15 DIY Projects You Can Do Over A Long Weekend

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15 DIY Projects You Can Do This Long Weekend

From easy to ambitious, we've compiled a list of 15 different projects you can complete depending on your skill level and schedule.

Whether you are creating a worm farm or building a poker table, be sure to share your DIY feats with us on Facebook. And now without further ado, here is our list of DIY projects.

1. Build A Classic Timber Arbour
1. Build A Classic Timber Arbour
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Large enough to span a path and act as an entranceway, this timber arbour is made from treated pine for durability with no special tools required for building.

Most of the cutting and joinery can be done in the workshop, then it will take about half a day to assemble the arbour in its final location.

Allow a full weekend to build the arbour, applying an oil-based stain to protect the timber, then plant climbers to train over the lattice.

2. How To Repair Pool Pavers
2. How To Repair Pool Pavers
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A swimming pool is the source of hours of family fun and lots of splashes.

But often, it’s this water splashing over the paved pool surround that can lead to sinkage.

Get the pool area ready for the warmer months by fixing sunken and lifted pavers to save money and eliminate trip hazards on a wet surface. 

3. How To Oil A Deck
3. How To Oil A Deck
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Decks finished with oil should be cleaned and re-oiled twice a year to keep the timber protected.
 
If decks aren’t refinished regularly, the surface will become rough and appear discoloured and dirty.
 
Check if a deck needs refinishing by splashing water on the boards.
 
If the water soaks in instead of beading off, then resealing is required.

4. Build A Bamboo Planter With A Trellis
4. Build A Bamboo Planter With A Trellis
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Add shade or privacy to a deck by building a bamboo trellis designed for climbers

It’s attached to a box made of treated pine frames clad with bamboo slats

5. All-In-One Workstation
5. All-In-One Workstation
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A good workbench is a valuable asset for DIY, especially if you’re just starting out.

Even more useful is a bench with space to store a growing tool collection

This sturdy 1800 x 750mm workstation includes pegboard backing for hanging tools, and storage on shelves above and below the bench. 

6. Build Leaning Shelves
6. Build Leaning Shelves
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At first glance, this lightweight ladder-like shelving looks like it might topple over, but it’s actually very stable and sturdy

The legs are cut at a 10º angle, and the incline against the wall keeps the 2100mm high shelving solidly upright. 

The tray-like shelves can hold items up to 330mm high, and each shelf is less deep than the one below to follow the angle of the unit. 

The shelving can be constructed from a more expensive timber, such as maple, jarrah or Tasmanian oak, to showcase the grain. 

Or, it can be made from plywood or pine and finished with a timber stain to keep costs down.

7. Designer Day Bed
7. Designer Day Bed
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Garden dining settings and deck chairs have their place, but nothing tempts you outside like the prospect of a peaceful afternoon curled up on a supremely comfy, well-built day bed.
 
This simple project might be the most luxurious outdoor furniture you will ever own. It is built from primed H3 LOSP (light organic solvent preservative) finger-jointed pine, and is designed to fit a single mattress.

8. How To Lay A New Lawn In 3 Steps 
8. How To Lay A New Lawn In 3 Steps 
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Sometimes a lawn reaches a tipping point where it has become too badly worn and you need to do some serious work to get it looking good again

You can try to refresh a seriously degraded lawn, but you’ll likely end up investing more time and money without ever getting a quality result. 

9. Build A Retaining Wall   
9. Build A Retaining Wall   
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Sort out a sloping garden by installing a retaining wall in a day.  

10. How To Repair A Damaged Fly Screen 
10. How To Repair A Damaged Fly Screen 
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Here's how to replace a damaged flyscreen to keep mosquitoes out of your home. 

Put the screen down on a flat work surface and prise up the beading.

Pull it out and the flyscreen just comes away.

Now the frame’s clean and ready to roll out the new screen

11. How To Build A Raised Vegetable Garden
11. How To Build A Raised Vegetable Garden
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This no-dig garden is ideal for any backyard, and it's simple to build using timber sleepers

Garden expert Adam Woodhams built and planted this raised 2.4 x 1.2m garden bed in just a day using timber sleepers and metal posts.

12. Build A Poker Table 
12. Build A Poker Table 
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For an authentic gaming experience, whether you’re playing Texas Hold ‘Em for toothpicks or Snap with the kids, build this card table

Made entirely from MDF this lightweight table is designed for a maximum of six players.

13. How To Paint A Room  
13. How To Paint A Room  
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With the right preparation and techniques, even a novice can give a room a professional paintjob.

Just follow our steps to getting the job done right. 

The key to a professional result when painting walls is preparation. 

Remove furniture from the room you are going to paint, cover the carpet and clean the walls with diluted sugar soap then repair any cracks or holes with filler.

14. Concrete Planter Wall 
14. Concrete Planter Wall 
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Besser concrete blocks are cheap, stackable and durable, with two cavities that are ideal for plants

This mortared wall is made of eight courses using 26 blocks and four half-blocks, with 16 used as planters. 

Dry-stack the blocks to get the best configuration for the space, make a mortar mix and lay them in position.

Include full and half blocks in the wall with seven set perpendicular to the rows, half-lapping in position. 

15. How To Make A Worm Farm 
15. How To Make A Worm Farm
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Worms make a huge contribution to composting.

They help break down decomposing organic matter and in the process neutralise soil pH.

This happens when they release a thick, black paste called castings. 

If you don’t have the space for a compost heap, set up a worm farm to turn food scraps into fertiliser.

You can buy a ready-made farm or make one DIY in a few easy steps

 
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