DIY Ideas: 2 Projects to Try Yourself

Have you ever looked at an item at the store and felt like you could do a better job? Maybe it’s time to try and tackle the project yourself. Do-it-yourself projects are all the rage these days, so why not customize your space at home for yourself or for friends or family? There are tons of DIY projects that are easy to make in the home, backyard, or garage. Here are a couple of fairly simple projects you can try to get started.

Tool Time

Before you begin, make sure you have taken the proper safety precautions, such as wearing a pair of safety-rated glasses and gathered the tools and equipment you’ll need. For both of these projects, you will require wood, measuring tape, saw sander or sandpaper, screws, and Drills and Drivers. Paint is optional but recommended for that extra splash of color.

Flower Window Box

Flowers sprouting outside any window provide color, beauty, and life when you take a peek outside. Put together a flower window box for yourself or as a gift for family or friends. You can make these boxes any size, any shape, and out of almost any material. Here’s how to make one without taking up too much of your time or money.

  • Decide on the size you want the box to be. You should base your decision on how many plants you’re planning to plant in the box. If you are going for a smaller box, build about four feet by two feet.
  • Buy your wood. Cedar or untreated wood will work best for this project because you want wood that’s easy to work with to keep it simple.
  • Cut the wood down to the proper sizes using the measuring tape to ensure the measurements are correct.
  • Attach the boards. Start by drilling holes in two of the boards. You will only need to do this on the two end boards, which are the shortest boards. Make three holes about three-quarters of an inch starting from the end edge of the board. The middle hole should be in the middle of the width of the board.
  • Fasten the boards together using screws. Try using galvanized screws as these are better for planters. Match the boards up so that the boards are positioned within the outside corners. Use a drill and drill bit to make sure each screw is going through each hole and into the board. Measure the length and width to see the what the size of the bottom of the box will be. Drill holes in the bottom of the box for drainage.
  • On the inside of the box, place a nylon screen inside the planter. You will have to cut the screen so that it is the same size as the planter.
  • Sand any rough edges and paint the planter. Add an inch of gravel and soil, then plant the flowers of your choice. Don’t forget to water!

Bookcase

Are you an avid collector of books, knick-knacks, or other items that would theoretically fit neatly on a shelf, but instead are scattered around the house? Help yourself de-clutter by building your very own bookcase. With the right tools and instructions, you can construct a smaller bookcase that will fit anywhere you want.

  • Start by measuring the area where the bookcase will be placed to get an idea of the size limitations. The average bookcase has a depth of 12 to 16 inches.
  • Choose your wood carefully because it will have an impact on the finished look. Go for plywood – about three-quarters of an inch for the body and the shelves and a one-quarter inch piece for the back.
  • Cut your longer boards to the width you are looking for. Cut the bookcase shelves, bottom, and rabbit joints.
  • Drill holes for the choice of adjustable shelving along the bookshelf sides. Clamp a pegboard in place so the first holes will be four inches above and four inches below the middle shelf.
  • Attach the sides by applying glue. Add your support blocks and put the center and bottom shelves in place.
  • Attach the back panel and the trim. Once finished, and the bookshelf and paint it the color of your choice.

DIY projects like these are great because they fill you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, yet they really don’t require as much effort as you might expect. There are countless more where these came from, so grab your tools and get to work!