Living in the city often leaves us wanting a touch of rustic added to our lives. Although we like where we live and wouldn’t change it for the world, there are times when we see a cottage style home decoration and feel a pang of nostalgia for the woodsy designs. Especially for those of us who live in the type of urban area where all of our doorsteps look the same and it’s hard to tell a home apart from the next without a house number.
If you’re looking to get a little woodsy, here are 3 easy things you can make with some wood and a table saw.
Start simple with a small, rectangular box. Make sure there is enough width and length inside the box for magazines or small packages and don’t forget to add a top flap. Some designs don’t require a top flap but in case of rain, snow or just privacy in general, you may want to consider a lid for your new mailbox. Easy how-to-guides can be found online and it shouldn’t take more than a few hours to make. Be sure to affix some sort of hanging mechanism so you can put it outside your home with pride. Sand and paint it any style you like to add that little touch of country to your home.
2) Plant Holders
Another easy one that only requires cutting four panels and the floor of the box. Depending on the size of your plants, measure and cut your pieces and you can make as many as you need. Don’t forget to consider some extra height on the boxes for soil and roots to grow. Again, you can sand and paint or just stain the wood if that suites your home décor. If you have somewhere to hang them, like a large front window, go for it. If not, perhaps consider lining your front steps with a series of small plant holders. One box on each side if you have the room, or lining one side of the steps to create an image of cottage life for you.
3) Bird Feeder
A bird feeder is a little more complicated and many have gone awry, but with many online guides available, you can find a simple pattern to get you started. One for the front and backyard is great if you have the room for it, or perhaps just two on each end of the front yard for those with no backyard space. Some people like the ones that hang from trees while others like the ones you can perch up on a branch. Others prefer the ones on big wooden polls that can stick into the ground so whatever suits your living space. Depending on the color scheme on the front of your home, you may find it an eyesore to paint and may want to leave it sanded and stained. There are so many designs and options out there, you’re sure to find the one that suits your home the best.
All of these country style creations will require a good table saw, some measuring tape and a good set of hammer and nails. To find what size and style of table saw is best for you, go to http://tablesawhq.com and see what fits your needs. If you can’t find proper building tutorials online, you could always ask your neighborhood hardware store employee for tips on where to look or enroll in a class if you have the time.