Earth Day Activities for Kids

Earth Day is an important date to set aside time to appreciate and give back to our planet. This day is also an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids and teach them ways to care for Mother Nature. We’ve rounded up 15 fun Earth Day activities you can do with your kids, from crafty projects to delicious recipes. 1. DIY Bird Feeder You don’t … Continue reading Earth Day Activities for Kids

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

Summer is approaching, and your dream of hosting the entire family for a July 4th barbecue or evening dinner party in the comfort of your own backyard is about to become a reality. You’re ready to upgrade your lone charcoal grill into a full-fledged outdoor kitchen, but where do you begin? Outdoor kitchen planning means you will expose your appliances, cooking zones, and outdoor dining … Continue reading Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

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4 Do-It-Yourself Patio Projects

Summer’s here and what better way to get those creative juices flowing than with DIY patio ideas to beautify your patio, porch, or backyard? Here are some of our favorite projects to add a little color and plenty of visual interest to any outdoor space. Self-Watering Planter Do you buy pots overflowing with flowers for your patio… and then let them die because you miss … Continue reading 4 Do-It-Yourself Patio Projects

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5 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Containers

I’d never given much thought to recycling before working at POLYWOOD. As I’ve worked here for over a year now, it is something that has been on my mind more and more (we’re pretty big on recycling here *wink*). Repurposing plastic bottles and/or milk jugs sounded interesting, so I turned to Pinterest for ideas. Below are just a few of my favorite DIY upcycling projects…if you look for … Continue reading 5 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Containers

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DIY Your Own Container Gardens

Among the accessories and props we bring on photo shoots, live plants and flowers are great at adding a lived-in feel to our photos. Typically, we work with existing plants at each shoot location, but every once in a while we pot our own to bring along. While buying a pre-made arrangement at your local florist or home improvement store is the easiest, sometimes it’s nice to … Continue reading DIY Your Own Container Gardens

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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

The first day of spring is right around the corner — it’s finally time to put away your winter clothes, get your POLYWOOD furniture out of storage, and of course, CLEAN! Okay, I’m definitely looking forward to the first two over the last, but the tradition of spring cleaning is a necessity for some of us. It’s a little shocking when the sun finally comes … Continue reading Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

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DIY Flamingo Valentines

For me, Valentine’s Day hasn’t really been the same since elementary school. Who doesn’t love receiving a bunch of valentine’s notes and, more importantly, lots of candy? Sure, having a valentine who’s obligated to buy you presents is nice and all (no judgment to those who love it), but nowadays Valentine’s Day is just an excuse for me to buy pretty pink and red candy … Continue reading DIY Flamingo Valentines

Whipped Natural Body Butter

An important value we have at POLYWOOD is to encourage each other to live a healthy life. A huge part of this is being conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies, but what we put ON our bodies is important, too. I love making my own home and body products using safe and natural ingredients. Here in Indiana, the blistering cold months are upon … Continue reading Whipped Natural Body Butter

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DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors

We’ve all seen the mismatched teacups, mugs, and various ceramic items at second-hand shops and neighborhood garage sales. Most of us aren’t looking for an eclectic mix of tableware, so it’s not likely that these items will find a home… unless they can be repurposed into something new. All you need for this eco-friendly party favor is: an assortment of unique “pots” cactus blend potting … Continue reading DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors