Are you looking for a DIY project to spice up your backyard for you and your kids? Then you are in the right place!
We’ve created a list of 25 awesome DIY Backyard projects. The project time commitments range from a couple of hours to several weeks.
These projects are great for doing with your family, and most are also focused on the little ones and their experience or fun in your back yard.
Read on to discover the best DIY Projects below!
Backyard Projects for Kids
1. The DIY Back Yard Chalkboard
This DIY Outdoor Chalkboard is perfect for kids, or even adults to keep score of their favorite games like horseshoe tossing, football, and other exciting outdoor activities when you throw your next back yard barbeque!
Best of all, this DIY Chalkboard is easy to make, affordable, and will inspire your kids to use their imagination by drawing or keeping track of their adventures, and scores on this huge, exciting board that goes right onto your fence or other outdoor walls.
You can also use this chalkboard as a way to advertise the drinks, snacks, or food you’re serving at your next family reunion, or even let your kids play ‘store!’
DIY Details: heytherehome
2. A Colorful DIY ‘Key Windchime’ Project For Outdoors
Now you can make these easy DIY Key Windchimes to place anywhere throughout your home, may it be on your deck, patio, front, or even back yard!
This is a fantastic way to add ‘pizazz’ and boost your mood and mind every day with relaxing, smooth chimes that are sure to gain positive attention – and even give your kids something colorful to enjoy looking at every morning!
Best of all, these DIY Key Wind Chimes are made entirely from recycled keys, a few strings, and hooks to hang them up – simple enough! Right?
Check out other cool, relaxing DIY Back Yard Projects at the Giving Inner Child Fun link below!
DIY Details: giving.innerchildfun
3. DIY Rope Swing For Kids!
If you’ve got kids, then you know how energetic and crazy they can be during the summertime or when they have off from school.
That’s why this DIY Back Yard Rope Swing is the perfect solution.
Sure to bring endless hours of fun, kids can play on the rope together or take turns, and create countless memories this summer doing something that’s perfect for both their mental and physical health.
Best of all, you can easily keep an eye on them by hanging up this DIY rope swing right in your back yard, from a sturdy, durable tree-branch just using rope and a few other simple, tools and supplies.
DIY Details: dukesandduchesses
4. An Exciting DIY Outdoor “Xylophone”
The Giant DIY Back Yard Xylophone is perfect for kids and bringing out their artsy, musical, and creative side!
Best of all, this is a cheap, easy to make project just using unwanted or recycled wood – perfect for when you do repairs or remodel your current fence and have a lot of wood leftover!
You and your kids can even paint the “Xylophone” together to match their personalities and interest, and making the wooden ‘drum stick’ to play their music is pretty easy too.
All you’ll need is a hand-saw, a few extra pieces of wood, rope, paint, and you’re ready to go!
Find more, cool, exciting DIY projects for kids at the LifeStyle link below.
DIY Details: lifestyle.yahoo
5. DIY ‘Firefly’ Lanterns For Your Back Yard
These elegant and bright DIY Tin Can ‘Firefly’ Lanterns are the perfect way to brighten your garden, and give it that unique look your neighbors are sure to envy!
Simply using recycled tin cans, nails, pins, screws, and a hammer you’ll be able to make yours in just a few hours!
These beautiful, outdoor Tin Can Lanterns can be used any time of the year, and either hung on your garden walls, fence or even (carefully) spread across your garden!
What better, more natural and environmentally friendly light source could there possibly be? Read on to find out!
You can find the full DIY Tiny Can Glowing Lanterns tutorial below at the Grow Creative website!
DIY Details: growcreative
6. Use Old Toys To Create A ‘Rustic Planter’ Look
If you or your kids have any old or unused trucks lying around, this DIY Toy Truck planter is the perfect way to recycle them, and give your garden a personality like none you’ve ever seen before!
A toy pick-up truck is most ideal for this outdoor DIY garden project and will make your kids happy in the process.
This way, they can play outside with their other trucks and toys, and feel like a piece of them is in nature – which is sure to brighten their day and bring countless memories to come.
Read other cool, fancy and original DIY ideas like the recycled truck planter project by clicking the Junk Market Style link below.
DIY Details: Junk Market Style
7. DIY Garden Critters Will Make Your Garden More Fun!
These DIY Garden Rock Critters are a super cute, easy way to make your back yard fun, and exciting for the little ones!
All you’ll need for this project are a few oval-shaped river-stones or granite rocks of your choice and acrylic paint. You can also opt for using other supplies like glue if you want to add ‘googly eyes.’
What better way to add mystery and excitement to your garden than with these cute, little eyed creatures? You can even keep the cats away with these, and spread them across your yard or garden to make it more fun!
Learn how to make your own colony of garden creatures here, or click the Instructables link below.
DIY Details: Instructables
8. Bring Your Tree To Life With A Gnome Door!
Are you a fan of gnomes, have a few garden-gnomes already, or looking to give your garden a fun, and witty touch? Then this DIY Garden Gnome Door is the perfect addition for any back yard!
