It doesn’t take a lot to have a beautiful backyard.
If you long for a more beautiful backyard space, but lack the funds to hire a landscape designer, check out these DIY design tips and tricks to improve your outdoor space on a dime. Plus, get our best ideas for small backyards!
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2. Turn a Bike Into a Planter
An old bike can become a beautiful planter by filling the front basket with blooms.
3. Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
Think twice before tossing that empty wine bottle! Instead, repurpose it in the cutest mobile bird feeder.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Design Easy Seating
If you love to throw summer parties and are always in search of extra seating, here’s your solution: Spray-painted milk crates topped with scrap wood combine color and convenience, plus they’re easy to store when not in use.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Hang String Lights
String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let them drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall.
16. Add More Depth
You might not be able to change the square footage of your backyard, but you can make 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.
17. 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.
18. 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
19. 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.
20. Use Cinderblocks to Create a DIY Bench
This colorful, repurposed bench can be made from cinderblocks, lumber, and concrete adhesive. Add colorful cushions for comfy and stylish outdoor seating.
21. Hang Backyard Banners
To quickly create an elegant picnic or party area in your backyard, hang banners and vintage curtains from sturdy tree branches.
22. Paint a Picnic Table
Add pops of color to a plain wood picnic table by painting the benches and tabletop with a bright hue.
23. DIY Tin Can Lanterns
Let these easy-to-make lanterns cast a soft glow by hanging them from tree branches or aligning them atop a porch railing.
24. Craft a Colorful Planter
Using spray paint, a chain, and a hook, you can transform an old tire into a surprisingly lovely planter.
25. Light Up Your Trees
Create a romantic spot by twisting a string of white lights around a cluster of trees in your backyard. Not only will this create an enchanting place to sit in the evenings, but it will be charming to look at from inside your home.
26. Get Creative with Food and Drink Displays
Throwing a party? Rather than turning to a standard cooler to keep drinks cool, take a page from blogger Denise Sabia’s book and use a wagon or wheelbarrow as a more attractive alternative.
27. Put Old Wine Bottles to Good Use
Instead of the tiki torches you might have to replace year after year, upcycle wine bottles to serve the same purpose. Space them out around your backyard fence to create a romantic ambience in the summer months.
28. Make Your Own Wind Chime
Paint extra keys your favorite colors, tie to a branch with string, and display near your backyard door for an easy DIY wind chime
29. Build a Watering Can Fountain
This cool-looking fountain, made from recycled watering cans and a wash bin, is the perfect addition to a country garden.
30. Make Your Own Towel Rack
Rather than have your kids drop their towels on the ground in a wet, soppy mess, hang this cute “rack” to keep suits and towels organized.
31. Take Advantage of Tree Stumps
If you’re cutting down a tree, leave a few feet of the stump in place and turn into a small outdoor serving table.
32. Build a Tea Pot Fountain
Add a piece of DIY decor to your garden or backyard with this fountain made from an iron tea pot and an old whiskey barrel.
33. Give an Old Chair a Makeover
Elevate a boring aluminum chair by decorating it with paracord and macrame cords in bright, summery colors.
34. Add a Hanging Bucket Herb Planter
Consider this project artwork for your backyard. Hang metal buckets from door inserts to build this pretty garden.
35. Add Pretty Backyard Storage
Inspired by a French door she found in the trash, this blogger created the cutest backyard garden shed, which perfectly houses tools without being an eyesore.
36. Try Out a Bloom-Filled Crate
A rustic crate is the perfect container for a wild arrangement of pretty pastel flowers, including hydrangeas, lisianthus, snapdragons, and more.
37. Make Your Own Chandelier
Grapevine balls, white lights, twine, and a branch turn into an easy-to-make, rustic chandelier you can hang from a porch or patio.
38. Make Your Own Pond
Though many homeowners dream of a backyard pond, few houses actually come with one. With this tutorial, however, you can build your own miniature one with cedar boards, plywood, and a fountain pump.
39. Convert a Colander Into a Planter
Forget flower pots! Turn your favorite flowers into this easy DIY display.
40. Make a Bird Feeder Out of Dinnerware
Give your birds a brand new perch by turning old dishes into a chic bird feeder.
41. Add Pattern to Patio Pavers
Jazz up your backyard by turning plain cement steps into these brightly patterned patio pavers.
42. Stack Your Planters
Add dimension to our backyard by turning planters into a tiered herb garden.
43. Put Mason Jar Lids to Use
Upcycle Mason jar lids into cute plant labels for your garden to help you easily locate veggies.
44. Turn a Lantern Into a Terrarium
Blogger Nikki realized that Ikea’s Borrby candle lantern can easily be repurposed into a small terrarium—which can also double as a rustic outdoor centerpiece.
45. Hang an Outdoor Chalkboard
Rather than covering every inch of your sidewalk and driveway and chalk, let kids flex their creative muscles with this outdoor chalkboard. No need to worry about erasers—rain will provide a natural cleaner.
46. Build a Pallet Potting Bench
Put old pallets to good use by turning them into an outdoor potting bench, perfect for displaying flowers or birdhouses.
47. Pretty Up Your Pots
Elevate boring brown pots by wrapping rope around them, then adding a bit of paint for visual interest.
48. Give Dad Something to Brag About
A perfect gift for Dad, this do-it-yourself cooler stand will definitely become his favorite backyard toy.
49. Plant Coral Honeysuckle
Throughout this perennial’s long bloom time, from mid-June through September, its trumpet-shaped blossoms can perfume your entire garden. Coral honeysuckle will twine around anything in its path, scaling a 10- to 15-foot trellis in a single season, and attract hummingbirds as well.
50. Make an Oversize Flower Pot Work Harder
Flip a large flower pot upside down over the saucer and place an umbrella inside the hole at the top. Now you can spend all day outside in the shade, thanks to your flower-pot umbrella holder.
51. Hang an Outdoor Window Shelf
Perfect for when you’re firing up the grill, this chic window shelf keeps all your grilling tools handy—without being an eyesore.
52. Turn an Old Tire Into a Planter
Addicted 2 DIY blogger Katie dreamed up this brilliant idea of turning an old tire into a planter by wrapping it in sisal rope and adding legs.
53. Hang a Pocket Garden
Bet you never thought of this idea before: Repurpose a shoe holder into a cute outdoor planter.
54. Build a Shutter Fence
If you’ve ever wanted to do try unexpected and creative in your backyard, use old shutters to build a “fence.” Paint a vibrant color, too, for a pretty backdrop.