25 Easy DIY Backyard Ideas on a Budget

by craftmin | November 23, 2017

Looking for budget DIY backyard ideas, which are easy and fun to do? Or maybe you want new looks for your front door or outdoor upgrades? Then this post is for you with our great easy-to-follow DIY projects.  

By simply repainting flower pots with a whimsical touch or making your own homemade wine bottle tiki torches, a homely accent or two will liven up your home for the holidays or all year long.

Extend the personal touches from your house to your backyard and let your skills and personality shine through.  It may just be a sense of the rustic, or a more sophisticated but cozy corner where you can relax and let the wears of the world disappear.

Our DIY backyard ideas are teeming with possibilities. Maybe make a garden arbor where you can read a book during lazy afternoons or tuck away part of the porch where your teenager can gab the evening away with friends, creating pockets of privacy for each member of the family. 

Worried about your budget?  No worries as each DIY project is easy on the pocket and easy on your time.  Don’t be intimidated as these projects are simple to follow and are a great way to pass your time productively. Help out the environment by repurposing old materials like window panes or glass table tops.

(1) Great Numbers

DIY Numbers

Tired of old plastic house numbers?  Get that curb appeal with a personal touch that will immediately freshen up your front door.  Upgrade your house number in an instant while keeping in mind the following tips:

Maintain the style.  If you live in a Victorian house, your house number should also have the same historic appeal, but equally, a modern house deserves a modern touch.

Place your house number where it can be easily seen from the street and place exterior lights over them for greater visibility.

Consider readability when you choose your font. The fancier it is, the harder it may be to read your house number from afar.

Modern House Number Sign

(2) Winning Window Boxes

DIY Cedar Window Boxes

Nothing draws the eye more than pretty window boxes filled with flowers or greenery. Consider using cedar, a wood that may be a little more expensive, but also ages beautifully and adds a touch of class. By making your own window boxes, you will be able to size them perfectly for each window which is a beautiful way to showcase the love and care you have for your home.

Not yet sold on the idea?  Window boxes will enhance the house facade and will immediately upgrade its curb appeal.  It’s a great addition if you plan to upgrade your own home later on.

DIY Cedar Window Boxes

(3) Sign of the Times

DIY Backyard Ideas Large Wood Sign Tutorial

Be it a welcome greeting or your own life philosophy, signs are powerful words that can express your family values or personal sentiments.  What do you want to communicate to your guest or the stranger passing by?  Is it a feeling of cozy welcome or a witty thought?  Consider the feelings you plan to evoke as you see your guests ponder on the sentiment, for example a friendly home calling for a gathering of family and friends is reflected perfectly with the “gather” sign seen above.

Large Wood Sign Tutorial

(4) Personal Mat Matters

DIY Backyard Ideas Watermelon Welcome Mat

Something you pass by every time you walk through the door, why not add a personal touch to the lowly doormat? Very useful when you have kids or if it starts to rain during a small gathering, let your welcome mat be a meaningful extension of your hospitality.  DIY stencil templates are pocket-friendly and seasonal changes are within your budget. Have fun as you choose playful designs to play up the welcome and then enjoy the look of appreciation among your friends as they enter your threshold.

DIY Watermelon Welcome Mat

(5) Charming Chimes 

DIY Backyard Ideas Beaded Wind Chime

These wind chimes are a pure visual delight when made with with brightly-colored beads.  Tinkling as the wind moves the bells, they evoke a whimsical feeling.  Play up the colors for one of my favorite DIY backyard ideas, mixing and matching your styles, or go happy by matching the design elements with the change of seasons. It would also be a great housewarming gift for a new neighbor.

Beaded Wind Chime

(6) Jars of Light

DIY Backyard Ideas Hanging Mason Jar Lights

Nothing quite changes space like lighting. Liven up the look of a cozy party with this easy DIY backyard idea using mason jars to give ambient lighting instead of the usual fairy light.  Give a dark corner an instant make-over with a jar or two of flickering light and liven up the party atmosphere by placing the lights at random along your perimeter.  If candles are not an option, inexpensive solar-powered LED lights are also readily available. 

DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights

(7) Ends and Stands

DIY Backyard Ideas Wire Basket Side Table

Sometimes, decorative solutions are so simple that we actually overlook them, but outdoor spaces can be instantly upgraded by the addition of a plant stand or two.  Add some end tables and empty space suddenly seems elegant and cozy. They’re also quite useful during parties and gatherings if your guests are looking for a place to put their glasses.  However, they are easily ignored as outdoor design elements, but it’s time to rectify that by creating an inviting corner with this easy DIY wire basket.

Wire Basket Side Table

(8) DIY backyard ideas fave: Old Window Panes Privacy Screens

DIY Backyard Ideas Windows as Porch Space Dividers

Don’t throw away old window panes, repurpose them into amazing space dividers.  One of my personal favorite DIY projects, they create a cozy corner in your outdoor space or instill a sense of privacy in your back porch.  Wherever you decide to use them, they will look great dividing an expansive space. Add a delightful whimsical feel with touches of glitter, a spray of paint or a crawling plant.

