14 Garden Games To Make And Play


  Garden Games Garden Games You Can Make And Enjoy With The Family Summer is here, so lets make the most of the great outdoors. Here are my ideas for garden games and activities for the young and the young at heart. I have shown links to the source of the photos and, wherever available, a link to detailed instructions on how to make the game. I have selected a range of handcrafted gifts, made from wood. which you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection. Lawn Dominoes dreamlittlebigger.com Size of dominoes  …

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Cable Reels……16 Great Ideas For Their Transformation

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Cable Reels Cable Reels Are Not Just Overgrown Cotton Bobbins There are so many ways of upcycling cable reels,,,,I hope this post will inspire you to create your own innovative designs. Here are a few pros and cons when it comes to cable reel furniture….. Pros…… The wood has been treated with preservative, which penetrates deep into the fibres, so the reel will not rot. Although reels  may have been treated with insect repellent and anti-fungal products, any harmful properties will have been washed away over time by the weather. Larger reels are very heavy, which is a major deterrent…

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12 Best Selling Projects For New Woodworkers

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Best Sellers Woodworkers Products…..Easy To Make….Which Sell Well Here are a few things to remember when you are beginning your business as a new woodworker….. Work within your capabilities to create a product you would be proud to have in your own home Don’t try to re-invent the wheel…..look at what other people are selling and adapt their ideas to create your own range Only use materials of the highest quality Just purchase tools  for the job in hand. You will soon build up a range of woodworking tools to deal with any eventuality. Scroll down to the bottom of…

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Wildlife Homes for 6 Endangered Animals and Birds


Wildlife Homes Wildlife Homes for Endangered Animals and Birds Many of our favourite animals and birds are under pressure through loss of their natural habitat or the depletion of the creatures they feed on. We can help their fight for survival by providing them with suitable homes. In this article I have outlined ways to build  wildlife homes for hedgehogs, tits, bugs, doves, barn owls and bats.   If you want to buy a bird box there’s no better place to look than Etsy. Here’s a selection of the best bird boxes I could find. Just click on the bird…

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Enhance Outdoor Living With 10 Self Build Projects

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Outdoor Living Prepare for Outdoor Living with these DIY Projects To enjoy outdoor living does not cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas…. Patio Table Drinks Holder Patio table drinks holder Keep those valuable drinks cool with this cooler box made from a reclaimed pallet. Excellent step by step instructions and lots of photographs. FolkArt Home texture chalk paint was used to give a slight texture and a matte, distressed finish. The holder was given an antique appearance using a stain to distress the paint. I have selected a range of handcrafted gifts, made from wood. which you can…

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16 Exciting Scrap Wood Project Plans

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Scrap Wood Projects Recycle Your Scrap Wood Into A Useful Gift We all have scrap wood piled in a corner of the workshop, or, in my case, in the roof space of the garage. There are so many useful things you can make for around the house, in the garden or for gifts. Here are some of the best ideas I have come across. These creative woodworkers have gone to a lot of trouble to share their ideas with us, so please support them wherever possible. Just click on the image to open each craftman’s site.            Candle Holders Lots…

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15 Great Whiskey Barrel Furniture Projects

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Whiskey Barrel Furniture   Whiskey Barrel Furniture…..unique, robust and practical Barrel furniture encompasses a huge range of useful items from chandeliers to wine coolers and armchairs to wine racks. The barrels have been made by skilled coopers out of seasoned oak, so they are extremely durable.   I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection. The Making of Barrels This old film shows the traditional way that barrels are made. Towards the end you will see how an apprentice is initiated into the…

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Pallet Furniture………15 Great Projects To Make Yourself

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  Pallet Furniture   Pallet Furniture…..Easy To Make…Great Value Pallets are made to last, so they are strong, as well as offering great value for money. You can create a wide range of pallet furniture, which is totally unique, including  tables, benches, beds, shelves, desks and many more household items. You can make them to the exact size you want, so they are truly bespoke. Christmas is fast approaching so I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection and many other suggestions Where…

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15 Exciting Ideas For Wooden Christmas Trees

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Wooden Christmas Trees Wooden Christmas Trees Which Use Recycled Materials Here are lots of ideas for wooden Christmas Trees you can make at home. I have not included detailed instructions, just the basics, as I’m sure you can design them yourself now that you have seen the concept. If you want to buy a Christmas Tree with real character look no further than Etsy. Here’s a selection of the best Christmas trees I could find. Just click on the tree you are interested in to view full details. The Shelf Tree The basic dimensions are….. Overall height  32″ 6″ between…

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15 Small Woodworking Projects

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Small Woodworking Projects Start With These Smaller Woodworking Projects I have selected a wide range products you can make without a large workshop and with minimal experience or equipment. What’s more these suggestions not only make great Christmas presents, but also save you lots of money. I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection. In The Home This is a straightforward project if you can find a real barrel. You will find full instructions by opening this link.   This is a cheeseboard…

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