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Unsure where to hang your garden tools and accessories to keep them tidy and ready to hand? Fortunately, this is one of our easy pallet projects! Not only does the tool organiser look great, but it’s also simple and cheap to make. Pallet’s about time you got started on it 😉

Tools and Materials

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Most easy pallet projects, including this one, need these tools and materials:

 

Cost, Time and Difficulty

It will only cost you around £20 to keep all of your tools and implements organised, as long as you already have the tools required. In this sample ManoMano shopping basket you’ll find a selection of the tools and materials used to make this organiser.

A morning should be enough time to complete this DIY project. However, keep in mind that depending on the protective coating you use for the wood, this completion time will vary according to the drying instructions.

The difficulty level for this project is low. In fact, this is the ideal project for anyone starting out on their first DIY pallet project, which is why we’ve listed it under easy pallet projects 😉 

Easy Pallet Projects: DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

This pallet organiser features an extra storage space at the back. Therefore, the top section has been used as a planter while the central and bottom sections are for storing garden tools.

Step 1: Sand the pallet

The first step is to sand the pallet with an orbital sander, both the top and back. Also sand the 3 extra boards – which you can take from another pallet.

If the pallet is in very bad condition, we recommend starting with a coarse grain paper to remove splinters and flaws. Next, give it a once over with a medium grain sand paper. This will give the pallet a more uniform, smooth finish.

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Step 2: Cut and drill the extra boards

In order to increase the storage spaces on the pallet, we’ve screwed in some extra pallet boards at the back. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the boards to the width of the pallet. You can use either a mitre saw or a hacksaw.
  2. Screw the boards on to the back of each crossbeam on the base of the pallet.

This will create 3 spaces on the back which can be used to store small tools and implements, or even as a planter.

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Step 3: Protect and decorate the pallet

The next step is to protect and decorate the pallet with varnish. Varnish penetrates the wood and protects it, but as an open-pore coating, it also allows the wood to breathe and can help regulate the internal moisture. That’s why it’s ideal for protecting any wood to be used outdoors.

When applying varnish, you will need a minimum of two coats to allow the product to penetrate the wood fully and properly protect it.

Varnish is also available in a variety of colours and shades, meaning it is decorative as well as protective. In our case, we chose a white colour.

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Step 4: Attach hooks

The last step is to attach several hooks to the pallet to be able to hang your tools. Specifically, we used:

  • Hooks to hang the hose
  • U-shaped mounts to hold a spade and rake
  • Various coat hooks
  • Handles to hang S-shaped hooks from

Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to use plastic or stainless steel hooks and mounts to provide protection against outdoor weather conditions.

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Once you’ve completed these steps, all you need to do is drill some holes in the wall to hang your organiser pallet and start organising your garden tools and implements, keeping them nice and handy. (Although, nothing is as handy as The Handy Mano 😉 )

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The top section is perfect for a few plants or flower pots, adding a touch of life and colour.

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Got some pallet wood left over? Make good use of it with these other pallet projects:

How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley

How to Make a Coat Hanger from Pallets

Folding DIY Pallet Chair Tutorial

Just imagine how amazing it would be to have your shoes all organised! Our instructions on how to make your own DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe will show you how to create more space, for cheap!

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Tools and materials

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Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials to make your DIY shoe storage is around £60. Take a look at our ManoMano shopping basket, to see some of the basic tools you’ll need.

Although this isn’t a very complicated project, it might not be suitable for a first DIY task, as its difficulty rating is medium. You’ll need approximately 7 hours to cut and assemble the various parts, although this time will vary depending on your experience and skill as a DIYer!

How to build your DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe

This shoe storage is made up of one MDF section divided into shelves, within a melamine outer structure. Both parts are connected with telescopic slides screwed into the bottom. This allows the organiser to easily slide out. The steps followed to make this unit were as below

Step 1- Cut the MDF and melamine panels

First, you’ll have to cut the parts that make the shoe organiser. To do so, make sure you use the circular saw to make sure that you get perfectly straight lines. Also, using a saw guide will help with your precision and make sure that each piece is cut perfectly.

