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Spring is the most perfect time to get out in the garden and to get handy with a bit of DIY work.  But rather than take on those boring old maintenance jobs, it is always more fun to create something that is new, special and will really add to the look of your home.  Plus given that spring is the time of growth, you can plant some little pretty vines on either side of your new creation!

So we know that you love our top ‘How to’ collections, so here are our favourite arbor guides available on the internet:

1. Rose garden arbor

This one is provided by WRCLA and has lots of diagrams and instructions to create a traditional wooden lattice sided arbor.  By finishing the creation with a coat of white outdoor paint, and a creeping rose, this arbor will look gorgeous.

The website also contains instructions for other outdoor projects like fences, gates, gazebos and planters.  In addition they also have two alternative arbor plans.

2. Rustic cost effective arbor

If you are looking for a cheaper arbor that still looks great, then you may like this one from Grandpa’s Workshop.  Given his Scottish heritage, the price of buying an arbor was not sitting well with him, so he has created his own and has attached full instructions for how you can do the same.

3. Garden bench arbor

If you would rather your arbor is a seat than a walkway then this one from the Woodworking Super Centre may be right.  The arbor is built and nestled in its base is a beautiful wooden seat.  The instructions and diagrams from this site are great!

4. Simple garden arbor design

This arbor from About.com has no sides so to speak, the top trellis is supported by two side posts only.  This would make a good entrance to a garden, however because there is no side trellis, it would not support some vines.  Make sure you ask your plant nursery to advise if your plant could be trained up it.  You may be able to achieve this by running some wire up each post.

5. Beautiful double bench arbor

Ron Hazelton has produced a great step by step guide to this fantastic arbor.  Like the last one it doesn’t feature the traditional trellis sides but instead both sides have a seat on which people can sit, the back of which is open to the garden.  Clearly this arbor is designed to look good on its own without the need of vines or climbers.

Hopefully we have supplied you with five fantastic designs and one will prove perfect for you next project!

Image provided courtesy of Matt Poush

I totally love the idea of creating fun and funky shelving!  There are so many ideas that you can do, and over the course of this blog we’ll bring you heaps, but today I want to share with you a bookshelf that is becoming so fashionable! In fact I have a spare bit of wall and may just give this awesome little bookshelf a go.

The only problem is deciding which book I love least to sacrifice? Hmm.

Anyway while I decide, I’ll tell you briefly what you need to create it, and show you where you can watch it being made step by step before your eyes.  Then you can decide if this really is the most simple bookshelf ever?

You will need for this little project, an L bracket, a utility knife, a drill, a Philips head screwdriver, small and large wood screws (flathead), a tape measure, glue and of course, some books! 🙂 Especially that big book that looks good, but that you will NEVER want to read again. Remember you can get each of these things from the DIY Bargain Bin.

So with these things in hand, watch this entertaining light hearted instructional video on YouTube by VideoJug on how to do it at home.  Alternatively, if you prefer standard shelves, and are not quite ready to have all your friends ask you about your crazy new book shelf, remember that the DIY Bargain Bin has lots of different shelf options in the DIY Bargain Bin Cabinets / Cabinet Hardware and Shelf section.