Summer is my favorite time of year. Everything from the warm breeze to the smell of roses brings a giant smile to my face. I have been working hard to create an amazing backyard space with the addition of two arches, an ever-blooming garden and a lighted tree stump planter. However, I keep finding more and more things I want to add.
When done correctly, your backyard can be the perfect getaway. By adding a few easy elements, you can make the space of your dreams. These backyard ideas are both easy and affordable.
Imagine sitting on your outdoor swing at dusk, listening to the crickets and enjoying the warm air and scenery. Here are some great ideas for creating your own outdoor oasis.
Backyard Idea: Add Lighting to your Outdoor Space
I can not emphasize how much of a difference lighting makes in your outdoor space. Whether it is candles or string lights, this will make or break your outdoor living space.
1. Mason Jar Backyard Lighting
These mason jar lights are a snap to make and will give you an amazing original lighting for your backyard landscaping. Simply grab a mason jar and some solar lights from your local Dollar store and your backyard will be glowing in no time! Check out the tutorial here.
2. Floating Paper Lanterns
This backyard idea is worth checking out! If you are hosting any kind of summer part and have a tub of water, lake or pond, check out these cute floating paper lanterns. These will not catch fire as they use battery powered LED lights. These paper lanterns float on plastic lids and will sure to be the hit of your summer backyard party! Check out the tutorial here.
3. Add some String Light Posts to your Planters
These sturdy planter posts add the perfect way for you to hang string lights without having to build an entire structure. I love how study these are. These will last forever as they are braced into the planter and cemented for extra stability. Check out how to make your own here.
4. Painted Mason Jar Hanging Lights
These mason jars are the perfect project for your kids, They are painted with acrylic paint and then roughed up with sandpaper. The hangers are simply tied on with twine and an LED tealight is added to give these the perfect summer feel. Check out the tutorial here.
Add Some Backyard Planters
Planters can make a big difference in your backyard decorating. A backyard oasis would not be an oasis without plants, flowers and greenery lurking around every turn. Here are some easy DIY backyard planters for you to add to your space.
5. DIY Tin Can Planters
These tin cans add the perfect pop of color to your backyard garden. They are painted with chalk paint and the spots were added using a stencil sponge. They are attached to a metal fence by drilling a hole in the can and using an S-hook to hold it on the fence. Check out the DIY here.
6. Turn a Watering Can into a Planter
This watering can planter is simple to make and will catch the eyes of all of your neighbors! Simply find an old watering can, fill it with rocks for drainage and add your favorite flowers! Check out the tutorial here.
7. Wash Tub Backyard Planter
If you are ever at a flea marker and see one of these galvanized tubs for sale, snatch it up! This tub was found for $5! Simply fill your tub with dirt and add your favorite herbs or flowers. This planter makes the perfect addition to your backyard decor. Check out the post here.
8. Turn an Old Wagon into a Planter
If you have an old wagon that you are no longer using, consider turning into a planter. This wooden wagon was first lined with coconut fiber (so dirt won’t fall through the slats) and then dirt was added along with flowers. This makes the perfect backyard idea for your garden. Check out the tutorial here.
Add Some Outdoor Furniture
Furniture makes all the difference not only inside but outside as well. Here are some great DIY backyard furniture pieces that will be sure to turn heads.
9. Disguise your Hose with this Pallet Planter
This backyard garden planter doubles as a place to store your hose. There are just so many wonderful things about this planter, that I don’t even know where to start! Simply dissemble a palette and use the slats to create the sides. Then make a frame out of wood and attach the door with hinges. You will want to check out the in depth tutorial here.
10. Up-cycle Some Thrift Store Furniture
This post has tons of tips for up-cycling your favorite thrift store finds. If you are re-purposing wood furniture, an outdoor spray paint in satin is a great choice. Make sure your furniture is clean and smooth and spray away! Check out more tips here.
11. Add Some Hardware to an old Potting Bench
By painting and updating old furniture, you will end up with some truly unique pieces of furniture. I think adding hardware to this old potting bench, makes all of the difference. Check out this post for the the instructions to this and more backyard ideas!
12. Build an Outdoor Backyard Farmhouse Sink
Who would’ve thought of building an outdoor farmhouse sink? Not me, but now that I’ve seen this, I don;t think it will be leaving my mind anytime soon. This is even connected to water through the hose with a splicer! So smart! Check out the tutorial here!
13. Create a Lounge Chair out of Cinder Blocks
Every back yard needs a place to lounge and enjoy the sun! This lounge chair can easily be make from painted cinder blocks. The best part is that it is not only stylish, but comfortable too! Check out the instructions here.
14. Create a Side-table out of Wire Baskets
This side-table was made with two wire baskets and a pizza pan from the dollar store. Simply glue everything together using E-6000 glue and spray paint your table the color of your choice. Check out the tutorial here.
15. Up-cycle Two old Chairs into a Bench
This backyard garden bench is actually two old chairs connected with wood slats. This bench makes the perfect outdoor garden bench for your back yard. Check out the tutorial here.
16. Create a Modern Bench out of Two by Fours
Speaking of benches, this no nail bench will look amazing in any outdoor space. I love that it is made entirely out of two by fours and wood glue. Check out the detailed instructions if you are ready to make your own.
Add Some Water to your Backyard Oasis
Water has such a beautiful calming effect. Not only will adding a water feature bring about serenity, but it will also add beauty to your outdoor space.
17. Create a Water Fountain with Marble Tiles
Did you know that you can easily make a water fountain with a pump and something to hold the water? This water fountain takes it to the next level by using gorgeous marble tile pieces as a waterfall. Check out how to copy this great idea here.
18. Create a Display Fountain out of Flower Pots
This water fountain is also very simple to make also using a pump and some flower pots. This post will show you everything from creating the fountain to the brick herring bone pattern underneath. See how here.
19. Dig a Duck Pond in your Backyard
Who doesn’t love seeing ducks floating on a pond and happily quacking? If you have the space, this duck pond would be a unique addition to your backyard collection. See how to make your own here.
Add Some Accents to Your Outdoor Space
By adding a few final details to your backyard space, you will be able to really set your space off and customize it to your personality. Here are a few ideas for you to try.
20. Backyard Idea: Tips for Restoring your Deck
If you have been neglecting your deck, or a weathered deck is simply a part of your life, this post will really help you get it sorted out. You will want to sand, clean and treat your deck and then treat it to keep any new weather out. See the post here.
21. Terracotta Pot Lighthouse Bird Feeder
This bird feeder is made entirely out of terracotta pots and saucers. It is painted and assembled to look like a lighthouse. It is awesome because not only is it cute, but it also doubles as a hanging bird feeder. Check out this backyard idea here.
22. Hide your Air Conditioner with Palettes
Here is a great backyard idea to hide that ugly (yet beautiful) machine that keeps you cool. This can be made for free using recycled palettes. Check out the tutorial here.
23. Add some Nautical Decor to your Outdoor Space
These Cape Cod accent pieces are the perfect touch for customizing your outdoor space. The wood pieces include a monogram letter and are painted in your choice of colors. Check out the tutorial here.
By adding some very simple touches you can create the backyard of your dreams. It is amazing how the small details can make such a huge difference in your decorating.