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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Picnic Table

Lucy Mercer
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Picnic tables are one of those “build it and they will come” kind of projects. Whether you construct your own from scratch using our project guide, or buy one and assemble it yourself, your family will get years of use out of a picnic table.

Here are are some ideas for getting the most out of your table.



1. A picnic in the garden is the natural place to start because everybody knows that food tastes better outside. Keep it simple. Hot dogs and hamburgers are all that’s needed.



2. Craft Table. While you’re puttering around in the garden, spread some craft supplies out on the picnic table for the kids to soak up nature and create. If paint’s involved, pick up brown builder’s paper and roll it out to protect your picnic table. No kids around? Bring your colored pencils and notebook outside, let the picnic table be your desk and design your next outdoor project.



3. Party Station. Warm-weather birthdays were meant to be celebrated outside. Decorate your picnic or patio table with a bright tablecloth, balloons and festive dinnerware, and gather everyone for an outdoors party.



4. Potting Bench. A picnic table makes a handy potting bench when you’re making up containers in the spring or fall. Just spread out your seeds, flats of seedlings, pots and potting mix and get to gardening. Builder’s paper or a tarp or drop cloth can protect the table and make cleanup easy. And when you’re ready for a real potting bench, check out our Ultimate Potting Bench project.


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