Looking for awesome summer DIY projects to do with your family or maybe just by yourself? Here are some fun and easy summer DIY projects we’ve found that you might just find interesting! Disclaimer: the projects in this list might require a whole day or more to complete.
Difficulty: Advanced, Time: 2 Days
First on our list of summer DIY projects is, of course, a swimming pool. Before you get intimidated by the idea, building a swimming pool isn’t at all as difficult as it sounds. It also doesn’t have to be expensive either, if that’s what you’re thinking.
With just a little extra muscle from a friend or relative, some easy-to-find materials, and certain handy tools, you’ll be having a swimming pool in your backyard in no time and at a minimal cost.
According to this article by Neokentin of 1001 Pallets (Build a Swimming Pool Out of 40 Pallets), which shows step-by-step instructions on how to build your own swimming pool, you will only need these to get started:
- 40 Pallet Boards
- Gaffa/Duct Tape Pool Liner 9m x 7m
- Steel Cable
- Metal Plates to Stabilize the Corners
- Clarke Spe800 Rated Pump
- Plastic Pipes for Water Transfer
- Coach Bolts with Nuts
- 75mm Steel Screws
- 2 Inch Nails
- Sanding Tools
- Cutting Tools – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Metal Brackets
Difficulty: Medium, Time: 9 Days
Don’t let the summer heat stop you from enjoying the great outdoors, build a DIY pavilion for your patio to cover you and your family from the scorching sun as you spend time outside. It isn’t too difficult to DIY a patio pavilion and the materials are not too pricey for that matter.
Some of these tools can even be rented if you’d rather not buy brand new ones. With the help of My Garage Rentals, you can borrow the tools needed for this project, this will allow you to save more money than you would by purchasing brand new ones.
Jot this down in your list of summer DIY projects and here’s a step-by-step plan provided by Everyday Shortcuts (How to Build a Pavilion in
a Weekend) just in case you find this interesting. Here are the tools that will help you get this project going, on your own:
- Tape Measure
- Carpenters Level
- Standard or Cordless Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- #2 Phillips Bit or Screwdriver
- 7/16” & 9/16” Wrench
- 8’ Step Ladder
- Safety Glasses
- Adult Helper
- Safety Gloves
- Hard Hat
- 6’ Step Ladder x 2
- Square Rachet
- 7/16, 1/2 & 9/16 Socket
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
Like we’ve mentioned above, it’ll be scorching hot, and it won’t just be us human beings who will experience it, but even our tiny furry friends, in that case, you might want to consider building them a roof over their heads if you haven’t already.
Building your own doghouse won’t be difficult, it’s quite simple actually. We’ve even found this piece of literature by My Outdoor Plans (Double Dog House Plans) with step-by-step instructions for you, and here are the tools and materials you will need to bring this plan to fruition:
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- Miter saw – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Drill machinery – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Safety gloves
- 2 ½” screws
- 1 ¼” screws
- Safety glasses
Catio (Cat Playground)
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 4 Days
Cats were meant to explore and roam outside, it’s an instinct they inherited from their wild ancestors. Even domesticated cats need a little sunshine or some fresh air, just like you. But, if you aren’t comfortable letting them out on their own, you have the option of building them a catio while still being within the safety and vicinity of your home.
This DIY Catio Plan by Habitat ReStore (DIY: Cool-cat catio for under $50 | Portland Metro and Clark County ReStores (pdxrestore.org) makes the catio out of a salvaged wood window and only requires a few more materials which shouldn’t cost too much. Here are the materials needed for said DIY catio:
- Salvaged wood window
- 3/4″ plywood
- 4×4 runners
- Wire screen
- 2 hinges (for window)
- Gate hardware
- Salvaged plywood pieces for “landings”
- Natural birch tree branches
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
Family barbecues are best celebrated during the summertime while grilling or smoking burgers and hotdogs, and having a cold bottle of beer on the side. And what every barbecue needs is a cooler, a grill, and a smoker.
Brad Rodriguez from “Fix This Build That” created a patio cooler and grill cart made out of cedarwood, to keep the cart strong and sturdy, while also giving it that classy wooden look.
Lucky for you, he wrote his plan in a blog (How to Build a DIY Patio Cooler and Griller) and even included all the tools and materials you will need to bring this cooler/grill to life. Here are said tools and materials:
- 12″ Dual Bevel Miter Saw
- 18v 5pc Toolkit
- Compact Router
- 18v Brad Nailer
- Oscillating Spindle Sander
- Pocket hole jig
- Tablesaw (or circular saw)
- (13) 12′ 1×4 cedar boards
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Exterior Screws
- 48qt Cooler
- 3″ utility hinges
- Front handle
- Bottle Opener
- Single Hooks
- Hose Bib
- PVC fittings
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 12 Hours
What about a summer DIY project that you can do with your family? Something simple and easy that you can ask your family to help out, giving you an opportunity to spend some quality time and bond with them. A classy outdoor table is a perfect project for those moments. It’s very affordable and super easy to build.
