Here at Wimp, we love a good old-fashioned DIY project. Since I spend most of my day at a desk, DIY projects are a fun way for me to unwind and do some work with my hands (which is also why I love to cook). There's just something so satisfying about taking some raw materials and transforming them into something awesome. Additionally, while I won't be winning any Greenpeace awards soon, I also think that a lot of these DIY projects are great ways to reuse stuff that might have otherwise ended up in the trash.
When you think of beauty, nature, and gardens, I bet you don't think of cinder blocks, right? Why would anyone? These ugly (but sturdy and highly useful) cement blocks are found mostly on construction sites and industrial areas, and are highly popular due to their hollow centers which reduce weight and improve insulation. Additionally, the hollow centers of cinder blocks can be used to pass steel rebar through them for added structural integrity.
Where most of us see a block, however, hilarious South African DIY blogger and YouTuber SuzelleDIY saw possibilities. Using a little spray paint, some cement glue, potting soil, and a few gardening tools, she creates a gorgeous garden bench that's sure to be the focal piece of any backyard. After painting the blocks to add some decorative flair, she assembles them into a bench shape, holding them together using cement glue. After that, it's just a matter of putting in a few plants in the hollow parts of the blocks, throwing on some decorative pillows, and voila!