Recycled motor-themed outdoor bars

Bars made from tractors, trucks, tuk tuks, and oil drums

Tuk tuk bar
Tuk tuk bar. Picture; Smithers of Stamford

I usually stay away from expensive, ‘aspirational’ products but these recycled outdoor bars from Smithers of Stamford are first on my list if I win the lottery!

They’re recycled from industrial oil drums, old motor parts, reclaimed wood from boats. Some, like the VW Camper van, are one-offs, so get in quickly. In the meantime, I’ll make use of my TK Maxx oddments…

The Vintage Taxi Tuk Tuk Bar is repurposed by hand from an old taxi and has working headlights and plenty of storage space made from reclaimed boat wood for bottles and wine glasses. Price £1,188 (a saving of £700). Continue reading “Recycled motor-themed outdoor bars”

Win hand-made bird box from WhisperLeaf Workshop

Unique prize made from reclaimed wood

Bird box
Win this charming bird box made from recycled wood. Picture; WhisperLeaf Workshop

Fancy winning this one-of-a-kind bird box made from ethically sourced 100 per cent reclaimed wood? Well, you can in this week’s competition, thanks to the lovely Phil Thompson from WhisperLeaf Workshop!

Phil, from Leeds, makes a host of lovely (and handy) items, including coat racks, candle holders, potting tables, all sorts of boxes and you can ask him to make anything you like.

See his latest creations on Twitter @WhisperLeaf1, on Etsy, on Facebook and Instagram. Continue reading “Win hand-made bird box from WhisperLeaf Workshop”

Quirky garden recycling and upcycling

Cack-handed gardening DIY

I’ve always had a Heath Robinson approach to making apparatus in the garden.

Fatsia canopy
Daughter dearest reading under the shady ‘canopy’ created by hacking away a huge Fatsia – George photobombing, obviously

My latest idiocy is hacking into a vast Fatsia japonica to make a canopy over the bench – works very well and has freed up some space.

I do recycle everything if I can. If an object is capable of holding soil, then it’s a plant pot.

My old Jelly Belly wellies are home to Sedums, discarded council recycling boxes make substantial vegetable (or tulip) containers.

The blue, 99p stackable boxes from Ikea are big enough to grow tomatoes in – and much cheaper than pots.

The whopping Abyssinian red banana is making a home in an old coal scuttle bought at Tyneside market.

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