DIY

She Cut Up Old Logs To Create The Perfect Garden Path

by Elissa Salamy
Elissa is a writer from Philadelphia, currently studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina! She likes foreign movies with subtitles, fancy soap, loose leaf tea and punk rock.

Sometimes it takes more than one try to get something totally right — especially when it comes to DIY projects.

But often, the more challenging the DIY project, the more worthwhile the results. All it takes is some determination and vision, and you can create some extraordinary things — like turn an old shabby dresser into a beautiful bench.

For the very talented crafter Jen, owner of the blog Domesticated Nomad,  her challenge was creating a beautiful and functional garden path. But as it turned out, this DIY garden path would take more than one try.

At first, the path looked perfect, but it wasn’t able to stay pretty after a rough winter.

So she reevaluated the situation and made changes! The results are extraordinary!

Scroll down to see how Jen created a cut wood path for her backyard garden that would survive the elements.

Have you ever had to do a DIY project more than one time to get it right? Let us know in the comments, and please SHARE!

In Jen's vegetable garden, the grass between the wooden planks was a huge pain to trim.

In Jen's vegetable garden, the grass between the wooden planks was a huge pain to trim.

So she came up with a brilliant plan! She grabbed the chainsaw and got to work.

So she came up with a brilliant plan! She grabbed the chainsaw and got to work.

She cut two-inch disks of wood from leftover logs and pressed them into the dirt to create a path between the different vegetables.

She cut two-inch disks of wood from leftover logs and pressed them into the dirt to create a path between the different vegetables.

The wood popped out quite easily, so she planted ground cover thyme in the spaces in the hopes that it would secure the wood in place.

The wood popped out quite easily, so she planted ground cover thyme in the spaces in the hopes that it would secure the wood in place.

Unfortunately, after winter came, her logs didn't look so great... She knew she had to do something different to restore the path's beauty.

Unfortunately, after winter came, her logs didn't look so great... She knew she had to do something different to restore the path's beauty.

So she decided to give it another go! This time, she used shellac to preserve the wood, because it is natural and recommended by the EPA.

So she decided to give it another go! This time, she used shellac to preserve the wood, because it is natural and recommended by the EPA.

She pulled up the weathered log slices and got to work.

She pulled up the weathered log slices and got to work.

She coated one side of the wood with shellac and waited an hour for it to dry before coating the other side.

She coated one side of the wood with shellac and waited an hour for it to dry before coating the other side.

Instead of pressing the wood into the hard dirt, Jen and her hubby decided to till the soil.

Instead of pressing the wood into the hard dirt, Jen and her hubby decided to till the soil.

They also added sand to try and keep the discs from popping out so much.

They also added sand to try and keep the discs from popping out so much.

They planted ground cover again, to hopefully help keep the wood in place and make it look even prettier.

They planted ground cover again, to hopefully help keep the wood in place and make it look even prettier.

"I loved how the first path looked, so when I went and checked it last spring I was heartbroken at how it appeared," she said.

"I loved how the first path looked, so when I went and checked it last spring I was heartbroken at how it appeared," she said.

"I was determined to fix it, and so we did. I am in love with it once again," she said.

"I was determined to fix it, and so we did. I am in love with it once again," she said.

What a beautiful DIY garden path — even better on the second try!

What a beautiful DIY garden path — even better on the second try!

Wouldn't you love an all-natural garden path in your backyard? Let us know in the comments below!

Wouldn't you love an all-natural garden path in your backyard? Let us know in the comments below!

Be sure to check out all of Jen’s other amazing DIY projects at Domesticated Nomad!

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