I know this is going to come as a shock to most of you, but I’m not going to spend this Memorial Day weekend DIYing anything! Instead, I’m going to take it easy, spend time with my family and friends, and participate in activities that commemorate all of those brave military souls who lost their lives protecting us and our country.
Because this three-day holiday unofficially kicks off the summer season, most who live near a body water enjoy celebrating by swimming, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, surfing, or even fishing. But no matter where you live or visit, commemorative events are sure to be abound. Take in a parade, host a veteran’s cookout, tour a memorial site, or place flags on the graves of fallen heroes in your local cemetery. And here’s something you probably didn’t think of: give yourself permission to do nothing as well. Take the weekend to reset your brain and take some time for yourself by reading a book, writing, painting, mediating, or slowly swinging in a hammock. Or DIYing…
Okay, I lied. I’m totally going to make this quick and easy red-white-and-blue clothespin door wreath! Here’s a little known fact you may not be aware of: Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. So it only seems fitting. Thanks for reading, enjoy your long weekend!
Hi all, Martin here with you this week. Lately when I check the mail, I’ve been bringing along a roll of ugly duct tape to temporarily stick the pieces of my weatherproof housing around my mailbox back together. It’s a sad site for sure: peeling paint, splintering wood, and rotting posts.
It’s enough to make the postman start putting my mail in the neighbor’s box. Of course, you know I’m not one to run out and buy an easy, pre-made mailbox kit. And if you’re not either, here’s a do-it-yourself weekend mailbox repair project that’ll make your neighbors ask for one. It’s made using Inteplast Building Products PVC bead board and trim. Here’s all you need:
You can do this in any order you’d like—build the box or replace the post. But I took care of the new vinyl post first. Trim off the rotted core of the wood post. Allow an extra 18” of length for the 4x4 vinyl post to bury below the dirt. Add cement as needed. The ideal height for the mailbox door is 42” above the ground.
First, cut yourself two 24” pieces of the PVC bead board for the sides of the mailbox housing, and cut an 8” x 11”x ¾”thick piece of PVC trim in the shape of a house for the back of the box. Use the PVC cement to join the tongue and groove sections.
Next, using Cortex screws and plug system, join the PVC bead board sides to the PVC trim “house” back.
Now, cut two 24” roof panels from PVC siding. Using the 1.5”x 24”x 3/4” PVC trim, cut a 90 degree roof angle beam. Flip over the siding and screw it to the PVC trim roof angle. The screws will be hidden and they’ll be protected from the elements.
Next, use 1.5” x 8” x 3/4” thick PVC trim to connect the front end of the bead board side walls. Now place the roof to the mailbox frame using PVC cement and screws.
Then, place the mailbox frame over the existing mailbox.
Now, let’s work on the flag component, or the “chimney” flap of the house. Use two 3/4” thick PVC trim scraps cut at 45 degrees. Attach the chimney flap from inside the siding roof panel.
The box is done, but let’s do something to cover up the old existing wood post support. Using the existing pieces as a template cut the three supports from a piece of ½” thick PVC fascia sheet. Attach the fascia to the post using Cortex screws. Just add the street number and you’re all done!
Now you have a beautiful mailbox that your neighbors will envy. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, it’s Martin with you again this week and I’m stoked because it’s almost Mother’s Day. It truly is one of my favorite holidays because I get to show appreciation for the beautiful woman who not only gave me life but gave me my first hammer. I have been a DIYer practically from birth. My parents like to say if I would have had my way I would have built my own crib. As you know, if a gift’s not homemade, I’m not giving it. And my Mom wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to her Mother’s Day surprise. So if you’re looking for a hand-crafted way to say “thanks mom,” check out some of these projects from the past.
All-Weather Planter Box
If your mom is anything like mine, every square inch of her yard is full of flowers and plants. About the only place she didn’t have flowers was around her mailbox. So last year I made this fascia board & corner board planter box using PVC products from Inteplast Building Products. It was fun and easy to do, and because Inteplast has a bunch of colors to choose from, it’s a cinch to match it to the exterior of the house. You can check out the full post with instructions here. Of course you won’t want to forget to include a nice potted plant with this box.
Whimsical PVC Soda Bottle Flower Vase
My mom said this is one of her favorite gifts I’ve ever made her. Of course, she could just be saying that to make me feel good, but I’ll take it. This DIY project is so imaginative—I’ll be you’ll put your siblings’ gifts to shame! You could even substitute the soda bottles for wine bottles or your favorite beverage bottle. Using Inteplast’s PVC trim product, three glass bottles, and your standard wood-working tools, you can have this project done in a few hours. See the full list of materials and instructions here. It’s even nicer when you show up with flowers in it.
Stylish PVC Wine Rack
Speaking of wine—we were weren’t we?—I made this PVC wine rack for my aunt this past Christmas and my mom got a little jealous. So of course I knew immediately what I was going to make her for Mother’s Day this year. With some Inteplast PVC trim board, some screws, PVC cement, and a little elbow grease, you’ve got quite a gift that might even top the soda bottle vase—but only if it comes fully stocked with your mom’s favorite vino. For step-by-step instructions, visit here.
These are just a few of the easy, functional, DIY projects can you whip up in time for Mother’s Day. For more ideas, check out the Creative Projects page and get inspired. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)