30 DIY Garden and Craft Ideas That Will Turn Your Backyard Into Paradise

Adding personality or a unique touch to your current back yard garden environment doesn’t have to be a difficult project, and we don’t just mean on your wallet. We’re also referring to the energy you have to exert to either find and pay professionals, or the crazy prices for things like granite bird-fountains, new fences, and fish ponds.

We’ve come up with 30, EASY DIY craft ideas that will turn your backyard into paradise in no time! So read on below to find out more, and how you and your kids can get started on your next, easy, budget-friendly back yard adventure!

So read on below to find out more, and how you and your kids can get started on your next, easy, budget-friendly back yard adventure!

1. The Perfect DIY Hula-Hoop Chandelier For Outdoors

Perfect DIY Hula-Hoop Chandelier For Outdoors

This is a brilliant, easy to make DIY Hula Hoop Chandelier that’s sure to turn heads, and brighten up the night no matter what activity you and your family take on next!

Using a recycled or unwanted hula hoop – for just a few dollars – you can bring this astounding piece of DIY artwork to life! Now, you can add style, and personality to your garden without spending tons of money on professional lighting systems and installation.

You can even add to your creation by hanging more Christmas lights around your fence to accent this elegant DIY Hula Hoop Chandelier!

Click the Sarah On the Blog link below for all the details on how to get started!

DIY Details: sarahontheblog

2. DIY Back Yard Cinder Block Bench

DIY Back Yard Cinder Block Bench

This DIY Cinder Block Bench project is a very cost effective, comfortable, and relatively easy project to create. Building a bench – or at least the most integral parts – entirely out of cinder blocks means you’ll pay less than $1 per block, and have an outdoor bench that will certainly last years if not decades to come.

What a great way to enjoy yourself outdoors, take in the scenes of your garden, and bond with your family! All you’ll need to do to finish off the project is add your favorite, most comfortable pillows and blankets on top. You can either use the wall as back support or even recycled wooden pallets to add to comfort!

Read the tutorial, and all of the details at the Creating Really Awesome Free Things link below.

DIY Details: creatingreallyawesomefreethings

3. Cute Lady Bug Golf Balls

Cute Lady Bug Golf Balls

If you’d like to add a little personality and fun to your garden, these DIY Golf Ball Ladybugs are absolutely adorable, relatively simple, and exciting to make!

This is an excellent way to spend time with your kids, promote motor skill functioning, and encourage them to learn about animals and enjoy nature at the same time!

Making these DIY Lady Bug Golf Balls will just require some spray paint primer, sand paper, brushes, acrylic paint, and of course either old golf balls lying around – or simply picking up a few at the local store for just a couple of dollars.

Idea Details: cutediyprojects

4. Fun And Simple DIY Garden Markers

Fun And Simple DIY Garden Markers

If you currently have a garden and are looking to add a fancy, yet playful addition, then this is the perfect solution for cost-free DIY garden markers – assuming you have a couple of old wine corks lying around or can get some from a friend.

This is a perfectly practical solution for naming and keeping track of your plants, especially if you’ve just planted new seeds! Just stick them onto wooden stakes – and you’ll be reorganizing your garden in no time!

Best of all, this is a fun, quick and EASY DIY project that only requires the corks, of course, a magic marker, and other supplies which can be found per the “A Thrifty Mom” URL below!

Idea Details: athriftymom

5. A Cost-Free DIY Fish Pond Using Old Tires!

A Cost-Free DIY Fish Pond Using Old Tires!

This DIY fish pond is an awesome way to add to your back yard garden, as well as save space and money while giving your fishies a new place to call home!

Using just old recycled tires, this is an environmentally-friendly way of making the best of what you have, and you can even paint the tires a color to match the rest of your garden and outdoor furniture.

If you’d like to make an exceptionally large – or deep – pond for your fish, then you can feel free to also use old tractor or truck tires. People love this simple, DIY project because it can be made in less than a day, and is a top favorite for those looking to add a little ‘biodiversity’ to their garden! To add a special touch, you can also surround your new fish pond with some flowers, or plants. Overall, this project will only require simple tools and supplies found around most homes!

To add a special touch, you can also surround your new fish pond with some flowers, or plants. Overall, this project will only require simple tools and supplies found around most homes!

Idea Details: cutediyprojects

6. A DIY Farm Guaranteed to Produce 6000+lbs or more with little space!

A DIY Farm Guaranteed to Produce 6000+lbs or more with little space!

Originally inspired by the Devaes family, this multi-functional back yard farm is the ultimate solution to making the most of space, and will allow you to produce up to 6000 Lbs of food ore more – and is proven to work!

