DIY Backyard Ideas & Projects
It’s easy to get stuck in a creative gardening rut.
You may even begin to lose your passion for gardening altogether.
Don’t let this happen! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative with some DIY backyard ideas.
If you’ve been pondering over new backyard ideas but haven’t come up with anything worthwhile, these DIY garden ideas could be for you.
1. Mosquito Repelling Torch
Mosquitos can be such a pain when you’re trying to sit outside in the evening.
Banish them with this nifty mosquito repelling torch.
2. Wooden Garden Bench
Source: DIY Home Décor Guide
Sometimes simple is best. This bench encompasses that idea.
Just take two wood logs of equal diameter and length and place a long, flat piece of wood on top of them.
Secure them together with steel nails and voila, your new bench is finished!
3. Backyard Teepee – A great idea!
Source: The merry thought
Make the dreams of your children (or your own) come true with this DIY tepee.
Stock up on popcorn, some great books and a lantern before heading out to spend the night in your very own tepee.
4. Backyard Fire Pit
Source: Diy cosy home
Keep your backyard cosy all year round with your very own fire pit.
It’s a guaranteed way to keep yourself warm outdoors in the cooler months.
This YouTube tutorial should set you on your way.
5. Swings around the Fire Pit
Now you have your fire pit built, why not add in some swings to complete the experience?
You’ll be living the self-made, luxury life.
6. Rustic Rope Swing
Ahhh ye olde rope swing, a classic that can’t be overlooked.
This rope swing is cheap to make and will be enjoyed by those both big and small.
7. Backyard Pizza Oven
Become the most popular person in your friend circle with this wood fired pizza oven.
Everyone will be flocking to your backyard on chilly evenings and summer nights.
8. Backyard Bar
Source: Turtles and Tails
Hey, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, which is the perfect excuse to build a bar in your backyard for easy access!
This fold-down bar is a fun weekend activity to do, especially if you can bribe your friends with a cocktail to help you out.
Bring the beach to your backyard with this DIY project.
Making your next backyard DIY a sandpit for your kids will definitely put you in the good books for a while.
Here’s a very easy-to-follow guide on making your own sandpit for the backyard!
10. DIY Rope Hammock
A serene garden is not complete without a hammock.
Instead of being lazy and buying one, why not make your own?
Kinfolk Magazine has a simple tutorial that is bound to bring out your inner hipster.
11. Bird Bath
Source: Little Things
This mosaic bird bath is made from broken up CDs (hello 21st century) and will attract birds from far and wide.
It’s also a great way to fix up an old bird bath that’s falling apart.
12. DIY Bird Feeder
Source: All things heart and home
Sure, the birds in your garden now have some water, but what about food?
This feeder will bring all the birds to the yard.
13. Raised Garden Bed
Source: Popular Mechanics
If you don’t have a green thumb, raised garden beds take the hassle out of gardening.
You don’t have to worry about having bad soil when you can create your own perfect soil mix in these little raised garden beds.
14. Make Your Own Flower Pot People
Source: The owners builder network
Remember Bill and Ben, the flower pot men?
A children’s classic.
And now you can have your very own flower pot people in your garden.
15. Garden Pond
A pond is a lovely touch to any garden.
This step-by-step guide will guide you in creating your own garden pond.
You will also need a water pump, underlay and pond liner so it may be easier if you just buy a good pond set.
16. Terracotta Pot Table
Source: Dukes and Duchess
All you need is a large terracotta pot to make this handy small table.
No need to splash out on a fancy designer garden table when you can make your own at little-to-no cost.
17. Build-Your-Own Greenhouse
Source: Northern Homestead
When the cold weather begins to set in a greenhouse comes in handy to keep your vegetables nice and warm.
This innovative GeoDome greenhouse is bound to do the trick.
18. DIY Planting Board
Source: Pitty Pat Pages
Plant seeds at lightning speed with this handy planting board.
All you need is some old corks and plywood!
19. Mosaic Stepping Stones
Brighten up any garden with these lovely mosaic stepping stones.
You’re only a hop, skip and jump away from having them in your garden too.
20. DIY Fence Table
Source: Sensibly Sara
After completing this DIY fold out table, you’ll finally have somewhere to rest your drink on while you relax and take in the beauty of your backyard.
21. Backyard Movie Theatre
Source: Popular Mechanics
Why pay to go the cinema when you can build your own movie theatre in your backyard?
For the total experience, check out our moonlight movie night tips.
22. DIY Tree House
Source: Make Zine
Ethan Schlussler’s treehouse, with bicycle powered elevator, is certainly kicking treehouse goals.
23. Garden Grass Bed
With this garden bed, you can dream about the next DIY backyard project you’ll be undertaking.
Lie down and stargaze at night and feel your worries slip away.
24. DIY Rain Barrel
This eco-friendly rain barrel should definitely be your next DIY project.
You can, of course, use a plastic barrel instead of an old wine barrel.
But then you miss out on that nice, rustic aesthetic.
25. DIY Beer Trap
This boozy DIY garden project will trap all those nasty snails and slugs that eat your vegetables.
But at least they’ll die happy.
26. Rainboot Garden
Source: The Chic
Embrace the rainy season with this cute Rainboot garden.
It’s the perfect way to recycle your kid’s gumboots after they’ve grown out of them.
27. Hanging Pallet Garden
Source: Design Sponge
Join the trend and create your own vertical garden!
You can usually pick a pallet up from the local garden store for free, so this is a cheap DIY project that has beautiful results.
28. Orange Seed Pot
Source: My Roman Apartment
Possibly one of the cheapest garden hacks out there: use your old orange skin to grow seedlings in.
Once it has become a seedling you can re-plant it in your backyard.
29. Creative Plant Markers
Source: Homespun Sprout
Add a little bit of fun to your garden with these spoon plant markers.
Just grab some old metal spoons and get creative with some coloured markers.
30. Wind Chimes
Source: Consumer Crafts
This fun DIY wind chime is made from green and blue sea glass.
Head down to the beach and forage for your own to save yourself some money.
An added bonus of using sea glass is it creates some beautiful reflections when the sun hits it.
Of course, not all projects are DIY projects.
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