With most of the country in the grip of a drought, here's a way to collect water by making a DIY rainwater harvesting system.
Throughout the year we tend our gardens, small and large, and Garden Day is a day to sit back, relax with friends and enjoy all the hard work you put into your garden.
Here's how to make a garden gate - or door - using half a sheet of pine plywood, for an inexpensive alternative to a hardwood door.
With summer on the horizon, here are some DIY projects to get started on to have your patio ready for fun in the sun.
Use bagged cement to make your very own concrete 'hands' planter for the garden, or for the home.
Made of pine, these comfortable chairs are easy to make for a deck or patio, or just for lounging in the garden.
A rain gauge allows you to keep track of summer or winter rainfall, and this simple rain gauge is made by recycling a plastic juice bottle.
Installing a motion-sensor floodlight is an easy way to light up your outdoors and add an effective crime deterrent.
Use 16mm plywood to make planter boxes mounted on a French cleat system that allows you to easily remove the planter boxes when necessary.
I love to sit in the garden and watch the bird life. Adding a birdhouse is a wonderful way to attract regular visitors to your garden, and this birdhouse is easy to make.
Winter is almost upon us, and local birdlife will be looking for food. Use scraps of wood, Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and recycled plastic bottles to make these colourful bird feeders.
Understand working with concrete a little better by making your own unique tabletop firepit.
Make your own unique table for the garden using galvanised pipe and pine planks. You can make this galvanised pipe table in a day and save money.
This pine slat bench is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of wood tint and paint colour. Buy all your supplies at your nearest Builder store.
Use cheap (or free) reclaimed wood pallets to make a comfortable daybed for your patio or garden.
Making your own artificial rocks is a cost effective way to add interest to garden landscaping or design unique water features.
Use PVC pipe to create a shady cabana for the garden and spend more time relaxing outdoors.
Not just affordable, using cement for outdoor furniture allows you to experiment with design to create concrete pieces that are unique, practical and durable.
Flower pots, whether plastic, fibreglass or cement fibre, can be painted with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and used to create colourful outdoor tables. Choose shallow pots for a low table, or tall pots for a higher table.
Plastic chairs are an affordable way to add extra seating outdoors, but they become grubby over time. We show you how to spruce up those plastic garden chairs with a couple can of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
This sculptural metallic chandelier will add a soft evening glow to your patio, deck or entertainment area.
Combine the strength of concrete with the warmth of wood to make a stylish bench for the garden.
An old fan becomes a wall planter filled with a wonderfully colourful selection of succulents. Make your own fan planter for a garden or patio.
As the days get hotter and the sun becomes even more dangerous, building a wooden pergola makes perfect sense.
Rust-Oleum supplied me with a selection of new products and 2X spray colours to try out. I decided to make some colourful plant pot bird houses for the garden. This is a busy corner and I'm sure the local wildlife will appreciate the new housing development!
With the drought in Gauteng and surrounding areas, why waste grey water from your home when you can use it to water your garden? Connect a section of pool pipe to a downpipe to re-direct grey water to your garden.
Use affordable mosquito nets to add a romantic touch to your outdoor living areas and keep hungry mozzies at bay.
Here's a super-easy way to make your own patio suite consisting of a 2- or 3-seater sofa and matching chairs. This simple design is easy to replicate for a weekend DIY project.
If you need a place to entertain family and friends, we offer some advice on an easy and affordable way to create a wonderful outdoor area.
This outdoor storage bench is perfect for a deck or patio where you need extra storage, seating or a table. It looks great and will hold up well outdoors if properly treated. Lift-off panels allow for easy storage.
I like to recycle plastic as much as possible, and love this idea for using plastic cold drink bottles to make a bird feeder for the local bird life.
Builders have a great idea for using those old, worn out tyres, which have been sitting in your garage for ages. Using a few, easy steps, a couple of old tyres, supawood offcuts and some castors, you can build your very own braai storage unit.
