Melanie Daniels

Try These Seasonal DIY Wood Projects

Once the weather starts getting colder and the nights start drawing in, it is a good time to start thinking about DIY wood projects. The type of DIY projects you pursue will largely depend upon your skills, your tools, and your confidence levels, but it is important to remember that all these things can be learned over time. So what are you waiting for?

4 Ideas for DIY Wood Projects

Small seasonal projects can be satisfying. Here are a few easy ideas to get started.

Christmas Table Centerpiece

A wooden rustic display stand that you can use as a table centerpiece for your Christmas candles, flowers, or decorative leaves, is a great way to liven up your room.

Candle Holders

What about some rustic candle holders? You can make these in an afternoon out of an old piece of fence post. Just cut the posts to the required sizes and paint them with a candy stripe decoration. Once the paint has dried, drill a small hole in the top of each one and insert a tea light. The result is a festive light stack which will look great indoors or outside in the garden.

Advent Calendar

Another great festive idea is to create your own advent calendar. Again, it is so simple that you will be amazed you haven’t thought of it before. Cut a triangular piece of wood and paint it. Then hammer in some nails as hooks for small galvanized tins, available in any hobby store. Fill the tins with seasonal treats and presto, you have your own homemade advent calendar.

Christmas Card Holder

Every year, the Christmas cards seem to increase in number. Keep them tidy and display them all in their full beauty by making a simple wooden tree holder. Get some lightweight boards and cut them into lengths – reflecting the conical shape of the Christmas tree. Paint the board in seasonal colors and fix them to a central board – the trunk of the tree. Now glue on pins for the cards and there you have it – the perfect seasonal support for your Christmas cards.

Your DIY wood projects don’t have to be big to be satisfying, and starting out on small decorative pieces gives you a way to build up your confidence and get used to using the tools.

You can find hints and tips online via Pinterest. If you are new to woodworking, following YouTube videos can show you how and suggest lots of great seasonal ideas to decorate your home.

One thing is for sure. Once you have the DIY home decorating bug, you may find that your ideas for DIY wood projects will grow ever more ambitious and complicated. This time next year you may even be considering making some more permanent pieces for your home. Happy holidays!

Toy Lawn Tools for Kids to Learn Basic Gardening Skills

Most of us want to get our kids away from the computer screen or smartphone and out into the fresh air. When you teach your kids basic gardening skills, this lesson will stay with your kids forever. A good way to spark an interest in gardening is with some toy lawn tools that your child can use to be just like mom or dad and help out in the garden. Keep reading to find out which toy lawn tools to add to your child’s collection.

Must-Have Toy Lawn Tools

There are some very sophisticated toy lawn tools out there. The leading toy lawn tool manufacturer, Husquvarna, sells a range of products aimed at young kids between 2 and 5.

The Husquvarna toy lawn mower, leaf blower and weed trimmer are identical in appearance to the real-life models and feature realistic noises and a gentle air flow. These toys will make your little one feel that he or she is helping out in the garden and helping you with the outside chores.

Another great option for toy lawn toys is the range of products from Constructive Playthings. As well as the lawn mower, leaf blower and weed trimmer, this set comes with a toy hedge trimmer and even a chainsaw. Don’t worry; it is not dangerous even though it just seems risky handing what looks like a chainsaw to a child. This range is battery operated and comes with included safety goggles and gloves so your child will feel and look just like mom or dad.

What about a toy gas lawn mower that looks like the real thing and makes mechanical sounds as your child pushes it around the garden?

The Little Tikes Gas and Go Mower would be a great choice for the mini gardener and can provide hours of fun. Your child can fill the pretend gas tank with water and as an added advantage, because the sounds are mechanically generated as it is pushed, you don’t have to worry about batteries.

Other Toy Lawn Tools for Kids

You can buy a wide range of child-friendly gardening tools such as trowels, buckets and watering cans online and in stores such as Target or Walmart. You can find rakes, hoes spades, and forks all in child-friendly sizes and bright colors.

Safe and well-constructed, your child will be able to actually dig and help in the garden with these child-friendly hand tools. He or she is more likely to want to plant and care for their own part of the garden if the tools are the right size for them to use.

One tool that many kids like is the wheelbarrow. A child-sized wheelbarrow enables your child to copy you in the garden and actually help with chores such as clearing leaves. Suitable for children aged 3 and over, this is a fun way to encourage your child to get involved in the garden.

You can’t start your child too early in the garden. With some toy lawn tools, your kids can discover the joys of gardening and learn basic skills that can last a lifetime.

When your kids are helping you with yard work, be sure to also include them in any outdoor building projects, such as those involving pallet furniture as well. Woodworking and building skills will help them in their futures just as much as gardening.

