I am so excited to share with you all a special guest post provided by Modernize.com. Since February, I have been dreaming up how to enhance our outdoor living experience at home, from new outdoor lights, to tiki torches, to bird feeders, to chairs. My favorite part of the day is sunset, whether gathered around the bonfire or relaxing on the porch swing. Modernize.com has some pretty great ideas for enhancing the outdoor living experience, and today they’re going to share some ideas with you! So pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee, and join us in dreaming up new ways to enjoy our own back yards on a budget!
Swing into Summer: Unique DIY Swing Ideas for Your Front Yard
By Ty Schmidt
For some people, it is the moments after the morning sun makes its first appearance. For others, the moonlight is something to dance in and enjoy. For me, it’s what those in the photography business call the “golden hour.” It’s a time illumined by the almost perfect amount of natural light around when the sun goes down each day.
That is the time when I would most enjoy being outside soaking up the natural beauty of all the great outdoors has to offer. As summer kicks into gear, I keep thinking of how nice it would be to have a serene place to enjoy this golden hour otherwise known as my favorite time of day. A place to escape the stress of the day, breathe in the summer air and relax.
When it comes to creating such a place it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, here are some ideas for creating a do-it-yourself swing for your front yard.
Embrace the elements.
If you have a well-loved garden, why not enjoy it as much as your passersby? Generate curb appeal while creating a comfy oasis by integrating a do-it-yourself standalone seating area into a space that features other eye-catching elements like a garden or another favorite area in your yard.
Embrace your inner cozy self.
Everyone has a different perception of what looks relaxing. Make your homemade swing a place that is all your own by integrating colors and other items (like comfy pillows and an outdoor throw) to make it an outdoor space all your own.
Comfort on a dime.
One of the thriftiest solutions to consider when making your own swing is to use products that are readily accessible and easy to find. It’s possible to create a beautiful swing using something as simple as a few wooden pallets or an old bench. Finding ways to integrate color as you see fit will take the focus away from the materials, pointing it back toward the basic beauty of the swing itself.
Relax and re-purpose.
If you have children, chances are you will end up with a few pieces of outdated and seemingly unnecessary furniture after they’re grown. Take a nursery staple like a crib and turn it into something sentimental and practical for your yard. If reusing a crib is not your thing, consider other items you might have that could be re-purposed, like an old headboard or door.
Get comfy (for less).
Pillows and cushions are an added bonus on an outdoor swing, but that can make an otherwise cost-effective project skyrocket in cost. Save money and make your swing a bit more personal by heading to a fabric store to choose a fabric you like and following this tutorial to use it to make your cushions exactly as you’d like them to be.
For more design ideas, head to Modernize.com.