The Self-Sufficient Living http://theselfsufficientliving.com Is about simple living,growing your own food,raising livestock,Do It By Yourself,off grid living,gardening,homemade products Sat, 26 May 2018 00:30:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 12 DIY Squirrel Feeders For Your Backyard http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-squirrel-feeders-for-backyard/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-squirrel-feeders-for-backyard/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 00:13:16 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4807 A DIY squirrel feeder is an inexpensive way to provide food for wildlife and entertainment for yourself. Squirrels are fascinating to watching as they scurry around the yard and climb trees. Once they discover the feeder you have built for them, they will return time and time again.

A DIY squirrel feeder can be built with designer flare to display your own personal flare, or one can be built with minimal effort. Check out these 12 feeders to get an idea of what you would like to build and free plans that will show you how to create your favorite squirrel feeder.

Related: DIY bird feeders, homemade hummingbird feeder,bluebird house plans, diy birdbath, Bird house plans, flowers to attract hummingbirds and flowers to attract butterflies.

1- DIY Under Glass Squirrel Feeder

This design uses a removable glass jar in which the food is placed. The squirrel is enticed by the food and limbs inside the glass jar to eat. This will provide you with a bird’s eye view of what the animal is doing, plus hours of entertainment. Squirrel Under Glass is a fun feeder that has a wooden base that is attached to a tree and the easy to remove (and replaceable) glass jar that holds the food.

DIY Under Glass Squirrel Feeder

2- Table and Chair Squirrel Feeder

Use these free plans to create a table for one. An adorable design that looks good even when a squirrel is not eating a meal. This homemade squirrel feeder features a small table and chair for the animal’s dining pleasure. A nail in the center of the table holds an ear of corn upright while the squirrel gnaws away at the kernels. Paint or water seal the wood and it will last for years.

Table and Chair Squirrel Feeder

3- Jar Squirrel Feeder

If you would like to build a squirrel feeder but have to DIY skills, then this design is for you. There is no drilling, cutting, measuring or other building knowledge needed. A large mouth glass jar, some wire and a wooden paint stick can be transformed into a fun DIY squirrel feeder. Be sure to place it where you can see it so you can enjoy the squirrely dinner show.

Jar Squirrel Feeder

4- Slinky DIY Squirrel Feeder

Here is another great idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder without using tools. A child’s slinky tools can be tied with a pipe cleaner to fashion a nut holder. The nut holder is suspended from a tree with a piece of twine. Total cost is under $2. Colorful and easy to re-fill, the squirrels will love it.

Slinky Squirrel Feeder

5- Choo-Choo Train Squirrel Feeder

This design is perfect for the experienced DIY’er and train enthusiast in your family. Wood, paint and a Mason jar can be transformed into this fun squirrel feeder with these free plans. Squirrels can board this fun red and black choo-choo train and have their own private Mason jar dining car for a meal of tasty nuts.

Choo-Choo Train Squirrel Feeder

6- Pine Cone Squirrel Feeder

This is a fun squirrel bird feeder to create with your children. A great rainy day project that will provide hours of fun when the squirrels and bird show up to eat the peanut butter and birdseed meal that is stuck on the pine cones. Attract a wide array of bird species with these tasty food treats.

Pine Cone Squirrel Feeder

7- Fork DIY Squirrel Feeder

This homemade squirrel feeder can be created free with items you already have on hand — a wide mouth glass jar, wire and a fork. Attach the fork to the jar with wire so the animals will have a place to perch while they are feasting on the nuts placed inside the jar. The jar is attached to a fence post or any other outdoor structure with more wire.

Fork DIY Squirrel Feeder

8- Wine Bottle Squirrel Feeder

These detailed instruction will teach you how to recycle an old wine bottle into a fashionable squirrel feeder. Learn how to cut glass and wood to create a long lasting feeder that will attract squirrels and chipmunks. Use scrap wood so the project will cost you almost nothing. Paint or stain the wood to weather proof it.

Wine Bottle Squirrel Feeder

9- Dinner and a Show Squirrel Feeder

This see-through squirrel feeder provides all onlookers with a show while the squirrels eats dinner. The clear glass jar mounted on a wood frame is easy to fill with nuts and will last a long time. Paint or stain the wood so it will be able to withstand the elements for years. Easy and inexpensive DIY project.

Dinner and a Show Squirrel Feeder

10- Basic DIY Squirrel Feeder

This basic diy feeder will attract squirrels over to your yard for a hearty meal. Easy DIY project is a great way to introduce your child to woodworking. Simple design and easy build. Load an ear of dried corn onto the bottom nail and watch the squirrels work on it until every last corn kernel is gone.

Basic DIY Squirrel Feeder

11- Squirrel Feeder House

To make squirrels your neighbors, follow these plans to build a welcoming squirrel house. the open-sided design can hold food and a squirrel comfortably. Paint it a fun color and put your squirrels name on it for a touch of whimsy. All your human neighbors will want you to build a squirrel house for them.

Squirrel Feeder House

12- Toilet Paper Roll Squirrel Feeder

Instead of tossing out those cardboard toilet paper tubes, use this idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder. Easy and inexpensive, smear peanut butter on the cardboard then roll it in birdseed. Tie a piece of twine or yarn on both ends and suspend it from a tree branch. Both squirrels and bird will find this an irresistible feast. A fun craft project for you and the kids and the squirrels will thank you.

Toilet Paper Roll Squirrel Feeder

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 21 Fun DIY Bean Bags And Chairs You Will Love To Make http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bean-bags-and-chairs/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bean-bags-and-chairs/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 20:59:29 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4702 DIY bean bags can be part of game-time fun and comfortable DIY chairs made with colorful fabric can be used in any room of the home. Cover bean bag chairs with weather resistant canvas made for exterior furniture and enjoy the chairs outside while taking a break from game-playing.

Check out these 21 fun DIY bean bags and chairs and get started making your favorites this weekend.

  1. DIY Small Bean Bags

Several outdoor games need small bean bags in order to play. These instructions will show you how to make bean bags so that you will always have some on hand for playing corn hole or juggling.  It’s a simple sewing project that will enable you to use up small scraps of fabric that you have on hand.

DIY Small Bean Bags

  1. Juggling Chooks

Fun to make and fun to play with! Great for a child’s birthday party, the instructions for these juggling chooks create bean bags that look like little chickens. This is a simple sewing project and would be a great way to teach a child how to sew. These small DIY bean bags can be made in bright colors and given various animal faces with this easy to follow pattern.

  1. Football DIY Bean Bag Chair

Show your team spirit by making this large bean bag chair with a football design. This easy to follow pattern will show you how to create this football chair without sewing a stitch. The fabric and ribbon are glued into place with fabric glue. Make a soccer ball or baseball chair with this idea.

Football DIY Bean Bag Chair

  1. T-Shirt Bean Bag Chair

Create a giant bean bag chair and cover it with those old favorite T-shirts you just could not get rid of. A great way to memorialize old sports teams your children use to play on or to create a reminder of concerts attended in the past. The giant bean bag chair will be personal and unique.

giant bean bag chair

  1. Educational DIY Bean Bags

These are DIY cornhole bags with a twist — they are for education as well as fun. Use these instructions to make the small bean bags, then create numbers or letters on them to help your child learn during playtime. An easy way to make learning fun for little ones.

Educational DIY Bean Bags

  1. DIY Cornhole Bags

The popular and fun game of cornhole needs new bags far more often than the cornhole board needs to be replaced. Learn how to make cornhole bags with these easy to follow instructions so you can keep the game time fun going until the wooden board wears out. You may also like to check out 17 Ideas for diy corhole boards.

DIY Cornhole BagsDIY Cornhole Bags

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair for Two

These step by step instruction will show you how to make a bean bag chair that is large enough for two people. Great for a shared bedroom or apartment. Easy to make, easy to move, this large bean bag chair is inexpensive and can be covered in your choice of fabric to coordinate with any room in your home.

DIY Bean Bag Chair for Two

  1. No Sew Bean Bag Chair

This DIY bean bag chair required no sewing skills to create. The high back and wide bottom make it comfortable for young and old alike. Curl up in this comfortable chair with a good book and an afternoon nap. Your choice of fabrics will create a fashionable no-sew chair for any room.

No Sew Bean Bag Chair

  1. No Sew DIY Bean Bags

Use these simple instructions to create DIY bean bags without sewing a stitch. A hot glue gun seals the felt fabric closed and creates a soft, colorful covering for the small bean bags. Perfect for use in several games or you can glue numbers or letters on the felt and use for learning time.

No Sew DIY Bean Bags

  1. Bunny Burrow Game

Here is a fun game with a tongue twisting name – Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game. You can create the small bean bags and learn how to play this fun game with the instructions provided on the web page. Cute little Bunny Bags make soft toys for children too.

Bunny Burrow Game

  1. Kids Bean Bag Chair

This is a very simple DIY bean bag chair for kids. Child sized, comfy and sturdy, this bean bag chair will be a favorite seat for a child until they outgrow it. Beginners sewing skills are required to create this kids chair, but this instructional video will walk you through the process with confidence.

Kids Bean Bag Chair

  1. Baby Bean Bag Chair

A soft place for Baby to rest, this small bean bag chair has straps that will prevent baby from rolling off the chair. Small and lightweight, easy to carry along with you. Easy to follow instructions are on a down-loadable PDF file. Remove straps when Baby reached toddler stage.

Baby Bean Bag Chair

  1. DIY Juggling Bags

Fun for all ages, create juggling bags with these free instructions. Use colorful fabric to create these juggling bags and everyone will be as amazed with your DIY skills as they are with your juggling ability. Beginners sewing skills are required to make these small bean bags.

DIY Juggling Bags

  1. DIY Sock Bean Bags

Get creative and bring out your colorful side with these no-sew sock bean bags that can be used for a variety of games. I-Spy is always fun for toddlers, while juggling and cornhole is fun for older kids and adults. Create these no-sew sock bean bags in minutes for hours of fun.

DIY Sock Bean Bags

  1. DIY Hamburger Bean Bag Chair

Create this fun DIY bean bag chair that looks like a giant hamburger. Fun style for kids and makes a great conversation starter for all ages. So comfortable, you may have to make an extra one for the family pet. Great to create for birthday or Christmas gifts.

DIY Hamburger Bean Bag Chair

  1. Giant Bean Bag Chair

This tutorial will show you how to create a comfortable chair that is 50 inches in diameter and 28 inches tall. So much fun for a child to snuggle up in with a snack and a good book. The large size also makes it a great place to take a nap or for use as an extra child’s bed.

Giant Bean Bag Chair

  1. Therapeutic Bean Bags

Small bean bags can be used for much more than just playing games, they also have therapeutic uses. The small bags filled with beans or rice make an excellent pain reliever when heated in the microwave and placed on aching joints. The warm bags are also prefect for warming cold feet.

Therapeutic Bean Bags

  1. Easy Bean Bag Chair

It doesn’t get any easier than this pattern when it comes to creating a comfortable and affordable bean bag chair. The high back makes it a comfortable seat to snuggle with Baby, so you might want to make one for the nursery and one for the family room. Colorful fabric makes the chair inviting and fun to sit in.

Easy Bean Bag Chair

  1. 30 Minute Bean Bag Chair

This fun kids chair can be created in just 30 minutes. The wide bottom and low back make this a fun place to lounge and a colorful fabric choice will make it the most popular seat in the house.

Beginners sewing skills and 30 minutes of work will create this comfortable chair.

30 Minute Bean Bag Chair

  1. Animal DIY Bean Bags

Here is a great way to teach kids about nature — create different bean bag animals for them to play with. Colorful, soft frogs, turtles and owls will provide kids with hours of educational fun. The patterns for the animals can be downloaded and are easy to follow.

Animal DIY Bean Bags

  1. DIY Balloon Bean Bags

Use these instructions to create balloon bean bags that are tough and durable. The round shape makes them great for a variety of games. A great way to use up leftover balloons from birthday parties. Easy to makes with these step by step instructions.

DIY Balloon Bean Bags

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23 Popular Heirloom Tomatoes To Grow For Rich Taste And Diverse Colors http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-popular-heirloom-tomatoes-to-grow/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-popular-heirloom-tomatoes-to-grow/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 20:56:56 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4663 Heirloom seeds are the best way to preserve the flavor of history. Each one of us grew up with certain types of vegetables that we would like to enjoy as adults and pass down to our children. The simplest way to do that is to grow out own vegetable favorites so we always have them on hand.

Heirloom tomatoes is a good example of passing down a flavor heritage through garden vegetables. These tomatoes seeds are passed down through the generations, making it possible for use to enjoy the same tomato variety and flavor that our grandparents enjoyed.

Through a simple homegrown tomato we are able to preserve a little bit of our heritage, grow the best tasting tomatoes and keep our home garden produce free of any GMO food items.

All tomatoes are a major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Check out these 23 popular heirloom tomatoes and plant some in your home garden for GMO-free rich taste and diverse colors. Heirloom tomatoes seeds can be purchased through a seed exchange.

  1. Anna Russian

Small, heart shaped red tomato that has a dual flavor of both tartness ad sweetness. Originally from Russia, this heirloom tomato was handed down by Russian immigrants living in Oregon in the early 1980‘s. This heirloom tomato variety grows in clusters of three and ripens early in the spring. The vines are unsightly and straggly and will need to be supported, but vines produce prolifically all summer.

Anna Russian tomatoes

  1. Azoychka

This is a very tart tasting, yellow tomato that is originally from Russia. Robust, sturdy plants grow well in cool climates and poor soil. The inside flesh is white and it makes a nice slicing tomato that ripens in early spring. If the tart flavor is too much for eating as a slicing tomato, try Azoychkas in a tangy salsa recipe for flavor and color. Also great for use in fresh chow-chow or for pickling.

Azoychka tomatoes

  1. Brandywine

Pink, yellow, orange, black or red slicing tomato that is filled with flavor. Somewhat fickle to grow, Brandywine will produce abundantly when grown in full sun and well draining, fertile soil. If this tomato is not happy in its growing location, it won’t produce. Amend garden soil with compost to promote drainage and increase fertility before planting Brandywine plants. Use more compost as a side dressing or as a mulch to keep the plant well fed during the growing season.

Brandywine has remained a popular tomato variety for its flavor, color and texture.

Brandywine pink tomatoes

  1. Black Beauty

The blackest of all tomato varieties, shiny black skin with red skin makes this variety a knock-out when sliced. Meaty, rich flavor, few seeds and thin skin. Hangs well on the vine and stores very well, and the flavor improves with room-temperature storage.

This tomato is rich in anthocyanin, which is the same antioxidant found in blueberries and blackberries. Anthocyanins offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits, so not only is the Black beauty beautiful and tasty, eating them provides a myriad of health benefits.

Black Beauty Tomatoes

  1. Black Krim

A heirloom variety from the Black Sea region of Russia. High yields of fruits have a rich tomato flavor and turn to reddish black when mature. Interior is reddish green and very sweet. Excellent for salads and sandwiches.

Plant in full sun and well draining soil. Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Add a side dressing of compost to provide a constant food source for high yielding plants.

Black Krim Tomatoes

  1. Big Rainbow

The yellow flesh inside this heirloom fruit is marbled with red in the bottom half. Tomatoes have a big, lumpy beefsteak shape with a very mild and sweet flavor. Fruits typically reach 22 ounces and make an attractive addition to any table when sliced and placed on a platter.

Tall plants grow best in full sun and well draining soil. Plants will need to be staked and tied. Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Big Rainbow Tomatoes

  1. Cherokee Chocolate

Large heirloom tomato that is dark brown with tinges of green color when ripe. The names comes from the skin color, not the flavor. The more fertile the soil, the larger the fruits the plant will produce. It’s not uncommon for Cherokee Chocolates to reach the size of grapefruits if the soil is amended each year and has good drainage.

This is a happy heirloom tomato plant that will grow well in any home garden that receives 6-8 hours of sun each day.

Cherokee Chocolate

  1. Cherokee Purple

As the name suggests, this heritage tomato has purple tinted skin. Originating from Tennessee, Cherokee Purple tomatoes have been passed down to us from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This purple skinned tomato has a full, rich flavor and its large size makes it perfect for slicing and placing on a sandwich. Easy to grow in full sun and well draining soil.

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

  1. Cherokee Green

Large, tomato with green skin and flesh. Tart taste and sturdy flesh makes them a good tomato for frying. This tomato variety is a late starter, but will continue to produce fruits until first frost.

Disease resistant, grows well in cooler climates. Harvest all remaining tomatoes prior to first fall frost and use to make green tomato pickles.

Cherokee Green Tomatoes

  1. Dwarf Emerald Giant

This heirloom tomato variety produces full sized tomatoes on small plants. Dwarf Emerald Giant originated in Australia from a cross between Golden Dwarf Champion, which is a medium sized fruited yellow dwarf, and Green Giant tomato. Fruits range in weight from half a pound to a pound. Plants are small and sturdy, making it a perfect choice for growing in a container or a small garden.

