It's #NationalDIYWeek and we're celebrating by sharing our favourite Instagrammer DIYs this week. Yesterday, it was a five-day bedroom makeover for under £500, and today it's a wheelie bin store from Instagrammer @littleterracedhouse (opens in new tab) – because let's face it, bins are ugly and plants are pretty. And what better way to spend a Saturday than making this easy project?
All that's required is some timber, a few tools you're bound to have already, some compost and plants. Want to know she recreated the look? Keep scrolling...
How to make a wheelie bin store
1. The first step of making your very own bin shed is all the measuring. You need to allow enough room for your specific size bins and for each one's lid to open, too. For full cutting steps and specific sizes, visit Mel's blog (opens in new tab).
2. After collecting all your materials, you'll need to treat every piece of wood in order for it to withstand the weather. Once the wood is dry, you can start to assemble the framework. Use wood glue and screws to assemble the frame, then add the metal bars (these will secure the planters in place).
3. Using the same method of gluing and then screwing, now comes the job of making the planter boxes, being sure to leave a gap down one side for drainage; these will need a bottom as well as sides.
4. Next, pop the plant boxes on the bin shed where you'd like them to sit and measure where you need to secure them in place from underneath. Using wood glue and screws again, attach small wooden blocks beneath each box so that when they're placed on top, they're secure.
5. Before planting, you'll need to line the box with heavy duty bin liners. Then comes the soil, and then simply pop in the plants and succulents you like.
WANT TO COPY THIS DIY? HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED
Ronseal Total Wood Preserver Clear | £32 at Wickes (opens in new tab)
Although expensive, this wood preserver is a clear winner in our eyes. It has 12 reviews rating it 4.8 out of five, and it's mighty strong so will be sure to warn off woodworm and prevent rotting all while preserving natural colour.
BIN IT 120 Litre XL Refuse Sacks | £5.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
These heavy duty bin liners will be sure to do the job of lining your planter boxes. And afterwards, they can hold the clean up, too. Even better? They're eco friendly since each one is made from recycled waste.
Bosch EasyImpact 12V 2.5Ah Li-Ion Cordless Impact Drill | £40 at Wickes (opens in new tab)
Don't own a drill? We encourage you to purchase this one. It's a bargain, it's cordless for your convenience and it's made from leading power tool brand Bosch.
Irwin Junior Hacksaw | £8.58 at B&Q (opens in new tab)
You'll need this hacksaw to cut through the metal bars that hold the planter boxes in place. This is among B&Q's best rated and afterwards it's handy to have for your next DIY...
Gro-Sure All-Purpose Compost | £5.50 at Wickes (opens in new tab)
This 50 litre bag of compost is a bargain AND it contains four months worth of feed inside to make maintenance a little easier at the start. Pop your plants and succulents in these and they'll be healthy as ever.