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!

1. Pin these ideas!

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Don’t forget to save these ways to beautify your yard. For more backyard decorating ideas, follow @countryliving on Pinterest.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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