Dwarf Emerald Giant

  1. Ferris Wheel

This super sweet tomato has been around since at least the late 1800‘s. It’s very popular today for its consistently large size, smooth, unblemished skin and sweet flavor. Fruits have been known to reach up to 3 pounds, but sometimes ripen when only half a pound. Typical mature size is one pound.

Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Ferris Wheel Tomatoes

  1. Green Giant

The name aptly describes this large tomatoes with green flesh. This tomato is meaty with a small seed cavity. Ripens in late summer and can be harvested when flesh has a slight give when pressed with finger.

Select a planting location in full sun. Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Green Giant Tomatoes

  1. Kellogg’s Breakfast

The name suggests a breakfast food, but this is the best heirloom tomato variety for sandwiches. Full of flavor, but very little juice so it won’t make sandwich read soggy. Plant in full sun and well draining soil and each plant will produce about 7 large yellow tomatoes.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomatoes

  1. Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom

Yellow, meaty and dense tomato with thin skin. This tomato plant produces large yellow tomatoes that weight 10-16 ounces in late summer, taking close to 100 days to reach maturity. It contains very few seeds, making it great for slicing.

Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom

  1. Lucky Cross

A delicious cross of sweet and sour, red and yellow. A happy accident of a plant that just grew in among the Brandywine plants and produced a beautiful, flavor-filled tomato. Plants grow very tall and will require staking to keep upright.

Lucky Cross Tomatoes

  1. Mexican Midget

Heirloom cherry tomatoes that are small in size but have a big flavor. This cherry tomato won the 2014 SSE’s Tomato Tasting Contest. Easy care plant needs full sun and well draining soil to produce hundreds of small fruits throughout the summer gardening season.

Mexican Midget

  1. Mr. Stripey

The stripes are not perfect, but the flavor always is. These huge, beefsteak-type red-and yellow fruits with a high sugar content are delicious and pretty to slice because of the bi-coloring. Weighing up to two pound each, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes have always been popular in the southern states. This variety grows best in regions with long, hot summers. Plants reach up to 10 feet and produce fruits all summer.

Mr. Stripey Tomato

  1. Speckled Roman

Tiger striped oblong tomato is great for slicing, dicing or sauces. This heirloom is a cross between and Antique Roman and Banana Legs tomatoes. Gorgeous 5 inch long fruits contains very few seeds and the plant produces fruit all summer when planted in a sunny location.

Speckled Roman Tomato

  1. Mortgage Lifter

This is a large, delicious heirloom tomato with a prosperous financial history. It was originally developed by a man in West Virginia to pay off his home mortgage. The cross- breeding was successful and the plants produced fruits that weight up to two pounds. Seedling of the Mortgage Lifter were sold and the West Virginia tomato breeder was soon mortgage-free.

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

  1. Nepal

This tomato variety originates in the Himalayas, making it a great heirloom fruit to grow in cooler climates. Medium sized red tomatoes are quick to ripen and full of flavor. Vines reach 6-8 feet tall and will need to be supported. Plant in a location that receives 4-6 hours of sun daily.

Nepal tomato

  1. Sun Gold

Big -growing plant produces small yellow tomatoes that have a big flavor. Vine can grow up to 10 feet and will need to be supported to keep the hundreds of yellow cherry Sun Gold tomatoes off the ground. Plant in full sun and harvest hundreds of sweet yellow heirloom cherry tomatoes all summer.

Sun Gold Tomato

  1. Super Beefsteak

Most all garden supply centers sell beefsteak tomato plants. They remain a popular variety of tomato due to their consistent large size. The Super Beefsteak is the true heritage tomato and regularly produces fruits over one pound. This heirloom variety also has smoother skin and smaller blossom end scars.

Flavorful red tomato is easy to grow in home gardens – just give plant a sunny location, fertile soil and consistent moisture and it will reward you with summer long production.

Super Beefsteak Tomatoes

  1. Rosella Purple

The deep, dark red skin color is almost purple and the flavor is rich and full. The plant is sturdy and compact, making it an excellent choice for growing in a container. Fruits are round and can weigh up to one pound. Rosella Purple originated from a cross between Budai, a small red fruited dwarf, and Stump of the World, a popular variety from Australia.

Easy to grow, plant in good quality potting soil, feed bi-weekly with a water soluble fertilizer and place container in full sun.

Rosella Purple

Tomato Nutrition

Tomatoes are low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol and contains about 20 calories.

The fruit’s biggest health benefits are:

  • Vitamin C: An essential nutrient and antioxidant. One medium sized tomato can provide about 28% of the recommended daily intake.
  • Potassium: An essential mineral, beneficial for blood pressure control and cardiovascular disease prevention.
  • Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and bone health.
  • Folate (B9): One of the B-vitamins, important for normal tissue growth and cell function (6). It is particularly important for pregnant women.
  • Lycopene : An antioxidant that has been shown to reduce prostate cancer. Additionally, lycopene can increase HDL (healthy cholesterol) and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).

They are also good sources of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6,Thiamin, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

Nutritional and health benefits can be derived from fresh, canned or dried tomatoes.

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10 DIY Swimming Pool You Can Build To Save Thousands Of Dollars http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-swimming-pool-you-can-build-on-a-budget/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-swimming-pool-you-can-build-on-a-budget/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:13:48 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4648 A DIY swimming pool will help you keep cool this summer while leaving some money in your pocket so you can throw a few backyard pool parties. Most homeowners would love to have their own backyard swimming pool , but the high cost hinders them from having one built. With these 10 ideas and free plans, you can construct your own DIY inground swimming pool for a fraction of the cost a professional would charge.

Check out these custom DIY swimming pools that you can build so you can be inspired to create your own backyard oasis this summer.

  1. On Ground Pool

This DIY idea creates a concrete on ground pool that enables you to take full advantage of every inch of landscape space. The end results makes the pool look like an in-ground one. This design can be used to build a pool above or below the ground and works great in those landscape areas that are not completely flat. This DIY build will cost around $7,000.

On Ground Pool

  1. Natural Swimming Pools

These step by step plans will show you how to build you own pool that never needs chemicals. This pool design uses natural materials to filter the pool and keep it clean. No chemicals are ever needed in these pools, so that will keep the long-term expense down and be healthier for your family and the environment. The design blends into the natural landscape to make it look like a pond instead of a pool.

Epic DIY Natural Swimming Pool

  1. Backyard Pool With Build In Steps

This swimming pool construction goes step by step to create a lovely backyard pool with built-in steps and seating. All the digging was done by hand, so it is a slow process, but the finished results is stunning. The layered steps provide the needed stability for the in-ground pool and the curved designed is great for a small backyard space. The pool depth is perfect for swimming or lounging on a hot summer day.

Backyard Pool With Build In Steps

  1. Above Ground Pool and Deck

This is an easy way to get a backyard pool – buy an above ground pool then build a wooden deck around it. This design provide a nice outdoor space for entertaining on the large surrounding deck and a cool, inviting pool to jump into for cooling off. Cut costs even more by purchasing an above ground pool at the end of season when outdoor items go on sale.

Above Ground Pool and Deck

  1. Dream Pool

Building a swimming pool of your dreams is easier and cheaper than you may think. Design your own dream pool, then gather information on the materials needed to fulfill your dream. You don’t have to know all the details for the entire process before you begin construction – just know where to get the information as the construction process progresses. Buy the building supplies as you go to so you can take advantages of sale prices and save even more money.

Building a swimming pool

  1. Above Ground Pool

A cheap swimming pool that provides family fun for years is a simple inflatable above ground pool that you can purchase at any Big-Box type retail store. The soft sides are perfect for families with small children since it has no sharp corners or hard surface to hurt little ones. Easy to deflate and store when the summer pool season is over. These step by step instruction show you how to set up an inflatable above ground pool so it will be level and safe for family fun. The set up time is quick so you set it up and swim in it the same day.

Above Ground Pool

  1. Natural Pond Style Pool

This homemade pool looks like a natural pond instead of DIY swimming pool. This natural looking pool is also chemical free and uses sand, gravel and aquatic plants to filter the water naturally. A standard aquarium air pump moves the pool water through all the filtering material and down into drainage pipes to be re-circulated back into the pool. A great way to have clean, bacteria free water for swimming for human that is also safe for the surrounding environment. The natural look and aquatic plants also encourages flying pollinators to stop in for a visit.

