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.
Build a Backyard Couch
With just a few cinderblocks, a few pieces of lumber and some cushions, you can create a beautiful and very comfortable couch for your backyard. You just have to stack the blocks and insert the boards through the holes. You will want to use concrete adhesive to ensure that they don’t fall when someone sits on the couch. Then just add a cushion or two and you have a wonderful couch that is both attractive and cheap to build. It’s also really easy. It should only take an hour or so to complete or longer if you are planning to make the cushions.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lenasekine
Build Your Own Backyard Smoker
Not only will this terra cotta smoker look attractive in the backyard, it will be a wonderful way to cook during the summer months. You can build the smoker completely from scratch with just a couple of terra cotta pots and an old single burner hot plate. You’ll also need a skillet and a few other supplies but overall, this is a really inexpensive smoker and it works great. It’s also really attractive since the outside is made from terra cotta pots so it’s perfect for the back deck or yard.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables
Fill Walkway Cracks with Glow in the Dark Pebbles
A few pebbles (which you can get at your local home improvement store) and some glow in the dark paint will help you to fill in cracks between your stepping stones and give you great outdoor lighting at the same time. Instead of filling in those cracks with mulch or worse, letting weeds grow up through them, just paint some pebbles with glow in the dark paint. The sunlight during the day will fuel the pebbles and they’ll glow for several hours at night. You can find glow in the dark paint in all sorts of colors so you have many choices for décor.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bookofjoe
Rejuvenate Solar Lights
You can give new life to old solar lights with nail polish. That’s right, nail polish. Just paint the panels with clear nail polish. It will really make them shine and help them to glow brightly again. Those panels can become dingy and not work so well after a few seasons. Rejuvenating them with clear nail polish works perfectly and it’s much less expensive than replacing them altogether. You can pick up cheap nail polish at most Dollar Stores for around a dollar, and one bottle will do all of your solar lights.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Kriegsman
Build an Outdoor Coffee Table
A metal bucket and lumber will enable you to create a lovely coffee table for your deck or patio and one that has additional storage for things that you don’t want to get wet in the rain. You can find an old galvanized bucket at yard sales, flea markets or thrift stores if you don’t already have one and the lumber is really inexpensive. You can also use any plywood that you already have on hand, which will make this little project cost absolutely nothing. You’ll have to cut the plywood into a circular shape and ensure that you get it the right size. Overall, this project shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Remodelaholic
Make a Huge Quilt Pillow
If you have some fabric, you can use that along with pillow stuffing to create a wonderful quilt pillow for the backyard. You can use this when you sit under the stars or even for camping. You just create small pillows and then attach them all together. You could probably do this with small throw pillows if you already have some on hand but you can make it just as easy. Imagine being able to lounge in the sun or under the moon on a very comfortable and plush pillow quilt.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Inthralld
Build a Living Tee Pee
You can use any number of materials to create a living tee pee and your children will adore playing in them. From bean poles to twigs, there are several things that can make up the base and then you just have to choose what you want for the cover. If you want to plant beans, this is a great way to give your backyard a little pick me up and grow some fresh veggies at the same time. You can also do this with flowers, which will look beautiful when they are blooming and give your yard a burst of color along with a playhouse for the kids.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Mistyhorizon
Make Chair Planters
Old chairs, flowers and your backyard spell fun, color and beautiful outdoor décor. If you have some old wooden chairs that can’t be used any longer (if you don’t you can get them pretty cheap) then you just have to remove the seat and turn those old chairs into beautiful planters. You can paint them different colors if you really want a lot of color outdoors and then add container plants that will bloom in contrasting colors. The chairs look great in flower beds, on decks and patios or just sitting in the yard under a tree.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Wonderwomancreations
Create Magical Fires
Pinecones, when treated properly, can be thrown into the fire pit to create amazing bursts of color from your flames. If you have a fire pit, this is an excellent way to add excitement for those nights when you are outdoors relaxing. Please note that chemically treated pinecones should only be burned when there is plenty of ventilation. The cool thing about this project is that different things make different colors so you can choose the colors that you want or just treat several and surprise yourself with your colored flames.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Yahoo
Build a Backyard Fire Pit
You can build your own beautiful fire pit and have wonderfully relaxing evenings during the summer just sitting around roasting marshmallows. Fire pits are really not difficult or expensive, if you know what you are doing. This particular pit is made from brick but you could use any number of stones if you wanted. You can also place patio furniture near the fire pit or just have blankets and pillows on hand for those evenings when you want to really relax under the stars.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables