Create an outdoor cinema
Peg a double white sheet to your washing line and position some comfy outdoor seating opposite. Aim your projector at the sheet, start the film and then cosy up with cushions, blankets and movie snacks.
Makeshift picnic space
Create a seating area for impromptu picnics and BBQs. Spray some super-cheap straw beach mats with brightly-coloured exterior paint and leave to dry.
Once dry, lay them out in the corner of your garden and surround with large outdoor scatter cushions or seat cushions. For more handy hints to make sure things for with a swing, see our
BBQ hacks. Natural bug repellent
citronella candle in the middle to ward off those pesky bugs, then bring on the picnic food.
Chic teepee room
Use the technique shown in this video to create a cosy
garden den. Add a rug and a few cushions underneath for a cool, shady spot when the sun comes out.
Magical outdoor lights
Punch holes into empty food cans and place some flickering electric tea lights inside. Dot them around the garden seating area or hang them from a fence or tree for some instant
magical garden lighting.
Tip: To prevent the can from buckling, fill the can with water and freeze before you make the holes.
DIY patio heater
Make this easy
DIY outdoor heater using plant pots and candles to keep warm when your garden parties go on until late. Quick garden storage
Take a large wicker laundry basket and create a table top with a round tray or a piece of hardboard. Voilà: an easy storage container for toys, blankets and cushions that also doubles as a table.
DIY sun lounger
Sand and paint two old wooden palettes, then pop a double camping mattress (or two pool lilos) on top. Add a throw and cushions for a relaxing day bed.
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