This DIY “Back Yard Farm” is perfect for growing nearly any fruits or vegetables you can think of, or even chicken and ducks! No matter what type of plant species you are looking to raise, this is a very ergonomic way of combining the best of both worlds – especially if you’re short on space!

What better way to contribute to the environment, and enjoy a breath of fresh air than with this DIY Back Yard Farm? Whether you’re looking to grow fruits and vegetables, honey, or eggs for yourself, family, or even to sell – this is the perfect DIY solution!

Idea Details: cutediyprojects

7. A ‘Fruity’ Butterfly Feeder

A 'Fruity' Butterfly Feeder

Butterflies are an excellent addition to any garden, as they will not only beautify your outdoor environment but also look elegant and keep your garden in tip-top shape’! Butterflies are also awesome because they can can obtain the necessary nutrients outside of nectar, such as from rotting animal matter or even organic material. Therefore, you can consider butterflies in the back yard to be your own, personal ‘mini-gardeners!’

This DIY Butterfly Feeder is beautiful, uses bright, vibrant colors to attract the butterflies, and will make your garden all the more exciting the next time you just want to sit out back and relax in your garden!

Creating this cool, and fun butterfly feeder will just require basic household items like an old plate you might not use anymore, some beads, a washer, twine or other durable string, and you’re all set! Just make sure you hang it up in a place that receives a lot of

Just make sure you hang it up in a place that receives a lot of sun, and if you really want to keep your butterflies coming back – leave out some fruit for them! Butterflies are not picky, so most yellow, red, pink, red, orange, or purple colors will do just fine! Click the link below to read more on how to get started.

Idea Details: gardentherapy

8. An Elegant DIY ‘Fairy Wind-chime’ For Your Garden

An Elegant DIY 'Fairy Wind-chime' For Your Garden

This cute, beautiful fairy wind-chime is really easy to make, and lots of fun if you and your kids like arts and crafts projects – and you can even make more than one to place throughout your garden!

The DIY Fairy Wind Chime is ideal for those that either already have a fairy-themed garden, or, simply love crafty, bright colored decorations to add personality to their back yard. To make these wind chimes, all you’ll need is a tiny bell, a couple of seed beads, a space bead with holes, tubular beads, and a piece of jewelry that looks like a wavy ‘Shepherd’s crook’ and you’re set to go!

A Crafty Mix is to credit for this original, exciting DIY garden craft idea, so check out the link below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make yours!

Idea Details: acraftymix

9. DIY Bird Feeder Using Just A Plate And A Cup

DIY Bird Feeder Using Just A Plate And A Cup

If you and your kids are big fans of “Alice In Wonderland,” or you simply love fancy dishware then this is an awesome, easy to make DIY bird feeder – so your garden will be filled with happy, elegant birds of all kinds!

Even better, your kids can have ‘tea time’ under this cute bird-feeder and feel like they’re a part of the fun! This is a gorgeous, fun design and simple yet safe enough to also make with your kids. All you’ll need is an old or unused plate, cup or mug, E-6000 Permanent Craft Adhesive, and some paint.

This is really an awesome and fun DIY project because once its complete you and your family can enjoy the birds either feeding on the plate, saucer, or both! An excellent DIY project for bird-watchers and back yard lovers alike!

An excellent DIY project for bird-watchers and back yard lovers alike!

Idea Details: morenascorner

10. Repurpose Your Plastic Bottles Into Flowers!

Repurpose Your Plastic Bottles Into Flowers!

These recycled-bottle flowers are the perfect way to teach your kids about recycling, the environment, and that taking care of nature can be fun!

The DIY Plastic Bottle Flowers are easy to make, and you and your kids can make as many as their little hearts desire! Just get yourself a pair of scissors, your favorite color paints and markers, a paintbrush, old used water-bottles, Mod Podge All-In-One Glue, and floral stem wire to complete your masterpiece!

A favorite among both new and experienced “DIYers” this is sure to be a project you’ll enjoy time and time again for many Summers to come!

Idea Details: thechillydog

11. Re-purposing Old Vintage Tea Glasses to Add Style To Your Garden!

Re-purposing Old Vintage Tea Glasses to Add Style To Your Garden!

These vintage tea glasses are great if you’ve either got some cheap ones lying around or simply don’t use your current ones anymore and want to ‘mix it up’ in your back yard!

For this DIY project, you’ll just need durable rope or string (thread), old china or vintage tea-ware, and a bit of imagination!

To add to the fun, consider also including an old chair you don’t use anymore, painting it to match or accent the color of your vintage cups, and use vintage inspired napkins the next time you relax in your back yard – and we’re certain you’ll be the talk of the town!

The DIY Tea-Cup garden inspiration is by Jennifer Rizzo, and she also suggests using copper plates or cups to really bring the project to life!

Idea Details: jenniferrizzo

12. A DIY Multi-functional Back Yard Drawer And Snack Table

A DIY Multi-functional Back Yard Drawer And Snack Table

This DIY Back Yard Shelves And Drawer Project is a must try for DIYers both new and experienced alike. The DIY design even includes rolling wheels on the bottom, which means you can easily move, relocate, or take the entire shelf inside at the end of the night to protect it from the weather or other outdoor elements.

Whether you need somewhere to store your snacks, blankets, gardening supplies, or tools, this is the perfect back yard DIY project for you!

Known as an “auxiliary drawer,” you can find the full tutorial at the Decomanitas link below!

DIY Details: decomanitas

13. DIY ‘Googly Eyed’ Garden Creatures

DIY 'Googly Eyed' Garden Creatures

Want to surprise your guests, or make ‘hide and seek’ even more fun when your little ones play out back in your garden? Then these ooey-gooey eyed creatures are the perfect DIY garden project, and is both fast and easy to make!

You can really catch your family and friends off-guard but painting just one eye on each, or even three eyes! This is a super simple DIY garden project and will require reusing rocks you likely already have in your yard, some stone glue, and of course plastic ‘googly eyes’ which you can pick up at at arts and craft stores for less than $1!

Idea Details: instructables

14. Colorful DIY River Rock Garden Markers

Colorful DIY River Rock Garden Markers

Want to mark your different plants and veggies with something more than just run-of-the-mill markers or wooden stakes? Then this DIY Garden Markers project is the ultimate solution!

You can either pick out rocks already in your garden or go treasure hunting for some at your local creek – and even bring your kids alone! Try to find rocks of different shapes and sizes, and draw the fruits and their names on each rock, or even spray them with a clear finishing spray to make them weatherproof!

This is a great DIY Garden Project to involve your kids in something special, teach them about different plants, fruits, vegetables and more! Just make sure they bring along their favorite colored pencils, markers, paints, and a paintbrush so you can really get creative!

Idea Details: westvalley.citymomsblog

15. A DIY ‘Mosaic Style’ Addition To Your Garden

A DIY 'Mosaic Style' Addition To Your Garden

Creating beautiful, bright and colorful stepping stones to and from, or throughout your garden is made simple with this DIY project!

Making these stepping stones or simply colorful rock decorations for your garden is pretty straightforward, just using stones, marbles or crystals of your choice, a few bits of glass, and broken China – which is great if you’ve just recently dropped any of yours and don’t wish to throw it away just yet!

These mosaic stepping stones will last years to come as they are ‘weather-proof,’ and the numerous color patterns you can use means you’ll be able to highlight certain colors, flowers, or other outdoor furniture and make your garden picture perfect!

Check out Mid West Living below for other cool, fun outdoor arts and crafts activities for your garden!

Idea Detail : midwestliving

16. Combining Garden Planter Pots To Make a Bird-Bath!

Combining Garden Planter Pots To Make a Bird-Bath!

This exciting design will allow you to combine and recycle old or unused planter pots, and you can either stack them up along your fence or just use one or two to make the local ‘birdies’ more comfortable bathing in your garden!

You can use a long piece of Rebar to hold the pots together – especially when stacking – and the other tools used to make this are pretty easy to get, such as paints, planter pots, and of course a birdbath top! This is also a great DIY Bird Bath because it saves you from spending $100-$200+ on a birdbath from the store that’s made out of cast stone, iron, clay, ceramic, or even metal.

Idea Details : homestoriesatoz

17. DIY Bird Bath Pottery Project

DIY Bird Bath Pottery Project

Turning urns upside down and combining them together provides the perfect, complete DIY Bird Bath!

All you’ll need for this gracefully designed birdbath is a 17″ or larger urn, a 12″ poly urn, a couple of spray paints, plenty of flowers, and a 10″ Terra-cotta saucer! When was the last time you’ve seen pottery urns and a birdbath this cool?

Creating this DIY project is easy, and a step-by-step guide by Mami Talks can be found below!

Idea Details : mamitalks

18. A Wooden Pallet Garden Storage Space

A Wooden Pallet Garden Storage Space

Wooden pallets are gaining major popularity as an environmentally-friendly, meaningful way to repurpose unused wood, in a fun, fashionable way!

