Sensory Bag- take a sturdy gal-sized freezer bag & dump in a large container of $ store colored hair gel. Toss a few small, non-pointy toys into the bag with the gel. Small balls/marbles work great. Big plastic buttons  add nice high-contrast colors. Squeeze air out from bag & seal it. Duct tape to be sure. Tape the bag to smooth flooring for Tummy Time fun!

Sensory Play for babies who put everything in the mouth

Sensory Bag- take a sturdy gallon sized freezer bag & dump in a large container of hair gel. Squeeze air out from bag & seal it. Duct tape to be sure. Tape the bag to smooth flooring for tummy time.

DIY Porch Potty: all materials purchased at Lowes. Total cost $48. Started with tray made for clothes washer. Frame was built from 2 standard cedar fence boards. First we drilled drain holes in the tray. (Mine are drilled down one side to run off my patio into a flowerbed below.) Placed frame on tray, filled with bag of gravel, then I put down a piece of weed blocker felt, one and 1/2 bags of soil for sod/grass, trimmed 1 piece of sod to fit. I sprayed the gnome and grass with potty training…

Dog Potty Training Is there anything worse? You come out of your bedroom and discover your puppy rolling around in his poo!

DIY stone fire pit  Material List and Cost  3 60lb bags of concrete for the footing - $10  12 8x8x16 concrete block for footing and base - $12   75 2x3x8 concrete brick to line the pit and top - $20  6 80lb bags of type-S morter - $30  Morter color - already had it. Assume $5.  35 sq feet of stone - already had it. Assume $4 a sq ft (could be more) - $140   3 60lb bags of gravel to fill - $10.

DIY stone fire pit Material List and Cost 3 60lb bags of concrete for the footing - $10 12 8x8x16 concrete block for footing and base - $12 75 2x3x8 concrete brick to line the pit and top - $20 6 80lb bags of type-S morter - $30 Morter color - already had it. Assume $5. 35 sq feet of stone - already had it. Assume $4 a sq ft (could be more) - $140 3 60lb bags of gravel to fill - $10.

Low wood deck with gravel ground cover. Fun project to make stepping stones with niece and nephews.

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

Inexpensive building materials such as gravel, cinder blocks, and pressure-treated wood form the backbone of the design. Tile backboard and salvaged plywood, stained a soft blue and attached to a custom frame, give the tiny yard privacy.

Support a patio umbrella in a flower-filled pot borrowed from the garden as a crafty alternative to a plain metal stand. Cut 2-inch ABS pipe to the height of the pot. Center it inside and anchor in place with a layer of gravel on the bottom, quick-setting concrete in the middle, and soil on top. Plant the pot with flowers, and slide the umbrella into the pipe sleeve. 

A 5-foot length of pipe and 50-pound bag of Quikrete Fast-Setting concrete mix, about $11 total; lowes.com

75 Outdoor Upgrades for Under $75

Perk up your umbrella base with planted flowers: support a patio umbrella with a flower-filled pot instead of a plain metal stand.

$35 + tax for (16) Pavestone 12" x 12" and 40lb bag of pebbles at Home Depot.  Good Cheap Patio Idea or place to put the BBQ grill on top of.

Easy and cheap patio set up; Build a step and planter box along the house. Layout concrete pavers for a patio space

Candle lanterns & tipi tent. Set the romantic vibe alight in your garden this summer. Down from £9.50 to £4.75

Candle Lanterns These brilliant fire-retardant paper bags, punched with a star shaped graphic, create a soft romantic glow. Place tea lights inside (weigh down with a bit of gravel in case of breeze) and line them along borders and paths

To mimic the seaside environment, create the illusion of shallow soils and drought conditions, as with a gravel border.

Coastal-Style Gardens and Landscapes

Coastal Garden Recreation To mimic the seaside environment, create the illusion of shallow soils and drought conditions, as with a gravel border.

Super easy wash rack I did for the horses. It is approx 8 x 8. I used the landscape timbers that are treated wood from Lowes, 10 bags of quikcrete gravel, 2 - 60 pound bags of cement, and 8 - 3ft rebar to keep it in place. Now I just need to get two stall mats to lay over the top and we are done.

8 x landscape timbers that are treated wood from Lowes, & fill with gravel/stone dust for drainage

DIY firepit: 36 retaining wall stones from Lowes   1 bag of Sand  1 bag of Pea gravel   Total time to assemble: 30 minutes

DIY firepit: 36 retaining wall stones 1 bag of Sand 1 bag of Pea gravel Total time to assemble: 30 minutes

How to Make A Gravel Patio | "I went to my local hardware store and asked for leftover and broken bags of pea gravel. I got 800 pounds of it for $16.99. After you've secured your gravel or other material, look for a weed barrier for underlay. I rounded up family's, neighbors', and friends' discarded newpapers"

How to Make A Gravel Patio

Build an environmentally friendly, water permeable patio using gravel as the primary building material.

LOVE the umbrella nestled down in the planter! Cut 2-inch ABS pipe to the height of the pot. Center it inside and anchor in place with a layer of gravel on the bottom, quick-setting concrete in the middle, and soil on top. Plant the pot with flowers, and slide the umbrella into the pipe sleeve. A 5-foot length of pipe and 50-pound bag of Quikrete Fast-Setting concrete mix.. about 11$ total.

15 Fabulous Small Patio Ideas To Make Most Of Small Space

Add some shade to a sunny patio with a planter umbrella stand; a concrete center makes the stand super-sturdy, and plants fill the top to hide the umbrella sleeve when it's not in use.

Almost done...Paver patio DIY! 12x12 pavers with gravel between them. I put some gravel under the pavers to help with drainage. The FL ground is sandy already so I didn't add sand underneath. Make sure to use a level to keep the slope away from your house. I had a pile of red bricks left so I made a design that will be a great spot for a fire element! I just need another bag of gravel or two, some seating and hot chocolate!

pavers with gravel between them. I put some gravel under the pavers to help with drainage. The FL ground is sandy already so I didn't add sand underneath. Make sure to use a level to keep the slope away from your house

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