The backyard is certainly one of the most useful and versatile parts of your home – the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating, renovating or remodeling it! You can add an artificial pond, a pool or a tanning bed if you aim to make it as comfortable as possible, or you can add an outdoor oven, a barbecue grill, a gardening shed to store all your gardening tools and equipment or even a small playhouse where your children can play safely.
Nonetheless, it is essential to organize your backyard efficiently and to make the best of all the available space, and here you will find 40+ backyard ideas that you can try!
1. DIY Outdoor Bench
If you are feeling crafty today and you want to create something that will really come in handy, then you should have a look at this DIY outdoor bench. You will be amazed to see that you do not need to invest in an expensive, high-end bench to enjoy a truly comfortable and enjoyable time in your backyard – you can make your own bench from scratch, with several pieces of plywood, a few nails, a hammer and some paint. Place it in a location where it oversees the forest and enjoy the sound of the birds chipping!
Source – creatingreallyawesomefreethings
2. Outdoor Chalkboard
The outdoor chalkboard is definitely one of the most versatile backyard ideas you can opt for. Easy to make and very creative and aesthetically appealing at the same time, the chalkboard can be used in countless different ways: you can use it as a reminder or a memo, you can write all sorts of inspirational quotes on it to get you through the day, you can display the daily menu for your husband and your kids and so forth. Besides, it costs you little to nothing to create this lovely chalkboard – all you need is some inspiration, and you will find plenty of it in this tutorial!
3. DIY Glass Marbles For Your Fence
Garden art will never go out of fashion – however, if you have decided to add a couple of creative decorations to your backyard, then you should know that you do not need to invest a small fortune in them, when you can make your own DIY glass marbles for your fence. Here is a super creative tutorial that will teach you how to do just that – and you will certainly love the fact the marbles are reflected in the summer sun!
Project Source – gardendrama
4. Take Your Kids By Surprise With This Rope Swing!
Kids are super energetic and they are always looking for different ways to let all that energy out – however, as parents, we are naturally concerned about the safety and security of our children whenever we go out to play. Here is the solution for that – you can now take your kids by surprise with a creative and super crafty rope swing that you can hang from one of the trees in your backyard. Cost-effective, durable and super entertaining at the same time!
Source – dukesandduchesses
5. Make A Giant Decorative Xylophone
If you have a few extra pieces of wood on your hands, then do not throw them away – grab a saw and cut them in different lengths so that they resemble a xylophone, get some different paint colors and start playing! Are you looking for a cheap outdoor decoration that will add to the curb appeal and the aesthetics of your house? Do you want a creative and entertaining weekend craft project that you can enjoy with your kids? Then check out this great, giant xylophone – and you will be happy you did!
Project Credit and Tutorial – lifestyle.yahoo
6. Tin Can Lanterns!
Have you ever thought that tin cans can actually benefit you from many points of view, other than serving as storage cans for your nails, pins and screws? Here is a lovely tin can lantern tutorial that will teach you how to “upgrade” your backyard lighting system in an instant. Grab a few old tins and get started on this creative project today!
Project Credit and Tutorial – growcreative
7. Make Yourself A Hula Hoop Chandelier!
We all had hula hoops as kids, as they are super playful and easy to use – however, have you ever thought about recycling a few old hula hoops and turning them into outstanding pieces of art? Here is how you can do just that! This tutorial will certainly make you regret that you have thrown your other hula hoops away – check out this tutorial and put your creative skills to good use!
Source – sarahontheblog
8. Outdoor Vintage Flower Buckets
Flower vases and pots can be quite expensive nowadays, but do not despair – you can now get some lovely outdoor vintage flower buckets that all your guests and neighbors will envy! All you need is three silver buckets and some fresh paint to color-code or number them. Then plant your favorite flowers (perennials usually work best in this case) and place them right at the entrance. They will add color and joy to your home before you even know it!
Project Credit and Tutorial – mywonderfullymade
9. Globe String Lights
String lights are a relatively modern invention, and they are exclusively designed for futuristic homes – however, the good news is that you can easily make your own globe string lights from scratch, lights that will certainly add comfort to the overall ambiance in your living room or bedroom. Here is a tutorial that will show you how to quickly do just that!
10. DIY Auxiliary Drawer For Your Backyard
Have you ever had a hard time storing your gardening tools, your barbecue utensils or any other tools? Are you looking for a practical, safe, durable and efficient way to store all of them, without having to spend several minutes looking for your tools next time you need them? If so, then this DIY auxiliary drawer project was specifically designed for you – check it out.
Project Credit and Tutorial – decomanitas
11. DIY Toy Storage For Your Kids
Kids love to play, and that is a fact nobody can deny. However, it often happens that kids “forget” to put the toys back to their storage bin, and they usually end up thrown all over the living room or backyard. Summer is close, and your kids will certainly want to play outdoors – this is why you should come up with a crafty, creative, practical and useful outdoor toy storage idea that will save you some time and trouble. Check this one out and see for yourself.