This DIY Pallet Project is excellent for not only hanging or storing your plants on, but also hanging up your hoses, shovels, and any other back yard supplies.

You can also use multiple pallets, cutting them in half to make hanging shelves or even drawers!

Find out more by clicking the Our Little Acre’s link below!

Idea Details  ourlittleacre

19. A DIY Wooden Pallet Garden Walkway

A DIY Wooden Pallet Garden Walkway

This DIY Wooden Pallet Garden Walkway is great for offering more stability for navigating around your garden, as well as keeping unwanted water out during rainy season! This is a very efficient design, and will just require a little digging in the soil to lay down the desired amount of wooden pallet ‘slabs’ to create the perfect walkway!

As an added bonus, you can combine your DIY wooden pallet walkway with the above mentioned Mosaic Styled Cement Rocks project to really diversify your garden! Finally, all you’ll have to do is tuck away the desired pallet ‘steps’ by simply packing them in all around the sides with soil.

This will also add to your gardens overall appeal, and make it safer to tend your garden late at night or early in the morning. Learn more by clicking Funky Junk Interiors below!

Idea Details  funkyjunkinteriors

20. A DIY Baby Food Jar Solution For Your Plants!

A DIY Baby Food Jar Solution For Your Plants!

Now you can recycle those glass baby-food jars into something more meaningful, by simply combining the jars, a wooden board (or you can hang them on your fence), metal hooks, screws, a drill, and hammer. Also, using durable jute or twine will  help to secure them safely to the wall, so  that they won’t fall off.

Check out this DIY design by clicking the Craftionary link below to learn what supplies you’ll need.

Idea Details: craftionary

21. The DIY Wooden Vertical Herbal Garden That Can Hold 15+ Plants!

 DIY Wooden Vertical Herbal Garden That Can Hold 15+ Plants!

Sometimes, growing your favorite herbs and other plant-life in your garden can be difficult, especially when ensuring they receive the proper sunlight!

This DIY Wooden Vertical Herbal Garden is a beautiful, organized solution to arranging your setup better, and even preserving more space in your current outdoor garden! And, while this wooden, herbal garden setup is obviously not going to be the easiest to move as far as weight goes, you can pick up some durable, weight-capacity appropriate rolling-wheels so that you can roll it around as needed!

The supplies needed for the Wooden Vertical Herbal Garden is relatively small and affordable, and will just involve a few pine wood boards, metal hinges, packs of locks, preferably a roll of aluminum screening for protection, pots, and some screws – and of course the plant pots of your choice! You can also cut the holes for each pot to accommodate different sizes, which adds to the multi-functionality of this DIY garden project!

Idea Details: diy-vintage-chic

22. A DIY ‘Spiral’ Rock Garden

A DIY 'Spiral' Rock Garden

Gardeners both new and experienced alike will come to appreciate the value of using garden spirals to not only accommodate different sizes and styles of garden layouts, but also for adjusting or separating various types of plants, fruits, and vegetables.

This DIY Garden Arts & Crafts project is really spectacular because you’re not limited to the length you can make the spiral – and you can even add stones to increase the height or depth as needed. Just get yourself a few handfuls of river rocks large enough to space your plants, and bagged organic garden soil.

What better, more organized way to grow fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits for your family and you to enjoy than this Spiral Rock Garden?

Idea Details: ohmy-creative

23. DIY Weather Resistant Concrete Fire Pit

DIY Weather Resistant Concrete Fire Pit

You can cherish endless nights with your family and friends out back grilling your favorite foods, veggies, and pretty much anything else you can think of – including S’mores with this simple DIY Back Yard Garden Project.

Rather than spending $200 or more on an already made fire pit at the local garden store, this one will cost you no more than $50 bucks, and will allow you to add your personalized touch! Best of all, it’s also weather-resistant, by just adding “gel fuel” to ensure a long lifespan of this beautiful, one of a kind DIY fire pit.

The fire pit can be made typically in just a few hours or less, as long as you’re able to get the necessary supplies – which are all relatively simple and can be found via the link below.

Idea Details: manmadediy

24. An Elegant And Budget Friendly Garden Fountain

An Elegant And Budget Friendly Garden Fountain

There’s no need to invest in hundreds or even thousands of dollars or more to purchase the next garden fountain of your dreams. Most granite and other garden fountains made from various metals or stones easily cost $500+.

But, this DIY Garden Fountain can be yours for less than $100 and a little bit of hard work. Best of all, it’ll be your creation, and you’re free to add to it or modify it over time to your liking.

