Everyone wants their patio or lawn to look its absolute best without spending a fortune, doing an enormous overhaul of the existing layout, or fixing what's not broken—and we know that.
Backyard Ideas That Wont Break The Bank
Lay a Simple Stone Path~
A stone path is an obvious choice for any backyard. Why? Well, it's practical, for one thing, allowing you and your guests to get from place to place without having to traipse through high grasses or destroy your precious garden. But it's also just a lovely, organic-looking touch that feels a whole lot more expensive and luxurious than it really is. That's a win-win!
Install a Firepit~
Heat things up this summer with a fire pit—either one you create yourself or a store-bought beauty. It'll be easy either way. Just don't forget to stock up on tons of s'mores fixings before you invite your friends over.
ADD ADIRONDACK CHAIRS
When it comes to lounging around, there's no better place to do it than in an Adirondack chair. That might be why we instantly equate the timeless accessory with summertime. Fill your patio or backyard up with multiple chairs, add some cozy blankets, and you'll be crowned the hostess of the year in no time.
Rely on Pops of Color
It's hard to contest with a strikingcontemporary barn as is, but a collage of colorful lanterns plastered across the neutral wood makes for the perfect celebratory statement. Start with chicken wire to create the structure's foundation, then affix your lanterns (starting with the largest first) around the perimeter using shipping tape. Mixing and matching colors and sizes, fill in the gaps and connect the pieces with glue dots. Finally, (carefully!) hang with fishing wire and hooks or nails.
Recycle Vintage Tins
Trade your go-to terracotta pots and deck your front porch out in a much more original alternative—old potato chip tins. Scour spots like Etsy and eBay to complete your collection, then pot your favorite blooms for the best porch-worthy touch.
Give Your Coop Vintage Charm
This is one of the most ambitious DIYs we've come across, but if you're feeling especially crafty, take note. Texas-based antiques dealer Amy Kleinwachter transformed a 1953 pickup truck into an elaborate henhouse. Inspiring, much?
Camp Out Under the Stars
An inexpensive campout makes for THE best summer family fun night, and your backyard is prime real estate for the job. Map out a designated corner (preferably close to the house for quick snack runs), then roll out your sleeping bags, set the mood with string lights, and gather around the fire pit for some good-old marshmallow roasting. Keep the setup intact for the rest of the season—because your kids won't be able to get enough.
Breathe New Life Into Old Pots
Repurpose old decorative dishes into mosaic tile pieces, which you can easily affix to plain old terracotta pots in your garden.
Get the tutorial at The Vintage Butterly.
Establish an Outdoor Movie Spot
Who said the best seat in the house has to be in the house itself? Set up shop in the backyard, whether for sunbathing or an outdoor movie party, while cozied up against one of these handmade chairs.
Get the tutorial at Not Just A Housewife.
Shake Up the Neighborhood Lemonade Stand
With a DIY lemonade stand this well-decorated, you can safely bet your backyard will be the most popular one on the block. Your kiddos can man this adorable station for years to come.
Get the tutorial at Fantabulosity.
Upcycle Dresser Drawers
Old drawers and a ladder-shaped base give your favorite plants a proper outdoor throne.
Get the tutorial at Beyond The Picket Fence.
Serve Party Treats in Style
Meet the latest hosting game changer: an outdoor, Murphy-style mini bar. Stock with your go-to food and drink essentials, serve, and then neatly fold everything away once the party's over.
Get the tutorial at Live Laugh Rowe.
Add Elegant Seating
No need to splurge on a classic, French-style backyard bench when you can easily craft your own. Scout out two identical chairs (the prettier, the better!), then remove the seats and replace with a handmade rectangular base.
Get the tutorial at An Oregon Cottage.
Migrate Your Beloved Bed Outdoors
Has anything ever sounded more divine than a sunny Saturday siesta? Make this dream a reality by installing the comfiest of lounge spots from a nearby tree.
Get the tutorial at The Merrythought.
Revamp Your Planter Situation
Looking to add some height and originality to your plant display? This chair DIY, which only takes 30 minutes of manpower, meets both criteria with flying colors (literally).
Get the tutorial at Motherhood in Style.
Expand Your Bar
Meet the most organized DIY storage unit ever. With more than enough room for outdoor treats and summer beverages, you have no excuse to not take advantage of your backyard space until the sun goes down (weather permitting, that is).
Get the tutorial at A Burst of Beautiful.
Cozy Up Your Fire Pit
No more schlepping your kitchen chairs back and forth whenever the itch for a fireside hangout hits. These backyard-worthy seats can hold up to the elements while hardly appearing handmade.
Get the tutorial at Not Just A Housewife.
Maintain Some Privacy
An easy DIY privacy wall can seamlessly close off your patio, or even establish a secluded corner on the lawn. Layer with a worn window or mirror for extra dimension.
Get the tutorial at Table and Hearth.