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One of the main advantages of making your own shoe storage is that you can adapt it to fit your own wardrobe. In this case, we had a space that measured 54cm deep and almost 1m wide. Thus, the MDF parts required to make the storage were:

• 1 part measuring 62 × 62cm for the back
• 2 parts measuring 62 × 52cm for the base and central divider
• 6 parts measuring 52 × 30cm for shelves (3 for each side)
For the melamine outer frame you will need:
• 2 parts measuring 67 × 52cm for the top and bottom
• 2 parts measuring 65 × 52cm for the sides
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Step 2- Assemble the interior storage

Next, assemble the MDF interior using the pocket hole jig to conceal the joinery.

To recap, the steps to are:

  1. Clamp the jig onto the piece of wood
  2. Drill a hole using the step drill
  3. Screw to connect the parts

Meanwhile, to assemble the pieces follow this order:

  1. Screw the divider to the base
  2. Next, attach each of the shelves on either side of the divider
  3. Lastly, screw on the back

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To support the parts and make the work easier, it’s a good idea to used angled clamps. You should also assemble the shelves in a way that the holes are hidden on the interior

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Step 3- Assemble the outer frame

Next, you’ll have to assemble the outer frame. To do so, drill holes at the top and bottom of the side parts. Then, screw these to the top and bottom parts to form a cube.

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Step 4- Attach the telescopic slides

Lastly, attach a set of telescopic slides to the inner and outer parts of the storage unit. This will allow you to slide out the interior section, making storing and choosing your shoes simple.

When you attach the slides, you have to first screw them to the bottom of the MDF storage unit. Then, attach them to the bottom of the melamine structure.

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Once you have completed each of these steps, this will be the final result of your DIY shoe storage for your wardrobe. In the picture, you can see the unit both inside and outside of the wardrobe.

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All that’s left to do is to fill it up with all of your shoes! 🙂

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thehandymano mano mano DIY Shoe Storage for your wardrobe finished boxes

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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As the weather gets warmer, we can all start to appreciate a glass of wine on the decking after a long day. So why should small gardens be excluded? Whether you already have decking in your  garden or if you’re considering putting some in, our decking ideas for small gardens can help you make the most out of your humble space!

As a side note, if you’re wanting to build your own decking then make sure that you plan your decking space based on exactly what you want on the deck. It needs to be big enough for any garden furniture you want there, as well as some room leftover to move! Make sure that you think about barbecues and other garden plants before choosing the shape and structure of your decking, which, once permanent, can be very difficult to change!

There’s always thyme

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You don’t need a huge garden to make the most of how great bright flowers can look on your decking. To add a simple burst of colour to your decking consider investing in various plantpots and filling them with the bright flowers of the season. Remember to choose plants which won’t shed leaves that will stain your decking, because, if they do stain your decking you’ll be scrubbing it with sandpaper for a while afterwards!

If you’re into your cooking, consider growing your own herb garden to add some vibrant green to your garden. Good choices for a herb garden include cilantro, basil, dill, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Don’t have much shade in your garden? Consider investing in some succulent plants (left photo) which need less light throughout the day compared to other plants.

Not for the paint hearted

thehandymano mano mano decking ideas for small gardens paint decking and furnitureOne way to spruce up your small garden is to add colour to it by painting the wood or the furniture in it! Exterior wood paint comes in many colours and can also add to the life span of your decking by protecting the wood. You can opt for a bright colour or a dark brown colour depending on your garden accessories. Our top tip when painting a wood surface is to make sure that it hasn’t previously been oiled. If it has been oiled, the paint won’t stick and it can ruin your decking! If you insist on painting the surface then make sure to fully sand the wood down first and using a paint remover to prevent problems.

Bright Idea

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If you’re putting the decking up yourself, then make sure to take advantage of existing trees and shrubbery for shade and privacy, especially over Summer! However, if you have a poorly lit small garden with decking then consider filling it with outdoor lights to make the summer evenings last even longer! Strings of lights work best for really small gardens because they don’t take up much room but can light up a small area, especially with the help of a few candles!

Wood you cut it out?

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Recently finished the decking and have some planks of wood left over? Use any spare deck boards for landscaping up the walls. It can add a quirky touch to your garden and means that you don’t have to break the bank when making your garden look different!

Treat yourshelf

thehandymano mano mano decking ideas for small gardens shelves shelf plant pots save space

If you don’t have spare wooden planks to use for the walls, then why not decorate the walls differently by putting up shelves and placing plant pots on top of them? Shelves can save a lot of floor space which means that you can squeeze some garden furniture into gaps which were previously taken up by plant pots.

Want more garden ideas?

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To celebrate the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan, we thought we would help you out with some money saving tactics for an outdoor wedding. We know how expensive weddings can be, but with our ideas for outdoor DIY wedding venues you can still have a beautiful wedding whilst keeping a lid on your budget! Fortunately, many of these DIY ideas can also be transferred to other outdoor events too! You’ll be so proud of hosting a DIY outdoor event that you’ll be made of honour

DIY Wedding Flowers

Flowers can take up a lot of a wedding’s budget, our first tip is that if you are going to buy them them from a florist then try not to mention that it’s for a wedding straight away. That way, you can see what their prices are like before the wedding mark-up fee, and they are likely to stick to their original price rather than charging you more just because it’s a bigger occasion.

However, to really save some money, we recommend growing your own roses in your garden first (if you have the time!). You can grow them from your own cuttings by selecting roses with long, strong and healthy stems. Make the cuttings 25cm long, leaving one leaf at the top but removing the rest. Our top tip is to stick the cutting into a potato before planting it in the soil – this will make sure that the plant receives enough moisture to prevent it from drying out.

To prepare your rose bouquets by hand, first place them all in a tall bucket filled with cool water and floral preservative. Then, gently take the outer layer of bruised petals off each head and skim the thorns with a sharp floral knife (note: make sure that you don’t cut them off as they act as a water reservoir!). Next, cut the bottom of each stem at an angle and immediately place them back into the cold water until they fully ‘open up’ again. Once the roses have fully opened, begin to arrange them by placing one stem between your forefinger and thumb and then adding each stem on top of the previous one until you have created a bouquet (this is fiddly, but worth it!). Remember to keep checking the top of the bouquet to ensure that that it is round and balanced. Finally, wrap the bouquet in stretchy floral tape (available at craft stores) leaving a 2 inch gap at the bottom so that you can place the flowers back into the water until you’re ready to use them!

Another tip is to add Gypsophila (also known as baby’s-breath, shown below) around the bouquet to give it a finishing touch! The flowers can be found very cheaply and also look great as hair pieces, center pieces on the table, and as decorations.

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Don’t go bacon my heart – Food and Drink Ideas

Catering for a large number of people is never cheap, so have you ever considered doing a large barbecue instead? It can take some planning, but can leave your guests full with good food for a much smaller price!

When planning your menu, it is important to consider the person who will actually be running the grill – we recommend asking a trusted friend or neighbour, or asking your family to take turns on it (depending on the size of your wedding). Once you have organised this, then you can buy meat in bulk such as pork, chicken, ribs, hot dogs, burgers and seafood…)and focus on creating some delicious sides! Consider serving your salads in mason jars, and corn on the cob on a stick, keeping in mind that it can’t be too messy to eat! Some other great side dishes are fruit, coleslaw, potato salad and grilled vegetables. For dessert, it’s worth noting that wedding cake goes with everything (yes, even barbecues 😉 ), however, you can always serve bite size summer desserts such as ice cream, cheesecake or grilled peaches instead to really keep within the rustic barbecue theme.

For the drinks, you can use a either a planter or a wheelbarrow to keep them cool. Simply fill it up with lots of ice and place your glass bottles in to keep them cool! It an take them up to an hour to cool down so we recommend topping it up with water to encourage the ice to melt and submerge the bottles fully.

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Remarqueeable DIY Garden Wedding Decorations

Even if your wedding is in the middle of Summer, make sure you have an ‘indoor’ area available for guests in case the British weather turns against you! A gazebo or a marquee can provide cool shade from the sun or shelter from any rain and keep you and your guests happy! As the structures are relatively simple, it gives you a lot of freedom with how to decorate it! Fairy lights can add a perfect touch as the sun begins to set, and you can use solar lamps around pathways to make sure that your guests don’t go stumbling anywhere. For the day time reception, you could also use Tulle, the most versatile fabric for weddings, to drape around entrances and make the gazebo romantic.

 

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Wood you just look at that!

We are clearly unable to write an article without including our favourite pallets! Pallets are so easy to disassemble an assemble again that we can’t stop finding new uses for them. They’re also great because you can often find them for free (find out how here) which can help you save some extra money at your DIY wedding. So, what do we suggest you use the pallets for? Here’s a list of just a few ideas:

-Personalised signs for information or adorable purposes (see photo below)

-Build your own comfortable chairs like this one or stack them up and throw a blanket over them!

