Independence Day Decor Ideas for Your Seattle Home and Yard

Independence Day Decor Ideas for Your Seattle Home and Yard - Greenwood HardwareIt is almost that time of year that all Americans love to celebrate with a backyard barbecue with friends and family — the 4th of July. As you plan your festivities for the holiday weekend, you will want to help get into the spirit of things with coordinating décor. You can put your unique stamp on things by creating your own backyard décor for your barbecue. You can find the tools you need and a little creative inspiration at Greenwood Hardware.

  1. Hanging stars are a fun project for the kids. You can head to your local craft store to pick up some poster board or make the stars a little more durable with some cork board from your hardware store. The 12×12 inch sheets are perfect for making large, brilliant stars. Either draw your own star or print a free pattern off the internet. Use red, white and blue spray paint to paint your stars. You can add a little shimmer by spraying a glitter paint over the dried painted stars. Use some brass rings to hang the large stars around the yard or in your entryway.
  2. Picnic tables are a staple in any backyard. You can make yours patriotic with the help of a few cans of spray paint. This is something that can be appreciated all summer long. Choose your red, white and blue colors and paint your table. Allow to dry before adding a sealant to keep your colors vivid all summer.
  3. Buy a case of canning jars and spray paint them in coordinating colors. You could also tie ribbon around the jars to create a pretty vase for a beautiful bouquet of flowers or as a mini-flag holder in the center of your table. Add a candle to the jar to use as a pretty centerpiece for an evening barbecue.
  4. A patriotic planter is another fun way to jazz up your deck or patio. Choose your paint colors and pick up a roll of masking tape. Wrap a layer of tape around the pot and paint your first color. Remove the tape from the middle section and paint your next color and so on. You can create fun designs or write your military family’s names on each of the pots. If you don’t have a spare planter, use an old coffee can.

Getting into the holiday spirit is fun and a terrific way to show your patriotic spirit. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the paint and other supplies you need to create a holiday masterpiece in your backyard. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Make a Mini Deck Pond for Your Seattle Backyard

How to Make a Mini Deck Pond for Your Seattle Backyard - Greenwood HardwareDo you love the look and sound of water features in the backyard? Ponds are a beautiful addition to any landscape design, but they are not always feasible for every family. Larger ponds do require a lot of upkeep, and for families with small children, they are not necessarily an ideal choice. You can have the best of both worlds with a mini pond that is small enough to sit right on your deck. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some great ideas to help you decorate your backyard and achieve the look and feel of a regular size water feature.

Supplies

  • Two 1x8x8 cedar planks or other treated wood
  • One sheet of ¾ inch pressure treated plywood in
  • One box of 2 ½ inch deck screws
  • Waterproof polyurethane glue
  • Pond liner
  • Fountain pump

Directions

  1. Cut the cedar planks into two 30-inch long boards and two 15-inch long pieces. This will be the frame of your box.
  2. Cut a sheet of plywood 14 ½ by 28 ½. This will be the bottom of your box.
  3. Use glue to connect the sides of your box. Reinforce the box by placing the deck screws into each corner to hold it together.
  4. Attach the bottom with a layer of glue around all four edges. Use screws every few inches to secure the bottom panel.
  5. Cut your pond liner to fit your box. Line the box with the liner.
  6. Fill your pond with some rocks and fill with water. Place your fountain pump in the center to circulate the water, which will give you that tranquil sound.
  7. Add water plants or floating flowers for décor.

Your mini pond can be made bigger or smaller depending on your needs. You can also create a small section at one end that will hold potting soil where you can add a few plants as well to really give you the appearance of a natural pond. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up the supplies to make your own pond. Come on in, or contact us today.

Outdoor Lighting Options for Your Pacific Northwest Backyard

Outdoor Lighting Options for Your Pacific Northwest Backyard - Greenwood HardwareSpring is here, and it is time to get outside and soak up the fresh air! If you have already been busy in the yard and sprucing up your patio or deck, you deserve the chance to kick back and enjoy it. Spending an evening outdoors amid all your hard work is the perfect way to end a busy weekend or unwind after a hectic day at work. While you are out there, you will want a little lighting to make it safer and just a bit more enjoyable. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has just what you need to spruce up your outdoor lighting scheme.

Check out some of the fun ways you can add lighting to your backyard.

Party Lights

These are great for hanging off a pergola, a covered deck or patio or even between trees in the yard. There are so many unique designs to choose from you are sure to find that one design that speaks to you and reveals your personality. You can have even more fun by changing out your party lights based on holidays or events.

Solar Lights

These are very common and can be used to light up pathways or around the edge of your patio. The designs don’t stop there. You can put in a spotlight to highlight your backyard pond or your flagpole. You can also find solar lights to float in your backyard pond, stick in your flower pots or just to add some flair to the backyard. Have fun with quirky designs and colors. Check out the LED lights that are super bright.

Lanterns

If you have a deck, lanterns attached to the railings are a terrific way to provide light without it being overpowering. These are also a great option for fences around the yard. You can find distinctive styles of lanterns with some being larger than others.

Have fun lighting up your backyard and make it a place you can relax and entertain. You can do more than just go with the standard floodlight at the back door! Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up any hardware you may need to upgrade your backyard lighting. Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Repair Your Garden Hose

How to Repair Your Garden Hose - Greenwood HardwareA good garden hose is something gardeners value. They can be expensive pieces of equipment that we often take for granted. When you find a hose you like, you want to do everything you can to make it last! Rolling it up every fall and putting it away to prevent cracks is one way to do that. However, life happens, and there are going to be times when your hose is inadvertently damaged. Maybe the dog ate it, the lawnmower cut it or it got ran over one too many times in the driveway. No matter what the case may be, you don’t have to toss out the damaged hose. You can head into Greenwood Hardware and get a few things to repair that damaged garden hose.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Hose mending
  • Hose coupler (for damaged hose ends)
  • Black tape

How to Repair

If you have just a tiny hole in the hose, it is a quick fix with some black tape. Wrap the tape around the house, about an inch above and below the hole. The tape will plug the hole, and you can use your hose as you normally would. You may need to replace the tape eventually.

For large areas of damage, you will want to use your utility knife to cut the damaged portion off. Get a nice clean cut on each side of the damaged area. Use a small screwdriver to loosen the fittings of the hose mender. Insert one end of the hose in one side and repeat on the other. Tighten the screws until the hose is secure and doesn’t pull out.

If one of the couplings on the hose is bent or damaged, it is easy enough to replace the damaged one with a new one. Cut the hose that is attached to the damaged coupling as close to the rim as possible. Loosen the screws on the new coupler. Slide the hose into the new coupler and tighten the screws down.

That’s it. Each of the fittings is only a couple of dollars or less. You can save a great deal of money by repairing those old hoses instead of running out and buying new ones. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up what you need to take care of the damaged garden hoses taking up space in your garage. Come on in, or contact us today.