DIY Outdoor Baby Tree Swings | simplykierste.com

DIY Outdoor Tree Baby Swings

We made these swings nearly five years ago, and they ended up being one of our very favorite things in our yard! I decided it was time to re-share, and it’s a perfect spring project for the yard.  I wish I could retake pictures with a lot of different angles, but we no longer live in this…

Farmhouse Picnic Table | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse style picnic table

The last picnic table we had cost $10.  We had just moved into our first house, and I was at the township office working in paperwork, when I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables.  I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move.

I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago.   We’ve always use our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an appearance here in upstate NY, so I was very happy! I had to wait about 6 weeks for the pretreated lumber to finally dry out in order to finish it, but it’s finally down, and I love it!

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Backyard fun: Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY tetherball set!

We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves!  

Backyard fun:  Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

After re-discovering tetherball at our friends’ home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them.  I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did!  I saved more than half by making our own, plus it’s incredibly sturdy and durable.  We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it.

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Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign | simplykierste.com

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign

Making a lemonade stand has been on my list…pretty much forever.  The last few years we’ve been so transient that it wasn’t really an option–with no where to store it and moves coming up.  Even though all of our things are in storage right now, we did keep out the chop saw so that we would be able to build things for our new house.  With summer parties and entertaining on the horizon, I decided it was time for a lemonade stand.  I’m calling it a lemonade stand just because I’m not sure what else to call it, and also because it makes it sound cuter, but it will mostly be used as a outside serving station. I added a few features, including a reversible chalkboard sign, and decided on a color that will make it perfect for all of my outdoor entertaining!!

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Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks | simplykierste.com

Cheap & easy DIY outdoor wooden blocks

My husband and I are outside quite a bit building and working on different projects now that the weather is nice, and it’s wonderful!   The kids will play outside in the yard while we’re working, and one of the things they love to play with are all the wood scraps that we seem to have an endless supply of.  This past Saturday they were stacking the scraps, building towers, making roads, pretending all sorts of things, and even coloring them with their sidewalk chalk.  It kept them busy for a long time, and they were having a ball.  I decided to make them their own permanent set of outdoor wooden blocks to keep outside all the time, knowing they would be a huge hit this summer.  We LOVE them!

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Awesome DIY Backyard ideas for Kids | simplykierste.com

DIY Backyard Ideas for Kids

Summer is almost here, and we can’t wait.  We are definitely on the countdown!  One of the best things about our little apartment is that it has a great yard, and so being here through the summer while our house is being built means that we’ll still have plenty of room for the kids to run and play.  However…there isn’t anything out there right now, so I’ve been on the hunt recently for some really great backyard ideas that I could make for not only our yard now, but also for when we move into our house.

I love that my kids love to be outside, and I want to do everything I can to encourage that.  Exploring, creating, playing, running, jumping, climbing—that’s what summer is meant to be! I want less time on electronics and more time outside, so providing really fun activities outside is high on my priority list.

As I searched, I gathered some of my favorite backyard ideas for kids, and I wanted to share what I found with you!

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Polka Dot Pail Flower Planter | simplykierste.com

Polka dot pail flower planter

So… the bad news first.  We thought the house we’re building would be finished to move in this summer, but it’s now going to be at least the end of September.  There is some good news though!  Even though our temporary apartment is tiny, we’re lucky enough to have a good-sized yard that will help keep all my kids entertained all summer.  That also means that although I can’t plant flowers in the ground, I can put out some cute planters.  Since I’m kind of obsessed with pails, I thought they would be perfect planters for our picnic table and patio.  They were super easy to make, and I love how they turned out!!

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Washtub Planter | simplykierste.com

Washtub Planter

Spring has definitely sprung and the abundance of beautiful flowers in the garden is proof! Appropriately enough, our theme this month is flowers and we’ve got 10 amazing flower theme ideas. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects for flowers that I did about four years ago, and still use every year. I LOVE it!

I love this old washtub. I love it in the fall especially, full of pumpkins, and stacked with cornstalks on my front porch. But I loved it so much, that I wanted to be able to use it year round, and decided a washtub planter was the perfect thing!

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Easy DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

I adore mason jar lanterns, and I love using the hanging lanterns that I made.  I like to use them for table decorations in addition to hanging them, but with so many littles at home, I needed something that wasn’t a fire hazard–no lit candles!  So…I made these incredibly simple lanterns that uses battery operated candles, and they are SO cute!!  I’m going to be lining my tables with them this summer!!
 

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10 Fabulous Planter Ideas

Here in Michigan, spring is on it’s way!  When I was out shopping this weekend, all the potted flowers were calling my name. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about which ones I want to plant this year, and what kind of planter I want to make to present them in. So…I went looking…

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