When shopping for concrete planters for my front entrance, I could not believe how expensive these are. Rather than spend a fortune, here's how to make your own concrete planters.
Breeze blocks (also known as cinder blocks and air blocks) have been around since the 70s and have been used as an affordable building material since that time. Now we are discovering many more uses for these blocks.
Following on from our article on Practical Uses for Breeze Blocks, here's a super-easy method for making a bench using breeze blocks and PAR pine that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
Add some colour to your patio furniture with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and refresh your outdoor space.
If you are doing any painting projects this year, here's a great way to recycle plastic paint containers into comfortable stools. I made stools for outdoors, but you can make them for any room and particularly for a child's bedroom or playroom.
Kids love using their imagination for play, and these playhouses and structures are easy enough to make if you have the tools and skills.
Winter is the perfect opportunity to take the time to give your garden tools a good clean. Tools are expensive, and if you don't look after them they will become covered in rust, or blunt.
These decorative concrete spheres can be used for small plants or herbs, or spray the inside with Rust-Oleum Metallics, pop in a candle, and add unique lighting to your next outdoor event.
Get a head start on spring projects. Ideal for use indoors or outdoors, this mobile braai cart offers plenty of additional prepping space and ample storage space for braai tools and beverages!
If you are thinking about making pallet furniture for outdoors, take a look at the range offered by Paletten Moebel.
Here's a way to repurpose aluminium cans into an attractive plant holder to add a touch of greenery to any room in a home.
Use PVC pipe to make this handy, mobile cart for your garden hose pipe. You can move it around and store a garden hose pipe with ease.
There are times when a high pressure washer - even a small one - comes in handy. We show you how to make a homemade pressure washer.
I was looking at an empty cupcake tray (after eating all the cupcakes... on my own) and thought it would make the perfect mould for small succulent planters.
What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than in a hammock in a beautiful garden. This easy DIY only takes an hour and costs under R200 – now that’s pretty cool.
Even though you apply sealer to your outdoor furniture, it still needs cleaning on a regular basis. Using Woodoc Penetrating Wax cleans and protects at the same time.
Making your own mosaic stepping stones is a great way to introduce some colour and pattern into a garden. You can easily modify the design to create your own unique mosaic stepping stones.
A store bought smoker can cost a small fortune, but you can make your own smoker with a few supplies and a couple of terracotta pots.
Here's a fun way to turn terracotta pots into stylish serving stands. All you need are some terracotta pots and Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint that you will find at your local Builders.
Still struggling to come up with gift ideas? Buy some terracotta pots at Builders Warehouse, add painted decoration, and fill with a beautiful arrangement of succulents.
Garden benches are ideal for gardens large or small. You can incorporate freestanding or built-in benches, and design a bench that complements any garden design.
With temperatures soaring it's nice to have a relaxing place in the shade to kick off your shoes and relax. These hanging hammock chairs are perfect - and you can easily make your own.
For the past year or so the water blob has become the most affordable and easy way to add a new element of fun for the kids.
I have become a fan of KFC's kream balls and the plastic containers can easily be upcycled into plant holders for small herbs or succulents.
Casting concrete is easy and allows you to make items that will last a lifetime. A fire bowl is not only easy to make, it adds so much ambience to outdoor entertaining on cool evenings.
If your garden has drainage problems, here's an easy way to allow for water run off and add a decorative touch at the same time by adding a pebble drainage bed.
Add colour to your outdoor furniture with a can or two of Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint. You can use Rust-Oleum spray paints on wood, plastic or steel furniture to give them an instant update - or a new look!
Concrete planters and garden ornaments, such as small water features, are easy to make and are a wonderful way to add interest to the garden. Buying ready made can be expensive, but one bag of cement goes a long, long way!
Galvanised pipe offers an easy way to mount curtains on a patio or deck for privacy. Using galvanised pipe for a curtain rod allows you to mount long lengths and fit around corners.
