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A few times a year, we have to deal with a difficult question: what am I going to do with my bank holiday?

A bank holiday weekend can be the perfect time to finally complete an overdue DIY or home improvement project. Even basic home improvements can drastically improve a property's decor and ambience, or even add value!

Here are some of our favourite ideas for bank holiday DIY projects.

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Build a seed bed

Whether you're a green fingered veteran or an amateur just getting into gardening, a seed bed can be an exceedingly useful garden feature. Better yet, they're easy to build!

'Seed beds' are used to care for new plants. While you might be thinking 'surely all plant beds do that', seed beds offer the advantage of ease. What do we mean by this? Well, when constructing a new bed from scratch you can shape the conditions much more easily. A wooden seed bed, for example, could be filled with soil that will suit your new plants far better than what you already have in your garden.

All it takes to make a seedbed is a solid plan and a bit of DIY know-how. Why not surprise your family this bank holiday with a brand new seed bed to get started on some May gardening?


Paint a room

You would be surprised by just how completely a room can be transformed with a fresh coat of paint. This bank holiday weekend could be an ideal time to choose new paint for your walls, or you could even plan something bolder, like a graffiti wall.

A great thing about painting a room is that it is a simple activity that the whole family can get involved in. If you have a young child, you could even make designing their room your first family DIY project.

Just remember to clean your paintbrushes so that you don't need to buy a new set for the next bank holiday!


Build a brick BBQ

Let's be honest, no summer is complete without a good BBQ!

While there are plenty of expensive and excessive models available, a hand-built and relatively cheap brick BBQ can still be a great way to impress your guests. Granted, such a project can take careful planning and a steady hand, but as long as you do not rush into it you should have no trouble - even if you have never held a brick in your life!

With the right planning and prep work, creating a brick BBQ can make a wonderful weekend DIY project.


Toy upcycling

Upcycing is an activity that anyone can enjoy using almost any old household item. However, we have seen some particularly impressive (not to mention nostalgia-inducing) home improvements made using old toys.

If your kids have any old, underused playthings lying around which they insist on hanging onto, reinventing them as an upcycling project could turn them into a beautiful and unique home feature. Even better, many upcycling ideas are so basic that even a DIY-amateur can try their hand at them.

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Lay a patio

Another relatively cheap DIY project, laying your own patio will create a valuable and attractive social space for your garden, perfect for use all year round!

Laying your own patio is a much cheaper alternative than hiring a Pro for the work. However, actually laying the slabs will take a great deal of physical labour. If you have family and friends to help you, laying a patio could be an ideal bank holiday group project.


Choose a new front door

The front door is one of your property's most important features when it comes to making a good first impression. This bank holiday could be the perfect time to choose a new front door, transforming the front of your house and really making it stand out on the street.

Strangely enough, many of us go years without even bothering to consider our front doors. You may be surprised to hear that there are a huge number of options open to you, not just in terms of colour but also materials and even shapes. Be sure to take the time to look at front door ideas online - you could find a choice that will be perfect for years to come!


Paint a laminate floor

While laminate flooring is inexpensive, it is hardly the most attractive option out there, especially when compared to choices like hardwood. Even worse, over time laminate flooring can become dented, scratched and so grimy that it becomes an eyesore.

You could hire a Pro to replace your floor, or you could reinvent it with a fresh coat of paint! All you will need to paint laminate flooring is a sander, primer and your choice of colour... or colours! Why not do something truly unique and creative?


Burn some calories

Are you planning to make this a healthy May Bank Holiday? DIY could be the answer!

DIY projects and home improvements always require a certain amount of labour. Every time you mow the lawn, paint a wall or move a piece of furniture, you are burning calories through DIY!

Why not make a list of DIY jobs to do this bank holiday and make them a part of your fitness regime?