Natural Pond Style Pool

  1. In Ground DIY Pool

For some people, only an in-ground pool is acceptable. But the swimming pool costs of a traditional build hinders them from having one. If you fit into this category then this DIY pool is for you. This affordable pool will have you and your family enjoying a backyard swimming oasis for a fraction of a professionally built pool. Rent the needed equipment and only hire professionals to do the portions of the construction you are not able to do yourself, like pour the concrete. to keep costs low.

In Ground DIY Pool

  1. Hay Bale Swimming Pool

This is an easy way to build a cheap backyard pool. Create the size and shape of pool you want with bales of hay, stacking them to a desired height. Then place a layer of loose hay on the ground inside the stacked hay bales. Cover all the hay bales and loose hay with a thick sheet of pool-grade plastic. Fill with water and enjoy. This is an ideal DIY pool when a temporary pool is needed for a one-time event, like a child’s birthday party or backyard BBQ. Easy to put up, easy to take down, and the hay can be recycled in the garden.

build a cheap backyard pool

  1. Pallet Pool

This idea shows you how to transform nine pallets and a pool liners into an affordable, attractive above ground pool. The none pallets are placed upright on their sides and fastened together to form the walls of the pool, recycled towels cover the interior of the pallets before the pool liner is installed. To give the exterior a finished look, bamboo blinds were installed along with a smooth board to cap off the top rim and provide a shelf around the pool. Cheap, easy and the recycled material makes this an eco-friendly pool

above ground pool

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16 Free Ramp Plans-Learn How To Build Various Ramps http://theselfsufficientliving.com/16-free-ramp-plans-learn-how-to-build-various-ramps/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/16-free-ramp-plans-learn-how-to-build-various-ramps/#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:05:41 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4600 Making a ramp tops is one of the best DIY projects you can execute and there are various types of ramp plans you can create to improve functionality within your home, we have compiled 16 free easy to build DIY ramps plans to make your home more attractive and accessible. There are steps to guide you on how to build a ramp to enable you to get underneath your car quickly, a wheelchair ramp or shed ramp for more accessibility to and a skateboard ramps to provide a fun-filled skateboarding experience right in your home.

Here are the standard supplies and tools used in these projects.

Basic supplies required

  • Pressure treated wood boards – you can find these in hardware stores.
  • Plywood
  • Beam joist
  • Metal sheet – you can get this from home depots, or search the internet for steel fabricators.
  • Screws – from home improvement stores.
  • Metal handles – from home improvement stores.
  • Roofing nails
  • Shims
  • Pines
  • Adhesive

Basic tools

If you have the budget, you can buy most of these tools, as you would be using them for other diy projects. Otherwise, lookout for where you can borrow some of these.

  • Miter saw
  • Level and framing nailer
  • Power drill
  • Measurement tape
  • Triangular ruler
  • Philip-head
  • Belt sander
  • Masonry Bit
  • Hand file.
  • Pencil for marking.

Wheelchair Ramp Building Plans

1. Build a Wheelchair Ramp

Building a wheelchair ramp would be a fantastic project to carry out. This ramp can go a long way in helping someone with mobility challenges live independently and can be made of wood or all aluminum.

You can get already formed ramp material (wooden or Prefabricated aluminum), and then assemble it yourself.

When making this ramp, you need first to create a sketch of your ramp considering the measure of the width, landing size and location. Measure the distance between the thresholds to the ground and adjust the length and slope of the ramp to fit your yard. Then start building

Build a Wheelchair Ramp

2. Build a Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Moving a wheelchair into homes, vehicles and shops could be hectic as the entrance might be steep. A portable wheelchair ramp becomes the ideal solution to ease movement in and out of these places.

Custom made aluminum ramp are good,  but are quite expensive and most of them may not work correctly for all kinds of wheelchairs, as they are mainly made for lighter wheelchairs, and are not very strong.

When building these ramp plans, always bear in mind the measurements of the available space. You can attach handles to the ramp for comfortable carriage.

Build a Portable Wheelchair Ramp

3. Make a Handicap Ramp and Landing

Make your home easily accessible to people with movement challenges with this classic DIY project. Handicap ramps are easy to create and a great DIY project to embark on. First, you have to measure your space and then sketch your ramp design.  “The Americans-with Disabilities-Act requires that ramps such as this should be at least 5fts by 5fts, so someone in a wheelchair can quickly turn around without getting stuck).

Assemble each piece of wood using a framing nailer.

Check to ensure the frame is sturdy, then add a few pressure treated wood shims in areas where needed, before attaching the structure to the building with nails.

Create support for the ramp, by cutting woods that measure from the top of the landing to the concrete base and nailing them to the side of the ramp.

Make a Handicap Ramp and Landing

4. Build a Wheelchair Ramp

Another wheelchair ramp idea, to improve home accessibility for people who can’t use the stairs. This mini ramp plan provides a gentler and less stressful way of entering or leaving their home for them.

This is amongst the most straightforward DIY projects you can start right away. However, you might want to ensure building a wheelchair ramp complies with local building requirements and its created to meet the specific needs of the occupant. The wheelchair ramp should be formed according to the measurement of the entrance point of the home.

To make it safe and sturdy, hardwood is used and its coated with stain to ensure durability.

Build a Wheelchair Ramp

Car Ramp Plans

5. Make a Car Ramp For Your Vehicle

It’s always fun doing things the DIY way,  Instead of using hydraulic jacks, build a DIY car ramps to access underneath your vehicle. The design of this ramp is very straightforward.

First, cut the wood to the required dimension and get the fillets done and edge sloped. Get the plank smoothened (using a hand planer); you can take it to a carpenter to do this.

Next, attach the planks to each other by applying the adhesive at the base of each plank and then stacking them one above the other.

Mark the points to drill and drill at that point ensuring the planks don’t move. After that, you can then use a Philip-head to screw it together.

Check that the end of the screw doesn’t jut out at the bottom. Use a hand file to file out any jutting screw.

Make a Car Ramp For Your Vehicle

6. Build A Diy Car Ramp To View Underneath Your Vehicle

We have all had that moment when we want to get the car up in the air and access or fix something under it. Well, these easy to build ramp plans give you an inexpensive and easy way to achieve that.

Build A Diy Car Ramp To View Underneath Your Vehicle

First, create a framework of the ramp using the planks, the length of the ramp can either be 2”x10” or 2”x12”. Screw the planks to each other with screws to create the frame.

Then cut each plywood to a width of 3 strips 16”, and then screw to attach to the various sides of the ramp. The ramps take a sheet each. There you have it.

7. Have A Low Profile Car? – Build A Car Ramp To Fit Your Vehicle

Low car ramps cost as much as $200, but with this Diy hack, you could build very sturdy DIY car ramp for a quarter of that.

Sketch the slope; this would make it easier to build.

Using the saw, cut the wood according to the measurement, this should depend on the length of your car. A 90” size was used here.

Then assemble the wood one after the other with a screw, You can then attach caster wheels to simplify moving the ramp and sand the edges to provide extra refinement.

Have A Low Profile Car? – Build A Car Ramp To Fit Your Vehicle

8. Create A Low Customized Low Car Ramp

Another mini ramp plan for those with low cars. You might end up having an issue if the cowling under your car’s bumper touches the ramp. Make this customized low day car ramp to keep your vehicle in good shape.  A little innovation was introduced in this project and its aimed to help indicate to you when to stop moving when climbing the ramp. So, a small switch connected to a bulb was attached to the close to the end of one of the ramp, in a way that when climbed on, the build start lightening and you would know to stop.

Create A Low Customized Low Car Ramp

Skateboard Ramp Plans

9. Build A Skateboard Quarter Pipe Ramp

If you love skateboarding, then quarter pipe skateboard ramps is a must have. You can also use it for bikes, and it isn’t hard to build. Having a skating ramp at home is excellent as it provides you with an alternative when it’s raining or when you want to skate alone.

Building a 3 inches quarter pipe ramp is not so difficult or time-consuming, and it cost less than a 100 bucks. That’s less pay compared to the fun it would provide.

It’s going to require some of the necessary materials for this project, In addition to those listed at the top; you would need a metal pipe (you can quickly get one from a home improvement shop).

Build A Skateboard Quarter Pipe Ramp

10. Make A Skateboard Ramp

Another skateboarding DIY project for enthusiasts. Whether you are an experienced skateboarder, just starting out or have got kids who love skating, this DIY skateboard ramp is the ideal project to provide fun and satisfying experience. Have the time and space to practice till you become a good skateboarder.

Before embarking on this project, check the possibility of storage, whether you have enough space for it in your home would help you determine the size.

To start, get your ideas on paper and create a blueprint for your design. Then organise the needed supplies and then begin to build.

Make A Skateboard Ramp

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11. Build A Micro Quarter Pipe Ramp

Skating never gets old; if you still haven’t found the ideal skating DIY project, these micro quarter ramp plans would be suitable for you. Size and mobility are crucial factors to consider when building your ramp; this particular project would fit any home due to its variance in size.

You can also create the micro-ramp indoors, to protect the elements. However, When built outside, you can use pressure treated woods and paint to ensure longevity.

Apart from the primary materials, you can get others from home improvement stores. First, gather your tools, design your ramp and start building.

Build A Micro Quarter Pipe Ramp

Shed Ramp Plans

12. Build a Shed Ramp For Your Home

A shed ramp adds so much functionality to your home; it eases the movement of things in and out through the door. You might have challenges moving the wheelbarrow, mower or the dolly in or out of the house, but building a shed ramp within a few hours can make life far more comfortable for you.

A shed ramp is a basic necessity in all home, while some sheds are permanently attached, shed ramp plans like this are made to be detachable, so you only get to put it in place when you need to use it.

It’s important that you measure the height from the ground to the base of your door and build the shed accordingly.

You may also like to see diy pallet shed and garden shed plan.

Build a Shed Ramp For Your Home

13. Make A Garage Shed Ramp

Want a ramp to enable you quickly walk into your garage, or move equipment like the lawn mower or even ride the motorcycle out? Then this is the ideal DIY ramp for you.

Building a shed ramp yourself gives you the opportunity to make it very sturdy.

Firstly measure the height from the garage floor to the ground, in this case, it was 14”, so the front side of the ramp was built to be 14” high.

As usual, its best you start with a sketch of the ramp, then source for materials before you begin building,

Make A Garage Shed Ramp

14. Make A Backyard Shed Ramp

A shed ramp can come very handy in the yard if you use a cart, or want to access specific areas, and in this DIY wood project, you would be learning how to build a shed ramp very quickly, no matter your experience.

The good thing about this DIY project is that you would create the ramp, how you want it and suit your need.

From the design to the length and width, everything should be about the space you have out there.

First, you would have to source materials, in addition to those listed at the top, you can also get a wood stain and paint optionally.

Make A Backyard Shed Ramp

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Deck and Launch Ramp Plans

15. Build a Deck Access Ramp

Make your deck more accessible by building and installing a deck ramp. You can design it to be either an angle deck or flat stairs all according to the space you have. You can also have a building inspector look over your plan before you start constructing.

Get the necessary materials and create the deck ramp according to instructions, then place it in a way that’s convenient and offers unrestricted access to the deck.

Build a Deck Access Ramp

16. Make a Launch Ramp

There is so much fun from a launch ramp to pass up.

If you aren’t conversant with using a launch ramp, it’s quite easy to learn. Find out how to build a ramp of any size you want.

These are mainly some of the best ramp ideas out there, go through the list and choose those that fit your need and that of your home and start working on it.

Make a Launch Ramp

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8 Homemade Wasp Traps To Get Rid Of Wasps http://theselfsufficientliving.com/8-homemade-wasp-traps-to-get-rid-of-wasps/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/8-homemade-wasp-traps-to-get-rid-of-wasps/#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:33:14 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4584 The trend of homemade wasp trap is growing at a high pace in the recent times, as more and more people are opting to use them instead of buying a wasp trap. The homemade wasp trap can be highly effective in getting rid of the wasps, as you can simply choose what type of trap you want to built. If you’re wondering on how to make wasp trap, there are several ways to build a wasp nest, by making use of everyday items that you normally have in your house. Homemade wasp traps can be made by anyone with little to no skill.

Wasps are essential for the process of pollination and they also perform some other important actions such as controlling parasite and harmful insect population as well. As good as they are for your environment and especially our surroundings, wasps can really be problematic when they start building theirs nests too close to your furniture or when they start stinging you regularly. In such cases, you may probably want to get rid of the whole mess that comes with a wasp net in your backyard or any other area around your house. Wasp control, sometimes can be a hectic job if you don’t have the right tools.

You may also like to check out other relevant and interesting articles: homemade tick repellents, homemade fruit fly traps, homemade pesticides, mosquito and fly repellent plants and diy screened in porch for bug free outdoor area.

In this article, you are going to read about the eight homemade wasp traps that you can make at your home with minimal work involved. If you’re looking forward to getting rid of wasps, these models can be of great help to you.

1- Homemade Wasp Trap With a Soda Bottle

This is one of the simplest DIY homemade wasp catcher models that you can build at your home with a few simple items. To make this homemade wasp trap model, you need a two-litre soda bottle, knife, Permanent marker, and a piece of wire. Begin with drawing a line at the bottle’s neck which lies below the taper. By using a knife, chop the top side of bottle that you’ve marked earlier. Now, remove the cap and place the top side of the bottle upside down into the bottom part of the bottle and push it in to complete the setup of your homemade wasp trap.

In order to use a bait in the trap, try using a piece of meat or a small piece of hamburger in the spring and if it’s the summers, try using any sweet liquid. Wherever you see wasp activity, place this trap and wait for it to do the thing.

Homemade Wasp Trap With a Soda Bottle

2- DIY Wasp Trap With a Jug

The second wasp trap on this list can be build with use of very basic items like a jug in your home. In order to build this homemade wasp trap model, assemble a packing tape, razor blade, hot water, sugar, hole punch, and a spoon. Now, begin with cutting off the top third of your jug with the blade. Attach the piece of tape to the jug’s opening. Now, it’s time to invert the top part of the jug and place it in the bottom part of the jug. Once you’ve completed these steps, you now have a homemade wasp trap made out of a jug.

After completing the setup of this wasp trap, you can simply add any sweet item which attracts wasps and place the trap wherever there’s a wasp activity.

DIY Wasp Trap With a Jug

3- Creamer Bottle Homemade Wasp Trap 

Wasps can be so irritating if they build a nest around our living premises, especially where it’s very close to our house. In order to combat the wasp problem, this homemade wasp trap can really help you by leaps and bounds. Get a creamer bottle and cut the top part of the lid. Now, invert the top part of the bottle and place it right in the bottom part of the bottle and tape the two parts together. Now, tie a loop of thread or any similar material so that you can hang this homemade wasp trap somewhere you would like to. After the completion of this setup, make sure that you place any type of food item that attracts the wasps.

Creamer Bottle Homemade Wasp Trap 

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4- Use Pvc Pipe And Mineral Water Bottle To Make Wasp Trap

Wasp nets can be very problematic, if they were built in our living places, especially if you have kids. Their bites can be allergic to some people for which you need to take care of this issue. Having a homemade wasp trap can be a great solution if you have wasp nests around your house. Take a mineral water bottle that has a capacity of about five litres, pierce two holes on the two sides of the bottle with a diameter of 2 mm. Now, take a PVC plumbing pipe and cut it down into a small piece and place it through the two holes of the bottle. Also make sure that you place a sweet liquid in the bottle which acts as a bait.

Now, you’ve completed the homemade wasp trap using a bottle and a PVC pipe. In order to attract the wasps, you must fill the trap with a bait. Simply mix some jam in water and fill the trap with this fluid.

Use Pvc Pipe And Mineral Water Bottle To Make Wasp Trap

5- Homemade Wasp Trap With a Bottle and PEX Tubes

This model of homemade wasp trap can be simply made with two items which are a two-liter bottle and a couple of PEX tubes. Take a knife and make two sets of holes with each facing the other hole of a set in the bottle. Once you’re done with it, now it’s time to cut down the PEX tube into two pieces that fit the distance between the holes of bottle. If you have any trouble in making the holes, try using a marker so that you can get a clearer idea. Now, fill the bottom half of bottle with any type of bait that attracts the wasps. As soon as you’re done with that part, your homemade wasp trap is ready to use.

Since there’s a need for the bait here, a good solution is to create one to use. Try mixing apple juice, white vinegar, sugar, cat food morsels, and hot dog slices with the warm water in appropriate quantities.

Homemade Wasp Trap With a Bottle and PEX Tubes

6- Plastic Cups Homemade Wasp Trap

In order to build this model of homemade wasp trap, you would need several items which are two plastic cups, duck tape, one water bottle, and a knife. First of all, make use of the knife by cutting down the bottom part of the two drinking cups. Now, take the top parts of both the cups and tape them together. The next step is to cut down the top part of the water bottle. Now take the top part of the water bottle, invert it and place it down the cup. The homemade wasp trap is now complete and it’s time for you to place the bait in the trap to use it.

It’s important to note that wasps get attracted to different types of baits depending on the seasons. You can either use sodas like mountain dew or you can use several types of meat as well.

Plastic Cups Homemade Wasp Trap

7- Homemade Wasp Trap With a Water Bottle

If you’re having a trouble at dealing with the wasp problem around your house, you may really need to try out creating a homemade wasp trap. This model of diy wasp trap can easily be created with a water bottle. Take a knife and cut the top part of the water bottle and place it heads down in the bottom part of the bottle. Now, boil a cup of water and add a cup of sugar to it. Once you get a fluid solution, take to some for it cool down and pour it in the wasp trap you’ve made. Place this homemade wasp trap anywhere you have a wasp problem.

Homemade Wasp Trap With a Water Bottle

8- DIY Hornet and Wasp Trap

If you’re wondering how to make a homemade wasp killer, this is one of the simplest models of homemade wasp traps that you can build at your house. You would need a few things to build this wasp trap, which are, a Mason jar, funnel, and a tape. Fill your mason jar with bait and place the funnel through the jar and tape them together. Now you have a homemade wasp trap that’s ready for the use.

DIY Hornet and Wasp Trap

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23 Cool DIY Wall Planter Ideas For Vertical Gardens http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-cool-diy-wall-planter-ideas-for-vertical-gardens/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-cool-diy-wall-planter-ideas-for-vertical-gardens/#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:07:08 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4535 A DIY wall planter is the ideal way to grow fresh food in a small space. These types of wall mounted planters also allow you to plant and grow flowers indoors or outdoors so you can enjoy living color year around.

DIY wall planters can be created from a variety of material to match any style, and they’re a great project for the DIY’er that enjoys recycling too. Check out these cool vertical wall planters and get started creating your own vertical garden this weekend.

Related: Diy hanging planter, diy vertical garden, diy tower garden, plants for vertical garden, diy tomato cages and diy trellises.

Indoor Wall Planter Ideas

1- Create an Herb Shelf

This vertical garden planter idea provides a space for growing fresh herbs, plus a shelf. Ideal for a small kitchen space since it combines two needed things into one design.

vertical garden planter

2- Living Wall Planters

This living wall planter idea makes the plants look like they are growing right out of the exterior wall of a home. The DIY planters are attached to sturdy wire that have all been spray painted the same color of the house exterior. This easy and inexpensive planter idea can be created in 30 minutes.

Living Wall Planters

3- Fabricate a Rustic Planter

Some old barn wood and pieces of recycled leather can be recycled into a rustic wall planter.

Unique and attractive, this vertical wall planter is the perfect way to grow a variety of herbs in a small space.

rustic wall planter

4- Create Wooden Wall Planter

Use this DIY design idea to create vertical growing shelves that can hold potted plants and other treasures. Recycle wooded pallets or leftover lumber to create these growing shelves that will look nice in any sunny room of your home.

Wooden Wall Planter

5- Plant Some Succulents In A Wall Planter

This design creates a high-end, living focal point in any room of your home. The succulents are easy care plants, requiring very little sunlight or moisture to thrive. Get the tutorial at: shanty-2-chic.com

DIY WALL PLANTER WITH SUCCULENTS

6- Build a Focal Wall

Build a focal wall that hold several planters with this DIY wall planter. Planters that go from floor to ceiling enable you to have a DIY vertical garden that produces plenty of fresh food and creates a living focal point in any room of your home.

DIY wall planter

7- Devise Floating Planters

Transform a barren wall into a sea of floating vertical planters with this idea. A few terra cotta pots and planter clips is all you need to create the design. Fill the terra cotta pots with your favorite plants to create a unique living design.

floating vertical planters

8- Make Some Plant Pockets

Small and whimsical, this unique vertical planter design idea adds a touch on whimsy to an indoor decor. Small size makes these planters perfect for growing succulents in small spaces.

vertical planter design idea

9- Put Copper Pipes on the Wall

Copper is an attractive design element. Using copper pipes to create a hanging wall planter is a WOW factor in any room. Create the unexpected way of displaying plants with this design idea.

hanging wall planter

10- Build a Garden Wall

Build this eye catching garden wall in any sunny room of your home. This DIY wall planter is large enough to produce flowers, vegetables and herbs in one vertical space. The living design will look different every day, so you won’t get bored with the appearance. The fresh food and fragrance will be welcomed too.

Build a Garden Wall

11- Create Living Wall Art

Living wall art can be created by using vertical planters, string and air plants. Air plants don’t need soil to survive, they thrive on air and can be trained to grow in unique patterns. Let your own unique style shine by creating your own wall art from plants.

Create Living Wall Art

12- Hack a Vertical Planter

Use this hack to transform an object you have on hand into a DIY wall planter. This idea uses a wine rack as the wall mounted planted. A little paint, ingenuity and a recycled items make a lovely and functional place to grow plants.

DIY wall planter

Hanging Indoor Planter Ideas

13- Hanging Herbs Garden

Hanging gardens are among the most intriguing of world wonders. While a hanging herb garden might not be in that same category, it certainly is an attractive element to a home. The hanging planters take up minimal space and produce maximum yield.

hanging herb garden

14- Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

Instead of covering windows with curtains, use this plant-growing idea – Suspended a couple of rods in front of a sunny window, then hang some planters from the rods to create living curtainsCheck out detail at thebirdandhersong.com

Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

Outdoor Wall Planter Ideas

15- Confuse the Pests

This growing idea show you how to grow a vertical vegetable garden that will confuse all the neighbor pests (and pets). Cats, dogs, rabbits, snails and other pests have a much more difficult time reaching the tender vegetation when plants are grown vertically and out of their reach. Grow bigger plants and have more produce with this idea.

vertical vegetable garden

16- Porch Wall Planter

How about this diy wall planter  to greet you each time you entered or exited your home? Increase curb appeal of your home while guiding guests to your front entrance with the living color of blooming flowers.

Hang a Wall Garden

17- Living Wall Vertical Garden

This attractively built vertical garden makes every inch of a small space count. Use these free plans to create your own wood and pipe planting boxes.

pipe planting boxes

18- Create Privacy With Living Wall

This living wall outdoor garden is a great way to create some privacy from your neighbors. Build a vertical wood slat wall, secure planters on it, then fill the planters with a variety of flowers to create a colorful, living outdoor privacy screen.

Create Privacy With Living Wall Container

19- Cedar Wall Planter

Cedar has long been the favorite wood choice for outdoor building. Cedar wood is tough and resistant to elements, making it a perfect choice for building the DIY wall planters.

DIY wall planters

20- Save Space With Modern Vegetable Planters

This space saving design allows you to grow enough fresh vegetables for a delicious green salad in a very small space. The planter design is attractive and easy to build.

Save Space With Modern Vegetable Planters

21- DIY Vertical Succulent Planter

An oblong box planted with colorful succulents and mounted vertically makes a decorative statement. It’s an eye-catching piece of wall art and the easy care succulents will be at home in any room of the home.

DIY Vertical Succulent Planter

Hanging Outdoor Wall Planter Ideas

22- Fence Planter

If you have a privacy fence in your backyard, this is the perfect vertical planter to create for it. Easy to follow video instructions makes this DIY project simple to accomplish.

Fence Planter

23- Recycle Soda Bottles Planter

Do your part to keep a few plastic soda bottles out of the landfill by using them as Hanging wall Planters. This unique idea shows you how to recycle soda bottles and give them a second life as planters.

Recycle Soda Bottles

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17 DIY Cornhole Boards To Build And Enjoy This Fun Outdoor Game http://theselfsufficientliving.com/17-diy-cornhole-boards-to-build-and-enjoy-this-fun-outdoor-game/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/17-diy-cornhole-boards-to-build-and-enjoy-this-fun-outdoor-game/#respond Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:43:25 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4489 Nothing quite gets a family together like a game of bean bag toss using a DIY Cornhole board.

Cornhole or bean bag game as you may say it guarantees unlimited fun and bonding. While the game itself is fun enough to get your close ones together for a round or two of bean bag tossing, building a Cornhole board isn’t a bland activity either.

But how to build a Cornhole board? Yeah we know that’d be your next question. Don’t worry though; we’ve got you covered (as always)! Here are 17 DIY Cornhole boards for you to have an enthralling weekend with your friends and family.

You may also like to see other outdoor projects for kids entertainment like diy treehouse, diy playhouse, diy cubby house and diy swing set.

But first things first, here’s what you’ll need to make them yourself and the basic procedures you’ll need to follow.

Basic tools and materials

  • 4 decks of 8 feet long 2×4 plywood decks
  • 48-inch x 24-inch plywood boards (2 pieces)
  • Chainsaw
  • Power Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • 3-inch Deck screws
  • 3/8-inch Carriage bolts
  • Tape Measure
  • 3/8-inch wing nuts and washers

Each DIY Cornhole board listed here would require these 14 essential tools and materials. The dimensions and quantities of the nuts, bolts, deck screws and the plywood boards may differ from one DIY Cornhole board to other and any such specific requirements (and any add-ons if needed) would be mentioned under each DIY option.

Procedure

Follow these 8 steps to accomplish your Cornhole board plans.

Step 1: procure all materials that may be required

Step 2: build the frame as required for the cornhole platform

Step 3: check if the layers form a perfect match. If they overlap, you need to give them a quick trim

Step 4: attach the top and bottom layers of the cornhole board with wood glue

Step 5: with a compass, mark the circle to indicate the portion you need to cut down for the hole.

Step 6: cut along the circle using a saw to create a hole in the board. Use a sandpaper to smoothen the circumference.

Step 7: attach the legs to support the board on the ground

Step 8: customize your board. This is where the DIY aspect comes into play. Customize the board to suit your requirements using paint, color or other novel ideas.

Having gone through the procedures, check out these 17 DIY Cornhole boards to better understand how to build cornhole boards and set up a fun-filled bean bag game.

DIY Cornhole Boards Projects For Outdoor Fun

1) Regulation-Compliant Boards

You can’t go wrong with DIY boards if you make them in compliance with the regulations specified by the American Cornhole Organization. And that is exactly what you could do if you follow this DIY method. The handles incorporated into the structure make this an innovative Cornhole board option. The use of furniture grade veneer makes bean bags skid on the surface of the boards. Find complete instructions for this DIY Cornhole board.

Regulation-Compliant Boards

2) Complete Cornhole Toss Set

Most DIY options focus solely on the boards but if you want to go DIY with the bags too then you won’t find a better alternative than this one. In addition to the board-building material, you’d need a sewing machine, duck cloth and dried corn for making the bean bags. Find out more about it at diypete.com

Complete Cornhole Toss Set

3) Inverse Arrow Pattern Boards

You don’t want to gaze at plain, bland plywood while you go about playing the game do you? Paint the board using strips of painter’s tape and create a much more visually appealing inverse arrow pattern. But where exactly do you apply the tape? And how do you use it? See the complete instructions at popular mechanics.

Inverse Arrow Pattern Boards

4) Primer-Boosted Boards

Using a primer on the board before you paint it will ensure that the color would last longer and boost the overall appearance of the cornhole set. The finishing would seem a lot smoother and the paint coverage too will extend farther. Know all about this technique at diy network.

Primer-Boosted Boards

5) Colored Cornhole Boards

Coloring the boards obviously enhances the visual appeal of your DIY Cornhole board. Color your boards in your favorite hues and you might just enjoy the game a bit more than otherwise.

Rogue engineer will tell you how to go about it.

Colored Cornhole Boards

6) Storage-Friendly Boards

Traditional, regulation compliant cornhole sets are awkward storage items. They take up a lot of space and that is a major irritant; unless you play the game daily. But these DIY boards could easily fold up and shrink to a measly inch and a half. Did anyone moan about space constraints?

Storage-Friendly Boards

7) One For (and from) the Kids!

If you have tried all you could to drag your kids away from their phones and tablets and still failed, don’t lose hope just yet. Get your kids involved in your DIY Cornhole board plans. Let them explore their engineering instincts. Just make this one attempt to get them interested in things outside the digital world and you probably won’t go wrong with it.

DIY Cornhole board plans

8) Hand Painted Art Work

Have a flair for painting? Then why not display it on a cornhole set? Artistic talent is not something that everyone possesses and if you do, then there is no reason why you should not be showing it off. Some of the tips mentioned here would surely help you in your endeavor.

Hand Painted Art Work

9)Bounce Free Cornhole Boards

Deck screws are not aesthetically pleasing in any which way. If your board’s visual appeal is of concern to you, try using finishing nails in combination with an air-powered nail gun. This brief ‘no deck screws’ DIY guide should help you with that in case you decide to tread down that path.

Bounce Free Cornhole Boards

10) The 3×2 Cornhole Board Variant

Bean bag toss is a great family bonding game. But that is not just restricted to the play time! Ask your family, including kids, to take part in the DIY process and trust us you won’t regret it!

3×2 boards (often called ‘tailgating boards) are just what you need if you want to haul them over to a friend’s place. Their shorter length makes it easier to squeeze them in your car trunk. Purists may scoff at this idea but hey, it’s just a game after all! Here’s all you need to know about building a 3×2 Cornhole board.

3x2 Cornhole Board

11) The Star Spangled Version

A sprinkling of blue and red vinyl stars never did anyone any harm! If anything, it will only add to the charm of the game. Sew matching bean bags to enhance the look. This DIY guide should give you a head start.

HOW TO MAKE CORNHOLE GAME BOARDS

12) Star Wars Cornhole Boards

Alright! This one will take time; really long time! But it is worth all that it takes. You’ll need a foam board, spray paint, painter’s tape and a host of other tools and equipment. But then again, when it’s about star wars, everything is manageable! Check out this comprehensive DIY star wars Cornhole board guide.

13) Collapsible, Lightweight, Colorful

This particular variant solves most problems associated with DIY Cornhole boards. They are collapsible and lightweight; which means they are easy to store and carry. And a dash of colors would make it a visual treat too. There’s honestly not much working against this DIY board.

DIY Cornhole boards

14) Basic, Simple, no Fuss

If you are not too keen on improving the appearance of your DIY Cornhole board and all you care about is getting on with the game then this one would work well for you. No use of colors, no tapes, no paintings, nothing whatsoever! Just a simple, straightforward, step-by-step guide on how to build Cornhole boards.

15) Speak Your Mind!

Yeah we have discussed about displaying your artistic talents on a Cornhole board but how about putting up your thoughts on one? Have a quote that you fancy? Or just a random thought that occurred to you in the shower but has stuck on since? Whatever it is put it up in bold letters on that Cornhole board. Go through this article to know how to build Cornhole boards that speak your mind on your behalf.

how to build Cornhole boards

16) Rolling Cornhole Boards

Why bother carrying your Cornhole boards around? Like physically transporting them? Get them on wheels and just slide them around wherever you may want to take them. This tutorial may help.

Rolling Cornhole Boards

17) LED lit Cornhole Boards

Technology and innovation have taken the world by storm. So why not use them to customize your Cornhole boards? And could anything ever be more spectacular to visualize than LED equipped Cornhole boards? Watch this video to understand how to install LED lights on your boards.

LED lit Cornhole Boards

With 18 different DIY options, all uniquely different in their own right, you’d be spoilt for choice. But then again, isn’t it better than otherwise? DIY is not always the best way forward for all things but for a Cornhole set, you’d struggle to find a better alternative than DIY. So choose what works best for you and have fun gaming! Yeah, thank us later!

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11 Cool Bluebird House Plans To Attract Them To Yard http://theselfsufficientliving.com/bluebird-house-plans-to-attract-them-to-yard/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/bluebird-house-plans-to-attract-them-to-yard/#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:08:39 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4466 Bluebird house plans are great to have on hand for that rainy day DIY project to enjoy with your children. It is a great afternoon project that will build the family bond, provide a home for bluebirds and give hours of entertainment for years to come as you watch the birds raise their families.

Bluebird house plans are simple to follow and the construction is easy. The houses can be painted, decorated or left plain. Attach the finished houses to trees in the yard, fence posts along the driveway or any other outdoor structures. It’s simply a matter of building them and the birds will come.

Related Topics: Birdhouse plans, DIY bird bath, diy bird feeder, homemade hummingbird feeder and plants to attract hummingbirds.

Check out these 11 cool free bluebird house plans and get busy building some with your kids this weekend.

  1. Use One Board To Build A Bluebird House

All you need is one board and these free plans to build a bluebird house. This simple design is irresistible to bluebirds. Bluebirds start nesting in February and March, and will continue to lay eggs as each brood leaves the nest. So now is the right time of year to get out the one board and create some attractive houses.

  1. Eliminate Garden Pests By Building A Bluebird House

Building a birdhouse is a way of doing something good for the bluebirds. You’ll be charmed by the beauty of the birds and their cheerful singing. Since their diet consists primarily of insects and grubs, your garden may benefit, too. Bluebirds prefer to nest in open areas that has minimal ground cover and structures. Placing a birdhouse near the garden or open field is ideal.

Eliminate Garden Pests By Building A Bluebird House

  1. Build a Bluebird Box

With just a few tools and a few minutes, you can build a bluebird box. The box will provide a safe home for many generations of these flying beauties. Get started building today with these free birdhouse plans.

Build a Bluebird Box

  1. Give Bluebird House A Superior Look By Painting It

This idea shows you how to build an ordinary bird box, then transform into an extraordinary house with just a little paint. Bright paint and few flowers painted in a contrasting color on the box provide landscape art even when the birds have flown south for the winter.

Give Your Bluebird House Superior Look By Painting It

  1. How to Build a Bluebird House

Take all the guess-work out of the DIY building project by using these detail plans. Download these free plans that will show you exactly what type and how much building material needed to create this functional birdhouse.

How to Build a Bluebird House

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  1. Build a Slant Front Style

Bluebirds are cavity nesters, typically making their nests in abandoned woodpecker holes and in the natural cavities of old trees. Build this slant front style birdhouse that will mimic their desired cavity natural nesting location so they will be attracted to it and stay around to raise more than one brood.

Build a Slant Front Style

  1. Create a Green Roof Birdhouse

You can kill two proverbial birds with one stone with these bluebird house plans. This functional birdhouse has a surprise on the roof – a tiny garden that supplies food for the bluebirds.

Attractive in the garden as a living work of art, create a birdhouse with tiny garden on top that is filled will insect-attracting plants. These insects will help keep a family of bluebirds fed during their stay in your DIY birdhouse.

Create a Green Roof Birdhouse

  1. Build a Pitched Roof Bluebird House

The last idea showed how to build a flat roof on a birdhouse, these free plans show you how to build a pitched roof design. A little paint creates on the pitched roof and box create a cozy home for traveling bluebirds.

Build a Pitched Roof Bluebird House

  1. Prevent Heat Stress

The heat of summer puts bluebirds and their eggs under a lot of stress. Minimize that stress with these free birdhouse plans that show you how to prevent heat stress for your feathers guests. A simple addition of a heat riser tube helps to keep the inside of the bird box a comfortable temperature.

  1. Create a Nest Box

Building nest boxes and mounting them in the proper locations is a great way to help conserve and increase the bluebird numbers in your area. These free plans for easy to build nest boxes is one way you can help maintain bluebird population.

Create a Nest Box

  1. Construct an Easy To Clean Birdhouse

Bluebirds are constantly raising a new brood of birds, often building new nests for the next clutch of eggs before the previous brood have left the old nest. To help prevent parasites and diseases in the birds, the bird box need to be cleaned. These free plans show you how to construct an easy to clean birdhouse so you can help keep the birds healthy.

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23 DIY Window Box Ideas-Build And Fill Them With Colorful Flowers http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-diy-window-box-ideas-build-and-fill-them-with-colorful-flowers/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-diy-window-box-ideas-build-and-fill-them-with-colorful-flowers/#respond Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:10:45 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4422 A DIY window box can give the exterior of your home an instant face lift. The boxes can be created as simple or as elaborate as you want, and built to compliment the architectural style of your home. After the DIY window box is built and installed, just add potting soil and flowers and you’ll instantly increase the beauty and value of your home. Not bad for a couple hours of work. Check out the 23 great window box ideas to find the one that’s just right for your home.

Related: DIY Planter Boxes, DIY Hanging Planters, DIY Selfwatering Planters, Container Gardening Ideas.

DIY Window Planter Box Ideas And Tutorials

  1. Clean Lines Window Box

The architectural line of these flower boxes are straight and clean, a perfect compliment to a modern or craftsman style home. These free plans take you through the build step by step and show how to modify the width to fit any window size.

Clean Lines Window Box

  1. Build A Window Box Under $20

Adding value and beauty to your home’s exterior doesn’t have to cost a lot, these window flower boxes cost under $20 to build. All you’ll need is:

  • 1 cedar fence panel per box
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Cut 2 boards to desired length and  3 to the desired width.
  • Glue and nail boards together to form a 4-sided, bottomless box
  • Cut and attach bottom panel to box with glue and nails
  • Stain or paint
  • Attach metal L-brackets to the bottom and attach to the exterior of the home
  • Fill with potting soil and plant flowers

Build A Window Box Under $20

  1. Using Cedar Wood To Build A Widow Box Planter

Cedar wood holds up well to the outdoor elements and will last for years. Follow brief instructions to build this cedar window box.

  • Cut cedar wood to desired length and width
  • Glue and screw board together
  • Drill drainage holes in the bottom board
  • Add decorative trim to front board
  • Sand, paint or stain
  • Add shelf brackets to back board and attach to home
Using Cedar Wood To Build A Widow Box Planter

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  1. Build And Install A Long Window Box

Perfect for homes that have a large picture window. Easy to build and install with these detailed instructions. The end results is breathtaking.

Build And Install A Long Window Box

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  1. Follow These Five Easy Steps To Make Window Box

All it takes is five easy steps to create beautiful window box planters.

  • Draw out your design idea
  • Measure window and cut cedar wood planks to desired length and width
  • Assemble boards with wood glue and nails
  • Sand, prime and paint
  • Hang with brackets and plant flower

Follow These Five Easy Steps To Make Window Box

  1. Wooden Window Box

Follow these step by step instructions to custom build your own wooden window box, complete with decorative brackets that help support the flower box.

Wooden Window Box

  1. Construct Floating Window Box

This DIY creation idea seems to have the window box floating under the window with no visible means of support. A great, updated and modern version that fits in well with a modern architectural style home.

Construct Floating Window Box

  1. Do It Yourself Window Flower Box From Scratch

This design thinks outside the box and creates a unique planter holder. Instead of building a wood box to hold potting soil, this is more like a wood shelf with holes cut to size to hold terra cotter planters.

Do It Yourself Window Flower Box From Scratch

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  1. Add Aesthetic Appeal To Home’s Exterior

This is a great way to use up small slats of wood and add a pop of color to the exterior of your home for almost no money. Use leftover wood strips and these easy to follow instructions to create a unique DIY flower box.

Add Aesthetic Appeal To Home’s Exterior

  1. Make Mock Picket Fence Window Box Just Under 20$

This unique design mimics the tradition white picket fence and give the style and updated look, great for any style home. Get the details for this mock picket fence window box.

Make Mock Picket Fence Window Box Just Under 20$

  1. Classic Style Window Box

These free plans for building a classic style DIY window box will increase the curb appeal of your home even in winter time when no flowers are in bloom. The front trim and gables underneath add a decorative touch to this classic style that fits in well with any style home.

Classic Style Window Box

  1. Build Window Box and Shutters Together

These plans show you how to build a country style flower box with matching window shutters. Perfect for that trendy farmhouse look. This style would be easy to build from recycled wooden pallets.

Build Window Box and Shutters Together

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  1. Picture Window Flower Box

Add a splash of decorative color to the front of your home by building and installing this simple window flower box. Detailed plans show you how to build a long flower box that works well for a large picture window.

Picture Window Flower Box

  1. Grow Herbs And Veggies In Window Box

A DIY window box can also be used to grow herbs and vegetables during the summer. Build this easy window box planter and grow herbs, lettuce, radishes and green onions for a fresh summer salad.

Grow Herbs And Vegies In Window Box

  1. Video Instructions

This video provides detailed visual instructions for building your own stylish flower box.

building your own stylish flower box

  1. Brighten Your Home Exterior With Easy To Build Wooden Window Box

Here are some down loadable PDF plans for building a classic style wooden window box.

Brighten Your Home Exterior With Easy To Build Wooden Window Box

  1. $20 Cedar Box

Cedar wood is a perfect building material for outdoor projects such as making diy window box because it’s resistant to changing weather. Cedar is not very expensive either.

diy window box

  1. Wood Shims

Ordinary wood shims can transform an ordinary flower box into an extraordinary custom made wood piece.

  1. Turn An Aluminum Gutter Into DIY Window Planter

An ordinary piece of aluminum gutter can be fashioned into a modern DIY window box with this plan.

Turn An Aluminum Gutter Into DIY Window Planter

  1. Shelf With Removable Box

Use this plan to create a window shelf and removable box. Set the planter box on the shelf in the summer and fill with soil and flowers. For fall and winter, remove the box and decorate the shelf for the season.

create a window shelf and removable box

  1. Vintage Style Window Box

A great design for use on vintage or Victorian style homes. It’s just a simple diy window box with a little molding added to the front to give it a vintage look.

Vintage Style Window Box

  1. Simple Design

This simple design makes big impact on the exterior appearance of a home. Easy to build widow planter box.

build widow planter box

  1. Wood Shim Planter

Wood shims, painted in various colors with leftover paint and mounted on a board in a horizontal pattern make an expensive looking stylish planter box.

Wood Shim Planter

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