget to water plants. Guess what? With this planter on my patio plants live!


It’s alive! Alive I tell you! 

How to Keep Dogs out of the Garden – My neighbors think this is a cute garden doodad. What they  don’t know that it is garden doodad with a secret mission.

It works!

Wine Cork Coat Hooks – if you need a reason to drink more wine, make a coat rack from wine cork hooks.

How to Clean and Oil a Bicycle Chain – We don’t have fancy bikes so I didn’t think I needed to do anything to them except ride them. Turns out I do. I should have oiled our bike chains a lot sooner instead of later. Oops.

30 Things to Carry in Your Car for Summer Emergencies – Because if I have a breakdown it is going to be far away from home on a road trip.



12 Natural Gardening Tips for Beginners – to help you get out and garden!


How do your flowers grow?  

 How to Paint a Metal Exterior Door – Instant curb appeal!

How to Frame a Tin Ceiling Tile the Easy Way! – I made the frame and gave it to Husband as an anniversary gift. It is a tin tile from the church we were married in. Awwwwww.

How to use a Rototiller – This project is louder and scarier than it actually was.

How to Install a Rain BarrelSave water now, water your plants with it later. Win- Win.
How to Make Easy Tepee Trellis from Fence Posts

 Shredded Cardboard Mulch – I came up with this in a pinch to protect my garden beds in the fall for winter.

It doesn’t matter if you are male or female. 

It doesn’t matter if you are a certified Master Craftsperson - I’m not. 

If you make a mistake (or in my case, 50) during a DIY project or the project doesn’t come out how you imagined the first time, don’t give up! 

Try, try again! 

No one does everything perfectly the first time out. DIY is NOT always as simple as they make it look like on TV. It takes practice! 

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