It’s cold out there! As much as we love the great outdoors, there are some days when it’s just too frigid to step outside. When this happens, there’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea and a fun do-it-yourself (DIY) project.
Here are three of our favorite DIY projects that’ll help you beautify your outdoor space as soon as the weather allows:
- DIY Lanterns
- DIY Indoor Herb Garden
- DIY Terrarirum
1. DIY Lanterns
Nothing warms up an icy, gray day like the warm, yellow glow of candlelight. That’s why lanterns are at the very top of our list for do-it-yourself projects.
While there are several ways to make a lantern, we are partial to the methods that encourage upcycling. (Upcycling, by the way, refers to the creative reuse of unwanted materials--right on!)
One great way to make your own lantern requires mason jars (or old pasta sauce jars!), cool rocks and stones, a tea candle or LED tea light and twine. This illuminating, elegant-but-earthy style of lantern is perfect for hanging on a shabby-chic terrace or from your favorite tree.
Best of all, you can use these lanterns the same day you make them by hanging them indoors. Just be sure to use LED tea lights so there’s no fire risk!
You can find out more on Martha Stewart.
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2. DIY Indoor Herb Garden
Just because it’s too chilly to grow herbs doesn’t mean your dinner recipes won’t call for everyday ones like basil, rosemary or parsley. Why buy them every time a soup, stew or pasta dish calls for just a tablespoon or two?
It’s easy to grow herbs indoors during the colder months, no fancy greenhouse or expensive technology required. Any wall storage system, like those sold at IKEA or The Container Store, can be used to create an indoor, wall-mounted herb garden. Or you can use an old bookshelf, run-of-the-mill planters, old cans, anything really!
What’s most important is that you offer your herbs the right amount of sun, great drainage and adequate water.
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3. DIY Pebble Terrarium
A terrarium can bring the energy and earthiness of the outdoors into your home, especially during those weekend cold fronts when leaving the house just isn’t going to happen.
Making a terrarium is easy and fun. Simply choose a succulent or two and purchase aquarium gravel, river stones, paper and a glass container like a cylindrical vase.
You’ll want to follow steps closely here, because the goal is to keep those succulents alive and well.
Terrariums also make great gifts, centerpieces and bedside table accessories.
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Whether you choose to spend your January counting down the days until spring or savoring every last minute of winter is up to you. Either way, these three do-it-yourself winter projects will help fill an afternoon or two or three with fun, creativity and a little bit of greenery.
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