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How to Make an Outdoor Chandelier

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

Here’s a great project for anyone looking for unique lighting ideas for an porch, deck or any outdoor space. Christine from The Home Depot Community has a terrific outdoor chandelier project that’s fun and easy to make.

This outdoor chandelier DIY project is pretty simple. All you need is a coco planter basket, jelly jars, LED candles and twine. This short video shows you exactly how to make the chandelier.

To make it you simply turn the coco basket upside down, and attach candle-lit jelly jars at varying lengths around the basket with twine. Then hang your new outdoor chandelier in a nice spot for all to see and admire. The real beauty of this easy little DIY lighting project is that you can complete it in no time, and then bask in the glow of your accomplishment. It makes a delightful accent for your back deck or backyard, too.

When you’ve completed this craft project and hung it in your back yard or on your porch, send us a photo! We’d love to see your handiwork. Post it to our I Did This page on our online How-To Community Forums.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Man Caves: Outdoor Retreats

Posted by: on March 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments

 

Man caves are more than just places where men retreat to get away from the constraints of day-to-day life. They’re about a state of mind, too. And finding a space where you’re free to play, create or just do nothing often requires some magical thinking. It calls for a willingness to overlook spatial limitations, or in many cases, a temporary suspension of disbelief.

Take, for example, this unimaginably cool outdoor theater, equipped with a DLP projector, a Blu-ray player, a 40-foot screen hand-constructed from PVC pipe and fittings, and seating for about 400 of your closest friends.

Some might say you were dreaming if you proposed building a theater like this in your back yard. But it wouldn’t exactly be science fiction to conjure up a slightly less fanciful space.

So here are a few more outdoor man cave ideas for you to consider. We hope you’ll find that the man cave you plan to create for yourself isn’t so far-fetched after all.

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From the Forums: Patio Ideas on a Budget

Posted by: on February 15th, 2013 | One Comment

 

Hampton Bay Andrews 3-Piece Patio Bistro Set

Hampton Bay Andrews 3-Piece Patio Bistro Set

 

“I have a big, ugly patio. I need a few tips on how to remodel my patio without spending a lot of money.” Home Depot Community Forums reader diablita cut straight to the chase with that post on the Forums. You might feel the same way about your patio. And even if your patio isn’t quite as big and ugly, every so often it certainly is nice to spruce up your patio or deck. It’s even nicer if you can remodel your patio inexpensively.

Forum associate Rick Lavasseur, who posts under the handle RicksPicks online, had several patio ideas for homeowners on a budget.

“One of the many things that can be done without spending any money is to just clean the patio area of any unwanted debris, overgrown plants, weeds and any other trash that might have been left in the back yard,” Rick writes. “Just doing that alone will help improve the look of your patio area immensely.”

That’s pretty basic. But Rick has more advice:

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Halloween Yard Decorations Make the Holiday More Fun

Posted by: on September 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Halloween Yard Decoations: An outdoor inflatable Halloween decoration ghost pirate ship

There was a day when Christmastime was the only time of year we could go all out making our front yards or apartment balconies holiday showcases. But in recent years, Halloween has opened up for all-out, impress-the-neighbors, front yard decoration fun.

Putting up Halloween yard decorations offers a chance to start a new family tradition of spooking up the house to attract little ghosts and goblins looking for treats. Or maybe you want to let your inner set designer out to create a whole haunted house experience for your ghostly visitors.

You can take this any direction you’d like too—whimsical, scary, twinkly, animated, inflatable, or all of the above. From black cats and witches to scary bats and happy ghost, homedepot.com has plenty of decorations to choose from to get your Halloween decorating project underway.

Consider making one of The Home Depot’s large Halloween inflatables the centerpiece of your front yard display. These airblown inflatables are easy to set up and store, and they pack a real punch in terms of visual impact. Then light up a path to your front door with a set of Halloween themed electric luminarias. Add some light up pumpkins and a vampire window poster, and you’ll be in business.

And don’t forget all the  power cords, bulbs, batteries, timers and hardware you’ll need to inflate, light up and secure your Halloween yard decorations. You’ll find everything you need on our Holiday Decorating Essentials page.

Take a look at our online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need for your Halloween decorating (and Christmas and Hanukkah too!)

Prep Your Porch For Summer

Posted by: on June 4th, 2012 | 6 Comments

When the pollen is done wreaking havoc in late spring, it’s time to freshen up that front porch. You want to while away those balmy summer nights in your porch swing, don’t you? Well, now’s the time to wash away that yellow film and breathe new life into your outdoor escape. Here’s your list of simple chores to make your porch ready for summer:

First things first: everything from the screens to the railing to the furniture needs a good scrub down. Nothing fancy, just a bucket of warm soapy water will do. The same goes for your cushions. Tackle any mold with a little bleach and elbow grease. Remember to wipe down the blades on the ceiling fans and rinse out the bulbs of the light fixtures, where bugs like to claim their final resting place.

Next, check the condition of the floor. It may need a good sanding or a coat of protective finish. For brick and tile, check the grout for mold, stains and cracks. You may need to break out the sealant again. Make any other repairs necessary, whether it’s a splintered rail or a broken screen.

You’ll definitely want to break out the painting supplies, too. Nothing says ‘welcome neighbors’ like a fresh coat of paint on the front door. And what about a bold new color on those rocking chairs? While you have the drop cloth out, look up and check the ceiling for peeling paint. (Interesting fact: Painting a porch ceiling blue, once a Southern tradition, is catching on across the country. Legend has it, it not only scares away evil spirits, but nesting bugs as well.)

Now for some pruning. Snip and clip the surrounding bushes, not only to show off your decorative railings, but also to keep wet plants from rotting the wood. Finally, top things off with a few new throw pillows and hanging plants. Your porch will be not only be clean, but also colorful and cheerful.

For cleaning supplies, paint and outdoor furnishings, be sure to visit your nearest Home Depot store and check out the outdoor living section on homedepot.com.

Have any more sprucing suggestions? Please send us a comment.

First Look: Upgrading To LED Landscape Lighting

Posted by: on May 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment

One of the main reasons why we love DIY projects is saving money. Every time you complete a project yourself, you automatically save. And if the new products you install end up saving more money in the form of lower energy bills, well it’s like you’ve hit the lottery!

In just the past couple years, great strides have been made in improving the technology behind LED landscape lighting. So much so, that now they use up to 75% less energy than some landscape lighting systems that debuted only 3-5 years ago. Plus, LED systems require smaller transformers, which also cost less. Beginning to see the pattern here?

In this First Look video, Associate Jenny Earnest highlights the changes at The Home Depot in our landscape lighting systems and why we are transitioning from halogen and incandescent landscape lighting systems to LED and solar models:

 

Take a look at the Outdoor Lighting page to see more options for your next outdoor lighting project.

 

Our First Look series gives Apron Blog readers an inside look by highlighting some of the videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot.

From the Forums: A Love Affair with Hydrangeas

Posted by: on May 18th, 2012 | Make A Comment

endless summer hydrangeas up closeHome Depot’s Community Forums are the place to go for expert advice on gardening, lawn care, do-it-yourself projects and home maintenance. Our Forum associates, who are there online to answer questions, are very passionate about their areas of expertise, and you’ll often see that on the Forums. Take for instance BostonRoot’s essay about her love affair with hydrangeas.

It all began when she visited Martha’s Vineyard when she was 10 years old.

“The deep blue, globe, mop heads, of the Cape Cod loving shrubs were unforgettable! They lined walkways, encircled trees and skirted the foundations of the gothic, gingerbread cottages. The vision is still fresh in my mind today,” writes BostonRoots.

BostonRoots says she loves to see hydrangeas used in summer wreathes, and the large pastel colored blooms are smashing in a bridal bouquet. She calls hydrangeas “the most romantic of all flowers.” Considering the romance associated with roses, that puts hydrangeas in very lofty floral company.

Sadly, though, the romance can’t last forever. The “festival of brilliant color,” as she calls it ends shortly after they bloom in mid-summer.

That is, until the development of the appropriately named Endless Summer Hydrangea.

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Helpful Tips For Planning Your Small Garden

Posted by: on July 27th, 2011 | One Comment

Now’s the perfect time to begin planting for most fall vegetables. Even if you don’t have a large yard to plant “grandmother’s garden,” you can still enjoy getting your hands dirty in a smaller area. Below are a few tips to help you determine your needs and conditions before you plant. 

Examine Your Soil
Survey your yard. As you look around your back yard or side lot, search for a small area that is suitable for gardening. The most important factor in growing healthy plants is soil quality. Is the soil very dry, clay rich or moist?  Is the grass (or weeds) growing plentifully? If so, then you likely have soil that is ready for tilling. If you notice that the soil is very dry, rocky or compacted, you do have other options. Dry soil can be replenished with an irrigation system or you may consider a raised bed garden, using compost to prepare the soil for planting. Fertilizers can be added to restore nutrition to most soil types.

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