All winter long you enjoyed the holiday parties, making gifts, and cuddling up against the cold. But now spring is upon us and it's time to think about those DIY project you've been putting off. If you're eager to get rolling, we have some suggestions for projects that'll get your green side growing along with the spring flowers.
Around the House Yes, it's tough to get up the gumption to do projects around the house. But these projects highlight how easy and fun it is to do some cool stuff for your home. Now is the perfect time to resolve to green your house, and have fun while you're at it.
You might find that with increased projects, you're in the garage a lot more, and it can be chilly out there. Instead of looking towards space heaters that eat up electricity, start out your spring To-Do list with a passive solar garage heater. Take advantage of the increasing amount of sunlight to warm your workshop.
As long as you're on a solar kick, take your new know-how and make a solar oven for some outdoor cooking. Make your heater now so you can work out any kinks in the design before summer BBQ season starts!
Inside the house, there's likely a few things that need fixing that were ignored during the winter months. Now is the time to fix the leaky toilet, repair that loose window pane, and of course, clean out the furnace filter.
Once those smaller projects are done, it's time to challenge yourself to a really green project—go gray with your water! Learn about gray water systems and design your own system to recycle your shower or sink water as toilet water, and your laundry water as irrigation water.
Around the Yard Now it's time to think about getting back to gardening. You can start out your spring seedlings by making an LED light box. If you have the space, consider going bigger and making a greenhouse.
While your seedlings are getting started, you might want to get started on making compost so they have some rich soil to be transplanted into. You can build compost boxes of various sizes—appropriate for apartments, or a bit larger for outdoors. And if you have space in the yard, you might want to build that leaf compost bin you've been thinking about.
If you're short on space but big on growing your own food, get started with container garden projects. Build your own self-watering container garden Or, if you're using containers from around the house for your garden that don't work well for self-watering, then it might be time to fix that leaky hose so you don't waste water while watering.
Around You With all the improvements you're making around the house and the yard, don't neglect to spend time on projects for yourself. This spring, learn how to make shampoo, soap, shaving cream, and laundry detergent, just like you've been meaning to do. Last time we checked, maintaining shoes was a priority among many readers. If you wore holes in your soles, now is the time to repair them rather than buying new shoes.Have you been wanting to take advantage of sunlight for charging your cell phone? There's no better time than the present to make your own solar cell phone charger. And if you have a drawer full of gadgets that you can't decide whether or not to recycle or take them to a repair shop, it's time to pull them out and fix them yourself!. You'll get your gadgets back good as new and get a confidence boost in the process!It's also time to whip up a new notebook from recycled paper so that you can keep track of all the new projects you're learning and write down notes and ideas for more DIY projects that green your life![i]Did you already finish this list? Look for more DIY projects, or get extra repair help to keep up your green streak.