Easy DIY projects to upgrade your garden

Home Improvements 2020-1-31
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Make the most of your garden with these easy weekend DIY projects.

Now is the perfect time to get back in the garden and give some TLC.

With the help of garden design expert Camilla Grayley, we have put together this list of easy DIY projects that can be completed over a weekend.

Pallet sofa

If your old patio furniture is looking a bit outdated but you can’t afford to buy a shiny new set, then an upcycled sofa made from wooden pallets could be a nice alternative. Guaranteed to make you want to sit out in the garden at the slightest hint of sunshine.

You can make it fit any space and customise it to your heart’s content – a perfect weekend project.

If this looks like too big a job to take on, Camilla Grayley suggests you don’t have to go big to get the desired effect. 

Camilla says - “Try adding a few beanbag chairs or a new bench for teenagers to have their own space to enjoy with friends or for you to have a drink after work or a morning cup of coffee on.”

Fairy lights

Whether you decide to use them to line your fence, wrap them around a tree or drape them from your pergola, fairy lights always create a magical atmosphere.

We recommend solar powered ones so that you don’t have to worry about having an outside power outlet, plus it saves on electricity – it’s a win-win.

Painted fence

Inject some colour into your garden by giving your garden fence a makeover. You’ll be amazed by what a good clean and a lick of paint can achieve.


As most boundary fences are shared, make sure you check your deeds and speak to your neighbour first before painting. Alternatively, if you are renting your property, consult your letting agency as not to affect your tenancy agreement. It’s best to get this in writing to prevent any disputes that could arise.

Add a fire pit

For those warm summer days and cool evenings, a fire pit is just the ticket for toasting marshmallows and sharing memories with those closest to you.

This is such an easy project which can be completed in an afternoon and the end result looks amazing.

Garden path

Jazzing up your path may not be something you have thought of, but it can make a huge difference to the overall look of your garden. From giving it a good clean with a power washer to creating a mosaic pattern, the possibilities are endless.

If you fancy a challenge, then why not try making your very own cobbled path using cement and a mold? This can be done over the weekend and enlisting the whole family to help can make for some quality together time as well.

Add a bird feeder

Encouraging wildlife into your garden can be a great way of doing your bit for the environment as creating a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy during your morning cuppa.

Adding a birder feeder or updating an old one is a great little project to get the kids involved with. Let them get creative with the decorating and we’re sure the birds will love it.

Monogrammed wall planters             

Now, we think these are super cool and a great way of really putting your own stamp on your outdoor space. They may be a little tricky to construct but the effort is definitely worth it.

You can make them as big or as small as you need to suit your outdoor space and once built they’re really easy to maintain. Check out the full guide here.

Save the bees

Did you know that honey bees are responsible for nearly 80% of all pollination? They love to be around meadows that are full of exciting plants and flowers.

You can easily replicate this for them in your own garden.

Camilla says - "Adding a few small plants or sowing a packet of wildflower seeds into an existing border is another way to update a garden with the meadow planting feel. ”

Whichever project you decide to try, we would love to see it so send us your pictures to our Facebook page or drop us a tweet.

Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.


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