17 DIYs For Your Backyard

Getting your backyard ready for summer doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. There are many great DIY ideas that you can try to improve your outdoor space without breaking the bank. Here are 17 DIY projects that 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. Enjoy!

1. Giant Outdoor Chalkboard

Giant Outdoor Chalkboard

Give kids a place to create and share their outdoor artwork on this weatherproof chalkboard. (Tutorial via Love and Renovations)

2. Stepping Stones

Embossed Stepping Stones

Garden stepping stones will add a unique touch to your garden and serve as practical steps to keep your feet clean and dry. (Tutorial via Dream a Little Bigger)

3. Glass Pebble Lanterns

glass lanterns

Looking to light up your outdoor spaces? These glass lanterns will create glamorous lighting, either inside or out. (Tutorial via Everyday Dishes)

4. Rope Swing

Rope Swing

Wonderful DIY project the whole family can enjoy. (Tutorial via White Tulip Designs)

5. Wooden Bench

Wooden Bench

This stylish and comfortable outdoor bench is great for gardens, patios, walkways or just about anywhere. (Tutorial via Bob Vila)

6. Giant Jenga


Turn wood scraps into an oversize Jenga game. (Tutorial via Used.ca)

7. Fold Up A-Frame Tent

Fold Up A-Frame Tent

Make an outdoor play tent, great for reading, eating lunch, or just a spot of shade. When not in use, it folds up flat for easy storage. (Tutorial via Farm Fresh Therapy)

8. DIY Toddler Sand and Water Table

Toddler Sand and Water Table

Bring a slice of the beach into your backyard with this fun sand and water play table. (Tutorial via Boxy Colonial)

9. Wine Barrel Fountain

Wine Barrel Fountain

Create your own oasis in your backyard with a wine barrel water fountain. (Tutorial via A Lo and Behold Life)

10. Glowing Outdoor Orbs

Glowing Outdoor Orbs

This DIY project takes just three minutes to do, costs just $3, and uses only two materials – glass shades and mini lights. (Tutorial via The Art of Doing Stuff)

11. Fence Table

Fence Table

Build a great table on the fence that will work perfectly for outdoor cookouts or putting your indoor plants out in the sun. (Tutorial via Sensibly Sara)

12. Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

With a few long pieces of wood and cinder blocks you can create an impromptu couch. (Tutorial via Lena Sekine)

13. Build Your Own Backyard Smoker

terra cotta smoker

It will be a wonderful way to cook during the summer months. (Tutorial via Instructables)

14. Chair Planters

Chair Planters

If you have some old wooden chairs that can’t be used any longer, remove the seat and turn them into adorable planters. (Tutorial via Wonderwoman Creations)

15. Multi-Towel Rack for the Pool Made of PVC Pipes

Multi-Towel Rack for the Pool Made of PVC Pipes

If you have a swimming pool, this towel rack is a must for summer. (Tutorial via eHow)

16. Key Wind Chime

Key Wind Chime

Add personality to your outdoor space with a creative DIY wind chime made from old keys. Great activity for the whole family. (Tutorial via Inner Child Fun)

17. Outdoor Science Lab

Giant Spool Upcycled into an Outdoor Science Lab

Upcycle a giant spool into a super fun outdoor science lab for your kids. (Tutorial via TPcraft)

17 DIYs For Your Backyard

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