40 beautiful exterior DIY projects

June 19, 2020

I'm back with 40 more awesome outdoor do-it-yourself projects today. I put the call out to my blog friends and they answered with a TON of great ideas for outside. You can find the first 20 DIY outside project ideas here if you missed them!

As always, you can click on the blog name under each photo to get to more details about each project. 

Rachel’s home was beautiful before but now it’s simply stunning: 
painted colonial

I love it! Just lovely. Go here to see more on the transformation and the landscaping! 

I planted a veggie garden this year for the first time in forever, but eventually I'd like to make a permanent spot with a lot more planting space. I loved these raised planters surrounded by pea gravel: 
raised garden beds with wood and pea gravel

I love the sound of walking on pea gravel. Is that weird? It's so soothing to me. 

This cute A-frame plant stand would be a pretty addition to the front porch: 
A-frame tray plant stand

But it would also look great out back -- it could double as a drink or food holder as well! Or even a different kind of nightstand. :) 

These outdoor drapes are made with a different material than I've seen used before, and I love the dark trim accent!: 
DIY outdoor drapes using sheets

I think these DIY solar lanterns are SO cool! What a great idea:

DIY wood solar lanterns

They'd look great hanging from a fence or pergola. 

A DIY outdoor playhouse (with plans!) would be a blast for any child: 
Outdoor playhouse with plans

I mean...I wouldn't say no to it. And I'm in my 40's. 

I love this idea for decorating outdoor flower pots: 
Decorating planters with napkins

I used the same method to make my own decorative knobs years ago! The possibilities are endless.

This modern sofa build could be changed up to fit any outdoor decor with stain or paint: 
Modern wood DIY outdoor sofa

I love the look of raised planters made of wood, but I also like the idea of using stone: 
Raised outdoor garden with stone

These raised gardens with stone have softer, more organic lines.

If you're looking for big planters at a good price...well, good luck. Ha! This is a great idea using buckets to create outdoor planters:
bucket into outdoor planter

Do you have a big empty wall on the outside of your home? This modern wood slat wall is super sharp:
modern DIY outdoor wood slat wall

Saying "sharp" makes me feel like my mother. 😂

This is another one I may try -- putting permanent poles in the ground for a hammock:
DIY hammock stand in ground

We have a metal stand that falls apart when we move it so this would work so much better!

I'm a hydrangea NUT (go here to see my tips on growing hydrangea plants) and last year I started growing them in our patio planters -- yes, you can do that!:
How to grow hydrangea in planters

Keep in mind they need more water in planters than in the ground -- and I plant mine in the ground in the fall instead of bringing them in.

This is another project on my to do list! Because we don't have any mature trees around the patio, we'll have to make these cement filled planters to hold outdoor lights:
Cement in pots for hanging outdoor lights

The bonus is, if you don't fill them completely, you can still use them as planters. (As Shannon did here.)

I love this little stair step flower planter idea that would be great for herbs as well:
stair step wood planter

What a great knock off outdoor side table -- for a TON less!:

Knock off Abbot outdoor table

If you have a brick house you're thinking of painting, this is a great tutorial:
How to lime wash brick white paint

There's something about a white porch with black accents...I love it!

I love a good upcycle! Can you tell what this plant stand was before?:
Reusing metal fire pit into table

I really loved this idea too -- a wood bench for the front yard with house numbers:
Outdoor bench and planters with house numbers

It also serves as a planter! How cute!

If your outdoor space is limited, go up with your garden!
Modern planter wall outside

Fill them with wave petunias that will spill out with tons of color. This is another great way to grow herbs.

I loved how Tonya transformed her side yard:

side yard garden hosta

Samantha’s pretty porch had me swooning: 

traditional front porch

The brick, the columns, the red door! Perfection!

And last, but not least, this is a helpful tutorial for adding a DIY flagstone pathway:
DIY flagstone pathway tutorial

SO MANY great ideas! Every time I share a round up of my fellow blogger's projects I walk away with a longer to do list.

Jaime is the queen of woodworking but this lovely outdoor spot shows she also pulls a space together beautifully: 
outdoor paver patio

I adore the purple floral accents -- red and purple have always been a favorite combo of mine when it comes to plants.

Daune's front porch dressed up for summer had me drooling...I mean, just look at it!:
Love the blue shutters, the pretty lights and all the plants in rustic containers. That door! Check out the rest of her pretty porch at the link.

Carli's pretty patio makeover already has me excited for the spring:
small patio updates

Love her bright, fun colors!

I'm always intrigued at what's going on at Kammy's house. They uncovered a root cellar and landscaped around it:
root cellar with landscaping

And now I want a root cellar! This turned into such a lovely spot! (You have to see the before pics to see how far it's come.)

I LOVE Breann's DIY driveway sign:
DIY driveway sign

She shares all the steps for the structure and the sign in the post. This is too cute. 

Cassie's DIY chicken coop was too cute not to share:
DIY chicken coop
Just look at their bright blue house! Love it! I wish we could have chickens.

The view from Kim's new screened porch is unbelievable:
DIY screened in porch
I mean, come ON! Check out her post for more photos and the materials they used.

Sonya's shed is SO COOL! It was truly transformed with paint -- she painted (literally) everything and what a difference it made:
Shed makeover

What a great space to get away or for the kids to hang out. I love that it feels like a little cabin in her backyard!

Karah took advantage of a gorgeous view on their rooftop deck and created a comfy pallet bed:

Oh my goodness, can you imagine? How cool is that?

I LOVE Heather’s back porch reveal

striped rug deck

She had me at twinkling lights at dusk, for real.

I thought this outdoor idea was SO SMART – Marie used some old louvered doors to hide their trash cans: 

uses for bifold doors

Awesome, right? And I love her little added touch of the bird houses at the top of each post. :)

There were so many great furniture projects linked up it was hard for me to stop! Pam gives a great tutorial on this Pottery Barn-inspired table:

Pottery Barn DIY picnic table

Someday I’m going to make something similar for our deck – the metal tables don’t hold up well for us.

I'm moving my garden and got started last weekend. I feel like I'm so late getting it planted this year! Since it's on my mind I loved Laura's raised garden bed:

Covered raised garden

We have lots of critters that grab my veggies -- I'll wait till a tomato is just about ready to pick and go out and it will be gone. :) I love this idea of the doors to keep them out!

And just to leave you with some happy, I had to share Priscilla's beautiful front yard:

Have you tried any of these at your house? Be sure to check out the first 20 exterior projects here!

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  1. My to-do list just got longer! Love those solar light hangers, and the bench... and I would love to have another paver path. Minus the install cost ;)
    Happy Summer!!

  2. Hi Sarah! I love this roundup of beautiful summer inspiration! Thanks so much for including my decoupage flower pots in your post. Your patio is so stunning, by the way!

  3. Love these ideas Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing some outdoor inspiration!


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