Windows as Porch Space Dividers

(9) Worthy Wreaths

DIY Backyard Ideas Easy Faux Boxwood Wreath

Easy-to-make and very budget-friendly, freshen up your front door with a simple wreath made from boxwood leaves or seasonal foliage. You don’t need much time or skill to weave a few branches and leaves together, but it is very timely for fall and the coming holidays. You can even make this a year-round project as you use the different seasonal plants.

Easy Faux Boxwood Wreath

(10) Luscious Succulents

DIY Backyard Ideas Succulent Plant Container

Large or small, planters instantly upgrade any look.  Succulents are low maintenance but if you are planning to make a large planter for these luscious plants, it’s a good idea to look up the mistakes that can easily spell the difference between success and failure.

These planters draw the eye while you make your outdoor space interesting and the talk of the town. You can make the planter a focal point on your table top, or simply leave them to make your patio more attractive.

Succulent Plant Container

(11) DIY backyard ideas fave: Tiki Touch

DIY Backyard Ideas Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

Don’t throw your wine bottles away, one of the most creative DIY backyard ideas makes use of your old bottles as tiki torches. Sleek and original, these wine bottle torches will certainly be a conversation topic at your next luau or neighborhood barbecue. Best of all, they keep our buzzing bitey friends away as we soak in the night light.

Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

(12) Grace and Glow

DIY Backyard Ideas Outdoor Chandelier

Candlelight adds a romantic glow to any setting, so don’t let outdoor electrical wiring stop you from creating a luminous glow in your backyard. An old chandelier looks lovely with all those candles, and casts brightness into an otherwise dark corner. It’s yet another great DIY backyard ideas that repurposes your old stuff or garage sale finds. Want more lighting ideas? Check out these stylish DIY candleholders.

DIY Outdoor Chandelier

(13) A Taste of Italy

DIY Backyard Ideas How to Make a Pizza Herb Garden

Ever dreamed of having a herb garden filled with the smell and taste of the best Italian dishes? Even if you don’t have the time to cook, let this mini herb garden give you the same taste and scent of your favorite dishes. Individual pots make it easy to choose and pick your favorite herbs and makes caring for the garden as easy as pizza pie. You can even the kids label each plant with whimsical designs.

How to Make a Pizza Herb Garden

(14) DIY backyard ideas on a budget: Ropin’ Fun

DIY Backyard Ideas Rope Wrapped Terracotta Pots

Bored with your uniform clay flowerpots?  Then, liven them up with this easy-to-do DIY.  Take some twine or natural-fiber rope, glue and, for a colorful touch, add some paint for an instant budget-friendly project to give your porch or backyard corner a great make-over.

Rope Wrapped Terracotta Pots

(15) Country-style Lights

DIY DIY Backyard Ideas Chandelier

More popularly used as decorations for country-style weddings, grapevine balls give a rustic ambiance. Shown here is a homemade chandelier that gives a farmhouse appeal that can be used as a decoration in various ways to enhance your outdoor space or just to give it a taste of hearth and home:

  • Use with flowers for a country feel or, better yet, make one large ball and use as a placeholder for a vase
  • Group differently-sized balls and create pockets of cozy spaces
  • Accentuate your porch and steps, garlanding them with festive colors for the holiday season
  • Make your own farmhouse-style table by filling a wire basket with these balls
  • partner the grapevine balls with this beautiful live edge DIY coffee table for a complete country look
DIY Outdoor Chandelier

(16) DIY backyard ideas fave: Gracious Gardens

DIY Backyard Ideas How to Build Garden Arbors

What is more romantic than a hideaway arbor tucked away in a corner of your garden?  No backyard is too small as arbors give a vertical dimension thus creating an illusion of space.  They are great for pictures and are heaven-sent for enthusiastic gardeners who need more space.  No wonde this is one of the most popular DIY backyard ideas in this series. Arbors also break the horizontal and low-lying lines of an ordinary garden and can be used for climbing plants that fit your climate, like lilacs, morning glories, and clematis.

How to Build Garden Arbors

(17) DIY backyard ideas on a budget: Fancy Potters

DIY Mini Flower Garden Pots

Improve the ambiance of your backyard with a touch of fun with these colorful and fanciful mini garden planters. Inexpensive and enjoyable, you can easily make this a family-wide project to share the joy of nature with your kids as they create their own mini gardens. Better yet, host a summer garden party and watch as both kids and adults indulge their own fancy.

You can also make your own fairy dreamland by choosing colorful flowers that you can move around or create secret floral pockets where you can hide little trinkets for a children’s party or your own simple gathering.

DIY Mini Flower Garden Pots

(18) Wet Wall of Wonders

DIY Backyard Ideas Water Wall Using Glass Table

Give your garden a more ambitious make-over by recycling a glass table top as a water feature which is a bit more luxurious but still budget-friendly if you are aiming for gilded elegance. Be prepared for some maintenance as autumn changes into winter, but it will be worth it as you hear the calming zen-like sounds of flowing water.

Enjoy the quietude with mulled wine or maybe just a soothing cup of tea.