You’ll need a bit of supplies such as copper piping, a wash tub or plastic storage bin, stones, of course, a Compression Female Adapter, ball valve, a fiberglass screen, PVD conduit, copper, a pump, and drainage gravel and composite decking to top off your creation and make it perfectly complete.

Check out the Instructables link below for a step-by-step tutorial.

Idea Details: instructables

25. The DIY Classy Yet “Junky” Water Fountain Creation

The DIY Classy Yet “Junky” Water Fountain Creation

Why spend endless amounts of money, time shopping, and trying to decide between the limited selections of garden water fountains at the local store when you can make your very own right in your back yard simply using recycled glassware, scrap metals, unusued or unwanted dishware, and buckets?

This is an awesome way to show off your eco-friendly personality, and enjoy yourself outside (or inside) while making this beautiful, original “Junky Water Fountain” design.

Idea Details : funkyjunkinteriors

26. An Artsy Garden Fence Using Marbles

An Artsy Garden Fence Using Marbles

An everyday fence, even with paint, can get boring to look at sometimes – or you may just be seeking something new to add life to your current outdoor garden.

Other than actually changing the fence and installing a new one, there may seem like little you can do to add that ‘extra personality’ to its design. However, have no fear!

This awesome DIY Garden Project is really easy to understand, and will only require you drilling holes throughout your fence for wherever you’d like to add marbles and shine – and the patterns are totally up to you!

Best of all, in addition to their unique colors, the light shining on them will really brighten your garden and certainly get you compliments from the neighbors. The DIY garden project design using marbles should take less than an hour, and you’ll enjoy looking at your fence again in no time!

Idea Details: gardendrama

27. Adding Color And Fun To Your Garden: Painted Flower Pots

Adding Color And Fun To Your Garden: Painted Flower Pots

This DIY Painted Garden Pots Project is simple and will just require acrylic paints, a newspaper, wax paper, a smock, and a clean Terra cotta pot. Before you know it, you’ll have a vibrantly new, colorful design in no time for all the garden pots in your back yard!

Best of all, you can even include your little ones in on the project – making this another must-try DIY Garden Project for families!

Idea Details: kcedventures

28. A DIY Garden Bird And Butterfly Feeder

DIY Garden Bird And Butterfly Feeder

With this cool DIY Garden Project you can feed both birds and butterflies at the same time!

This way, you save money as opposed to having to purchase them separately, and best of all you’ll be able to completely personalize the feeder, based on your style and taste. The basket weave design above is pretty stylish, cute, witty – and meaningful as it’ll attract birds!

You’re sure to impress your family and friends, and get a 5-star rating for your garden thanks to your consideration toward the environment with this DIY Bird & Butterfly Water Feeder!

All you’ll need for this DIY garden project is a couple of river rocks, a grape vine wreath to attract birds for nesting, a glass pie plate, and finally, twine to hang it up and bring the butterflies and birds to you! This is also a great way to feed and water all of nature’s creatures!

Idea Details: empressofdirt

29. The DIY ‘Rustic’ Cooler For Outdoor Barbeques

The DIY 'Rustic' Cooler For Outdoor Barbeques

This ‘Rustic’ Wooden DIY Outdoor Cooler is perfect for storing your drinks in on those hot days and with a unique design will be the perfect conversational piece. Chances are, you’ve never seen or will be able to find something as beautiful and creative as this DIY ‘Cooler.’

Nobody likes hot drinks and warm beer! So, here’s a straightforward and inspired tutorial that will show you just how easy it is to make yourself a cool rustic coolein just a day or less!

See how to build yours, and other awesome designs at the Killer B Designs link below.

DIY Details: killerbdesigns

30. Exciting DIY Globe Lights To Brighten Up Your Yard

Exciting DIY Globe Lights To Brighten Up Your Yard

You can light up your home and back yard with these DIY Globe Lights and have a good time the next time you’re in your yard, either barbequing, drinking tea and snacks, or simply have a few drinks with loved ones and friends.

Best of all, you can make these DIY Globe Lights entirely from scratch, so it’s both an easy, and exciting DIY project that’s sure to be rewarding! Add a unique ambiance to any home and garden with these elegant lights, and you can even assemble these inside of your home too!

Check out more cool, exciting DIY Back Yard lighting solutions at this Home Edit link.

We hope you’ve found these DIY Arts & Crafts Garden Project Designs both useful and fun! We always love to hear from  visitors, so if you’d like to share your experiences with these DIY projects, or even add to the list, feel free to contact us anytime!

Happy Gardening!