During the summer when the weather gets hot and humid, I like to curl up inside the air conditioned house with an iced coffee and a new DIY book for inspiration. This year, I have 4 DIY Books that I’m Digging. I know you’ll enjoy at least one or two (if not all four) of these DIY books!
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Big Impact Landscaping by Sara Bendrick
Sara took her years of landscaping experience and poured it into Big Impact Landscaping, a book full of DIY ideas you can use in your own yard.
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Each of the projects outlined in Big Impact Landscaping are easy to follow with a complete list of tools, materials . . .
. . . and step-by-step directions with photos.
The projects cover a wide variety of categories: from pathways and exterior structures, to fire or water features and gardens.
If you have struggled with plants or your yard, Big Impact Landscaping is a book that will turn your failures into successes.
Flea Market Style from Better Homes and Gardens
I was thrilled to get a copy of Flea Market Style in my hands, because I purchased an older copy of this book from 2005 at a yard sale. I enjoyed many hours leafing through that book and was anxious to read this updated copy.
Each page is colorful eye candy for anyone who likes eclectic decorating with antiques and flea market finds.
Flea Market Style is equal parts design inspiration and tips for finding valuable items at flea markets and second hand stores.
This book is sure to provide plenty of enjoyment while you browse through spread after beautiful spread. Flea Market Style will make a great addition to any coffee table.
Crafting with Wood Pallets by Becky Lamb
You have probably witnessed the popularity of wood pallet projects. These (oftentimes) free shipping vessels are finding their way into homes and yards throughout the world. Crafting with Wood Pallets is filled with several tutorials for projects you can make for your home, apartment, or your yard.
I appreciate that the author has gone into extensive detail about how to find pallets, which pallets are safe to use and what tools you’ll need to pull them apart. You’ll find many unique projects for the beginning and intermediate DIYer within this book.
Crafting with Wood Pallets gives you all the tips and skills to begin creating your own crafts, decor, and furniture immediately.
DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture & Decor by James Angus
The industrial style is a growing trend in home design. Working with plumbing pipes can seem intimidating at first, but DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture & Decor will break down the process of creating with industrial pipes into simple to follow plans.
The first few pages get you up to speed on which pipe fittings you want to purchase and how to clean them before using industrial pipes in your home.
The rest of the book is devoted to step-by-step tutorials for creating your own furniture and fixtures for your home.
I have to admit that I haven’t worked with iron pipes yet, but after reading DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture & Decor, I have my mind set on creating something soon with pipes.
Which of these books will end up on your bookshelf? I hope you enjoy leafing through them as we plow through the dog days of summer.
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Disclosure: All of these books were sent to me for a potential book review. I receive a lot of complimentary books, not all of them make my cut for sharing them on the blog. I was not paid to endorse any of the books. All opinions are my own.
Want more book recommendations? This is what I read last summer: