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Even though it's perfectly acceptable to spend your summer days by the pool, it's also the perfect time to knock out that home and DIY to-do list you've been working on since January.

Easy crafts to revive your home this summer!

The longer days provide us with the extra time (and sunlight) we need to get it all done. With these easy-to-do home and craft DIYs, you'll be back to that inflatable raft and cold margarita in no time (with an added sense of accomplishment!).

From reviving a dry lawn to removing tacky wallpaper and planting the perfect mini porch garden, these projects will help to spruce up both the exterior and interior of your home this summer. Plus, the sooner you get them done, the sooner you can use them (how perfect would that horseshoe pit be at your summer barbecue?).

Revive your lawn

Revive your lawn

The longer days, humidity and dry heat of the summer can wreck havoc on your normally lush lawn and garden, which can dry out and kill your grass and plants. Spend a few hours this summer and give your lawn and garden some much-needed TLC.

What you'll need:

  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Fertilizer

This project can cost you next to nothing if your grass just needs a sprinkling and your garden needs some weeding. Simply install a sprinkler in your lawn to go off once a day for a certain increment of time. This will save you on water costs and will ensure your plants are watered regularly. In addition to watering, spend a few hours raking and weeding your flower and vegetable beds. If your lawn is in serious disrepair and your grass and garden is beyond watering, the experts at DIYornot.com recommend renting or buying a power aerator (which can set you back $50 or so) to loosen the soil so you can remove dead grass and plants, then fertilize and seed.

Build a horseshoe pit

Build a horseshoe pit

Nothing says summer more than hanging out with your closest friends and family, playing a game of horseshoes or corn hole after a delicious meal prepared on the grill. Turn your backyard into the perfect outdoor hangout spot with this easy and cheap DIY!

What you'll need:

  • Steel stake or pole
  • 4 wooden 2 x 4 planks
  • Sand
  • Set of horseshoes (great price here!)
  • Measuring tape

If you want to go super basic with this DIY, just place the pole in the ground. However, if you want to create something a little fancier, build a pit around the hole. To do this, begin by finding a level piece of land. At one end of the lawn, you'll need to dig a pit that is about three feet wide by about four feet long. You want the depth to be about three or four inches deep. To make the frame, you'll need to cut two 2 x 4s about 36 inches each and two more at a length of 48 inches each. You can do this with a circular saw or you can ask a professional at Home Depot or Lowe's to cut them to your measurements. Once the wood has been cut, make a box with the 2 x 4s around each corner with two nails. You want the pit to have one open side (with the 2 x 4s surrounding it). Fill your box will sand and stick the pole into the upper center of the box (about two inches from either edge of the 2 x 4s). Using tape, mark the pitching line about 30 to 50 feet from the pole.

Plant a vintage tub garden

Plant a vintage tub garden

This is one DIY that will take you, at most, an hour to make and adds some vintage charm to your porch, outdoor dining room or patio.

What you'll need: 

  • Vintage tub
  • Gardening soil
  • Hand-held shovel
  • Flowers
  • Watering can

The great thing about this project is you can plant just about anything in the tub, ranging from flowers, to ferns to vegetables! This project is perfect for porches and patios since all it requires to prosper is sunlight, water and a little TLC. Check out how to make this adorable garden here on SheKnows!

Remove wallpaper

Remove wallpaper

This DIY is perfect for those above-100 degree days (when it's too hot to be outside) or a rainy Saturday, since you can do it from the comfort of your air conditioning. If your home is an older model, there's a good chance it came furnished with some old-school wallpaper.

What you'll need: 

  • Wallpaper-removal spray
  • Scoring tool
  • Wallpaper scraper
  • Tape
  • Plastic dropcloths

The great thing about this DIY is you don't need any experience or fancy tools to get it done, just about a full day's worth of time. To tackle this project, move all your furniture to the center of the room or a different room entirely (this may require a strong person's help). Then, tape the dropcloths to the baseboards so you don't get wallpaper or backing all over your room. Carefully roll the scoring tool over the walls. This will make tiny holes into the wallpaper, making it much easier to remove. Apply a layer of the wallpaper removing spray over the wallpaper. Let sit about 10 to 20 minutes so the gel permeates the old glue from the wallpaper. Then, using your scraper, carefully scrape off the wallpaper. Once you've removed all the wallpaper from your room, wash your walls to ensure all the old glue is removed. Then, prime and repaint!

Start a compost bin

Start a compost bin

Liven up your plants, herbs, vegetables and flowers this summer (and appease your hippy family members) by creating your own compost bin! Before you start throwing piles of garbage into your backyard, follow these tips because compost done wrong will attract animals and bugs, yuck!

What you'll need: 

  • Plastic garbarge can
  • 1/4-inch thick wire mesh cloth
  • Utility knife
  • Food scraps  (no animal products) and dried leaves
  • Duct tape

To create our own bin or wired-off compost, make sure you have enough space in your yard (away from your house) for the bin. Using the knife, cut a hole in the bottom of the garbage can. Carefully tape half of the wire mesh cloth along the top where you cut off the can. Fill the bin with your food scraps and tape the rest of the wire mesh cloth to the can so all sides are covered. The mesh cloth will allow the bacteria growing to breathe. When composting, be sure to have an equal amount of wet ingredients (like food scraps) to dry ingredients (like dry leaves, sticks, etc), otherwise the materials will rot (and stink!). To ensure the compost is getting even air circulation, remove the wire mesh cloth and move the compost with a shovel (otherwise it will rot to the ground). When rotating, spritz with water so the micro-organisms can grow. Then be sure to recover so animals can't get in.

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Comments on "5 DIY home projects to tackle this summer"

Margret Quashnock October 06, 2012 | 10:29 AM

In it something is. Now all became clear, many thanks for the help in this question. Margret Quashnock

claire July 23, 2012 | 4:35 PM

Hey Nicole! Thanks!! I couldn't agree more, a horseshoe pit is such a great way to get your family outside and away from those pesky video games!

Nicole July 05, 2012 | 10:31 AM

Great list of DIY projects to undertake this summer! I love the idea of building a backyard horseshoe pit! Horseshoe is a good way to work off dinner calories, plus it pulls kids away from the video games and gives them a taste of an actual game that they can physically play (while also developing eye-hand coordination skills). Home improvement and DIY projects are a perfect way to take pride and joy in your home!

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