I like remaking old things into something useful or decorative, especially for my gardens. When out walking, I'm always checking out what people have in their yards or tucked in between flower beds.
Enter the Birds & Blooms edition entitled Backyard Projects For Less. What caught my eye were three big ladybugs on the cover. They are actually bowling ball bugs that you can make in a day. I knew I was saving my old bowling ball for something!
I have enjoyed reading Birds & Blooms for many years. This magazine comes out 6 times a year along with another 6 issues entitled Birds and Blooms EXTRA between the regular issues.
Included in this issue of Backyard Projects For Less are the following:
Outdoor Decorating on a Dime: My favorite section here is the Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle where I can learn to make free projects such as a mailbox planter out of an old mailbox, a golf club trellis (will hubby miss a few clubs?), garden dish towers made from old china and dishes, or a barn-wood bench made from three old metal chairs and a weathered piece of wood. How about a lampshade bird bath? Also included in this section is how to make pillows for outdoor chairs, making over a window box, or building a gorgeous trellis with cedar wood and copper wire (this one I would assign to my better half).
Amazing Color in a Weekend: Do you ever wonder what flowers and colors make for a great looking garden? I love purple and yellow together but there is plenty of expert advice on color coordinating my garden, in addition to adding accessories and container gardens, all right here.
Where Friends & Family Gather: This section covers entertaining in the yard with tips for great parties. Building a picnic table is included here with the easy instructions provided, from pictures to measurements, to finishing it. I can string up my own lights made from tin cans and jars.
Earth Friendly Spaces: Here I can find lots of quick ways to go green in my yard from wise watering tips to composting. If space is limited in the garden, there's a section on planting "up" with a vertical garden. Building a little "green" house for the birds is a must do!
Invite Birds & Butterflies: While enjoying time and meals outside we can't forget to attract birds by appealing to their appetites with a tube feeder, tray feeders, and budget bird baths. Learn what attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Check out the instructions on bottle-feeding hummingbirds by making a feeder from an old pop bottle and copper wire. There is also a section on how to build a butterfly high-rise.
Fast, Fun and Kid-Friendly: This last section is all focused on backyard project for kids which includes the bowling ball ladybug or bumblebee.
This magazine has so many ideas I haven't even mentioned, plus the most beautiful pictures. You could read it many times over and find something you might have missed before. If you love gardening, making new or making old items into new garden projects, then I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Birds & Blooms Backyard Projects For Less!