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Summer Budget Hacks: DIY Projects

Our favorite season is finally here   it's summertime! But what's the point of having longer, sunnier days if you don't hang out outdoors and enjoy the best of the season? From hosting a lemonade stand with your kids to grilling with your friends, there are several ways take full advantage of summer with some DIY summer projects.

At Mattress Firm, our employees know the value of quality time and working together, so we've put our heads together to brainstorm a few fun and easy DIY ideas for you this season. Here are a few of our suggestions to stretch your budget through the summer while you tackle some fun summer projects for your home.

Create More Curb Appeal

Looking to boost your home's curb appeal? There are a lot of little projects that can leave a big impression. Whether you are adding a few finishing touches to your home's exterior or sprucing up your front yard, even the smallest touch-up can make a difference.

For one simple investment that delivers big impact, Mattress Firm recommends adding shutters to your front windows. Shutters can dress up any home's look and are easy to paint and hang. You can even ad iron hardware for a more rustic look. Speaking of fresh paint, why not change your front door color while you're at it? From a fun addition like bright red to a classic like navy, you can't go wrong with a little extra color!

Want an upgrade your neighbors can see at night? Enhance your front yard with landscape lighting. Place solar lights along your front walk way or install lanterns by your front door for a bright addition that won't be missed.

Freshen Up Your Yard

Add something fresh to your lawn with these DIY backyard ideas. From fresh flowers to fruits and veggies, gardening is always a fun DIY summer project for you and your kids.

Not sure where to start? Adding flowers is the way to go for a simple way to add fragrance and color. Stop by your nearest nursery and grab some bright plants that are perfect for summer   we recommend gardenias, marigolds and daisies. For a bigger project, buy or build planter boxes to line an entry or sit below a window.

Already set on landscaping? Consider starting a garden and grow summer vegetables and fruits that your family loves. From tomatoes to squash and zucchini, the possibilities are endless. Mattress Firm knows gardens can be lots of work, but you'll actually see the return on your investment in delicious, home-grown fruits and veggies!

If you have room in your backyard, create a raised garden using simple frame of wood. This will help hold the soil in place and keep your plants separate from the rest of your yard.

Kick It with the Kids

Want some fun summer DIYs the whole family can enjoy? During the weekend, get the family together and cool off with a lemonade stand. Spark their creativity by having them build their own sign, while you gather up a table and chairs. And don't forget some homemade lemonade! (The secret is sugar. A lot of it. ?)

Another great family DIY is an at-home movie night. Pick out your favorite snacks and candy, then pile up the family for an fun night of binge-watching. If you're looking to make the night extra special, host the watch party outside. Find a projector or just use your laptop and head outside for a night under the starts. All you'll need is your favorite movie, snacks and a mattress to create the  ultimate movie night.

Get your Grill from Good to Great

Last but certainly not least, head out to the grill for some more DIYs for your backyard. Hosting a summer BBQ? Then you need an outdoor patio and grill that can accompany all of your guests. Invest some time in building an outdoor patio for your own backyard get together.

Before you get grilling, make sure you have the proper cart to store all of your necessary tools and equipment. Build a grill station to ensure you are ready-to-go for any backyard BBQ. Pretty soon, all your friends will call you the grill master.

Whether you're looking for an afternoon project or a season-long activity, these summer DIYs will help you stay busy and save money. So what are waiting for? Get the family together and get started on a your own DIY project for summer.

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