Upcycling outdoors with Max McMurdo

Upcycling outdoors with Max McMurdo

A new book by everyone's favourite upcycler Max McMurdo shows us how to get creative in our outside spaces using discarded, salvaged or waste materials

Upcycling Outdoors

Following on from his first book showing us how to upcycle, designer Max McMurdo - a man who has no truck with waste - shows us how to transform out gardens, patios, decks or any patches of outside space we may happen to own using waste materials. So before you take those old interior doors to the dump, stop and think because they can be made into a bijou garden potting shed, which you can see on the cover of Upcycling Outdoors.

The book costs £20, it's out in April and it's published by Jacqui Small, part of Quarto Books. 

A lot of upcycling ideas are concerned with our lives indoors but our outside spaces can be greatly improved by good eco-friendly design.
 
Max McMurdo's latest book, Upcycling Outdoors, takes us step-by-step through 20 projects that can make our gardens, however small, nicer places to hang out. And we don't need to spend very much at all because the materials needed can be found in junk shops, salvage yards or our own homes.
 
So think potting sheds, planters, seating, firepits... all of these can be made from recycled materials and unwanted 'spare parts'.
 
Max explains the basics of good outdoor design and where to find interesting scrap items before delving into Planters & Containers, Outdoor Structures, Eating & Entertaining, Furniture, Lighting & Accessories. From making a firepit from bicycle wheels, an outdoor plant display from a painted dressing table or fashion a potting shed from three vintage doors, Max shares his know-how on the tools, techniques and materials we'll need.
 
Some projects involve a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, others require a weekend of outdoor activity. Above all, each of the 20 projects is designed to get us upcycling and recycling as we make things that make our gardens better spaces.
 
Read more: see our profile article on Max
 
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