Source – mooshagirl
12. Make Yourself A Cool Rustic Cooler!
Nobody likes hot drinks, and hot beer in particular! Here is a very simple and inspired tutorial that will show you just how easy it is to make yourself a really cool rustic cooler that will keep your drinks cool throughout those hot summer days. Enjoy your favorite cold beverage!
Project Credit and Tutorial – killerbdesigns
13. DIY Key Wind Chime
Wind chimes are great, but who said that you can only hang them around your doors or windows? You can now get yourself a mini key chain wind chime that will boost your mood and make your day happier – besides, this recycled craft for kids is also a great opportunity to bond with your children and to stimulate their creativity and their imagination at the same time.
Project Credit and Tutorial – giving.innerchildfun
14. DIY Pallet Planter
This is another great and crafty way to use your old pallet! For years, people have been recycling and repurposing old pallets in countless different ways: some turn them into coffee tables, others turn them into sofas, while gardeners prefer to turn their old pallets into a crafty and beautiful planter. Here is how you can easily do the same thing – hanging your colorful flower pots on the pallet has never been easier or more beautiful! Besides, you can easily move the pallet flower planter from one spot to another – it does not have to be stuck in one place!
15. Succulent Flower Dresser
Do you have an old dresser that you no longer use? Great, then you have all it takes to make yourself a beautiful and “succulent” flower dresser – just check out this amazing outdoor decoration idea and you will certainly feel like adapting it to your backyard as well. In a nutshell, all you need is an old, dark-shade dresser and a few colorful flower pots. Carefully place the flower pots inside the dresser, one next to the other one, for an outstanding visual effect that all your guests will appreciate – besides this, it will also be a lot easier for you to water your plants and to care for them this way!
Project Credit and Tutorial – grizzlybearmodern
16. Add A Fancy Tic Tac Toe Board To Your Backyard
Although this may not be the most practical and functional idea out there, it is certainly one of the cheapest and most aesthetically pleasant one. All you need is some old, perfectly round rocks and some black and white painting. Dye the rocks pitch-black and then draw the “X” and “O” on them, alternately – add them to a cute old pottery vase and then place them randomly across your backyard, and the visual effect is guaranteed.
Project Credit and Tutorial – nwedible
17. Build Yourself A Tree House
Who said that tree houses are exclusively designed for children? Adults need a safe haven where they can retreat when life gets too hard, too! Here is an outstanding tutorial that will teach you how to build your own tree house apartment, even if you have never done this before.
The healing power of having your own little tree house cannot be overstated: it is super relaxing to have your own little corner where you can go with your favorite book and just sit for hours, away from the eyes of the world. With a bit of effort and all the right tools, you can build your tree house within a few hours.
Project Credit and Tutorial – apartmenttherapy
18. Child-Friendly Cement Stepping Stones
We have all seen the traditional cement stepping stones, and they are certainly a great choice for your backyard – however, how about some brightly colored, shiny stepping stones that will certainly draw the attention of all your guests?
Here is a tutorial that will show you how to make some colorful, bright and child-friendly cement stepping stones that your little ones will certainly adore. Make sure to collect a few perfectly round river stones to start with!
Project Credit and Tutorial – pinkandgreenmama
19. Super Creative Garden Markers
Have you ever thought about painting stones and turning them into exquisite garden markers? If not, then now is the right time to do so! Have a look at this crafty and imaginative tutorial that will show you how quickly you can turn plain rocks into “delicious looking veggies”.
With the right paints and colors and some creativity and skill, you can make lovely garden markers that you can spread across your fruit and veggie garden. This way, you will never forget where you’ve planted raspberries, strawberries or cucumbers ever again.
Project Credit and Tutorial – adventure-in-a-box
20. DIY Bird Feeder
Is there anything more relaxing than listening to the birds sing freely on a cool summer morning? If you love to attract sparrows and other birds to your backyard (and to make them eat seeds from the feeder, as opposed to destroying your crops and eating your strawberries!), then look no further than this simple and creative DIY bird feeder that will certainly benefit you on many levels.
This is a great weekend craft that you can try with your spouse and children, it requires minimal effort and little to no investment and the success is guaranteed. The birds will always keep coming back for more seeds!
21. Creative Design Plans For Raised Bed Gardens
Have you ever considered making your own raised bed gardens? One of the many benefits of having such a garden is that you will not have to worry about most pests and rodents that lurk around, on the soil – it is not uncommon for snails or mice to destroy your fruit and vegetable crops, if you let them.
Fortunately, this will never be the case with these creative and useful design plans that will help you come up with your own raised bed gardens. Regardless of whether you plan on planting vegetables or if you only want to plant some roses or tulips to add brightness and color to your garden, these raised beds are undoubtedly a great choice.
Source – isavea2z
22. DIY Golf Ball Ladybugs
Golf balls painted as ladybugs. A cute idea for a kid’s garden!
23. Pallet Wood Garden Walkway
What a terrific way to upcycle those old pallets!. We love before and after pictures.