-Build your own easy bar! Find out how to here

-To make your own lanterns like this one

-To show your guests their seating plan (you can even leave the pallet unpainted for a more rustic feel if you want)

 

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What do you call a melon that’s not allowed to get married? A cantelope…

Enjoy more articles below!

 

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How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley

Keep your fruit and veg tidied away in your own practical trolley. This step by step guide on how to make a DIY pallet trolley will show you how to turn a few planks of wood into a useful piece of kitchen equipment.

Fruit and vegetables are undoubtedly highly nutritious foods that should form part of our regular diet. In order to preserve them well, some of them need to be stored at room temperature. This is true in the case of citrus fruits, kiwis, pears, plums, peaches garlic, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and avocados.

With a DIY vegetable trolley not only can you separate your fruit and veg into the different shelves, but can also keep them handy and within view. This lets you easily see which ones are past their best and throw them out before the others are affected.

Tools and Materials

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To make a vegetable trolley like the one in this tutorial, you will need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

The materials required for this vegetable trolley cost less than £30. The main advantage is that you can make any size you want so that it fits in your kitchen perfectly.

If you need any of the tools and materials that we used to create the trolley, you can find them here.

This DIY project will take around one day (around 8 hours) to complete. Exact timing depends on your skills and the type of tools used, as using manual tools will take longer.

Lastly, we have classified this project with a medium difficulty rating as we feel that it is best suited to DIYers with some prior experience. However, we’d like to encourage you to give it a go and take it on as a challenge if you want to scrub up your DIY skills!

How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley

This DIY Pallet Trolley consists of a frame made from planks, and three boxes made from pallet boards.

Step 1: Dismantle the pallet

The first step is to dismantle the pallet. To do so, you can use either a crow bar or reciprocating saw. With the latter, remember you will need to use an appropriate blade for both wood and metal.

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Step 2: Sand the pallet boards

The next step is to sand the boards as they tend to be rough and uneven. As an alternative you can use an electric sander, to save time, but this can make the wood rougher and the next stop will take longer.

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Step 3: Assemble the boxes

Once sanded, assemble the sections of the trolley using the pallet boards. To do so, cut the boards with the mitre saw or hand saw to end up with 8 boards measuring 40cm long and 8 boards measuring 30cm long.

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Next, use the nail gun to join the two sides measuring 40cm to form a rectangle. Then, cut a piece of plywood to nail to the base of the box. Remember that the exact measurements will depend on the width of the pallet boards

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One of the boxes will be taller than the rest to allow you to store larger fruit and veg such as pumpkins and watermelons, etc. This will be made in almost the same way as the other boxes, but you will attach the two pallet boards to several vertical planks, as illustrated in the picture below.

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Step 4: Assemble the structure

To make the frame of the vegetable trolley you will need to cut the planks to the following sizes using the mitre saw:
• 4 measuring 600 x 38 x 38mm, 4 measuring 400 x 38 x 38mm and 4 measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm at a right angle
• 2 measuring 650 x 38 x 38mm at an angle of 32 degrees
• 4 measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm at an angle of 32 degrees at one end and 22 degrees at the other
• 6 measuring 440 x 47 x 12mm

Next, use the 4 planks measuring 600 x 38 x 38mm and the 4 measuring 400 x 38 x 38mm to form the sides. To do so, use a guide to make pocket holes diagonally in the wood and screw on the planks. As an alternative you can use angle brackets.
Next, nail 3 planks measuring 440 x 47 x 12mm to each end, leaving enough space between them to fit the boxes.

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To attach the diagonal planks, screw the longest one to the horizontal planks, then add the 30cm planks to the top and bottom.

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Join both sides with the planks measuring 300 x 38 x 38mm following the same assembly process using pocket hole screws. Once the framework is assembled, screw the wheels to the bottom.

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Step 5: Protect the wood with oil

The final step is to protect with wood with linseed oil. To do this, apply the oil using a paint brush and leave for several hours to penetrate the wood. Then remove the excess oil with a clean cloth.

Linseed oil is the most suitable coating for wood which is going to come into contact with food, as it is the most natural.

And there you have it!

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This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

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