Getting your backyard ready for summer doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. In fact, there are many things that you can do that will cost very little and will make a massive improvement in your outdoor living spaces.
From planting a small flower garden to sprucing up your outdoor furniture, many of these projects will take you less than a day to complete and some may not cost you anything at all if you have a few basic supplies on hand.
Go ahead and get ready for summer by adding some beauty to your outdoors. From DIY stepping stones to marvelous outdoor patio furniture that you can make yourself, this collection has it all. There are even instructions for how you can add a little color to a stone patio and wonderful ideas for dressing up boring fences and adding a bit of privacy.
Whether you choose on project or choose them all, we are certain that you will find something that will instantly improve your outdoor décor and give you a great reason to get outside this summer.
Make a Giant Xylophone
If you want something really fun, not to mention cheap and easy to build, you can make a giant xylophone for your little ones. They will have hours of fun making music in the backyard and since xylophones are generally different colors, you can brighten up your outdoors just a bit. This is such an easy project that just calls for pine boards, paint and rope. You’ll also need a staple gun and you can build it in just a few hours. Imagine the fun your little one will have putting on an outdoor concert for you.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Yahoo
Put Up Cupcake Lights
Whether you are planning a summer evening get-together or you just want to add a sweet little decorative element to the backyard, these cupcake lights are divine. You just run a string of lights and then cover the lights with cupcake liners. Note that for outdoors, you’ll need to remove the liners whenever it rains but these are great for outdoor entertaining. You can use different colors and designs or just make them all the same. It’s a sweet way to decorate your outdoors without spending a lot of money.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Cfabbridesigns
Build a Convenient Fence Table
For under $30, you can build a great table on the fence that will work perfectly for outdoor cookouts or putting your indoor plants out in the sun. The table folds down when not in use so it’s really not in the way. You just raise it whenever you need it. You’ll need some hinges, screws, a board for the legs and picket boards for the table. Note that if you want it to last outdoors for several years, you may want to buy pressure treated lumber to build it.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sensiblysara
Make A Rainbow Trampoline
You can make your backyard trampoline much prettier (not to mention safer) by cutting pool noodles and inserting them around the edges on the springs. Pool noodles are about a buck each at the Dollar Store and you won’t need very many. Just cut them the length needed to cover the springs and then make a slit on one side to insert it. If your trampoline has a net, you can also cover areas of that and make it really rainbow-ish. This makes it much safer for little ones who may get hurt on metal springs and it brings a lot of color to your backyard.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Add Steel Pipe Garden Edging
This is one of the most unique and least expensive ways to pretty up your flower gardens. It gives you a lot of added planting space as well. You just take old steel pipes and insert them into the ground around your flower bed. Then just fill the inside of the pipe with potting soil and use that to plant smaller flowers or succulents. You can actually paint the pipes first with spray paint if you aren’t a fan of the old, rusty look but either way, this is a beautiful way to frame your garden and add some extra space as well.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Welchwrite
Build a Gnome a Home
If you have unsightly tree stumps in your backyard and you either don’t want to have them pulled or the process is a bit too expensive, you can turn those stumps into decorative aspects. Simply build a gnome home in them. You just need a tiny door and windows and then whatever you want to decorate the little home with. These are so adorable and if you have garden gnomes, they’ll have a great place to call home. They will turn those unsightly stumps into great décor that is bound to be the envy of all your neighbors, or at least their gnomes.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Snapguide
Fill Flower Beds with Pinecones
Pinecones are probably among the least of all mulch type products because you can normally find them on the ground just about anywhere. Not only do they help to add a bit of beauty when you add them to flower beds, they will also keep dogs and cats from digging in your beds. You just gather up as many as you need and then fill in the ground around your flowers with them. Dogs and cats will stay far away from your flower beds and you’ll have a great decorate element to make those flowers really stand out.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Davisheritage
Create Glowing Outdoor Orbs
You can find opaque glass shades at most flea markets and thrift stores for a couple of dollars each. Take a string of Christmas lights and you can turn those shades into amazing glowing orbs that will help to light up your outdoors. This is one of the least expensive lighting DIYs out there and one that is absolutely beautiful when it’s finished. You can probably find Christmas lights pretty cheap at yard sales and such if you don’t already have a few strands on hand so these will cost less than $5 to make.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Theartofdoingstuff
Fill in Concrete Cracks
You can buy self-leveling caulk for about $6 per tube and one tube will go a long way in helping you to improve the look of your backyard. If you have cracks in concrete, either the foundation of your home, steps, walkways or any other concrete, those cracks will allow weeds to sprout and they look terrible. For just $6 you can fill in the cracks yourself, save a lot of money over having them professionally repaired and make your backyard look wonderful for summer.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Familyhandyman
Paint the Patio
It will cost very little and take very little time to add a bit of color to your patio. If you have a tile patio, you can simply paint a few of the tiles in bright colors, which will instantly add an interesting element. Choose colors that will match your home’s exterior or your patio furniture. This is a great way to bring a bit of the tropics into your backyard for summer and since it’s cheap and easy, it’s one of our favorite backyard DIYs.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Abeautifulmess