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How-To Projects | March 31, 2022

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 4 Upcycled Earth Day DIYs from HART Ambassadors

When is Earth Day? This year it’s Friday, April 22nd and we’ve got a few eco-savvy DIYs to help you celebrate. Are you the type of person who hates throwing ANYTHING away? We’re right there with you. That’s why we love upcycling things. It can give your *trash* a whole new purpose entirely. We’ve teamed up with 4 HART Ambassadors to bring you a few eco-friendly DIYs. We love what they came up with and we think you will too.

Upcycled Barbecue Grill Gardening Cart

What do you do when your barbecue has grilled its last burger? If the base and legs are in good shape, you repurpose them into a mobile gardening cart with plans from @flowersbynini. To create the top, simply grab scrap wood from your previous projects. Now all you need is a free afternoon.

Kids Garden Bench

Got any budding little gardeners in the house? If so, here’s a great Earth Day activity for kids, make them their own Garden Bench. This outdoor build from @hansonmadewoodworking can basically be made for free! All you need are 2 pallets, reclaimed wood, leftover stain and a few screws. This kid-friendly sized bench has a flat work surface for seed starting and potting up plants as well as top and bottom shelves for maintaining potted plants and storing tools. Tip: Need pallets? You’ll find them at grocery stores, building supply stores and furniture stores, to name a few.

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Kids' Garden Station

Kids' Garden Station

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Crib Mattress Porch Swing

Imagine the perfect day: Blue skies and a warm breeze is blowing. You’re sipping your favorite beverage while slowly swinging in this beautiful porch swing from @keatonwolfdesign. This smaller-sized swing uses a crib mattress for the seat. In the spirit of upcycling, you can find a gently-used mattress at consignment shops, thrift stores or yard sales. Better yet, you may have a friend or family member who’s willing to part with theirs! 

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Upcycled Porch Swing

Upcycled Porch Swing

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Pallet Compost Area

Don’t let those unused pallets collect dust. Instead do what @themustardseed205 did and build a Pallet Compost Area. We love that this DIY compost not only gives pallets a new life, but also provides life-giving nutrients to your garden’s soil. Tip: See if you can find pallets that haven’t been chemically treated or made with rot-resistant hardwood such as oak or cedar.

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Pallet Compost Area

Pallet Compost Area

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Now that you have several projects to choose from, we can’t wait to see what you create. Post your pictures on Instagram and tag us at #DoItWithHART. Happy Earth Day y’all!

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