We found this article (Easy DIY Outdoor Table) by Arin Solange from Pinterest, Arin has 4 children at home and relatives in town to share a meal with from time to time, so she and her husband decided that they needed a larger table if they were gonna place one outdoors.
The article includes step-by-step instructions and even includes a video tutorial on Youtube. The materials don’t cost too much and can easily be found, here’s the list of everything you will need:
- 16 2×4 boards 96-inch length
- Outdoor Deck Screws
- Outdoor Black Paint
- Poly Sealer or Outdoor Stain
- Optional – wood filler
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Table Saw
Difficulty: Advanced, Time: 4-5 Days
Treehouses are a staple in every family’s backyard, and if your backyard is treehouse-less, you should really consider building one during the summer. Treehouses aren’t at all as expensive as you might think and they shouldn’t pose as much of a challenge to build, especially if you’re an experienced DIYer.
This treehouse plan (Kids Treehouse) by Build Eazy was made especially for kids and isn’t your typical treehouse. According to Build Eazy, it’s more of a tree platform, which is a platform built around a tree that includes a slide and swing set.
Once you’re done with this treehouse, your kids will definitely be feasting their eyes on it and might not even want to leave it anymore. Good luck calling them in for dinner!
Difficulty: Medium, Time: 3 Days
If you’re looking for something much simpler than the treehouse from previously, look no further. We’ve done the looking for you on Pinterest and found this step-by-step plan by My Outdoor Plans. The playset will include a spiral stairway, a slide, and a couple of swings. If this doesn’t add a smile to your kid’s face, I don’t know what will.
According to this step-by-step playset plan (Outdoor Playset Plans) by My Outdoor Plans, it’s so easy, you can finish it within the weekend. Here are the tools you’ll need to put this plan into fruition:
- Tape Measure
- Framing Square
- Power Mixer
- Miter Saw – Rent a Miter Saw Today
- Drill Machinery
- Safety Gloves
- Safety Glasses
Difficulty: Easy, Time: About 12 Hours
Add this to your summer DIY projects, a do-it-yourself loft/bunk bed for your kids. This project will surely get your kids excited and even add more space to their bedroom. You can even ask your kids to help out in the much simpler and less dangerous parts of working on it. It’ll be an opportunity to bond with them and encourage them to be DIYers someday.
Fortunately for you, we’ve done the research and found the perfect loft/bunk bed plan with on-point and detailed instructions. Ana White, a stylish DIY mom since 2009, shared this plan and even labeled it as “difficulty: easy”. Before you get started, make sure you have these tools all set:
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
- Kreg Jig
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Circular Saw
- Drill Bit Set
Here’s the link to the plan: Camp Loft Bed Stair Junior Height
Difficulty: Easy, Time: 8 Hours
We all know that birds love a good bath, but all the more now that it is blazing hot outside. Adding a birdbath in your yard will not just add another decoration to your yard but it will also help the birds cool off from the summer heat.
It’s actually not at all that difficult to build your own birdbath and it’s a great addition to your DIY summer projects to-do list. This article (Homemade Birdbath) by Sun Catcher Studio shows a step-by-step guide on how to build a birdbath yourself. It’s easy to build, and according to the article, lasts longer than you realize.
Here are the tools you will need to start building your own DIY birdbath:
- Angle Grinder – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Drill – Rent at My Garage Rentals
- Pry Bar
- Crow Bar
Save and Earn Money
Spend less if you’re considering doing these plans, most of the tools listed here are available for rent right here at My Garage Rentals. Renting the tools you don’t have instead of buying them will save you both money and space in your toolbox or your garage.
But, if you already have the tools you need, consider listing your excess tools for rent and earn extra cash from them. Take advantage of our services here at My Garage Rentals and you might just start a second stream of income for very little work. Avail of our services now, registration is very easy!
What is the Sharing Economy?
Also known as the gig economy or collaborative consumption, the Sharing Economy is an economic structure that allows individuals to share resources with other fellow individuals with the help of an on-line platform.
The Sharing Economy has been around for over a decade now and we can find examples in the likes of Airbnb and Uber, to name a couple.
We will delve into where the sharing economy is now and how much it has grown throughout the years. In this article, we will learn how the sharing economy will look moving forward into the future.
The Sharing Economy’s Persecution: Criticism
Before the sharing economy got to where it is now, it had to go through a ton of skepticism and backlash. Airbnb and Uber, for example, both had to experience lawsuit after lawsuit from government sectors not just in the United States but in other countries as well.
For instance, in 2017, Uber was forced to terminate its services in the Philippines over the case of unregistered drivers.
Airbnb also experienced legal struggles of their own, such as in Australia in 2018 when NSW passed two laws against them.
The Sharing Economy’s Contribution: Benefits
A primary advantage that the sharing economy contributes to is that it allows its consumers to share their extra stuff, vehicles, space, time, services, and talents through peer-to-peer renting and outsourcing platforms.
Participants are thus given the opportunity to earn income their own way and on the other end, enjoy more affordable access to products and services with budget-friendly alternatives.
The sharing economy also allows more flexible options for consumers to choose from, no longer are they restricted to big brands and expensive hotels when they can rent products and rent homes overnight.
This system also opens up leverage for job seekers to be able to find work that is in-line with their skills and career choice and likewise, it helps business owners find employees easier than ever before.
More benefits include contributing to the battle against material waste and creating unity and trust in the communities.
One more idea to keep in mind is that the sharing economy has technically been around for centuries, it was when times were simpler and there weren’t yet any big brands that hindered people from trading and selling with one another their personal belongings and self-cultivated goods.
But, with the help of technology, the public is given yet again an ecosystem wherein independent trade is possible.
It Comes in Different Types
The sharing economy consists of an enterprise of two types; non-profit and commercial.
Platforms that offer free online courses and learning materials are examples of the non-profit side of the sharing economy.
The commercial types of platforms are where companies provide certain services and secondary products to consumers for affordable prices.
Here are a few examples of different kinds of commercial-type services and websites:
- Freelance and Outsourcing – These are platforms that offer freelancers easy access to job applications fitting their specific skills. These sites also allow businesses and companies seamless outsourcing. Upwork and LinkedIn are two of the big examples of freelancing and outsourcing websites. They have been around for a while now and have dominated the online job application industry.
- Peer to Peer Lending – Big names such as Uber and Airbnb fall under this category, but there are definitely others more. Peer-to-peer lending refers to platforms that offer rental services to those looking to make use of the belongings they have lying around their house. It’s a great way to make money and save money at the same time.
- Fashion – Rent the Runway, Dress for Less, and The Black Tux are fashion websites that offer clothing for rent. These places are specially made for those hoping to spend less on high priced clothing brands only for a certain duration.
What does The Sharing Economy look like moving forward?
The sharing economy has been growing exponentially over the years, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. According to an article by Brookings India, people in the sharing economy will possibly be spending $335 billion by 2025 in the United States alone.
Whether we like it or not, our economy is evolving, we could be seeing more services and categories emerge in the times ahead, providing the general consumers a more convenient, accessible, and affordable economic system.
Our platform, My Garage Rentals, also falls under the peer-to-peer category; but we prefer the term neighbor-to-neighbor, which boasts of our aim to build a trustworthy rental community, which allows a more secure and faster transaction for both the renter and the lender.
We are a rental platform that allows almost anything you deem useful to rent, such as handy tools, power tools, sports gear, camera gear, appliances, you name it, My Garage Rentals can rent it!
Sign up now at www.MyGarageRentals.com and take advantage of our rental services! Enjoy easy registration, the security of our $1,000 risk-free guarantee, and more unique features.
The number of active COVID-19 cases has not ceased from rising and it just keeps ongoing. Because of this, multiple states in the US and countries around the world have now implemented mandates that require residents and business employees to wear face masks in certain settings.
While some are pleased with the regulations, others believe it is a violation of their free rights. Whether you are a face mask skeptic and do not wish to go to work wearing one or you’re just looking for a job that doesn’t require you to have to go outside and risk your health, you might want to consider working from home instead.
We’ve come up with 10 awesome platforms you can have look at to help get you that work-at-home secured experience.
Upwork, Indeed, and Fiverr
Six years ago, digital outsourcing sprung up to the business world like an embryo, and it wasn’t until recently that people started rushing to the web to apply for work. It grew and became one of the fastest ways to hire employees and look for work.
Digital outsourcing gives freelancers a platform to help make working virtually at home possible, as long as you have internet and a computer of course. Upwork, Indeed, and Fiverr are the most well-known websites when it comes to digital outsourcing and job searching.
From start-up businesses to rapidly growing companies, employers from around the globe look to these websites as the go-to platform when it comes to hiring. Being that it is the go-to website for most employers, finding the work that best suits your skills will be nothing but effortless.
Upwork has been online for several years now and over 10,200 employees have taken advantage of Indeed’s services. Like the other two websites, Fiverr also connects businesses with freelancers, offering digital services in 300 plus categories.
Amazon offers a diverse list of job applications, including virtual work that can be done at home. When you visit their website, just head on over to the Virtual Job Listings page and you will see a whole list of job offers posted specially for those in different remote locations.
There is plenty of opportunity on social media, more specifically on Facebook and Instagram. Social Media Influencers who make a living off of social media get their income from merchandise and ad revenue. You will have to work for those followers and viewers first before you can start earning.
Ideally, you will have to first decide who your target audience will be and that will also depend on what kind of content you will be producing. From there, you can build your community as you post content regularly. It may take some time, but with continuous hard work and persistence, you’ll be earning in no time.
Social Media Influencers can consist of livestream gamers, vloggers, product endorsers, models, etc.
My Garage Rentals
I’m sure we’ve all experienced that one-time spending money on something we’ve only used once, just to find it years later all covered up with dust, rust, and cobwebs as we spring-cleaned the attic or the garage. That would be fine if it were only a small tool like a measly hammer or a screwdriver, but what if it were something bigger that cost you a larger sum: like a jackhammer or an auger?
Money wasn’t the only thing wasted here, the time it was just sitting there was a waste in and of itself. What about the canopy, monoblock chairs and tables you use only once or twice a year for a birthday party? And how about that DSLR camera you said would gravitate your career towards photography but only ended up decorating your shelf?
Luckily there is My Garage Rentals, a peer-to-peer rental service platform that seeks to connect communities, allowing them to easily rent out their inventory to those that would rather borrow than buy. This gives your old, barely used things more value than leaving it to just sit in the corner somewhere.
My Garage Rentals is by no means a career, but it’s a great way to make that extra income while being in the safety of your home.
Kickstarter is a great platform to turn your creative ideas into reality. Your creative work is shared with a community that will later fund your project. This platform is perfect for inventors, game makers, and designers, to mention a few.
The awesome thing about Kickstarter is that the creators have full control over how the work is done from the ground up. The donors will not demand any last-minute revisions or require you to show several draft studies. Everything will be up to you, complete and absolute freedom.
As your donors back up your project’s funding and help advertise it, they too become part of your independent project.
Etsy is a global marketplace for original and creative products. If you’re skilled in arts and crafts, miniature sculpting, woodwork, and other do-it-yourself knick-knack skills, Etsy’s services allow you to sell your products here.
This is a great platform to turn your hobbies into a business and help propel you to the top. Etsy connects creators with buyers who prefer products that are handmade with tender loving care and have that human touch that no machine can replicate.
What if we told you that you could earn merely by trying out phone applications? With Featurepoints you can earn by downloading phone apps and submitting feedback. You can also earn by answering certain surveys and watching certain video ads.
You’re even given the option to receive your earnings either by cash or reward points that you can later use for well-known outlets like Nike.
This may not provide a stable income and it is not considered a job or a career by any means, but this can be a good side-line to nab a little extra income while looking for a more stable job.
VoiceBunny is the perfect platform for voice actors to showcase their voice-over talents online. Whether you’re just figuring things out or have already mastered voice acting, VoiceBunny is the site to be.
If you are just starting, it is recommended that you begin with charging small rates for your services at first and then work your way up as you complete more projects along the way.
Voice acting will not at all require you to have to leave your house since all you need to work with is your computer and recording device. VoiceBunny has been around for quite some time now and has proven to be quite a reputable voice-over job-seeking platform.
Just like in social media, earning money on Youtube won’t come easily and there usually aren’t any shortcuts for it either. You will also have to build a community first through the content you post, just like how social media influencers do.
If you work hard at it and remain persistent in posting regularly, your views will eventually increase and the subscribers will follow. Your content will have to be something that will capture a certain type of audience, the goal is to build a community that has a united interest.
Youtubers earn off of merchandise revenue and ad revenue. Youtube requires you to reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 total hours viewed before your videos are allowed to generate ads.
Twitch is a live-streaming website. Twitch is widely popular with video game enthusiasts as it was designed to provide gamers a platform. So, if you’re quite a skilled gamer, this might just be the workplace for you.
Just like Youtube and social media, you need to plan first who your ideal target audience will be and what genre of gaming you plan to stream. There is usually a different audience for each video game genre, so it’s important to keep in mind what type of games you will invest in.
Twitch streamers earn money through subscriber donations, merchandise, and ad revenue.
Whether we like it or not, we’re living in a new normal and that entails a new way of working. Not everyone was blessed enough to keep their physical work but we’re all blessed to be living in the age of the internet.
These websites are just some of the countless ways you can earn a living online and in the security of your home. We hope that you find the platform that best serves your preference for work.