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What are some fun outdoor DIY projects?

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Some popular outdoor do-it-yourself projects include fire pits, fountains, benches, trellises and garden sheds. Photographs and step-by-step instructions for those projects and more than a dozen others, including a grilling station, porch swing, bar cart, sitting wall and Adirondack chairs, are available on the website of This Old House. In addition to plans for more traditional trellises, the site features plans for a diamond-patterned trellis made of woven twigs.

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Swing sets and other outdoor play structures make fun do-it-yourself projects. Plans and materials are available from various websites, including Backyard Fun and Leisure, which offers plans for wooden play sets that can be modified and enlarged by adding picnic tables, climbing walls and other features.

Many outdoor do-it-yourself projects can be made quickly and inexpensively. Lifehacker.com lists 10 quick and easy projects that can be done in less than an hour. Among the suggestions are mosquito torches made of old wine bottles, vertical hanging gardens made from canvas shoe organizers, solar ovens made of cardboard and smokers made from terra cotta flowerpots. An oversized Jenga game can be made from 2-by-4s, and fire bowls can be made with quick-set concrete, pebbles and a can of cooking fuel. Citronella candles, which are used to repel insects, can be made by adding citronella oil to melted candle wax.

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