With summer comes warmer temperatures, longer days, and for some, summer vacation!  If you find yourself looking for projects to fill up those extra hours of sunlight, check out these 5 earth friendly DIY ideas.



Make a Bird Feeder

One of my favorite things about summer in Whistler is the wildlife that comes out as the temperatures heat up.  Whistler is home to countless bears, deer, marmots, squirrels, and a huge variety of birds and fish.  While we can’t all be so lucky to have a full garden of flowers to attract birds, a making a bird feeder is an easy (and compact) way to bring birds to your window.  While a quick search will return many DIY methods, I’m partial to this upcycled version that you can hang from your windowsill.




Citronella Candles

Getting covered head to toe in mosquito bites seems to be as much a part of Whistler summers as biking and patio time.  If you love summer evenings by the lake like I do, you probably also love those pesky mosquito bites significantly less!  Homemade citronella candles are an easy, earth friendly alternative to chemical laden insect repellants.  This is a great step by step tutorial which shows you how to make your own citronella candles using bowls as candle holders.  If you don’t have any extra bowls at home, check out this tutorial on how to recycle tin cans into adorable little candle lanterns.  If you are going to use the tin can lanterns, be sure to only poke holes into the top portion of the can; this will allow you to pour your citronella wax in to the bottom without creating a mess.


Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag

Now that the snow has melted and the sun is out, Whistler is once again turning into the bustling bike town it becomes when summer hits.  With the valley trails clear of snow, many Whistlerites find biking replacing driving as their preferred mode of transport.  With this comes just one problem: storage.  You can only carry so much on two wheels, and I’m always looking for more efficient and easier ways to get to and from work with everything I need! Enter the DIY bicycle frame lunch bag: a convenient addition to your valley trail cruiser to ensure you never find yourself without a snack on hand.



Reusable Snack Bags

On the topic of food, I rarely find myself hitting the trails without some trail mix, fruit, or granola bars stashed in my bag.  And while a bicycle frame lunch bag works perfectly for a valley trail bike, it doesn’t have a place on my cross country bike.  My solution has always been using plastic sandwich bags, however I find them difficult to clean and wasteful to dispose of after one use.  Thankfully, I came across this article about how to make reusable snack bags at home.  These are simple to make, easy to use and wash, better for the earth, and of course they look great!



Upcycle an Old Pallet Into a Cornhole Game

Granted, this one is a little more complex of a DIY project, however if you have some tools and a bit of time, you’ll be rewarded with many hours of summer fun!  Cornhole is a decievingly exciting game involving two teams alternately throwing bean bags at the opposite team’s cornhole board in an attempt to score points. This is a simple game that is fun for kids and adults alike. I was shocked to discover that purchasing a cornhole set can set you back as much as 400 dollars and set out to create my own.  This how-to from HGTV provides instructions as well as pictures to guide you on every step of the project.  Prepare to enjoy a more earth and wallet friendly version of this popular game!