There are so many ways to upcycle tyres in fun and practical ways. In this article we look at recycling tyres for the garden, whether using tyres for planters or furniture.
Make your own arrangement of concrete planters and fill them with colourful succulents. They look wonderful on a coffee table or dresser, or to add a touch of greenery to a bathroom.
Here's a great project you can do in a weekend using supplies that you will find at your local Builders. This outdoor table has a built-in ice cooler to keep all your summer refreshments cold on hot, hot days.
Turn an old rusty set of tyre rims into a braai that you can use for potjiekos, breakfast on the braai, or add a grill and use as a conventional braai.
After fitting a small - very small - shade sail outdoors to cover my outdoor sofa I decided to rather make my own much larger shade sail to provide shade outdoors, and save quite a bit of money in the process!
The weather is warming up and it's time to start planning for summer outdoors. We put together a collection of ideas for a DIY outdoor bar.
When I originally made my outdoor sofa I wanted to leave the wood as natural looking as possible. But after seeing how Woodoc Water-Bourne transformed my deck I decided to do the same to the outdoor sofa!
With summer just around the corner it's time to get out those dull and rusty garden tools and restore them to good condition ready for use in the garden.
We are lucky enough to have sunny weather almost all year round. If you have a deck or patio you need a table, and this circular patio table is easy enough to make.
Oak wine barrels range in price from R500 each depending on condition and source of supply. Here in South Africa our wine estates replace their wine barrels on a regular basis, so there will always be local availability if you want to make up an outdoor set as and when you can afford to buy a barrel or two!
My kids brought back a whole bag of pebbles from the beach and I decided to paint these to resemble potted cacti and placed them in colourful pots. They will provide a wonderful splash of colour on the patio.
In the summer we go through bottles and bottles or orange and guava juice and I decided to save all the plastic bottles to make self-watering plant holders for colourful annuals, succulents, and even cacti
With chilly evenings heading our way here's how to build a simple concrete firepit that will add a dash of style to an outdoor patio, while warming up cold nights in the garden. This project is easy enough to complete in a weekend.
What better way to spoil our moms for Mother's Day than with a simple, fun and creative herbal soap that the kids can make with a little help.
This drum braai smoker is just the thing for when the power goes out. You can easily pop in a roast or chicken and not have to worry about load shedding. Plus, you don't need any welding tools to make the braai smoker.
I wanted a small planter for outside on the patio and decided to go with a mosaic planter using mosaic tiles that match the upholstered cushions on the outdoor sofa.
Turn a tree stump into a Swedish fire log and heat up the potjie on a chilly winter evening with family or friends.
Making your own garden furniture can be expensive, but this pine garden table has an aluminium channel that sits in the centre and can be used to hold condiments or filled with planted herbs.
You know me... I don't like to throw anything away until I have exhausted all my ideas for recycling or re-purposing. This time it's a way to recycle plastic pool chlorine floaters into hanging plant holders.
Scavenger hunts are fun for children and they are also a great way to turn those frowns upside down when the excitement of the Easter egg hunt is over.
Very simple to make but stunning to look at, this hanging herb garden would look great on a sunny wall outside a kitchen, or even indoors if there is enough light.
Use a pool noodle and plastic storage box to make a floating beverage bar for a swimming pool and enjoy lazy summer days by the poolside.
Hot summer days, kids playing in the pool, fun outdoors... this recycled aluminium can outdoor garden shower is one way to rinse off after a day swimming in a chlorine or salt water pool.
Make your own tikki torches using bamboo poles, recycled bottles and a few supplies you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. Use citronella lamp oil and your torches will also keep the mozzies at bay.
Having recently made my outdoor sofa and upholstered with navy blue bull denim, I wasn't quite feeling the excitement and sense of achievement that I should have been. So I decided to recover them.
Young children love a sandpit. This sandpit has a lid that can be easily placed over the top to keep out cats and ensure the sand stays clean. It also doubles as a daybed or play platform when not used as a sandpit.
