How to build Concrete steps for Gardens

If you are having a garden at your home and you wanted to add some garden steps to its slope to make it more beautiful, then you can use different materials like, timber, gravel, concrete slabs, bricks or large flat stones. The design of concrete steps for gardens depends upon the material you are using, the length and gradient of the slope.

Material and tools required

Concrete slabs and bricks will be used for making concrete steps for garden. The steps length will remain the same but when it comes to excavation, first step will be longer than the rest.

Step 1

First of all you should start by marking out the place where you want to build concrete steps. You should use pegs and builders line to mark the exact points.

Step 2

The next step is to know about the number of risers and treads you need. For this you have to check the horizontal distance and vertical height of flight of steps.

Step 3

Once you know about the height and length of your concrete steps for garden, you should use tread-riser combination chart to know about the exact tread length. Once you get this than strip away the turf with spade from your marked area.

Step 4

Once the turf is removed, now mark the back of treads. You should leave an extra 50mm so that you can easily work on it. After marking, start shaping the steps roughly with the spade. You must also left some depth beneath so that 100mm of hardcore can easily adjust there.

Step 5

The trench for the first riser should be at least 125mm deep. You must level all the steps before pouring in the concrete.

Step 6

When you prepare all the steps then start to concrete the footing. Once you fill all the steps with concrete then leave it for 24 hours to dry before you start building these.

 

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Best DIY craft books to read in 2019

At the start of New Year everyone has different inspirations and new plans to follow, if you are have already made your preference list then you must add some time to craft new things on your own to it. You may have executed some projects on your own during the past years but this time you should learn the new techniques and opportunities through best DIY craft books that are going to be published in 2018. Following are some books that you should read and learn how to create things on your own.

Japanese Stitches Unraveled

If you have ever thought that Japanese stitch pattern is difficult to understand than this book can help you a great deal in learning about how to execute these complicated stiches without any difficulty. Further you will also learn about the cultural background that inspires these patterns. There will be more than 150 different stitch patterns that you can learn through “Japanese Stitches Unraveled” written by Wendy Bernard. This book will be available to you from May 15, 2018.

By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering

If you are interested in learning calligraphy then this is the best DIY craft book for you. By going through this book by Nicole Miyuki Santo you will learn the basic as well as comprehensive details about how to create custom phrases and letters for your daily routine life. This book is available in stores from April 17, 2018.

Meet the Artist

This book is written by Alberto Giacometti and illustrated by Nick White, promises to the best DIY craft book for all those interested in learning art, like painting. This book offers you art lessons, creative projects and various art based activities. This is available in stores from March 2018.

You should select the best DIY craft book depending on your interest to take the full advantage, and if you wanted to learn new things then you should buy all these.

 

 

 

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DIY wall decor ideas

Have you shifted into a new house and you are looking for some DIY wall decor that are affordable and won` t stretches your budget? Don`t worry there are many options available from which you can choose the best one depending upon your choice and budget. The only thing that is important is to have a good sense of style and design that can suit your requirement.

Colored pencil wall art

One of the creative ideas that are becoming really popular is to go for the colored pencil wall art. For this you need pencils of different colors. Arrange these in such a way that it looks nice. You should follow the shade pattern like starting from dark colors and moving towards light colors. This will be a good fun activity too.

Lips from wooden pallets

You can make different DIY wall decors with the help of wooden pallets. Have you ever tried making lips from these? If don`t then you must try this, it will add a whole new flavor to your decorations.

Paper butterflies

Another good wall décor can be paper butterflies. This is an incredible idea, where you can make paper butterflies and paste them on your room walls. It will give a great look to your room.

Rainbow colored string wall art

This is also a great and innovative DIY wall décor idea that is circulating online. IT is also not very difficult to execute. For this you have to take different rainbow colored string and use these in any pattern that you like. You can write something using these strings or can draw any image or anything else you want.

You can choose the best one among the above mentioned ideas or you can also use your own creativity to create something similar or different to make your room wall look good.

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Some easy DIY toy storage Solutions

Mostly parents with small kids spend a lot of time is asking them to clear the mess of toys as kids usually play and throw the toys across the room. Further it is also not really easy to find some pleasing way to store these toys. So if you are also suffering from the same situation following are some great DIY toy storage solutions available for your ease.

Under couch drawers

One of the best ways to store your kid’s toys is to store them under couch drawers. You can slide these under the couch and enjoy the couch sitting as well.

Animal Topped mason jars

Your kid will surely love picking up action figures, crayons and other such stuff which they can easily store in these cute jars. You can spray these jars with beautiful colors to make these more attractive.

Flower planter wall storage

You can easily turn your metal flower planter into a great DIY toy storage solution. You can paint that planter with different colors or can also use stickers and then hang these on the wall.

Rolling Crates

Wooden crates are easily available and can be used for proper kid`s toys storage facility. This can not only act as a storage space but also helps in transporting toys from one room to another with ease.

Bath toy bins

Bath bins can also act as DIY toy storage solution. You just need to drill two three holes so that water can easily drain out and your toys remain dry. You can hang these buckets on the wall to give a good decorative look too.

So these are few ideas which can serve your purpose of making toy storage little pleasing. You can choose any or all of these ideas as per the availability of items required.

 

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Making of personalized DIY stepping stones

There are many ways in which you can give a personalized look to your garden. One of those is making DIY stepping stones. These stones can also be used on the path or walkway of your garden and you can also gift these to your friends and family members. You can also make these extra special by using a child`s footprint or hand print on it. To make these stones at home you can easily purchase a kit, but if you wanted to save some money that you can pick up the required supplies yourself. It can save you a lot of money; in fact a complete pack of DIY stepping stones can be made for the same amount for which you will purchase single kit.

Supplies Required

Making of stepping stone is not very difficult. It can be made easily by mixing concrete, and then decorate it, putting it in mold and then let it dry. For all this you need following material and supplies:

  • A mold
  • Quick setting concrete
  • Bucket and paint mixer
  • Old newspaper, rubber gloves, drop cloth
  • Petroleum jelly

Steps involved in making stepping stones

  • First of all you should put a drop cloth or newspaper on the ground.
  • Line up your molds with petroleum jelly.
  • Now you should mix the concrete as per the instructions written on the bag as per your required quantity.
  • After mixing concrete, transfer it into molds.
  • You can now add embellishments. For this you can use anything you want, any design or any other specific thing as per your choice.
  • After adding embellishments to your DIY steeping stone, you should let it dry for 24 to 48 hours. Once it gets dry, you can remove it from the mold and place where ever you want in your garden.
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Things to consider before making DIY raised planters

Making DIY raised planters for your garden or patio is one of the best activities that you can perform this weekend. It will not only give a personalized feeling but also save a lot of money that you may spend somewhere else. Before you start with the project you must plan it and think about important factors that can affect your overall project.

Size

First of all you need to consider the size of your raised planter. Mostly people will like to have a planter which is 4 feet wide and around six to eight feet in length. This can provide you an ease to dig or weed the DIY raised planter.

Select a perfect location

Location plays an important role when you wanted to place your planter. You can place it anywhere from your backyard or driveway but make sure that it looks good and the area where you wanted to place it has proper drainage facility.

Installation of irrigation system

Another important thing to consider is the installation of irrigation system. In case you wanted to have a system in place then you need to do this before you finished with DIY raised planter. This is important because you can run hoses under layers of mulch or pathways and it will not create any trouble too.

Soil requirement

You can easily find the quantity of soil required for your raised planters from the soil calculators available online. When it comes to adding the soil to your planter you must choose the best one as per your budget. This can help you a great deal in raising the plants perfectly.

These are few things that you should focus on before you starting your DIY raised planter project at home; otherwise you may suffer during the project. Good luck!

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How to make DIY pillow slipcovers? 

For most of the people making pillow cover is not a big deal, but for some it is really a big task which they find extremely difficult to execute. If you are one of those who find it difficult and wanted to learn how to make a perfect DIY pillow slipcover then you can learn it easily.

First of all you need to print some beautiful printed fabrics from online fabric store. After printing the fabric, start cutting and ironing the piece for pillow. The measurement for a normal pillow is 16” but you can choose the measurement as per your liking. To make a nice overlap you need an overall length of 36”. This way your image will remain in the center of your pillow.

Now when the fabric is ready you need to fold it together having the wrong side on top and then sew the two seams that are on the side. You don`t need to sew the opening seams as it can save good amount of time. Following the same procedure you will be able to make 4-5 DIY pillow slipcovers within an hour.

Now your pillow covers are ready, but now the main thing is to decide about the right kind of foam. You can use great down pillow form as it can bring life to the pillows and make them comfy, fluffy as well as chop-able. Remember that your pillow needs to be very comfortable for your proper sleep. If you are not comfortable in your sleep then you will not woke up fresh next morning and won`t able to perform your daily routine matters with ease. So make your own DIY pillow slipcovers and fill them with comfortable material to enjoy sound sleep and get the feeling of personalized pillows.

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Best Ideas for DIY outdoor lights

Are you arranging a party at your home where you have invited your friends and family members for dinner? If it is summer then you can use your lawn, deck or patio for a perfect dinner setting. In case you are concerned about the outdoor lighting issues, then don`t worry following are some great DIY outdoor lights ideas that can help you a great deal.

Folded Paper Lanterns

This one is perfect idea as you can hang these with the porch banister or with the tree branches. These are also not very much expensive but will give a great look your party.

Candle Chandelier

If there is an old chandelier available with you that you are not using, you can use it now. This is the perfect opportunity to use an elegant chandelier which will light up your space.

Faux Stone Lantern

You can make high end stone lanterns from foam boards which can be used in line along your porch steps or walkway.

Lighted Gazing Ball

Another good DIY outdoor light idea is to purchase a glass gazing ball and light it up. It will also not require any extra efforts or lots of professionalism. All you need to do is to find a perfect location in your garden where you can place these balls.

These are just few DIY outdoor light ideas which you can implement. You can implement any or all of these at the same time. It all depends on your requirements and lawn setting. Further the choice of outdoor lighting also depends on the theme of your party that you choose. One thing that you have to be careful is that, you have to use these lights really carefully and according to the plan, otherwise no matter how beautiful they look at initial stage, they won’t glow the party as desired.

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Importance of DIY jewelry organizers

Are you searching some ways for DIY jewelry organizers? If this is so, then don`t worry you just have to go online and you will find so many ideas and tricks with you which you will be perfectly able to organize your jewelry as you want. The only thing that you need to do is to make some good search so that you will really find what you want. Mostly women create mess by placing the jewelry in boxes and there is also a possibility of damaging your ear rings or necklace. So the best solution is to go for jewelry organizers, this way you can easily find your jewelry when you require.

Making DIY jewelry organizer is mostly related to women but if you wanted to surprise your wife then you can make these organizers and gift these to her. It can be really a fun activity which requires some unused items, little imagination and some know how about using tools.

Mostly people will use wall for hanging DIY jewelry organizers. This is a good idea as you can easily find and select the jewelry you wanted to wear at certain occasion. There are many simple ways in which you can organize your jewelry for example take a wooden strip having 2-3 inches width and nail it on the wall. Now take some stylish buttons or designed sticks that can be screwed to this wooden strip. Your jewelry organizer is ready. You can hang your necklace or ear ring or anything else that you want. Similarly you can take anything that you like and convert it into a jewelry organizer on your own. This way you don`t have to suffer before leaving for some marriage ceremony or any other party where you need to wear this jewelry.

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Making DIY jar labels is not very difficult

If you thinking that making jar label is a difficult thing than you are wrong my friend. It is really exciting thing to make your own DIY jar labels and it gets easier with new tricks and techniques. You can do this now through image transfer technique where you can learn about how to turn a packing tape into a clear sticker or labels for your jar. Once you able to make labels or stickers than you can use these anywhere you want like you can use these for gift tags, pantry labels, metal or wood objects, decoration on glass and many more.  The material and tools required for making the DIY label are as follows:

  • Packing tape, you can take the packing tape of any brand, but it must be heavy duty one because the thin tape don`t give you the desired results.
  • Inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Standard office paper

If you can use printable clear label sheets then it is the best option as it can make the DIY jar labels really clear and beautiful. The use of packing tape is a quick fix solution where you don`t find these printable sheets easily.

Now when you arrange all these tools and material, you should print image on the standard office paper. You should keep in mind the width of your packing tape so that label can be adjusted accordingly. After printing the image, take the tape and press its sticky side onto the image. Once you are satisfied that you have placed in correctly the cut this part. Now this part should be soaked in room temperature water bowl for at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you can see that the paper easily peel of and you will get a beautiful image on tape. Now you can use this tape a DIY jar label just like sticker.

 

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