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.
Create a Terra Cotta Pot Table
You can create a beautiful side table from a terra cotta pot, a terra cotta tray and some outdoor paint. The actual size of the table will depend on the size of the pots that you use. If you want a relatively large table, choose a large pot and tray. Once you have this all assembled, which doesn’t really take very long, you can use it for additional storage. Just lift up the top and put whatever you want to inside. If you have an old pot and tray on hand, this one won’t cost anything. Even if you have to buy them, it’s still a really inexpensive table that is perfect for the backyard.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Dukesandduchesses
Make Your Own Hanging Lights
A terra cotta pot, some old baskets or many other items you may have around the house can be used to create stunning outdoor lighting that hangs on the side of the house. If your backyard is a bit drab and dark at night, these lights will really help to spruce it up a bit. The best part is that they are really easy to make and very inexpensive. In fact, everything you need to make them can be bought at your local Dollar Store. You can choose the style that you like best and then just create hanging lights that will instantly brighten up the backyard.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Theartofdoingstuff
Make Stepping Stones from Rhubarb Leaves
Whether or not you enjoy the taste of rhubarb, there is no denying that the leaves are truly beautiful. They are also quite large which makes them the perfect choice for creating large stepping stones that you can place in the backyard. You can have a path leading off the back deck and into your flower garden or even place the stones in your garden if you want. They are really easy to make, inexpensive (particularly if you are growing your own rhubarb) and will look wonderful wherever you place them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Gardenweb
Create Tuna Can Lanterns
Lanterns from tuna cans? Yes! These are so adorable and so easy to make. If you tend to eat quite a bit of tuna, just save the cans and the battle is halfway won. Incidentally, you’ll also need globes or hurricanes for the tops of the lanterns and poles to stick them on. These are so great and will be beautiful lining a pathway in your backyard. You could also use them as lights on your back deck. When you are finished making them, just insert a tealight candle. During the summer, you could use citronella candles to light the way and get rid of bugs at the same time.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Inmyownstyle
Make an Old Fashioned Rope Swing
Having a rope swing hanging from a tree in the backyard is a great sight. Your kids will absolutely love swinging on it, too. You don’t need a lot in order to make this swing, either. You need a pine disc cut into a circle which you can find at your local hardware or home improvement store – or you could cut one yourself. You will also need rope in order to hang the swing. Make sure that there is a hole in the center of your disc and then just knot the rope on the bottom and hang the other end over a sturdy branch.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hometalk
Create Your Own Outdoor Theater
Imagine having an outdoor theater in your back yard. Why, you’ll be the envy of your entire neighborhood and only you will know how easy it was to create. If you have a projector, you’re halfway there already. Now you just need a screen and some comfy seating. You can get screen fabric for less than $40 per yard if you want or you could simply use a white sheet or tarp. Then just hang the screen, add your pillows and get ready to spend a lot of time outside during the upcoming summer evenings.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Running-w-scissors
Add a Water Blob
No, that’s not a type – you can add a wonderful water blob to your backyard and give your kids hours of fun this summer. A water blog gives the kids somewhere to jump and play without worries of actually being in the water and trust us when we say that they will love this. You can make the blob from painters plastic and if you take an iron to the edges before you add the water, it won’t leak. Just make it the size that you want, fill with water and then let the fun begin.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Homemadetoast
Edge Your Backyard Flower Beds
One quick and easy way to increase the beauty in your backyard (not to mention add value to your property) is to edge your flower beds. You can do this easily yourself and save a small fortune over professional edging. Even if you’ve never done it before, you can lay concrete pavers and finish them off, giving your flower beds a professionally edged look and making your entire backyard look great. Take note, this is so easy that you will likely want to do it in the front yard as well.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Gardenworld
Make a Canning Jar Chandelier
What’s the perfect chandelier for a backyard deck? One made of Mason jars, of course. Not only is this project easy, it’s also very inexpensive. You need some canning jars and you can use older ones in different colors if you want. Then just add a string of clear lights (some leftover from Christmas decorating perhaps) and you have a beautiful light for your deck. You could also hang this on a pole in the backyard if you need lighting a bit further away from the house.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Michelesapples
Create Glow in the Dark Planters
Imagine having your favorite flowers lit up after dark. These glow in the dark planters are gorgeous and really easy to make. Do you want to know how simple they are to make? You literally just need planters and glow in the dark spray paint. You can finish a single planter in about half an hour so even if you have several areas in the yard that you want to light up, you can do it all in one day. Use planters that you already have on hand and the project will only cost a few dollars for the can of paint.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Stagetecture