Many homes in the UK have decent sized gardens, but sadly most of them are just boring grassy areas.
Here are three great ideas for turning these simple grassy area into an inviting outside space in no time, and with almost no cost!
A fire pit
We live in the UK, which means that even in the height of summer, it will probably be a bit chilly in the evenings. This being the case, a fire pit could be the answer. It’ll provide you with some much needed warmth when it starts to get cool, it will become a focus area for you to sit around and chat with your mates, toasting marshmallows while drinking your hot chocolate. Plus, there’s just something mesmerising about fire, don’t you think?
And, if you fancy having a go at campfire cooking, think homemade baked beans and pork sausages, that’s totally doable on a fire-pit as well, look at these lovely recipes. This article gives you all the information you need to know about building a fire pit, so why not have a go? And remember, you don’t have to make this permanent, so you can always clear it away if you decide you don’t like the results. Make sure you follow the guidelines carefully, as fire is dangerous and you’ll need a big enough garden with lots of ventilation.
An outdoor art place
This is one for those with little kiddies to entertain though the long summer holidays. Plus, it’s cheap and can be moved around if need be. So, what’s the master plan to keep the little ones happy while you’re topping up your tan? Easy, turn your back garden into a playground! And to start, a blackboard. This is easy if you already have a wall or fence area to lean the blackboard up against, and it will have to be secured somehow as you don’t want any injuries from it falling over. Blackboard paint is simple to find and relatively cheap to buy. We found this 250ml pot for just under £9.00, including delivery, on Amazon and here’s a handy guide to show you how to construct the blackboard from scratch. And while you’re on Amazon, pop these giant chalks in your shopping basket too, they’re just perfect for little hands to hold.
Create a nature haven
This is another simple and cheap idea and you get the pleasure of seeing your local wildlife up close and personal. Plus, it can be a great learning environment if you have kids hanging around with nothing to do!
The first thing you need is a bird table so you can feed our feathered friends, which you can pick up cheap from B&Q. If your kids show an interest, pick up a second hand bird watching book and keep track of which ones you see.
If you want the insects to love you, give them a place to stay. Either buy an insect hotel, like this one, or build up a nice pile of rotting wood or some bricks with holes in to keep your creepy-crawly guests happy – what kid wouldn’t love getting messy making that?! This one is made entirely from recycled materials, so will cost virtually nothing.
So there you have three great ideas to transform your garden into something altogether more interesting. Have fun!
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