It doesn’t seem like very long ago that I caught myself daydreaming of the summer months while looking out the window at a seemingly never-ending snow storm. Fast forward to today – the beginning of Labor Day weekend – and I can’t help but think about how fast time flies.
As parents count down the final hours until their kids go back to school, it’s time to wish summer farewell. Instead of spending the weekend last-minute school shopping or cleaning the house, why not have one last weekend of fun before the grind of school begins? Check out some of these DIY projects, Labor Day weekend style!
No childhood summer was complete without catching fireflies on a warm summer night near the bonfire. Instead of catching real fireflies, how about creating your own jar of replica fireflies? It’s simple. All you need is a jar with a lid, a glow stick and diamond glitter. Simply cut open a glow stick and pour the contents into a jar. Add the diamond glitter and seal the top with the lid. Shake for a few seconds, and you’ve got “fireflies in a jar.”
You don’t need much to turn boring, plain jars into something magical. In fact, all you need is a jar, yarn and paint. Wrap the yarn around the jar any way you want. You can try to make your own design, or just wrap it and wait to see how it turns out. After the yarn is wrapped around the jar, paint the jar with any color paint you desire. Once the paint dries, peel the yarn and check out the design you created. Place a candle inside the jar for special effects.
Warm weather is soon to be in our rearview mirror. Take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts by creating a slip ‘n’ slide. You’ll need a roll of plastic sheeting (10 feet by 100 feet), a shovel, a few gallons of dish soap and water. To construct your slip ‘n’ slide, start by walking the entire length of the spot you choose to make sure there is nothing sharp or sticking out that will rip the plastic. Once clear, roll the plastic out. Bury or stake the edges into the ground. Apply generous amounts of dish soap the entire length of the plastic and then water it down. Enjoy!
Soon the weather will be perfect for bonfires. In a couple weeks, when the nighttime temperatures drop to the 50s or so, there’s not much that’s better than relaxing next to a bonfire in the backyard. Get ready for this by creating your own fire pit. All you need are bricks and a variety of colors of spray paint. Spray paint each brick a different color and then stack the bricks on top of each other until you reach the desired height. The amount of bricks you need will depend on the size of the pit.
As the number of weekends we have left between now and the beginning of fall continues to dwindle, take advantage of the weekend by participating in one, or all, of the above DIY activities.
What other types of DIY projects do you plan on taking part in this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!