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The simplest solution to blocking the sun or your neighbors on your patio is making outdoor curtains. And there is a way to do with spending a ton of money and no sewing required.

We built a Pavilion in a weekend and only to find one side super close to the neighbor’s kitchen window and we felt like we were being watched every time we were trying to enjoy it. I needed something to block their view and could withstand the outdoors.

The solution was Drop Cloths that we found at the hardware store. With some simple supplies listed below, they were hung up in no time and added a nice touch to our outdoor space. We used only 2 drop cloths but you can use more to go all the way around your patio to block out the sun.

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No-Sew Patio Curtains From Drop Cloths

Supplies Needed

2- Canvas Drop Cloths (measure to see what size you need)
Metal Conduit
Clip Rings
Metal Brackets
Rope

Directions

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Measure out where to properly place the metal conduit and mount it with screws and brackets along with putting a support bracket in the middle so it can hold the weight.

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Measure the length of the drop cloth to see how much you need to fold over the top and still be long enough when hung.

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Fold over the top part of the drop cloth (you may need to fold over more than once).

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Using the tape measure carefully measure out where to place each of the clips rings so they are evenly spread out.

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Poke a hole through the drop cloth with the clip ring throughout the top of the drop cloth but don’t secure them yet.

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Once all the clip rings have been inserted into the drop cloth hang them on the metal conduit and secure the clip rings. Cut 2 pieces of ropes to use as tie backs for each of the outdoor patio curtains.

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When you’re ready to use the curtains, just untie the rope and pull them close. Over time you may find that the curtains will get dirty from being in the outdoors. You can wash them in cold water but I suggest hanging them up to dry as they will shrink.

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DIY Raised Flower Box with Legs

Building a raised flower box is a great way to display an array of colorful flowers. If you have extra wood laying around it’s also a great way to recycle those pieces. We already had a wood box and just added legs to it to create this flower box but if you don’t have a wood box on hand you can make one with these instructions.

Supplies Needed

  • 2- 2′ x 1′ cut cedar boards
  • 2 1′ x 1′ cut cedar boards
  • 2 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ cedar board
  • 2″ screws
  • Circular or hand saw
  • Drill Driver
  • Tape measure
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers

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Instructions

Cut one 1″ x 2″ x 8′ cedar board into four 2 ft sections for the 4 legs with the saw.

Cut one 1″ x 2″ x 8′ cedar board into four 10″ boards to support inside of the box.

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Create your box by putting the two 2′ x 1′ cut cedar boards long ways and the 2 1′ x 1′ cut cedar boards at the ends in between the long boards to form a box. You will need extra hands to help hold the box in place while you screw together.

Place a 10″ board inside each corner of the box and screw from the outside to keep the box together and give support.

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Take the four 2 ft sections and create the legs for the box. Line each piece to however tall or short you want the box to be and screw it into the box with 4 screws. Make sure to drill slowly to prevent the wood from splitting.

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You can choose to drill a few small holes in the bottom of the box before adding the dirt so the water excess water can drain or you can opt not to. Lastly, add potting soil and plant flowers.

flower-boxYou could also paint or stain your flower box if you desire, I chose to leave mine the way it is for now. When you’re finished, place your flower box in a location for everyone to see.

DIY-Three-Tiered-Outdoor-Water-FountainI love the sound of water and could totally live by the lake but in real life that is not a possibility so I needed to improvise. Sure I could get a sound machine that plays the sounds of waves but that is not what I was looking for. Instead, I wanted an outdoor water fountain to give me that calming water effect, but have you seen the prices of outdoor water fountains? YIKES!

My husband came up with a genius idea of tiering flower pots using a pond pump, rocks, and other supplies. His idea worked and it didn’t cost a fortune. Find out how to make your own Three-Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain.

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DIY Three-Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain

Supplies Needed

  • 3 decorative different size pots that will fit inside each other
  • decorative river rock
  • small pond pump
  • pond tube (size depends on your pump)
  • plastic saucer or serving tray to fit inside the bottom pot
  • plastic planter to fit inside the bottom pot
  • screen material
  • one small tile
  • sealant

Directions

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Place a small tile around a drain hole in the bottom of the large ceramic pot and seal around it to prevent any water from getting out it and let dry.

