Backyard Ideas That Wont Break The Bank

Dated: 04/07/2020

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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. That's why we've compiled a list of the absolute best backyard ideas out there. We're coming to your rescue with plenty of beautiful projects, inspired suggestions, and smart hacks that you can implement quickly and while on a budget. Instead of doling out dough on a professional designer who will charge a fortune for your wildest and most
 wonderful landscape ideas, save money and take matters into your own hands. You can either skim through our list and get ideas from the eye candy you find there, or dig a little deeper and learn how to recreate each of the looks you see here.

So, what exactly will you find on our list? Well, a little bit of everything—from porch and patio decorating ideas to DIY fire pits and never-before-seen planters. In fact, each and every one of these innovative, out-of-the-box tutorials is guaranteed to work for big and small backyards. Yes, we're really telling you that you can create the backyard of your dreams without breaking the bank—and we'll stand by our word. Now, let's get building!

85 Best Backyard Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

Time to beautify your outdoor space.

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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!



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.

backyard ideas fire pit

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.
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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. 


colorful backyard barn lantern diy

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.


vintage potato chip planters backyard diy

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?


vintage car chicken coop backyard diy

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.


backyard campout diy

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.


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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.

outdoor movie seats backyard diy

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. 


lemonade stand backyard diy project

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.


recycled drawer planter backyard diy

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. 


outdoor serving station backyard diy

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.


recycled chairs french style backyard bench

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.


pallet swing bed backyard diy

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.

diy chair planter backyard decor

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.

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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.


diy backyard wood chairs

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.


diy planked backyard privacy wall

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.


diy stock tank pool

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.

diy treehouse

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.


diy backyard garden potting station

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. 

Heartland Estate shed available at heartlandind.com and exclusively at Lowe’s


diy she shed

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. 

RELATED: This Couple Turned Their Farm's Grain Bin Into an Amazing DIY "Binzebo"


diy grain silo bar

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.


backyard ideas monogram planter

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.


backyard ideas pergola

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.

Take a peek inside.

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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.

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DIY Sandbox

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.

diy sandbox

Use Rope Lights to Illuminate Your Garden Paths

All it takes is a strand of rope lights with end caps and garden staplesfor an easy and affordable way to light your backyard pathways at night.

Get the tutorial at Christmas Lights Etc.


rope lights walkway

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. 

Tour the rest of this creative garden.

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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.

Garden Playhouse

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.


Colorful Corner

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. 

Tour the rest of this creative garden.


Go Green

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. 



COURTESY OF AT HOME WITH KELSEY Make a Pallet Flower Display

Pretty up a boring backyard corner with this pallet-turned-display case. Fill with an array of potted plants in the summer, then switch to pumpkins or pinecones for the autumn months.

Get the tutorial at At Home with Kelsey.

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.


COURTESY OF GARDEN DRAMA

Brighten Up a Basic Fence

This might be one of the easiest way to glam up your backyard: Simply drill holes in your fence, then fill with colored marbles. The sun reflecting through will cast gorgeous light across your backyard, especially in the evening. 

Get the tutorial at Garden Drama.

RELATED: Inspired Garden Gates for a Beautiful Backyard

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. 

RELATED: Porches and Patios We'd Love to Relax On


THE BRAMBLEBERRY COTTAGE Add More Depth

You might not be able to change the square footage of your backyard, but you canmake it appear bigger. Turn vintage windows into mirrors and hang them from a fence—the reflection created will add extra dimension and depth to your outdoor space.

Get the tutorial at The Brambleberry Cottage.

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.


COURTESY OF ANA WHITE Build a Ladder Garden Planter

Propped against a fence, this cedar planter provides an eye-catching way to display your favorite blooms. Bonus: It only costs $20 to make.

Get the tutorial at Ana White.


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