Water Wall Using Glass Table

(19) Cozy Summer Fires

DIY Backyard Ideas Tabletop Smore Maker

Wanting to have your own s’mores party but don’t have a backyard fire pit?  Sigh no more, this easy mini fire pit DIY can be made from almost any material – terracotta, ceramics, copper or even concrete. If you don’t like s’mores but still want a homey ambiance, then this project is perfect.  Just upgrade the design elements with something more sophisticated like Mexican beach pebbles or beach glass.

Tabletop Smore Maker

(20) Simple Pillow Solutions

DIY Backyard Ideas Easy Outdoor Pillow Covers

Nothing spells cozy and comfort better than pillows, and the more the merrier. A tight budget? Break out the sewing kit and go on hunt through clearance sales.  Resistant fabrics, or even shower curtains, are best for pillows to be used outdoors. After a day or two of pillow-making, enjoy a cup of coffee and luxuriate in your hard work.

Easy Outdoor Pillow Covers

(21)  Swing Away

diy backyard ideas rope swing 8

If you want the kids to spend more time away from their tablets and computer games, lure them away with something more fun to do. Gather a round piece of pine wood for a seat (either store-bought or made from a scrap), at least 20 feet of natural rope, and a carabiner.

First make a hole in the middle of the wood. Then slip and knot the rope around the carabiner and put that end around the branch or pole where you plan to hang your swing. At the other end, determine the height of the swing and then tie the rope end underneath the wooden seat. Finally, check it with your own adult weight before letting the kids play with the swing. For more ideas to lure the kids away to the outside world, check these aboveground pools.

DIY Backyard Ideas: How to Make a Rope Swing

(22)  Fruit Crate Cart

diy backyard ideas fruit crate 1

Turn some fruit crates into useful shelves for your garden tools by staking and nailing them into a wheeled cart. Cheap, secure and stable, this crate fruit cart can even be a store for those misplaced toys you inevitably find when tinkering in the garden.

First, choose wooden fruit crates of similar sizes. Next, cut one out side of each crate, retaining two inches on both the left and right sides AND the bottom board. This will be the front part of your cart. Stabilize the crates by reinforcing the staples and nails before nailing the crates together and then polish or stain the wood. Lastly, attach casters at the bottom.

Why not make a cart perfect for your own diy pizza oven? It can serve as a dumb waiter with shelves for seasonings, utensils, plates, or maybe just something sturdy enough to hold your logs for your oven or fire pit.

DIY Backyard Project –  Crate Craft

(23) Transforming Tired Tires 

diy backyard ideas rope-ottoman-final

Give life to old tires by upcycling them into these beautiful and serviceable ottoman seats for your garden or back porch. You can even use them for family gatherings around a summer fire pit or before a blazing fireplace during wintry days. But, best of all, we can upcycle these rubber tires into something useful all year-round.

With a lengthy length of natural rope or sisal,  hot glue gun, two round wooden boards, and some screws you are now ready to tackle this project.  Simply screw on the wooden boards at both ends, the, glue the rope in a spiral starting from the middle of the wooden board. Simply turn over the tire and continue gluing the rope to the sides.

Finally, apply a sealant to the surface, waiting for it to dry after each application.  Yu can try this with braided shirt fabrics as shown here for color variety and softnes or even add some casters for the kids when they’re playing around. Remember to avoid direct sunlight and moisture when storing the ottomans.

How to Turn a Tire Into an Ottoman

(24)  Spic n’ Span Garden

diy backyard ideas hose

A lovely garden has an ordered nature nurtured with diligence and patience. Why not make it more orderly and more convenient for you by making this fully purposeful garden hose holder? With just a hammer and saw, you can build this holder with scrap wood or store-bought boards.

Garden Hose Holder

(25)  Purposeful Pallet

diy backyard idea pallet gardening table

Do you love to garden but you don’t have the space for a shed? Maybe you are converting a part of your backyard into another use and you badly need workspace? Here’s a great answer: a DIY pallet table which you can hang or screw to the side of your shed or your house, ready for use anytime you need it. It’s safe and stable for heavy pots but convenient enough that you can also hang some of your garden tools. You can even close it when you are done with your repotting or garden work.

UPcycling – DIY Gardening Table 

Bonus: Fun Kid Key Chime

 diy backyard ideas key chime

A few old keys, a twig or branch, and some acrylic paint together with a nylon string or fishing line are enough to make this whimsical wind chime that your kids will certainly love.  Another great DIY backyard idea – go rustic by using twine or add variety with little metal odds and ends. But no matter what you decide to use, this DIY backyard project is certainly charming.

Make sure you paint your keys by applying at least two coats of your color of choice. Do one side first and leave it to dry before starting on the other side.  You can color-code the strings or you can go for one color. The same can be done for the branch. Tie the keys to strings first before tying them to the branch, then tie them close enough to swing against each other when the wind blows so you can hear the tinkling of the keys.

DIY Backyard Ideas – Key Chime

No matter if you prefer an easy-going project or a more challenging DIY make-over, what matters is enjoying the journey as you build on your crafting skills.  Enhance a nook, enjoy a cranny. Begin your journey and begin with your outdoor space. Spread the love and have fun with these DIY backyard ideas.

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