Repurpose a Stock Tank As a Pool
The stock tank pool trend is only gaining traction, and for good reason: it's the perfect way to cool off without the sweat of an in-ground pool installation.
Build Your Dream Treehouse
For those who would rather enjoy the backyard from a higher altitude, Treehouse Supplies offers easy building plans starting at just $50, plus helpful materials.
Set Up a Potting Station
If you told us two metal trash cans could make for a charming work space, we'd admittedly be skeptical, but when topped with an old door and flanked by geranium red metal stools, somehow it just works.
Decorate a Chic Shed
You can easily transform a basic backyard shed into a gorgeous space—complete with a barn quilt—in just 48 hours. Start by hanging checkered fabric by installing a rope across the peak of the shed and draping the fabric over using a staple gun to attach fabric to the walls (this shed required about 30 yard of fabric). Then hang an upholstered blue couch to create a unique seating area. And finish the shed by accessorizing with a bar cart, rug, and decorative baskets and plants.
Transform a Grain Silos
Ready to go all out this summer? Go galvanized this season and repurpose a grain silo into a rustic bar for your backyard.
Personalize Your Plants
A DIY monogram planter is a cute personalized touch to any backyard. Blogger Cassity writes that, thanks to this planter's nifty design, she can replant blooms as often as she'd like.
Get the tutorial at Remodelaholic.
Make Your Own Pergola
A pretty pergola seems like an expensive endeavor, but you can easily build one on a budget. The size of your backyard will determine how big (or small) it will be, but this design's dimensions can be altered to fit any space.
Get the tutorial at The Created Home.
Build a Backyard Playhouse
Power couple Jamin and Ashley Mills, who are behind the incredible designs of The Handmade Home, built a two-story backyard hideaway for their kids.
Create an Outdoor Lounge
This lounge is a combination of new and reused: The gazebo from Home Depothelped anchor this small back patio, and a couch and thrift store chairs were given a DIY makeover to create a cozy outdoor seating area. And how cute is that coffee table made from a galvanized tub and a wire spool?
Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
A sandbox is still a great place for kids of all ages to play. You can make one with just basic supplies from a hardware store—and don't forget to add a DIY sunshield so little ones can avoid sunburns.
Get the tutorial at Design Dining and Diapers.
Use Rope Lights to Illuminate Your Garden Paths
Get the tutorial at Christmas Lights Etc.
Hang String Lights without a Pergola
If you don't have an existing structure to hang string lights from, anchor poles into planters with cement, then add plants (this blogger used lemongrass and citronella to ward off bugs).
Get the tutorial at Bless'er House.
Turn a Bike Into a Planter
An old bike can become a beautiful planter by filling the front basket with blooms.
How to Grow Your Own Food
Ready to start your own garden? The Backyard Homestead gives you all the tools you need to grow your own food on just a quarter acre.
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
Think twice before tossing that empty wine bottle! Instead, repurpose it in the cutest mobile bird feeder.
Get the tutorial at Elizabeth Joan Designs.
Though a luxury not everyone can afford, if you have the space to build a "garden playhouse," as blogger and photographer Marta Potoczek calls it, it certainly is a beautiful way to relax on summer night.
See more at Lazy Sunday Cooking.
Need an easy way to add color to an overlooked corner your backyard? Old milks cans, chicken feeders, and galvanized mop buckets are just itching for new life as planters.
Want to add a splash of green to a brick patio? Follow blogger Liz Marie's cue and snag a faux grass rug to jazz up the space.
Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
Build a Pallet Wood Sofa
Convert leftover pallet wood into a cozy sofa, a perfect place to sip your morning coffee or enjoy an evening cocktail.
Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.
Give Folding Chairs a Facelift
Need extra seating for a backyard party? Upgrade your blah-colored folding chairs for this bright alternative. Simply use spray paint to add more color and character to the party setting.
Get the tutorial at Kelly's Moon Light.
Make Your Own Grill Set Holder
Let this handy sign do double-duty as cute backyard artwork and a safe spot to hang grilling utensils when not in use.
Get the tutorial at Lil' Luna.
BYSTEPHANIELYNN.COM Hang a Hammock
Is there anything more soothing than a hammock gently swinging under string lights? This easy-to-pull-off setup is guaranteed to be your favorite spot to relax.
Get the tutorial at By Stephanie Lynn.
Include a Kid's Corner
This hopscotch board—made out of pavers—works double-time as a game for kids (or adults!) and a fun way to add a pop of bright color to your lawn.
Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.
Hang String Lights
String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let string lights drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall.
Build a Wooden Walkway
Utilize reclaimed pallet wood to build a rustic wooden walkway. You can use it to link two areas of your backyard, or to add some character to a quiet corner.
Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Int
Make a Rustic Garden Pergola
Use three vintage ladders to construct this sweet, mini pergola, a perfect place to hang lights or use as a backdrop for photos.
Get the tutorial at Kojo Designs.
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