Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party

Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
Photo: Gardenista

This is the season of outdoor parties, barbecues and get-togethers… but it’s also bug season. Don’t let them get you down though! Here are ten clever ways to DIY your way to bug-free entertaining.   


Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
Photo: Nest of Posies

1. Repelling bugs can be pretty! Find out how to assemble these gorgeous bug repelling floating candles here.

Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
Photo via: One Good Thing By Jillee

2. Rosemary naturally repels bugs… find out how to use it (and other things) to keep pests away here. Continue Reading

8 Tips for Hosting A Memorable Backyard BBQ

How To Host An Amazing Backyard BBQ

Sure, anybody can have a few friends over and throw some burgers on the grill. But today we’re here to show you how to take your backyard BBQ to the next level. And don’t worry, our tips won’t break the bank!   


How To Host An Amazing Backyard BBQ

1. Consider sending out invitations… people are more apt to attend. This mason jar themed design from Perfect Pear Designs is a great option. [Photo: Perfect Pear Designs]

2. Or go for an Evite to save some cash. Continue Reading

Curbly Shopping Guide: 15 Summer Entertaining Essentials

It’s BBQ season, y’all! Gather your friends and family and make the most of the warm summer nights. With these outdoor entertaining essentials from Fab — the go-to online destination for amazing, curated modern design goodies — your summer soirées will go off without a hitch!      

1. Foldable BBQ Box

2. Glenny Outdoor Chair Set

3. Intaglio Highball Set

4. Bar Tools Set

5. Slice and Serve Set

6. Steel Grill Tool Set

7. Regional BBQ Sauce Collection

8. Continue Reading

How To: Make an Upcycled DIY Reusable Drink Carrier

created at: 05/14/2012

Summer is coming, which means lots of time outdoors, picnics, BBQs, and festivities! All these events? They mean cold beverages better be at-the-ready. Check out this clever upcycled drink carrier!   

created at: 05/14/2012

Most glass bottle six packs (beer or soda) come in a collapsible cardboard container. Before you throw it away or recycled it, consider upcycling it into a reusable, fabric-covered carrier! Victoria from A Subtle Revelry has all the deets on making your own — check it out! Continue Reading

How to Turn an Altoid Tin into a Mini BBQ Grill

Altoids Sours BBQ Grill

How cute is this teeny tiny Altoid Tin BBQ grill? The maker was inspired by the eBQ, but instead of using the standard rectangular tin, vmspionage used a Altoid Sours container.     

Here are the materials used for its construction:

1 Altoids sours tin
4x 1.5″ sheet metal screws with wide heads (or 4x washers to match)
8x nuts to thread on screws
70mm metal computer fan guard 
92mm metal computer fan guard 

And here are the tools used:

Dremel tool with cutting wheel
Drill with bit slightly bigger than bolts
Tin snips
Pliers/Needle nose pliers
Safety goggles and gloves

For the entire instructable, follow this jump. Continue Reading

10, no, 11 Yummy Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes

Rival 5025WG 2-1/2-Quart Crockpot

If you’re like me, you associate the slow-cooker with brisk weather. Why is that? Because, really, balmy weather is the perfect time to embrace your Crock-Pot. Why is that? It doesn’t heat up the kitchen! They’re also great for BBQ’s, sans the Webber Kettle. Just take a look at these tasty recipe titles rounded up by Robin Shreeves of Mother Nature Network.    

For the rest of the 10, head on over to Daily Green. Continue Reading

Make a 6-Pack Caddy


I’m a little late to the party on this one, as it would have been perfect for summer grilling on the deck/patio/balcony….but…better late than never. Besides being a perfect carry-all for BBQs, it could also come in handy around the house. To make one, you’ll need the following:

  • an empty, cardboard, 6-pack holder
  • decorative paper, like gift wrap or wallpaper
  • rubber cement
  • a pencil
  • a ruler

See how it all comes together over at Design Sponge.  Continue Reading

The Bucket BBQ

Just in time for summertime fun is Pottery Barn’s new Portable BBQ Grill. Perfect for the beach, the lightweight, stainless steel grill has a convenient carrying handle that hides away when it’s weenie time. Available through their catalog or website, the grill will set you back $39.

Roast My Weenie

Hey, check out the little man with the big weenie! The stainless steel stick figure ($15) could be just the thing for your next barbeque or tailgate party as he’ll keep your hotdogs and sausages far enough away from the coals to prevent burnt kabobs. And this guy isn’t a one trick pony either; his other appendages are useful too, as you can use his arms to roast peppers or mushrooms. Via Greenhead.