30 Backyard DIY Project Ideas

DIY Wooden Bench

30 Backyard DIY Project Ideas

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

DIY Mosquito Repellent BottleSource: gerardotandco.com

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

DIY Wooden BenchSource: 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

Teepee in GardenSource: 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

backyard fire pitSource: 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

swings-around-a-fire-pitSource: Handimania

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

diy 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

DIY Pizza OvenSource: HGTV

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

fold down backyard barSource: 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.

 


9. Sandpit

DIY backyard sandpit

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

Kinfolk_HammockSource: Kinfolk

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

Mosaic Bird BathSource: Me and my DIY

This magical 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

diy bird feederSource: 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

raised garden bedsSource: 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

DIY-Clay-Pot-Flower-People-5Source: 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

Frog in 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

Terracotta-Pot-TableSource: 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

diy green houseSource: 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

diy wooden planterSource: 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

DIY-Mosaic-Tile-Garden-Stepping-StonesSource: iCreativeIdeas

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

Fold up tableSource: 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

Outdoor 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

DIY Treehouse

Source: Make Zine

Ethan Schlussler’s treehouse, with bicycle powered elevator, is certainly kicking treehouse goals. If you don’t want to follow in his steps, you can make a simpler, child-friendly treehouse for your garden.

 


23. Garden Grass Bed

Grass Garden BedSource: Neatorama

With this garden bed, you can dream about the next DIY garden project you’ll be undertaking. Lie down and stargaze at night and feel your worries slip away.

 


24. DIY Rain Barrel

diy-rain-barrel

Source: Tixeertne

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

Beer trap for snailsSource: SteveR-

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

Rainboot GardenSource: 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

Hanging pallet gardenSource: 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

Orange Seedling PotSource: 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

Garden MarkersSource: 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

Sea glass wind chimesSource: 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. And for your backyard, there are some things you’ll want to leave to the professionals. That’s us! Whether you’re after a verandah extension to your home or some nifty new outdoor blinds, our backyard living experts are ready to offer you the best advice. Make the most of your weekends and contact us today for a free measure and quote on your big outdoor projects!

Alex Kuchel

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Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living. She loves her job and loves jotting down her thoughts on all things outdoors. Outside of work, she loves: scoffing sorbet ice-creams in the summer sun, finding sand between her toes, trying to tame her very naughty puppy, "Sabre"; and enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer! Especially in Summer - the happiest time of year!

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