I have seen sun loungers similar to this on the Internet, but this design has a couple of practical and eco-friendly differences. I used old pillows for filling the sun lounger and it has an adjustable back that allows you to set the angle you want to sit at.
Use gabion baskets - or make your own using steel mesh - fill with pebbles or stone and add reclaimed wood or railway sleeper tops and you have a modern outdoor dining set that is easy to make.
When you have a large tree cut down in the garden, using a tree feller costs anywhere from R2000 upwards - and that's just to cut the tree down to size. So what can you do with a tree stump that's left behind?
If you haven't yet set up a space for outdoor dining, we have put together a collection of gorgeous outdoor dining that will inspire you to grab your power tools and some wood, or shop around for affordable alternatives.
Here's a quick and easy project for making kiddies chairs using PVC pipe that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. The chairs are painted using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and are finished with colourful fabric seats. You will find more projects like this on www.easyDIY.co.za
A few months back I featured an article on making your own designer patio furniture. I did mention that this was my dream patio suite and that I would be making my own patio furniture when time allowed and I have now completed the sofa part of the suite. Having priced a similar design at anywhere from R10 000 upwards it will only cost about R2 600 to make my own.
While looking for ideas for a flower pot arrangement for one corner of the garden I came across these ideas for dressing up plain flower pots using an assortment of branches or twigs. If you still have some late pruning to be done, or have a pile of branches lying on the compost heap, here's a great way to put them to good use.
I am in the process of paving my outdoor area and want to set up a spot where we can sit outdoors on warm mornings and enjoy breakfast. Using cast-off plastic and steel chairs and a concrete pedestal table, everything was painted with Rust-Oleum spray products.
Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old shed or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away.
Copper is a wonderful material to use for outdoor projects. Copper pipes, rings and copper sheet is soft and reasonably pliable, as well as fairly inexpensive. What's nice about using copper outdoors is that it acquires a beautiful patina over time.
Forget my last feature for DIY outdoor furniture, this is definitely one garden suite that I want to build. The outdoor patio suite probably costs a small fortune but is a simple DIY project that anyone could tackle. I would probably use Meranti for the construction, but you could just as easily use any reclaimed timber you manage to get your hands on.
The sun is beaming in through the windows, the air is warm and crisp and the wind is non-existent. Living in South Africa we are blessed with sunshine for three hundred days (possibly more), each year. And winter is just a quick break from our hot summers - it's also the best time to get planting and preparing the garden for the new growing season.
Concrete is an inexpensive way to make a variety of projects, but it's also the ideal material to use for making a garden bench that not only offers a comfortable place to sit and relax, but also becomes a feature in a garden. Use powder pigments to tint to a variety of colours, or apply concrete stain for subtle hues.
Making a garden bench out of concrete of wood provides a place to sit and relax in the garden. But a garden bench can also be a decorative feature, or provide storage. Here are a collection of DIY concrete and wood garden benches that you can make for your own garden.
Using reclaimed timber or planed pine to build an outdoor fence is an option that allows you to enclose your property with materials other than vibracrete, concrete or brick walls. It offers a more natural approach to adding privacy, plus you have the option to choose reclaimed timber for a rustic finish, or planed pine.
The secret to this handy wall-mounted table is that it folds away easily when not in use. The two side flaps open up to hold the top of the table in place while you work. You can use this fold up - drop down table in so many ways: in the garage or shed as a potting table - as a handy place to set up a comfortable workspace - or in a small children's bedroom as a study desk.
I still have a few pieces of reclaimed wood leftover from some pallets I managed to get my hands on. Knowing that I still needed to do a project for easyDIY magazine, I thought it might be nice to make a herb of plant stand using the leftover bits of reclaimed wood and some old drawers that I have been wanting to use.
This pine privacy screen is perfect for a patio or balcony. You will find a selection of PAR pine products at your local Builders and you can modify the size of the panels to fit your particular situation - or build extra panels if you need more privacy for a large patio or entertainment area.
