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2X4: Four Ways to Bling Out Your Backyard

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Jessica
06.24.13

Backyard get-togethers are a great part of summer, but you’re probably less inclined to party if your outdoor space is looking drab. Beautify your backyard with one or more of these ideas:  

Photos: Smock Paper / Garden Drama

DIY Pinwheels. Pinwheels are the caprese pops of yard decorations – they’re really easy to make and they leave a big impression. For a whimsical centerpiece, place a handful of pinwheels in a vase. If lawn ornaments are more your style, stick the pinwheels around the yard and let the wind send them spinning! To make your own pinwheels, print this guide from Smock Paper. You’ll need: a square of colorful paper (wrapping paper works well), a pencil, scissors, a brad and a straw.

Glass Marbles. What cheap children’s toy will make a fence go from boring to brilliant in a matter of minutes? Marbles! To add a little personality to your fence, drill small holes in the fence and insert marbles in the holes. (Just make sure you use a drill bit size that fits your marbles.) For step-by-step instructions on bedazzling your fence, visit Garden Drama. Tip: If you want a unique look, search for vintage marbles that vary in size and color.

Photo 3: Chez Beeper Bebe

Mason Jar Lanterns. Add instant ambiance to your backyard with mason jar lanterns. Mason jars are easy to find and come in a variety of sizes. Go for a baroque look by purchasing different shapes and sizes, or hang all ½ pint jars filled with candles like Chez Beeper Bebe. To set the mood like Chez, you’ll need an hour of time and the following supplies: mason jars, bailing wire, sand and tealight candles. Party Tip: These decorations pair well with a tall glass of wine and a little mood music. 

Pops of Color. Summer bulbs are big, bold and beautiful. Plus, with a little TLC these puppies will come back every year. They’re the summer gift that keeps on giving! These flowers are the belles of the ball and pack a serious color punch that will brighten up any yard. Choose an Asian Lily, Caladium or Dahlia to dress up an outdoor living space and enjoy all that a garden has to offer. For more bulb-planting information, visit Better Homes and Garden

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