It’s unseasonably warm in Minnesota right now (80 degrees in March?!) and it’s got my brain in summer/gardening mode! As I was trying to think of inexpensive ways to give my rather bland backyard some personality, I came across a photo of the garden gate I built a couple years ago. It’s really the only thing I like about my backyard. I typically refuse to spend money on plans to build something, but in this case, I am glad I did (especially at less than 4 bucks!). Anyone who has a few tools and knows how to use a saw should be able to make this with no problem. I modified the measurements so I could recycle old fence posts and fit the tight space between my shed and fence. It only took an afternoon to build, and I love the way it turned out – you don’t notice it’s there until you’re right in front of it. I think of it as my secret garden entrance. If I ever make another gate, I promise to take step-by-step photos. Meanwhile, click here to see the plans I used (currently $3.95). Please note: I am in no way affiliated with the company that sells these plans.
While searching for inexpensive backyard ideas, I came across a great one. Hanging mason jar candles for the fence. I have made these before and hung them on shepherd’s hooks, but this idea is much better! I’m going to put this idea to use on my fence posts for sure.
So simple and beautiful! Click on the photo (borrowed from chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com), and you will be taken to the tutorial on the blog where it originated. I’ll update with a photo of my fence post jar candles once I get them made!
Reading through the comments on the Chez Beeper Bebe blog, I was happy to see folks making suggestions on what to do with the jars when it rains. One suggested drilling holes in the bottom (make sure you know what you are doing if you use glass – you could also try a plastic jar, perhaps a peanut butter jar) and then placing a piece of screen over the bottom to block the sand from falling through. I would suggest using pea gravel rather than sand if you try this approach. One more idea was to simply use the lids to cover them when not in use. Depending on what the lids are made of, you could secure the lid to the bottom with a magnet or velcro – or my suggestion would be to just keep the lid connected via wire so that it dangles when the lid is off.
A few days ago I purchased the hangers to attach to my fence posts – they don’t have the scroll design like the ones in the photo above, but they are simple and attractive – and best of all, cost me only $1.30 each at Menards (found out in the gardening section)!
Ahh, only a few months until the garden is blooming and fireflies are dancing….