Do-it-yourselfers with medium-level skills can turn leftover lumber into a cutting board by cutting it to size (12-inches-by-16-inches works well), sanding it, staining it and then sealing it with several coats of water-based sealant. Add shape and sheen to the sides with stainless steel washers and screws.
Add buffet style entertaining to your outdoor space with a repurposed dresser and mirror set turned into a sideboard. This old wooden dresser and attached vanity mirror were updated with mint green exterior paint, and the mirror was swapped with pegboard to keep essentials within arm's reach.
Create a beautiful piece of indoor or outdoor decor with a piece of plywood, a pile of sticks and some wood glue. Cut the plywood into a roughly pumpkin shape. Use wood glue to completely cover the plywood with rows of sticks. It's ok if the sticks hang over the edge of the wood a bit. Place weights on the sticks and let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. Trim the edges of the sticks and sand if necessary to create your refined pumpkin shape. Add a fabric leaf and display your pumpkin in your garden, beside your front door, or hang it on the living room wall.
This porch party was put together by upcycling basic household items and leftover building materials — including lumber that was sanded, stained, sealed and decorated with stainless steel washers and screws.
Both culinary and medicinal herbs look fabulous in upcycled containers, baskets and containers such as small boots. Group herbs with similar water and sun needs together, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. For example, drought-tolerant Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, green onions and marjoram are perfect bed partners. These attractive planters also make great edible gifts.