Next sunny Saturday, don’t spend hours queuing in you local DIY mega-store. Give the weeds and your purse a rest. Call your friends, kick back, and have a great day loving your garden just as it is.
1. Upcycle old bedding and clothes into beautiful bunting and table drapes using pinking shears and fabric glue. Hang your faded fabric masterpieces above your wild flowers and seeding grass heads and enjoy the butterflies and bees meandering around them.
2. Ditch your dreams of the most up-to-date barbecue and impress your friends by making a solar cooker from some tin foil instead (www.solarcooker.org)
3. Pick pretty flower heads from your unweeded beds and freeze them into wildflower ice cubes. Float them in water bowls to make whimsical table decorations (don’t use for drinks – some wildflowers are poisonous)
4. Paint a grid of brightly-coloured spots on your lawn (in washable paint) and play garden twister
5. Twirl lengths of garden creeper round an old picture frame and tuck in summer flowers. Hang it from a branch with some fancy dress to make a midsummer photo booth to pose for snaps through.
6. And when night falls, make a shoebox projector from a magnifying glass and your smartphone. Pick your favourite movie and watch it under the stars projected on an old white sheet draped on your washing line (www.instructables.com).
For more ideas check out pinterest.com/greenemmaj/liberti-green-garden-party/
Emma Greenwood is the Green Columnist and Fashion Editor at Liberti magazine. She joined Greenpeace protests aged 8 and has been wearing pre-loved vintage chic since she was 14. She eats the end of the cucumber, boycotts slavechocolate and has recently given up meat. When she’s not writing for Liberti, she writes fiction for young adults and has mentorships with two publishing houses. Emma is married to comedy guy Mark Greenwood and has two young crazy-girl children. Twitter: @emmajgreenwood
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