40 Beautiful Exterior DIY Projects for Your House and Yard

April 12, 2023

FORTY awesome DIY outdoor projects for your home exterior and backyard!

I'm back with 40 more awesome outdoor DIY 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! Both lists include tons of ideas for do-it-yourself outdoor decor, lighting tutorials, gardening ideas, exterior furniture builds and a bunch more easy outdoor projects.

The weather is warming up and I have a BIG list of outdoor projects I want to tackle this year. Until then, I mixed in some of my favorite past exterior projects in this list as well. 

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 side table or nightstand inside! 

Rachel’s home was beautiful before but now it’s simply stunning with the painted brick
painted colonial
I don't always love a painted brick makeover, but this one is a stunner and made such a big difference. 

I've had small raised gardens in the past, 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. It's so soothing to me. :)

Our DIY cedar potting bench is a favorite of mine, we use it for gardening and entertaining:
DIY cedar potting bench

These DIY 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 wood solar lanterns are SO cool! What a great idea:
DIY wood solar lanterns

They'd look great hanging from a fence or pergola, or just sitting around a patio!

Jennifer's outdoor playhouse (with free plans!) would be a blast for any child: 
Outdoor playhouse with plans

I mean...I wouldn't say no to it. 😂 My dream would be to have a little potting shed one day!

I LOVE this idea for decoupaging 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 exterior sofa build could be changed up to fit any outdoor decor with stain or paint: 
Modern wood DIY outdoor sofa

What a great idea! I don't know that I've ever seen a raised garden bed made of stones
Raised outdoor garden with stone

These stone raised gardens 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 outdoor planter

Do you have a big empty wall on the outside of your home? Diane's 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 planting them in our patio planters -- yes, you can do that!:
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.

Because we don't have any mature trees around the patio, we used cement filled planters to hold our outdoor string lights:
DIY heavy patio light containers

But we added a secondary method of securing them so they hold the heavy string lights! The bonus is you can still use these as flower planters.

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 for this concrete 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 brick limewash tutorial:
lime wash brick white paint

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

Cassie's DIY chicken coop was too cute not to share:
DIY chicken coop

Just look at their bright blue house! Love it! This makes me want chickens.

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

I really loved this idea too -- an outdoor wood bench with house numbers:
Outdoor bench planter with house numbers

It also serves as a planter! How cute!

Adding outdoor landscape lighting sounds a lot more difficult than it actually is. I shared the simple tutorial that I've used many times: 
landscape lighting aroung hostas

If your outdoor space is limited, go up with your garden! This vertical wall of pots is so fun: 
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 love how Tonya transformed her side yard with hostas:

side yard garden hosta

Samantha’s pretty traditional porch had me swooning: 

traditional front porch red door

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

This is a helpful tutorial for adding a DIY flagstone pathway:
DIY flagstone pathway tutorial

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 is so lovely!:
farmhouse front porch

Love the blue shutters, the pretty lights and all the plants in rustic containers. That door! 

Carli's pretty patio makeover already has me excited for summer:
colorful patio updates

Love her use of 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. 

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 such a great little space! It was truly transformed with paint -- she painted (literally) everything and what a difference it made:
She shed all white makeover

What a great space to get away or for the kids to hang out. 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:

DIY 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.

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

bifold door DIY privacy screen

Awesome, right? And I love her little added touch of the bird houses at the top of each post. :) This would also be a great way to camouflage the air conditioner unit.

Pam gives a great tutorial on this Pottery Barn-inspired outdoor table:

Pottery Barn DIY picnic table

Gardens are on my mind and I loved Laura's raised garden bed:

screened 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:
colorful garden inspiration

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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