Make the most of your Summer with a simple woodworking project for your patio to enhance your outdoor spaces. Summer is the best time to take a break from sitting in the office, stretch out those cramped muscles, and get some fresh air into your lungs. If you’re looking for a new and creative way to get outdoors this summer while beautifying your outdoor spaces, check out these five simple woodwork ideas for a summer patio:
What better way to sit back and enjoy summer evenings than sipping your favorite brew from the comfort of a chair you constructed yourself? That’s right; you can make your own patio chairs. And why not use the most iconic design around for a classic look in your outdoor spaces.
If you have some experience working on the deck or around the house, you’ll probably have most of the materials. You’ll need a jigsaw, measuring tape, a drill, a square, clamps, and eye protection. You’ll also most likely need to utilize a miter saw by making crosscuts.
You can find tons of simple plans online so that you can find the right one for your yard.
Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
If you’ve already mastered the traditional Adirondack Chair and you are ready to take your woodworking skills to the next level, try making an Adirondack Loveseat Glider. This project is still relatively easy to make, and the best part is that you will still have all of your tools handy from making the original Adirondack. Well, actually the best part is that your friends will be super impressed.
Keep your patio table ring-free in rustic style by crafting your very own coasters. All you need to make your own stackable set of country chic coasters is a piece of oak wood and a dowel. You can finish them off to perfection with a natural stain, waterproof them with varnish, or create a stencil and personalize each one with its own unique image for the more artistic types. These coasters will be so cool; your guests will actually want to use them.
Create your own secret garden by building a pathway around your patio and meandering through your garden. There are various styles you can choose from, but all of them are fairly simple. You can create a rustic pathway by placing thin cross-sections of a tree trunk as stepping stones through a dirt path or a mesmerizing mosaic using mandala patterns and colorful pebbles. If you’re really feeling whimsical, use cement or Plaster of Paris to create some designs on your patio by adhering to the same pebbles you applied to the mosaic — this will create an effortless transition from the pathway to the patio.
Build A Bee House!
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, then you know that the bees are not having a great time. According to environmental experts, the number of beehives decreases drastically, which could mean serious problems for humans and the environment. Do your part for mother nature and show your love for the environment by creating a home for the orchard mason bee. This harmless little creature lives in wooden blocks, using holes that are already available to nest. Bee houses are easy to make and a great way to get your kids involved. The National Wildlife Foundation encourages mason bee houses to help keep these essential pollinators alive and well.
Save your indoor decorating activities for the winter — it’s summertime, so get out there and soak up the sun. Now that you’ve read about five simple (or relatively simple) woodwork ideas for your summer patio get outside and get woodworking. When you need a break from sawing and staining, you can also work on less physically demanding ways to prepare your garden for summer. Just don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!