How to make the most of an Indian summer

Marshmallows cooking on terracotta BBQ | How to enjoy an Indian summer | Tesco Living

Quick and easy ways to enjoy the unseasonably balmy weather before winter arrives.

Make a mini BBQ

If you’ve already packed the BBQ into the shed for winter, don’t fret. A sheet of foil, leftover BBQ coals and a pack of marshmallows is all you need to get that summery feeling again.

Line a terracotta pot with foil, fill it with coals then light with firelighters. Stand the pot on a tray or a plate, ensuring the pot is elevated so that air can circulate. Remember to use oven gloves if you move it.

Keep bugs away

Dine outdoors without the worry of swatting away flies, with this statement citronella candle. Quick and easy to make using leftover citrus peel and herbs, it makes a pretty table centrepiece for gatherings, and it’ll keep those pesky critters away.

Candle, water, herbs and citrus in a jar | Citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Host an outdoor cinema night

Make the most of the darker evenings and mild temperatures with a movie night in the garden. Peg a white sheet to your washing line and use a projector to play your favourite film. Cosy up with blankets, cushions and mugs of hot chocolate

Outdoor cinema set up in garden | DIY outdoor living room ideas | Tesco Living

Build an outdoor heater

Don’t let the drop in evening temperature force you indoors – keep the alfresco fun going well into the night with a DIY heater made from terracotta pots and candles that won’t cost you a thing.

See how to make an outdoor heater

DIY plant pot heater in garden | How to make an outdoor heater | Tesco Living

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