Small Backyard, Big Entertainment

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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Installing a carport in a small backyard could be just what you need to help provide some more space.

When you think of a typical backyard barbecue, what pops into your mind? One of those humongous gas grills with four burners, cabinets for storage, and a special rack for grilling tools? Perhaps you picture a huge lawn with a swing set, a blooming garden, and maybe even a tire swing. That is a lovely picture. But you don't have to have a huge backyard to throw a fun barbecue for your friends. Look at some ideas to help you host a memorable barbecue in a small yard or on a patio or deck with limited space.

Choose Stools Instead of Chairs

Chairs take up a lot of space on a small patio or deck. Instead, put out plastic stools for your guests. Neatly stack them in one corner of your patio or deck and let your guests know that they are available to use.

Create a Unique Arrangement for Your Party

You probably have a lot of plans for the food and drinks you want to serve at your backyard barbecue. But instead of laying out all of your refreshments on a big table, find several small tables and place them around the perimeter of your yard. That way, your guests can go around and get the items they want without tripping over a long table that's blocking their path. Plus, they will have lots of open space in the center to wander around in. I suggest putting ice, cups, lemonade, soda, and iced tea on one small table. Dedicate another small table to desserts and a third table to side dishes such as potato chips, baked beans, coleslaw, and vegetable sticks. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Remove Large Potted Plants

If you have any large potted plants on your patio, take some time before the party to move them into one corner or off to the side somewhere. This will give your guests more room to move around and chat with one another and prevents anyone from accidentally tripping over a plant and knocking it over.

Set Up Your Radio or CD Player in a Nearby Open Window

Setting up a small table for a radio or CD player can take up space you need for your guests. As an alternative, hook up your radio or CD player and place it in a window near your deck or above your patio. This gives you some background music for your party without using up any valuable yard space.

Keep Some of Your Party Refreshments Indoors

If you have too many refreshments for your little tables, try putting some on your kitchen counters. Invite your guests to go inside your home to grab what they want to eat. This way, you can serve all of the food and drinks you want without taking up too much outdoor space. Be sure to close the screened door between your home and patio or deck to keep the flies outdoors!

Use a Small Barbecue Grill

A small barbecue grill can cook your burgers, chicken, pineapple, and hot dogs just as thoroughly as a big grill. Borrow a small grill from a friend or invest in one so you'll be ready for your next backyard barbecue.

Let the partying begin! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful time with your loved ones this summer. - Alan

Topics: Small Backyard

Turn the Solar Eclipse Into A Family Night

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Aug 2, 2017

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A total solar eclipse will take place on Aug. 21 of this year. The last total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast in America took place back in June of 1918, so it's been a while! This August, everyone in our country will have the opportunity to witness either a full or partial eclipse depending upon where they live. We're going to get a partial eclipse here, but it should still be pretty impressive, and I know lots of people will be planning viewing parties for this special solar event. Here's everything you need to know to get ready for the big day.

The Path of the Eclipse

People who live within what is known as the path of totality will be in perfect position to observe a total solar eclipse. This path runs across the country starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. People living outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse. Make sure to keep track of the weather forecast as the 21st approaches, since it can affect your eclipse experience. This solar eclipse is sure to be a spectacular sight, and the best part is that you can enjoy it from your own backyard.

Methods for Watching the Eclipse

Most people know you're not supposed to look directly at the sun because it can damage your eyes. For viewing the eclipse, you can use solar viewing glasses or create a pinhole camera of your own. Making pinhole cameras would be a great project to do with kids and grandkids so everyone at your gathering has one to use. Afterward, your friends and family can put them away as keepsakes of this memorable night.

Make it a Party!

No total solar eclipse party would be complete without refreshments! Set up a table and load it with some delicious treats featuring a theme to match the occasion. I suggest setting out lawn chairs for the adults and putting beach towels on the grass for the kids to sit on. Some ideas for your snack table could include a bowl of sun-kissed citrus punch, "over the moon" banana pudding, and sun-dried tomato and cheddar cheese mini-biscuits. Also, make some sandwiches and cut each of them with a sun-shaped cookie cutter. Don't forget to make a plate of moon pies for your guests to chomp on throughout the evening.

An Educational Opportunity for Kids

If you have a lot of children or grandchildren at your solar eclipse party, give them a chance to become amateur scientists. Get some inexpensive notepads and pencils from the local dollar store, then hand out the materials and ask the school-aged kids to make notes on what they see during the eclipse. What insects do they hear? Are the birds flying around and active during the eclipse, or are they quiet? Give the younger kids at the party some white construction paper or butcher paper and crayons and ask them to draw what they see during the eclipse. Kids and adults alike will have fun looking around and observing the subtle and not-so-subtle changes in the atmosphere.

Be sure to take plenty of photos of family and friends at your eclipse party. You may even want to make a photo album to remember this special occasion! Thanks for reading. - Alan

How to Get Comfy In A Hammock and Snooze the Day Away

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jul 29, 2017

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Could a carport at Alan's Factory Outlet provide the perfect shade for your hammock?

On a warm summer day, retiring to a hammock in the backyard to catch a few zzz's sounds like the perfect scenario to me. The slight swaying movement of a hammock can be very peaceful. Getting comfortable in a hammock takes some practice. In my blog this week, I have some tips to help you relax and feel at ease in your backyard hammock. Enjoy!

Hang the Hammock Loosely

When attaching a hammock between two trees, most people want to pull the fabric tight taking the slack out of it. A taut hammock can cause your shoulders to fold in toward one another making it very uncomfortable. A loosely hung hammock will hang near the ground once you climb in. This helps lower the center of gravity causing you to feel more secure inside the hammock. When hanging your hammock, aim for a 30-degree angle for each end.

Lie in a Diagonal Position

Most people think that their head and feet should line up with the trees anchoring each end of the hammock. But, it's better to lie diagonally in a hammock. This puts your back, feet and head in the most natural position. Plus, this allows the sides of the hammock to cushion you.

Use a Sleeping Pad/Sleeping Bag Combination

For more comfort and warmth in a hammock, get a sleep pad and put it inside your sleeping bag. A sleep pad provides extra insulation from any cold near the ground. Put this combination of items underneath you and snuggle into it for a wonderful rest. Of course, you can put a blanket over you for additional warmth.

Hang the Bottom End Higher Than the Top

Do you find yourself adjusting your position in a hammock only to slide back to where you were before? If so, try hanging the foot end of the hammock about eight to ten inches higher than the head end. This allows you to settle securely into the hammock without sliding.

Choose the Right Fabric for Your Hammock

Do you want to sleep in your hammock? Or, maybe you just want a quiet place to read, listen to music or watch the activity in the backyard. I like the idea of observing the birds, squirrels, deer and other wildlife from the comfort of a hammock, don't you? Hammocks are available in different fabrics and styles so it's best to choose one that fits your needs. A cotton hammock is breathable and soft making it the perfect place to sleep. However, it needs to be taken down during harsh weather because cotton is vulnerable to heavy winds, rain and snow. A nylon hammock is soft, but the fabric is not breathable. So, it may be uncomfortable to spend time in on really hot days. Polyester hammocks can be a little rough to the touch, but they can endure all kinds of weather conditions.

No matter what style or fabric you choose, a hammock can easily become a favorite spot for you this summer. What better way to savor the summer season?! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: hammock tips

Snack On These Scrumptious S'mores Recipes

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Whether you're sitting around a lively campfire with family or relaxing around your backyard fire pit with friends, toasting s'mores is always a popular idea. As you probably know, a traditional s'more consists of a roasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. Traditional s'mores are delicious, but have you ever thought of putting a unique twist on a traditional s'more? This week, I've found several alternatives that are just as tasty as the traditional s'more recipe.

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Mint S'mores

For these s'mores, you need a box of graham crackers and a bag of marshmallows, but instead of buying the traditional bars of milk or dark chocolate, get some chocolate candy that's filled with mint. York Peppermint Patties are an ideal choice for this s'more.

S'mores With Peanut Butter

If you're a fan of peanut butter, then this is the s'more recipe for you! Roast your marshmallows as usual and place them on a graham cracker followed by a peanut butter cup. Put the second graham cracker on top and watch as the gooey peanut butter and chocolate melts into the marshmallow. Mini and regular-sized peanut butter cups work well with this recipe.

S'mores With Bananas, Strawberries, or Both

Do you love the taste of bananas? If so, there's no reason to leave them out of your next batch of s'mores. In addition to the roasted marshmallow and chocolate on your graham cracker, add in a few slices of banana. This brings a sweeter taste to a s'more. Or, if you love strawberries, slice one or two and place them on the graham cracker with your marshmallows and chocolate. If you're feeling adventurous, put both strawberry and banana slices on your s'more. Yours will be the most colorful s'mores in the woods!

Smoky S'mores

Bacon is a favorite food of many people, and the combination of smoky and salty and sweet is a surefire winner. Next time you make s'mores, put a slice of precooked bacon with your roasted marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers. Be sure to use precooked bacon so you know it is safe to eat.

Skillet S'mores

You may like to cook with a camp skillet while taking a break in the great outdoors. If so, your skillet can help you enjoy s'mores in a whole new way. First, melt your marshmallows and chocolate in the skillet over the campfire. Next, pour the mixture into a bowl and dip your graham crackers into it. If you want, you can put the mixture into several individual bowls so everyone has their own. Delicious!

A Fun, Surprising S'more

Who says marshmallow Peeps are only welcome in an Easter basket? Make each of your s'mores using a marshmallow Peep instead of a plain, white marshmallow for a colorful, sugary twist. Peeps are sold online all year round.

I love it when I hear about a fresh take on a traditional, beloved recipe. If you have any ideas for a delicious new s'more, let me know! Thanks for reading. - Alan at Alan's Factory Outlet.

Topics: S'mores Recipes

Shed Some Light: 5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Buildings

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

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Are you spending a lot of summer evenings under your gazebo visiting with friends and family? Or maybe you'd like to devote your evenings to working on DIY projects in your shed. In either case, it's nice to have lights to turn on as the sun goes down. If you don't want to take the time to install electrical wiring in your outdoor buildings, I have some alternatives you may want to try.

Five Ways to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Buildings

  1. Solar-Powered Lights. Did you know you can enjoy solar-powered lighting in your shed without installing solar panels in the ceiling? It's true. Many big-box stores sell solar-powered lights with a small panel you can mount on an outside wall of your shed. This panel soaks up the sunlight, delivering power to the light you install inside your shed. Some solar-powered lights can operate for three hours when fully charged. I really like the idea of eco-friendly lighting for an outdoor building; don't you?
  2. Strings of LED Lights. This is an inexpensive lighting option for a gazebo. They provide a soft glow for a party or any other kind of gathering. Strings of LED lights are available in white, yellow, blue, green, red, and other colors, allowing you to get as creative as you want with your lighting. LED lights produce light without heat, so they don't present a fire hazard.
  3. Chinese Lanterns. Brighten up your gazebo with a collection of LED-powered Chinese lanterns. These lanterns are available in a variety of shapes and colors. They are perfect for casting light over a gathering with friends, a family reunion, a wedding reception, and other events. Hang a few LED-powered Chinese lanterns in your shed to give you some light and add some pizzazz to your practical outdoor building.
  4. An LED Chandelier. Give an extra touch of elegance to your gazebo by installing a chandelier powered by LEDs. Choose a chandelier in brushed nickel, bronze, gold, or plain white. There are dozens of options when it comes to the shape and design of these unique chandeliers. You can even have little shades on each of the lights! In addition, an LED chandelier with a simple design can be a fun way to light up your shed while you work on pet projects.
  5. Florescent Lanterns. These are lightweight lanterns with florescent bulbs powered by batteries. Personally, I like the freedom of being able to move my lighting when needed. You can set a lantern on the workbench in your shed or hang one from a hook on the wall. You may want to get more than one lantern so you can place them in different spots around your shed. Hang them on the posts of your gazebo or set them on the floor to add some light to the space.

Having a light source means you can enjoy your gazebo, shed, garage, or other outdoor building in the evening as well as during the daytime. This gives you more hours of fun in the summertime! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: brighten up your buildings

Step Up Your Summer Style With A Stock Tank Pool

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jul 5, 2017

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Jumping into the pool is one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day. When you hear the word "pool," what do you think of? Maybe you picture an in-ground pool with a fancy tile border. Or perhaps you picture an above-ground pool with a deck. But now, you have another option: a stock tank pool.

What Is a Stock Tank Pool?

The traditional purpose of a stock tank is to provide water to livestock on a farm. Stock tanks are made in many different sizes, with capacities ranging from 40 gallons to several hundred gallons. Most stock tanks are round and made of galvanized steel.

Why Are They So Popular as Pools?

Many people opt for a stock tank pool over a traditional swimming pool because they want something unique. Plus, these tanks are durable and relatively easy to maintain, and they're highly unlikely to spring a leak like an inflatable pool can. Some people prefer their stock tank pool above the ground, while others place their stock tank in the ground. A stock tank pool is an enjoyable place to cool off without taking up a lot of space on a piece of property.

Requirements for a Stock Tank Pool

A solid foundation is the first requirement for a stock tank pool. You can use compacted sand or crushed gravel to even out the ground for your new pool. If you want to put your stock tank pool in-ground, you must measure the hole and create an even base. Be sure to leave adequate space in the hole for the necessary hoses and pumps that go along with this type of pool. A small pump, a filter, and tubing are other requirements. The water in your stock tank pool must circulate to keep the water clean and discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs. You can either run the tubing over the side of the tank or take careful measurements and drill holes that will accommodate the hoses.

Creative Ideas for a Stock Tank Pool

Choosing a location for your stock tank pool is an important step in the process. It's a good idea to choose a place that receives some shade so the water will not be too hot to swim in. I suggest putting it near a mature tree that will give your stock tank pool a few hours of shade during the day. You can get really creative when designing the setting for your stock tank pool. For instance, you can plant colorful flowers around the base of the tank or place large potted plants around its circular border. Or, you may want to design a deck that climbs up one side of the tank, so people can sit down and dangle their feet in the water. Create a line of decorative stepping stones leading up to your stock tank pool, or place decorative stones around the base of the pool as a finishing touch.

Putting your imagination to work and creating a picturesque setting for your stock tank pool makes it all the more inviting. Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: stock tank pool

Simple Steps to Stop Ticks

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

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Here is a metal lean to barn located close to the wood line.

As the weather grows warmer, ticks start to show up in yards, on pets, and maybe even on you. Unfortunately, they're not just annoying pests. Ticks can carry Lyme disease along with viruses and various types of bacteria. In short, a tick bite can make you very sick. So this week, I'm writing all about ticks, where they live, and what you can do to avoid getting bitten.

Where Do You Find Ticks?

Ticks like to live in humid, moist areas. They are found in the woods, grassy fields, and gardens. They can hang onto a blade of grass or a branch and latch onto the fur of a passing dog. They can also hang onto a person's clothing, hair, or shoes. A tick attaches itself to an animal or person's skin to feast on blood.

Ways to Prevent Getting Bitten by Ticks

If you're going on a walk in the woods or even walking on a road in a woodsy area, it's best to wear clothing that protects your skin. For instance, wear your pants tucked into your socks so a tick can't climb up your leg. Wear a baseball hat or sunhat so ticks don't have access to your hair. If you have long hair, tuck it up underneath your cap. Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms. In addition, there are sprays you can apply to your skin that are designed to repel ticks. Check out some repellents made with natural ingredients if you want an alternative to store-bought products.

How to Check for Ticks

Ticks can hide in many places on a person's body. When you return from a walk or time outdoors in a wooded area, examine your legs, arms, feet, and midsection for ticks. Get a friend or family member to look through your hair for any crawling ticks. Fortunately, there is a way to safely remove a tick if one has latched onto your skin. Shower and change your clothing when you return from a walk, and be sure to wash your dirty clothing in hot water to kill any ticks you didn't see.

How to Reduce the Number of Ticks in Your Yard

Ticks like to hide in trees, under leaves, and in tall grass. One of the simplest ways to reduce the number of ticks in your yard is to cut down overgrown patches of grass and remove tall weeds. Don't given them any places to hide! Another thing you can do is add deer-resistant plants to your yard. Deer are notorious for carrying ticks. Lily of the valley, sweet alyssum, Russian sage, and butterfly weed are examples of deer-resistant plants. I think of this as a win-win solution: You're keeping the deer and ticks away while adding beauty to your yard.

Also, make sure to get a flea collar or flea treatment for your dog or cat if they spend a lot of time outside. Pets can carry ticks into your home, giving them instant access to your family members.

Thanks for reading, and keep those ticks away! - Alan

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Any Outdoor Dad

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jun 17, 2017

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Do you have a father in your life who is outdoorsy? Maybe your father likes to spend time fixing household items in his garage workshop. Or perhaps you have a husband who loves to spend time working in the garden so he has plenty of vegetables for his family all summer. I know for a fact that dads appreciate Father's Day gifts that help them enjoy their outdoor activities. Check out some gift ideas for your favorite fathers on Father's Day.

Cleaning and Organizing His Shed

Does your father or husband spend a lot of time in the storage shed looking for shovels, rakes, spades, and other tools for garden work? If so, give him the gift of a clean, organized shed. First, sweep the dirt and dust out of the shed. Don't forget the spiderwebs in the corners near the ceiling. Use a mild cleaning solution to clean the inside and outside of the shed windows. Organize his garden tools using a label system so he knows exactly where everything is at a glance. Add some extras to the shed that he will appreciate. For instance, put up a paper towel holder if he uses a lot of paper towels in the shed, or hang an old basket on the wall to hold clean rags or fresh pairs of gardening gloves. He will appreciate the thought you put into this gift.

Add Some Flair to His Garage Workshop

There are plenty of ways to add pizzazz to the look of a garage workshop. The father in your life would probably appreciate having some artwork on the walls. They may spark his creativity for those DIY projects he's always working on. The artwork can be classic prints done by famous artists throughout the centuries. These can be found at yard sales, secondhand shops, and discount art stores online. If you have young children or grandchildren, you can ask them to make some artwork instead. I especially like this idea because it adds a personal touch to the gift. Posters and photographs are other ideas to dress up a workshop for a father on Father's Day.

Give Dad's Mower Some Attention

Dads who like to maintain their lawns need their lawn mowers to be in tip-top condition. Another idea for a good Father's Day gift is to perform some maintenance work on his lawnmower. Check the mower's air filter to see if it's clogged with dirt. If so, put in a replacement so the mower runs cleanly and efficiently. Consult the owner's manual when choosing the proper air filter replacement. Next, disconnect the spark plug on the lawn mower and inspect its undercarriage. If it's clogged and caked with grass clippings, use a wire brush to remove this debris. After loosening the debris with the brush, spray the underside with a hose. Your dad's lawn mower will run more smoothly without all of that gunk underneath it. Check the amount of oil in the mower to see if it needs more. Use a soft rag and mild detergent to clean the handle and top side of the mower. With the grass clippings, dust, and dirt gone, it will shine like it's brand new!

I hope you and all of the fathers in your life have a wonderful Father's Day. Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: garage for fathers day

Freshen Up On Your Veggie Knowledge for Fresh Veggies Day

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jun 17, 2017

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Fresh vegetables of all kinds reach their peak during the summer. I enjoy a salad much more when there are plenty of colorful veggies in it; don't you? To select the very best eggplants, ears of corn, and other vegetables at the grocery store or in the field, you must know what to look for. Check out some tips on how to determine whether a vegetable is fresh.

Asparagus

Ripe asparagus has a firm stalk: These veggies are supposed to be easy to snap when you prepare them at home. Also, ripe asparagus is straight and has purple tips. April is when asparagus is at its peak, but it is delicious through the month of June.

Avocado

The peak season for an avocado depends on what type it is. For instance, the peak season for Anaheim avocados runs from June to September. A ripe avocado is dark green. Pick up the avocado and gently squeeze it in your palm. If you feel it yield a little under the pressure, then it is ripe. Check the surface of the avocado for bruises or indentations: An avocado with a lot of bruises is usually overripe.

Corn

A ripe ear of corn has a large collection of plump kernels with none missing. The husks are bright green and wrapped tightly around the corn. Look for brown tassels. This vegetable is at its best in May through September. Corn is one of those vegetables you can grill, boil, or roast, and it always tastes delicious.

Cucumbers

A ripe cucumber is firm to the touch. A cucumber that is beginning to soften is past its peak and beginning to go bad. They are in peak season from July to August.

Eggplant

A ripe eggplant has a deep purple, shiny surface. Gently press your thumb on the eggplant to see if it leaves an indentation. If the indentation disappears quickly, then it is ripe. The peak season for eggplant runs from July to October.

Green Peppers

Green peppers are at their peak from July to September. A ripe green pepper is deep, dark green with a shiny surface. When gently squeezed, it should yield a bit beneath the pressure but remain firm. Avoid a green pepper with cuts or bruises on it: These are signs that it is softening and overripe.

Zucchini

The peak season for this summer veggie falls between June and August. A ripe zucchini is solid green all over. It should be somewhat firm and a little flexible. Softness is a sign that a zucchini is beginning to go bad and should be cooked or eaten soon.

Pick Your Own Veggies This Summer

If you have a vegetable garden, then you don't have to travel far to get some delicious additions to your salads. However, if you don't have a vegetable garden, there are other ways to get your veggies without traveling to the grocery store. Going to a local farmers' market is one idea. Another idea is visiting a local farm and picking your own vegetables. Some vegetables to look for include sweet corn, snap beans, onions, eggplant, and cucumbers. Look online to find pick-your-own vegetable farms in your area. Also, check out the farm bureau website for your state to see the local harvest calendar.

Enjoy your summer veggies, and thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: fresh veggies

Unique Ways to Upcycle Your Old Tools

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jun 7, 2017

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Is there a corner in your garage filled with old tools? Maybe you have a rusty rake with a loose handle or a garden shovel that's seen better days. You've replaced these tools, but you just don't have the heart to throw the old ones away. Good news! There are plenty of ways to upcycle those old tools so they can enjoy renewed life.

A Shovel

Make a creative trellis out of that trusty shovel. Plant it in the ground handle-down and let it serve as a trellis for morning glories, clematis, Blue Moon wisteria, or bougainvillea. Your old shovel will look right at home in the garden or near a border fence. Another idea is to remove the shovel's handle and paint a design or logo on its metal head. Display your yard décor on a gate or fence or hang it next to your front door.

Rakes

A bow rake can be upcycled by making it into a rake rack. Attach your bow rake to a wall of your garage or garden shed and hang small tools from its tines. For instance, you can use twine to hang a garden trowel, weeding fork, watering can, and mini-hoe. An upcycled bow rake keeps your small tools organized and safe. Meanwhile, an old leaf rake can be attached to a wall in your garden shed and used as a place to store seed packets. You can slip several packets in between the tines so you know what you have at a glance.

Wrenches

If you have several wrenches you want to upcycle, try making a wrench picture frame. I think a wrench picture frame would look great in a man cave or sitting on top of your workbench. It would fit right in with the décor! If you or someone you know has some metal-working experience, you also could transform your old wrenches into hooks for hanging coats, tools, or other items.

A Saw

Did you know that an old cross-cut saw can be a fun piece of décor? Clean off your old cross-cut saw and use a stencil to paint your house number on the metal. Hang it next to your front door or attach it to your fence.

A Wooden Ladder

Your old wooden ladder may be too rickety to climb on, but it can serve as an attractive display for plants. Use narrow sheets of plywood to make bridges between the steps of your open ladder. These newly made shelves can hold plastic planters or small pots of flowers. Painting your ladder and the shelves makes this upcycled project even more colorful.

A Wheelbarrow

An old, rusting wheelbarrow can take up a lot of space in a garage or shed. Why not make it into a planter for your yard? If it already has a hole or two in the bottom, that takes care of the drainage for your flowers. Load it with soil and fill it with petunias, pansies, geraniums, or other favorite blooms. One of the best things about a wheelbarrow planter is that it's easy to move to a different location in your yard.

I hope these ideas spark your creativity and give your old tools new life. Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: upcycle old tools

 

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