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Place the pond pump in the bottom of a plastic planter and set in the bottom of the large ceramic pot.

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Drill a hole in the plastic sauce by placing a piece of scrap wood under the saucer and drilling a 1-1/8-inch hole in the center of the saucer. Make sure to drill slowly to prevent the plastic saucer from cracking. Place plastic saucer inside of bottom ceramic pot covering the pond pump but leave the pond pump cord out.

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Attach the pond pump tube to the pump and feed it through the saucer. Put the next size smaller pot on top the saucer and bottom pot and feed the tube through the hole.

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Add a smaller plastic planter turned over inside of the second ceramic pot and pull the pond pump tube through it. Roll up some screen material and place around and inside the second pot to take up some space.

Next, add the smallest pot onto the plastic planter you put inside the second pot and fee the pond pump tube through it making sure it is sticking out. Don’t worry about how long it is as you can cut it down later after you get it situated. Before adding the rocks, place the outdoor fountain where you want it.

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Place a layer of screen material on the ground and lay out river rocks to spray the dirt off of them.

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Fill the bottom pot with water and spread the river rocks inside each pot until pots are covered. Adjust the tube in the top pot to how you want the water to flow. You may have to adjust the rocks around it or cut the hose shorter.

Now plug in your 3 tiered outdoor water fountain and enjoy the soothing sounds!

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Cooking with spices is a great way to add flavor to any meal but when you can’t find your spices, that can be a problem. Organizing them can help that problem making them easily visible when you need them. I love a good DIY project and came across these 20 Clever DIY Spice Storage Ideas from other bloggers that I absolutely adore. There are so many different ways to keep them all together making them easy to find with racks, jars, labels, colors and more. Check out the list of ideas below and have fun DIYing!

20 Clever DIY Spice Storage Ideas

  1. DIY Rustic Wall Mounted Spice Rack from theinspiredhive.com
  2. DIY Door Mounted Spice Rack from 100things2do.ca
  3. Magnetic Spice Storage from abeautifulmess.com
  4. DIY Spice Rack from somedayilllearn.com
  5. Peg Board Spice Rack from thehoneycombhome.com
  6. DIY Spice Rack With Free Printable Labels from blog.consumercrafts.com
  7. Chalkboard Painted Spice Jars from makeandtell.com
  8. Easy Built-In Spice Rack from deeplysouthernhome.com
  9. Spice Cabinet Storage Solutions from homemadebycarmona.com
  10. Color Blocked Spice Jars from akailochiclife.com
  11. Recycle Baby Food Jars Spice Storage Idea from thediymommy.com
  12. Vintage Coca-Cola Crate Spice Rack from bro-haha.com
  13. Spice Rack Makeover from craftsbyamanda.com
  14. Organizing Spices In Mason Jars from thecountrychiccottage.net
  15. Organize Your Spices With A Magnetic Spice Rack from practicallyfunctional.com
  16. Printable Spice Labels from landeeseelandeedo.com
  17. How To Build A Hanging Spice Rack from grillo-designs.com
  18. How To Organize Spices In A Drawer from askannamoseley.com
  19. Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable from diyinspired.com
  20. DIY Anthropologie Chalkboard Spice Jars from sarahhearts.com

If you’re looking for the products used in the DIY projects listed above, I found some of them listed on Amazon from magnetic jars, pull- out drawer organizers and drawer inserts. Just click on the pictures below or search on Amazon for more information and to order.


Looking for more inspirational DIY projects? Check out these ones from building your own Pavilion to herb gardens, bedroom makeovers and more.

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I love everything in the West Elm store from their sleek modern style but the price tag – Ouch! What if I told you that you could make some of the items yourself at home for way less? It’s true. You really can and save tons of money. Some of the items you may already have in your home and just need some paint. Whatever it may be these projects are fun, saves you money and can be done in a day or weekend.

I’ve gathered 20 West Elm knock offs you can do yourself to get you started from various bloggers listed below. You will find an array of projects from tables to planters, art and more. Feel free to share your finished product in the comments or on social media and tell your friends how you did it. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful projects complete.

20 West Elm Knock Offs You Can Do Yourself

  1. West Elm Inspired Graphic Basket from heytherehome.com
  2. DIY Striped Bookends from lilluna.com
  3. West Elm Acrylic Shelf Knock Off from homemadebycarmona.com
  4. Industrial Rail System For Organization from mountainmodernlife.com
  5. DIY Plant Stand from 100things2do.ca
  6. West Elm Inspired DIY Marble Table from kristimurphy.com
  7. DIY Metal Air Plant Stand from happinessiscreating.com
  8. DIY Terrarium From A Thrift Store Chandelier And Foil Tape from thekimsixfix.com
  9. How To Make Knock-Off Table Top Planters from pneumaticaddict.com
  10. West Elm Inspired Homegoods Table Makeover from littlehouseoffour.com
  11. DIY Metallic Print Glassware from sarahhearts.com
  12. Circles Wall Art from burlapandblue.com
  13. West Elm Knock Off Wall Art from makinghomebase.com
  14. West Elm Inspired Dining Table from mountainmodernlife.com
  15. DIY West Elm Initial Tote Bags from helloglow.co
  16. DIY Mid Century Inspired Entry Bench from farmfreshtherapy.com
  17. DIY West Elm Monogram Towels from oleanderandpalm.com
  18. DIY Paper Mache Animal Heads from sugarandcloth.com
  19. Ceramic-Look Vases from itallstartedwithpaint.com
  20. Inspired By West Elm Metal Flower Arrangers from hellolidy.com

Need some more inspiration? Check out these DIY ideas from builiding a Pavillon, Vertical Garden and more.

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With summer finally here we tend to spend more time outdoors from cookouts, to movies, to swimming in the pool. We have had a paver stone patio for years but it tends to get hot during the day because it is uncovered. After discussing of what DIY project we can do to solve that problem we decided to build a Pavilion to keep the patio cool during the day. We purchased a kit from our local Costco but I’ve found similar ones on Amazon.


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Before you get started on any kind of project like this you should check to see if you need a permit of any kind. We used a 12’X12′ kit that was made out of cedar lumber and an aluminium roof. This made the whole process go together smoother as we didn’t have to cut any materials, we just had to put the pieces together. It took about 1 1/2 days for 2 people to complete but could probably go faster with more help.

The overall dimensions are (L x W x H): 12 ft. x 12 ft. x 10 ft. 6 in. Base dimension (outside of post): 11 ft. 2 in. x 11 ft. 2 in. Base dimension (inside of post): 9 ft. 8 in. x 9 ft. 8 in. Center height: 10 ft. 6 in.

How to Build a Pavilion

Tools Required

  • Tape Measure
  • Carpenters Level
  • Standard or Cordless Drill
  • #2 Phillips Bit or Screwdriver
  • 7/16” & 9/16” Wrench
  • 8’ Step Ladder
  • Safety Glasses
  • Adult Helper
  • Safety Gloves
  • Hard Hat
  • 6’ Step Ladder x 2
  • Square Rachet
  • 7/16, 1/2 & 9/16 Socket

Directions

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Do this step first before you start building to secure the structure. Dig a 2′-3′ hole where each pole is going to be and pour concrete. Allow to cure before building.

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Once the concrete is cured attach the 7 in. X 7 in. wooden posts to each concrete slab by using post anchors and screws.

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Attach the beams to each post using a ladder until all 4 are connected.

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Then attach one Roof to Post Bracket with two #10 x 1-1/4” Pan Screws and continue to do so on all 4 sides.

Complete the roof rafter by notching each piece together and screwing it in tightly according to the directions in the kit.

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Once the roof rafter is complete build the aluminium roof by sections. (We laid them out in our yard.)

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Attach each roof panel piece to the rafters and try not to over tighten the screws as it will bend the material, make it snug and fit.

Attach Ridge Clips and Roof Edges.

Attach roof panels to frame.

Assemble the roof peak and attach to roof panels.

Secure roof corners.

Attach corner and beam caps.

Secure roof and roof to beam brackets and roof peak brackets.

Attach ridge caps to roof panels by sliding one Ridge Cap over the Ridge Clips.

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Now all you have to do is decorate and enjoy!

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