Summertime is THE season for having fun in the sun! It’s a time when we dust off the grill, invite people over for BBQ’s, and spend as much time as possible lounging around the pool.
But, if your backyard is starting to look more like a party pooper than a tropical paradise, it might be time to give it a makeover.
To help get you started, here are 40 different DIY ways you can upgrade your yard – without putting a lot of time or expense into it!
1) Weekend Pergola Project
It’s like a pagoda, but instead of a closed roof, the top of the structure has an open, lattice-like design. That makes it a perfect place to relax, especially on warm, sunny days!
Check out this weekend pergola project for all the details on making this fabulous outdoor hangout.
2) Macrame Chair Hammock
Even if you don’t know the first thing about braiding ropes, these step-by-step instructions (with pictures) will show you just how easy it is to make.
All you need is a four dowels, a drill, some macrame rope, and a few screws to get started.
3) Rustic Fire Pit
What’s really great about this rustic campfire is that it only take a couple of hours to complete.
That means you can start roasting marshmallows and telling scary ghost stories by nightfall!
4) Scrappy Garden Bench
You don’t need to drill anything for this project, but grab some paint brushes to make the bench look less industrial, and more scrappy-chic.
5) Fairy Lights Canopy
When they’re woven into this dreamy canopy, they bring a touch of class to any outdoor setting.
6) The “Coolest” Table Around
Your guests can grab an ice cold drink without having to get up and move.
Now, that’s a lazy summertime dream come true!
7) Tree-Deck Oasis
That’s okay though, because it’s much more inviting to relax and play in! Grab a couple of plush pillows and a good book, and heaven awaits.
8) Pebble Mosaic Centerpiece
Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, this guide will teach you how to make a beautiful backyard pebble mosaic like the one pictured.
9) Easy Peasy Landscaping Idea
It’ll give your yard simple clean lines, without all the fuss of trying to create an artistic masterpiece.
10) Peaceful Pond-scapes
Thankfully, they’re pretty easy to make. This easy DIY shows you how to use a plastic pool liner to make the pond, and fieldstone to create the trickling waterfall.
11) Nautical Seats
Just grab a glue gun and coil the rope around the tire to make these fun rope ottomans. This is so clever, no one will suspect that it’s made entirely from throwaways!
12) Garden Tic-Tac-Toe Table
Find out how to make it here.
13) Cute Cupcake Lights
Although pairing string lights with cupcake liners might not sound like a fabulous idea, it turns out they go together just as well as peanut butter and jelly!
14) Succulent Pallet Table
It holds your favorite plants, but it’s low enough for everyone to talk to each other face-to-face!
15) Alice In Wonderland Toadstool
The “mushroom cap” seats on these are made from old wooden salad bowls, which have been spray painted and placed onto tree logs. If you are “curiouser and curiouser” about how to make one of these cute stools for your garden, check out this tutorial.
16) Yard Yahtzee
All you need are some wood blocks, clothespins, wood glue, a few clamps, and a wood burning tool to make the dots on the dice. Find out how to make this fun Yard Yahtzee game here.
17) Eerie Log Lamps
Salvaged logs with natural cracks help highlight the uniqueness of this decorative piece, and you can pretty much bet that no one else on the block will have these!
18) Pallet Walkway
It’s basically as easy as lying down a series of untreated wooden pallets into a slight depression into the ground. Surround the edges with decorative features like rocks and plants, and you’re all set.
19) Sweet Sounding Sea-Chimes
Use a piece of driftwood to hang the shells from, and add some decorative crystal beads to the string to bring in some positive vibes. If you’re lucky, it might even attract a hummingbird or two!
20) Pop Of Color
These whimsical zebra-striped stones are a certainly a cute conversation piece, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a professional to paint these black and white lines.
21) Pretty Tree Stump Planters
22) Hide The Garden Hose
Not only will it keep the pesky hose out of sight, but it’s a perfect way for you to display your most prized blooms. This easy DIY is made from pallets, and it’ll only take you a short weekend afternoon to make!
23) Grapevine Ball Lights
Grapevine is exactly what it sounds like – it comes from the vine that grapes grow on. Just soften the vine with water to bend it into a ball shape, then weave some fairy lights through it.
Most people like to hang these from tree branches, but if you really want to go wild, make some supersized grapevine balls for a uniquely stylish look!
24) Cozy Stone Patio
The possibilities for this space is endless. You could setup a cozy table for two, or put arrange a couple of comfy chairs around a fire pit.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out this tutorial, which uses packed pea stones as filler between the larger stones.
25) Mossy Graffiti
This whimsical wall is made out of live moss, which you’ll need to either borrow from an established patch in your friend’s yard, or local garden center.
Here’s the really strange part – you’ll need to blend it up with some beer and sugar! Once it’s reached a creamy consistency, use a paintbrush and letter stencils to graffiti your brick wall. The key is making sure that the wall is damp and shady enough for the moss to flourish.
26) Shady Planter
Just fill a large planter pot with some soil and flowers, pop in one of those patio table umbrellas, and you’ll be too bloomin’ cool for words.
27) Lightpole Planter
You’ll need to head to your local home improvement store for the 8-foot dowels, concrete planters, and pea gravel to make this project, but everything else is pretty easy to find.
Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more.
28) Shabby Chic Basket Lampshades
Flip the basket upside down, then slip a chain through the bottom to make a “handle” that the lamp will hang from. Next, tie the two ends together with fishing line, but don’t put away the fishing line just yet! You’ll need it to secure the outdoor LED lights to the basket.
Easy peasy, and you didn’t even have to go to college to learn basket weaving!
29) Outdoor Placemat Pillows
That’s where these crazy placement pillows come into play. The key to getting this to work is making sure the placemat has two layers. Use a seam ripper to open up a hole that’s large enough to fit your hand, fill it with pillow stuffing, then sew it back up. Use a waterproofing fabric protector to finish it off.
30) Adorable Hedgehog “Pets”
Just cut out the side of an empty 2-liter soda bottle, glue some twine around the body, and then give this adorable little guy some button eyes! Fill the inside of the bottle with potting soil, top it off with your favorite succulents, and you’re now the proud owner of a garden hedgehog pet!
Want a step-by-step guide? Check this one out!
31) Terracotta Side Table
All you have to do is flip a large terracotta pot upside down, give a nice paint job, place a wicker basket on top, and you have yourself a shabby chic side table!
32) Modern Patio Pool
This patio pool is only big enough for two adults, possibly four, and there’s absolutely no diving allowed! What really sets this apart from everything else out there is its sleek, metallic finish which gives it a nice, modern edge.
33) Mini Fire Pit
Although you probably aren’t going to be grilling up a juicy burger with this, it’s certainly hot enough to toast some tasty S’mores!
34) Pea Gravel Patio
First you’ll need to dig up some weeds, but once that’s done you can line the area with weed block rolls. Dump the pea gravel on top, flatten it out, and that’s pretty much it! Finish it off by centering some chairs around a table or fire pit, and you can officially call yourself a builder.
For all the nitty gritty details, check out a more in-depth tutorial here.
35) Dreamy Hammock Stand
Even if you’re not particularly gifted at woodworking, this is an easy project to complete. And the best news is that you can take a nap right after you’re done!
36) Clamshell Sunshade
You could also use canvas or a sun shade cloth to make it more weather friendly, but it’s easy to take apart and put away when it’s not being used.
37) Mini Water Garden
Even though this cute little pond-in-a-pot is inexpensive to make, it adds a wealth of charm to your outdoor living space. Materials you’ll need include a container, water lilies, potting soil, some fish, and a sunny spot so it can flourish.
38) Dresser Drawer Garden
This charming dresser drawer garden take it to the next level with its uniqueness, and it helps save the planet, too!
39) Painted Patio Tiles
Apply a mixture of both latex floor and porch paint to a few random tiles, then wait for it to dry between coats. Finish it off with a clear concrete sealer, then sit back and enjoy the pretty view.
40) DIY Movie Screen
It’s made of PVC pipes and a sheet, which makes it easy to both setup and disassemble for storage. This tutorial can show you how to make a movie screen that’s similar to the one pictured.