Great Pallet Furniture Ideas

Upcycling is popular right now and a popular trend that seems to go from strength to strength is making furniture out of pallets. The pallet furniture craze may have started with some basic simple ideas, but these days designs are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Who could have imagined that making furniture out of recycled wooden pallets would have ever become so fashionable and stylish?

The pallet furniture craze started with garden furniture. Keep reading to learn more exciting pallet furniture projects you can try at home today!

Pallet Furniture in the Garden

Pallet furniture used outdoors offers versatility, style, and convenience.

For example, a pallet bench can be easily created from just one pallet with some basic tools, a plan and some basic woodworking skills. An upright pallet makes a cool vertical planter and makes an attractive alternative to the more usual hanging baskets. Once you have tackled these easy projects, why not try a double seat and pallet table or even a picnic table and chairs?

An outside bar is also a great feature for summer entertaining. A pallet furniture bar will usually require 3 or 4 upturned pallets and is easy to make and great to enjoy. We have also seen a rustic and sturdy gate made from a shipping pallet.

Smart and functional pallet furniture is a great way to use your DIY skills and saves you money as well.

Pallet Furniture in the Home

These days, the pallet furniture craze has come indoors as well, and you can make some personal pieces of furniture at the fraction of the cost of buying new.

Pallet bed frames are attractive and stylish. These low-level beds (think IKEA) will suit a fashionable apartment and provide a comfortable support to any mattress or futon.

Storage areas, shelves, display cases, and seasonal DIY wood projects are a great use for pallets as well. If your woodwork skills are more advanced, even your kitchen table and chairs can be created from shipping pallets. The list is endless and only limited by your imagination. Pallet furniture is functional and fashionable; it seems that we can’t get enough of it.

Where do you find your pallets?

A few years ago, pallets were easy to find and many people gave them away as firewood. These days they are not so easy to find for free, but they are still an economical material especially when you consider how much money you will save by making your own pallet furniture.

Try your local distribution center or major hardware store. There are millions of wooden pallets in the world and up until the craze for making pallet furniture, they were seen by most people as a waste product.

Alternatively, look online such as on sites such as Craigslist. You might still be able to find good condition pallets for free, but even if you have to pay a small price for your pallets, it is certainly worth it.

Relax Lotion and Other Ways to Create a Home Spa Experience

After a busy day in the yard creating pallet furniture or doing yard work, you could use a home spa day! We all need to get some pampering into our lives but it is not always practical to spend time and money in a spa. So which relax lotion should you buy, and how do you recreate the full spa experience in your own home?

What You Need for a Home Spa

First up a spa experience is all about comfort, relaxation, pampering, and indulging yourself with time in a stress-free environment.

Turn off your phone and make sure you are not going to be disturbed. Nothing spoils a pampering experience more than being pestered by your family or having to answer phone calls from work.

Take a leisurely bath with lots of lovely fragrant bath bubbles or oil. Illuminate the bathroom with scented candles and play some peaceful music to get yourself into a Zen-like zone.

Plan your activities. Maybe give yourself a facial and prepare some hot towels to add to the sense of luxury.

When you visit the spa, one of the most important skin products is the relax lotion. This nourishes the skin and is filled with relaxing aromas that seem to take away the stress of the day.

There are some wonderful products out there used by professional spas. Although they may smell nice, in many cases these products contain harmful chemicals, such as parabens and sodium laurate, which could dry out your skin.

Natural Relax Lotion Options

If you are trying to stick to only natural skin care, these three brands have caught our eye. All brands have a wide range of natural skin care pampering products that will suit even the most sensitive skin.

Alaffia

Alaffia is an all in one skin treatment that contains natural botanicals and bee products including honey and pollen. Based on coconut and shea butter, this high quality relax lotion will leave your skin silky smooth and you feeling relaxed.

Alaffia is based on natural African skin care formulas. All products are chemical free and can provide a natural way to pamper and nourish your skin.

Weleda

Weleda is a well established brand first founded in Germany in 1921. Known for its opposition to animal testing and for producing pure paraben free products, all Weleda products are suitable for the most sensitive skin.

Weleda lotions relax and moisturize the skin and you have plenty of choices available. Weleda Wild Rose Renewing lotion will nourish your skin and help you feel restored. Other Wild Rose products include Wild Rose Day Cream and Wild Rose Night Cream. All creams and moisturizers in the range can be used with equal confidence.

Derma E

Derma E is an eco-friendly brand of skincare that will pamper your skin. Crammed with healthy antioxidants and nutrients, this is a quality brand that delivers the luxurious experience of a relax lotion.

Choose from a wide range of products tailor made to your skin type. Derma E’s Jasmine and Vanilla Hydrating Shea Body Lotion will help you relax and will nourish your skin. Other skin moisturizers include Lemon Grass and Thyme Restoring Shea Body Lotion or Rose Lotion.

What will you do to prepare for your home spa experience?