Want to get your family off their iPads and onto the patio this summer? Mealtimes can be the perfect way to sneak in some outdoor-time, and break-up their screen-time in the process. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up five DIY ideas to not only upgrade your family’s outdoor dining experience, but also transform the way you entertain guests this summer.  


A Candle Chandelier or Centerpiece 

Learn how to DIY this radiant outdoor chandelier via the Home Hardware website, and bring light to your outdoor table, sans electricity.  

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Upcycled Dining Chairs 

No patio chairs? No problem. This DIY shows you how to upcycle old chairs from the thrift store into something truly custom-made.  

Photo Source: thehappyhousie.porch.com

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Tabletop Drink Cooler 

If you entertain a lot during the summer, you may like this clever, multipurpose idea to build a cooler right into your picnic table.  

Photo Source: domesticated-engineer.com

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DIY Mosquito-proofing 

Eating outside is great, but fishing mosquitos out of your lemonade simply isn’t! Combat the creepy crawlies with this mosquito net idea.  

Photo Source: myhomeideas.com

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Wine Bottle Tiki Torches 

Another way to fight off the bugs, is with fire. This DIY tiki torch idea combines two of my favorite things: upcycling and wine.  

Photo Source: designsponge.com

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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