With the pool season right around the corner, here are some easy and inexpensive DIY projects that will give your backyard an instant upgrade. Check out the photos in the slideshow below!
Give pots a makeover with glow-in-the-dark paint
Re-purpose an old planter or purchase a new one at a store like Ikea for as little as $1, and spray paint it with glow-in-the-dark-paint. Not only will it add a unique ambiance to nighttime swimming, but it will also pull double-duty as a night light!
Keeping with the glow-in-the-dark theme, Bring game-time to nighttime with glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets
The heat of competition can prevail long after the sun sets. All you need is to affix a wooden stake or metal pole in the ground, and glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces transform from concert jewelry to cool ring-toss pieces.
Paint stones for your garden. Do it yourself and give your yard a Pinterest-worthy look, or have your kids paint some rocks and create outdoor mementos. Either way they'll be a cool conversation piece!
Create a colorful bird nesting area. Get some extra tenants for your birdhouse by adding an adjacent nesting area. All you need is some yarn and to hang a metal or wooden basket (or add the yarn to your birdhouse itself), and the birds will be flocking to it in no time. When they come to the birdhouse to eat, they'll stop at the nesting area to digest. Not only will it be "aww-inspiring", but the yarn will also add a colorful pop of color to your backyard!
Bring ordinary pavers to life with exterior latex outdoor paint. Brighten up your outdoor patio with a can of exterior latex outdoor paint. Not only will it create a colorful aesthetic, but it will also provide extra protection from the elements. When choosing paint, keep in mind to purchase paint that is non-glare and is low-sheen, and be sure to apply two coats.
Spray paint outdoor chairs. There's nothing worse than having to seat your summer guests on old or worn metal chairs. We all have them. A colorful can of Rustoleum or Krylon, available at your nearby Lowe's, will give them a fresh, cheery appearance. Not only will they look brand-new, but they will add a pop of color to your outdoor festivities. Whether hosting a barbecue or watching the kids swim in the pool, these chairs will add extra zest to any summertime occasion.
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