This herb tower is easy to make with a selection of different sized flower pots that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse, or may already have lying around in the garden or shed. Pot up with your favourite herbs and place in a sunny spot that's easy to access when you need to pick a few herbs for cooking or salads.
Buying a simple water feature can cost anywhere from R800 upwards depending on the size. Or you could make your own custom concrete water feature with a few basic supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and a cardboard carpet tube. Here's how to make a simple cylinder water feature that won't cost more than around R100.
Making your own concrete planters is a fun way to create your own personalised pots for a garden. You can add glass or stone pebbles, mosaic or any other decorative trim to finish off the concrete planters. You can also use this same method to create a water feature.
Raised beds are the solution to many gardening problems and you can modify the design for various situations in any garden, whether to rectify a garden that has poor soil, or to create areas that are easy to care for or planted up with assorted vegetables. In this feature we show you a quick and easy way to build a raised bed.
Prepare your garden for dry spells and reduce water consumption by fitting your own rain barrel. A small rain barrel won't take up a lot of space and is easily fitted to a downspout to collect rain water for use in the garden. Your local Builders Warehouse stocks a selection of small and medium rain barrels, but you could also use a plastic dustbin, large plastic container or drum, or sealed barrel, to serve the same purpose.
With our fantastic climate, a garden party now and again is a must - even if you have the tiniest garden! There s nothing better than relaxing in the sun with your nearest and dearest. But the most exciting part of a garden party is setting it up, because you can have so much fun with the decor.
With easy access to tools and materials for DIY enthusiasts, making outdoor garden furniture has become a growing trend that many like to take on as an alternative and affordable option for outdoor furniture.
If your garden is anything like mine, at the far end of my house the side path is used as a dumping ground. Here's how to lay a decorative gravel and paved path that looks good and enhances your outdoor area.
I love to stretch out on a hot summer's day with a good book and a cool glass of wine. This comfortable chaise is simply a basic pine frame upholstered with a layer of foam and wrapped in fabric. Dress it up with colourful plain or patterned cushions and it's perfect for a sunroom, covered patio or deck.
If you need chairs for outdoors, these slat chairs are very comfortable and would look good on a deck or patio, or when creating a cosy corner to sit and relax. They are made of PAR pine that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and are finished with exterior sealer for maximum protection.
If you have plastic cups leftover from entertaining over the holidays, here's a way to recycle them into an LED light that is perfect for your New Year's party. The light is illuminated using battery-operated LED fairy lights and is stunning once switched on. You can hang it on the patio or in the garden to add fun lighting to your party.
If you're planning on entertaining during the festive season and won't fit all your guests around that small outdoor patio set, you need to make this large outdoor dining table and bench set. The table is large enough to seat all your guests in comfort.
Forget about paint dipped pots. This project shows how you can use nail varnish to add a colourful dipped effect to plant pots, or anything else for that matter. Buy a few bottles of inexpensive nail varnish in your choice of colours and experiment.
A lazy susan turntable is perfect for an outdoor garden table. All your condiments, sauces and jams can be placed on the turntable for easy access to everyone sitting at the table. And making a lazy susan is easy if you use a lazy susan bearing.
Here's a way to have some fun with your power tools and be eco-friendly at the same time. We've put together a selection of eco-friendly garden craft projects that will save you money and make gardening easier!
The ideas for using reclaimed timber just keep on coming. These reclaimed timber garden swing chair is made from timber pallets and is just the place to relax in the shade of some trees on a hot summer day.
A place to sit and relax in the garden is a must have, and this classic garden bench combines contemporary good looks with comfort. You can make the bench out of PAR pine, meranti or any hardwood of your choice.
Entertain in style with this groovy garden table. We used PAR pine to make our table and then finished it off with exterior sealer. The groove design adds an decorative touch to the table and is not something you can buy in a store.