Twenty fun DIY projects for the backyard

June 09, 2020

Hello there! A quick update on me -- I underwent skin cancer removal on my face last week so I've had to take it easy. I thought it would just be until I get my stitches out this week, but it may be longer. But I'm healing well and am glad to have the procedure behind me and be cancer free!

Because I have to sit around more than usual, I'm dreaming up everything I want to tackle when I can get at it again. I've gathered a ton of AWESOME outdoor DIY projects to share with you! These are fun ideas that will spruce up any deck or patio. They range from lighting to building to planting. 

I have so many I'll have to split these up into two posts. This one is the first 20 outdoor DIY additions I think you'll love! You'll find a link to each one under the photos. Enjoy!

If you're like most of us, you have neighbors. Neighbors you may love, but want some privacy from occasionally. ;) This tutorial is helpful if you already have a structure to build onto: 
DIY outdoor patio privacy screen

And this outdoor privacy wall is free standing: 
DIY stand alone privacy screen

I planted garden a couple weeks ago for the first time in years! I'm so excited about it. Although long term it would be nice to have everything up higher for easier access. This raised veggie garden tutorial is the answer!:
DIY raised garden bed with hanging planters

I love that there's a spot for hanging plants as well!

This DIY hanging plant stand is such a cute idea for a front porch: 

DIY hanging plant stand for porch

I love the chalkboard accent you can change out with the seasons!

This is another project I've considered over the years -- outdoor curtains help keep the bugs out, but also just pretty to look at: 
How to hang outdoor curtains

Outside spaces are the perfect place to add some fun colors! This stenciled outdoor table is an easy way to do that:
Bright painted outdoor table

I LOVE the look of vines growing in a diamond pattern on the side of a house. I keep trying to find the perfect spot for it on ours! Check out how to do this below: 
How to grow diamond vine patter on house or fence

If you have some sad looking concrete, this product will make it look new again -- and it's not paint!: 
Stone paint to cover concrete

If you're handy, building outdoor furniture will save you tons of money. (Exterior furniture is SO expensive!) This outdoor sofa/bench is made with 2x4's: 
DIY bench or outdoor sofa with 2x4s

I love that live edge accent!

This outdoor lounge chair looks great and is easier to build than you'd think!: 
DIY outdoor lounge chair build

And this porch swing is made with all 2x4's as well!: 
simple porch swing using 2x4's

We have the perfect spot for a porch swing -- someday I hope to add one! 

These DIY wine bottle solar lights are a great way to upcyle and add some pretty twinkling lights to the backyard: 
wine glass solar lights for outdoors

Lights of any kind add SO much to an outdoor space!

Of course, your backyard will need some color. These are cute planting ideas using farmhouse-style planters: 
farmhouse planter ideas

I love this idea of adding an aged look to brand new planters: 
How to give new planters aged look

These DIY wood slat planters would fit in perfectly with a more modern exterior:
Modern wood slat planter DIY

If your patio furniture needs some TLC, check out this outdoor furniture refinishing tutorial:
How to refinish outdoor furniture with stain

You can also see how I refinished our outdoor table in a natural tone (no stain needed) here:
Protecting outdoor table with natural finish

What a unique way to upcycle and hang your ferns or flowers!:
Lamp shade hanging planters

How fun is this? See how to make your own outdoor movie screen below:
How to build outdoor movie screen

And this outdoor bar would go perfectly with a movie night! ;)
DIY outdoor bar build

This makeover started with plain grass and ended up with a custom firepit and gravel seating area:
adding pea gravel circle with stone firepit

You can see our stone fireplace kit we got at a big box hardware store here:
store bought DIY stone firepit

SO many fun ideas, right? I love all of them! Have you added any of these projects to your patio or yard?

You can see all of our outdoor projects and spaces from this house and from our old house here!

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  1. That stone fireplace kit looks so fun! I wish I had a backyard for it haha! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. So many great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing our outdoor curtains!!

  3. I am passionate about outdoor spaces and these are all beautiful!!


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