DIY Better Your Backyard

We'll teach you how to up-cycle items and turn them into backyard decor you can use all summer long.

Tomato Cage Side Table:

Flare out the bottom 4 pegs on a tomato cage; flaring them out will help the cage sit better on the ground. This will be the base and legs of your table. Sand down and paint the tomato cage whatever color you like, then allow the cage to dry.

To make the top of the table, look for pre-cut wooden rounds at your hardware store. The rounds come in a variety of sizes, so pick one that is large enough to cover the top of the tomato cage. Paint in your choice of color, then allow the round to dry. Lay the round on the tomato cage, secure with 4 mirror clips and screw in place with a drill.

What You'll Need:

- Sturdy tomato cage

- Paint

- Large pre-cut wooden round

- 4 mirror clips

- 4 screws

- Drill

Solar Lights in Indoor Lamps:

Bring one of your indoor lamps outside. Hide the cord on the lamp with tape. The lampshade will need to be sheer or a lighter color. Take the indoor light bulb out and replace it with a charged solar light. Once it gets dark outside, the solar light will turn on and the lamp will light up. Don't use if it rains.

What You'll Need:

- Indoor lamp

- Solar light

Pallet Bar:

Use 2 wooden pallets that can be found outside of grocery stores or big-box stores. Cut a 1-inch by 3-inch strip board from a hardware store into 4 pieces. Using a drill, attach the 2 pallets using the 4 wooden strips. Paint the palettes in whatever color you like and let them dry. Attach 3 paving stones on top using cement glue.

What You'll Need:

- 2 wooden pallets

- 1-inch by 3-inch strip board

- Drill

- 4 to 8 screws

- Paint

- 3 paving stones

- Cement glue

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