After a slow start to the spring, we here at The Professionals were all glad to feel a little sunshine on our skin last week!
Men and women of Yorkshire seriously considered the possibility of having a barbeque, whilst boys and girls clutched their change in the streets with wild anticipation, wondering if (and when) the ice-cream van would be making its first appearance of the season.
As we went to sit out in our gardens though… Many of us realised in startling synchronicity that we had some work to do!
A whirring chorus of lawnmowers rang out over every neighbourhood, punctuated by the occasional snip and trim of many a hastily pruned hedge, as the good folk of Yorkshire united in common cause – to reclaim our beautiful backyards from the winter wastelands they had become!
But with a job well done, an hour or two later we were all reclining on the patio, chilled glass of rose in hand, squeezing every last inch of enjoyment from the ever-evasive British Summer!
With the garden essentials out of the way… this got us thinking.
Wouldn’t it be nice to add a little splash of colour into that bland corner of the garden? With the Bank Holiday approaching, we smell a project ahead! Time for some springspiration!
Ever wanted a miniature pond in your garden? We didn’t realise we did either until we saw these!
What an elegant way to add colour and life to your garden! Find the tutorials here:
Or how about this? What a great idea from Lyn’s Family Daycare, creating a miniature fairy town from recycled wood. Great to play with! You might even let the kids have a go…
No tutorial but only imagination is needed for this one. Plenty of inspiration here:
If you by any chance happen to have a spare canoe kicking around, then you might consider doing this over the Bank Holiday Weekend:
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Or if, like me, you’ve recently given your spare one away (damn!) then you may be fortunate enough to have an old bike in the shed to do this with…
Photo from: http://studioartecasa.com.br
Failing this however, you might just be beginning to realise you can upcycle almost anything you want into a planter!
Whatever takes your fancy, upcycling is a unique way to add charm and character to your garden. And planters are just the beginning….
Upcycled Bird Feeders
Once you have decorated the lower levels of your garden, why stop there? For the bird lovers amongst us, there are hundreds of great ideas out there.
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
It always did feel like a shame to throw away some of the nicer bottles. But now, thanks to Anjanette from Momma Young At Home, we can all know how to upcycle them into gorgeous bird feeders!
Find the tutorial here: http://mommayoungathome.com/lifestyle/crafts-2/craft-wine-bottle-bird-feeder/
Teacup Bird Feeders
Got any old crockery hanging around? Well why not literally hang some around – in your trees of course! As well as adding a quirky vintage aesthetic to your garden, you’ll make a whole host of feathered friends too!
Find out how to do it here:
Hanging Lantern Bird Feeder:
Such a clever way to elegantly re-purpose a garden ornament!
Photo From: jennalou.typepad.com
Grown up’s love to watch birds, but for little ones its all about the creepy crawlies! Why not host an ugly bug ball in your habitat hotel…
Instructions on how to create your own here:
With all these great ideas, we hope you’ve found something to inspire you into creating the perfect outdoor space in time for the summer!
Be sure to check out our Garden Projects board on Pinterest for more inspiration: