Did you know that this coming Sunday, the 9th of October, is South Africa’s very first official “Garden Day“? No? Well, neither did I.
Luckily, our gal SuzelleDIY brought this fact to my attention while I perusing her latest DIY videos. In celebration of Garden Day, Suzelle show us how to make a fun garden swing out of old wooden pallets.
Now to be honest, I have had my fill of pallet-related DIYs and furniture designs. The whole pallet idea was fun and unusual when it first started trending a good few years ago. It also played right into the extremely popular Industrial design style which further boosted the pallet fad’s popularity. Like with most quirky fads, everyone jumped on the pallet DIY bandwagon. My Pinterest feed was filled with hundreds of pallet furniture and decor ideas. Some were brilliant and beautiful, but unfortunately most were tacky and unrefined. I soon grew tired of the fad.
That being said, I can still appreciate a clever pallet DIY idea – especially if its use is appropriate to the space and home style, and if it is refined and well thought through. Suzelle’s Pallet Swing ticks all those boxes which is why I am sharing it with you today! It is a fun and playful idea for the garden or backyard and the design is uncomplicated and tasteful. The addition of pretty bunting and colourful cushions makes for a happy and inviting scene!
Sigh, wish I had a tree branch big and strong enough to accommodate such a fun swing in my garden! I can already envisage myself spending hours on it reading and sipping refreshing cocktails.
Have a happy Garden Day this Sunday guys!
P.S. Marianne – I like your leggings!
SuzelleDIY Versus Justina Blakeney: a DIY Face-off
While watching the Justina’s video I recalled that SuzelleDIY did a similar DIY last year. In fact, this particular DIY is Suzelle’s most watched video with over two million views. Both videos centre around cement cinder blocks and how you can use them to create quirky outdoor features that will spruce up your garden.
So let’s have a little DIY face-off shall we! Here are both Suzelle and Justina’s cinder block DIYs – you tell me which you prefer….
How to Make a Cinder Block Bench:
Suzelle used her cinder blocks to create an outdoor planter bench. She had the right idea by inviting Marianne to help the bench take shape as those big cement bricks can be quite heavy.
Suzelle taped off sections of each cement brick and applied colourful spray paint to the exposed sections.
Alternating the direction in which the blocks are stacked, Suzelle managed to create not only seating space with flower planters above but also handy little cubby holes to store gardening tools.
It is a good idea to use cement glue to fix the blocks together as Suzelle suggested. The last thing you want is your bench falling apart while someone is sitting on it. #safetyfirst
Lastly, Suzelle planted some happy flowers in the cinder block holes and added seat cushions and quirky scatters to her bench to jazz it up.
How to Make a 80s-Inspired Outdoor Planter:
In Justina’s DIY clip, which took inspiration from the style of the 80s, she creates a stacked cinder block planter.
Like Suzelle, Justina also opted to paint part of her cinder blocks in bright and bold colours. Both ladies chose a triangle shaped design which allows the rough cement texture and colourful paint to form a nice contrasting effect.
It looks like Justina did a proper job. She used three coats of outdoor paint on her bricks which is far brighter and more durable than Suzelle’s quick spray paint job.
Justina also took the time to create wire mesh “baskets” to insert into her cinder block that will ensure that the plants have sufficient support and drainage. However, the process of cutting the wire mesh to size sure seemed tedious and unnecessarily laborious. Can you imagine repeating that process half a dozen times?
What appeals to me about both Suzelle and Justina’s creations is that something as uninspiring as a heap of cinder blocks can be transformed, with minimal effort and money, into a quirky and happy garden feature.
Like Suzelle said: “D.I.Y? Because anybody can make outdoor furniture out with regular ugly (and disgusting) cinder blocks…”
Which is your favourite Cinder Block project? Who wins the DIY challenge, Suzelle or Justina?
Oh, guys and gals you have to see this hilarious DIY video our girl Suzelle uploaded on Monday.
5 Brilliant Ways To Customize Your Sneakers:
In this amusing clip Suzelle shows us how she keeps “her style so funky-fresh” by illustrating five brilliant ways you can brighten up plain white takkies. An quick definition for our overseas friends: “takkies” is the informal South African term for “sneakers”.
These are soo pretty and bling even “Kim Kardashian will wear this”…
Paint your sneakers all over with gold fabric paint. Thereafter use masking tape to cover the toe of your shoe while you brush the rest of your sneaker in glitter paint. Wait for the paint to dry, remove the masking tape and, with a glue gun, stick rhinestones (or “rhino-stones” as Suzelle calls them) to the toe.
Ombre Garden Takkies:
Dip your sneakers in a pink fabric dye bath to give them an ombre effect and leave them to dry. Brush some purple fabric paint unto the tips of the toe and blend in. Now use several layers of podge to stick wrapping paper flowers all over your shoe.
DIY Tie-Dye Takkies:
Make a multitude of dots all over your sneakers using colourful markers or kokies. Then dab the dots with an earbud (q-tip) dipped in nail polish remover to bleed the marker ink and create a playful tie-dye effect.
Super Star Sneaks, yo!:
Stick star stickers unto your sneakers and then paint a layer of fabric paint over it. You can use different colour paint on each section of your shoe. After it has dried, just peel off the stickers to expose the unpainted surface below. Suzelle even made a cute tasselled piece to add to the sneaker laces.
Jackson Pollock Takkies:
Paint you sneakers in a solid darker colour (remember to masking tape your shoes’ rubber edges). Now just splatter away using different coloured fabric paint. Don’t forget your goggles!
Like Suzelle says, “just use your creativity homie!”
Drop a beat Marianne!
I have recently been following this new POPSUGAR DIY video series hosted by designer, blogger, and overall Bohemian goddess, Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow. The series is called “We Spy Style, Eye on Design” and each week Justina chats about an interesting home design style and shares a new and creative DIY project that embodies said style.
In the première episode she shared her take on Vintage Industrial Style which featured an awesome step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to make a trendy copper pipe kitchen rack. You can check out the video: here.
In the episode above Justina creates a quirky coffee table by upcycling two old wooden pallets. She calls the chosen style “Modern Farmhouse”, however I think this pallet coffee table can easily find an appropriate home in a Shabby-Chic, Rustic, Industrial, or even Beachy / Coastal styled interior.
Check out the video above and let us know what you think…