Using just a wooden plaque board, wooden strips, and acrylic paint you’ll be set to go! This DIY garden project is enjoyable, cute, and your kids will have plenty of fun running around your tree or playing with their imaginary ‘gnome friends.’
To top it off, you can also add a little doorknob, and complete the piece with even a little painted stained-glass window!
Dream A Little Bigger has plenty of fresh ideas like the DIY Gnome Door and more, so check out the link below!
DIY Details: dreamalittlebigger
9. A DIY Tree Stump Mini-Garden
With this slick design, you’ll be able to turn any old tree-stump into a beautiful, natural potter and best of all this DIY project is absolutely free!
Whether you want just to add flowers, or make a ‘mini-garden’ out of it, depending on the stump size, the possibilities are truly limitless.
This is an elegant design, and environmentally friendly way to add personality to your garden, style, and cater to nature in the most natural way possible.
For more information on how to get started, check out the Interioraholic link below.
DIY Details: Interioraholic
10. DIY ‘Mushroom Paradise’ Garden Project!
Making a whole bunch of cute little mushrooms to spread throughout your garden is made easy with this 5-step DIY back yard project!
This is a really cool way to turn your garden into a ‘fantasy land’ and give your kids a more pleasant experience the next time they go to play out back.
Even better, you can include your children in on the fun when you make each one of these Concrete Mushrooms!
The project will only require a little bit of plastic wrap, a bowl filled with sand, a relatively large amount of cement depending on how many mushrooms you want, and of course paint to add color, personality, and design!
DIY Details: crownhilldaybyday
11. Add An Exciting DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board To Your Back Yard
This DIY Tic Tac Toe Back Yard project is the perfect way to combine fun and creativity to any garden!
Making it is pretty easy, and all you’ll need are a few round rocks, black and white paint, and a paintbrush.
Kids, family, and friends will have a great time playing outside together this summer, and you can even spread them throughout your garden or place them on planters to add to the overall personality of your garden when not in use.
Check out more awesome, fun, and budget-friendly DIY Back Yard projects at the NWEdible link below.
DIY Details: nwedible
12. A Simple DIY “Treehouse” For Kids
Not every back yard tree-house has to be sophisticated, costly, and time-consuming.
With this easy, and basic DIY Back Yard Tree House design your kids will be able to have tons of safe, fun, and exciting adventures!
Starting with just the platform, as seen in the picture above, kids can have a great place to hang out, tell stories, and just take in the scenery may it be your back yard or garden. It won’t require more than a weekend or two, and some basic supplies and tools.
You can build a complete DIY tree-house or ‘apartment’ for a fraction of what it’ll cost you at the hardware or specialty store, so check out the Apartment Therapy link below for more awesome ideas, styles, and designs!
DIY Details: apartmenttherapy
13. Colorful And Fun Child Stepping Stones Arts & Crafts Project
This is an enjoyable, exciting DIY Arts & Crafts project that’s perfect for making with your kids – and allows them to add their personal touch to your back yard garden.
These colorful, beautiful gemstone stepping stones will only require simple supplies like cement, a box to make the creations in, and a few other basic supplies.
You can also take your kids to the local river or by yourself to go and find a couple of perfectly rounded river stones which you can either paint or combine with other glass stones purchased from the arts and crafts store.
Altogether, this entire project should cost no more than $20, and is sure to last for years to come for you and your family to enjoy!
Check out the Pink And Green Mama link below for the full tutorial and a step-by-step guide on how to make yours today!
DIY Detals: pinkandgreenmama
14. Fun DIY Garden Markers Project For Kids
This is a very budget-friendly, DIY Garden Markers project that’s sure to be fun for both you and your family to make together!
You can paint each rock different colors, styles, add polka-dots, cute and funny faces, and more!
Even better, you can teach your kids about planting, and spark their interest in fruits and vegetables, as well as teach them about various flowers by marking each plant with these unique, cute garden markers!
All you’ll need is a little bit of creativity, patience, and you’re sure to have the best summer yet with friends and family!
Check out the Adventure-In-A-Box link below for more details.
DIY Details: adventure-in-a-box
15. DIY Recycled Tin Can Bird Feeders
There aren’t many things or experiences that can compare to the beauty and excitement of being able to watch different types of birds visit your garden to eat every day – and this DIY project is also an awesome way to teach your kids about nature!
These DIY Tin Can Bird Feeders are pretty easy to make, and will just require a little creativity, imagination, paints, and of course recycled tin cans.
This DIY project is overall pretty effortless, and shouldn’t take more than one day to complete with your loved ones – and birds are sure to come back for more all season long to relax, eat, and bathe in your garden!
Check out the Momtastic link below for the full instructions, and other awesome ideas!
DIY Details: Momtastic
16. DIY Cute Garden Laddy Bugs And Critters!
This is a charming DIY project for you and your kid’s garden, and you’ll be able to paint ladybugs, bumblebees, and all their other favorite animals or characters on these golf-balls – all for less than just $10!
All you’ll need for these DIY Garden Critters are used or unwanted golf balls, paints, a tiny paintbrush, and googly eyes if you want to bring your funny, cute little creatures to life!
See more cute and fun outdoor DIY projects at the Cute DIY Projects link below.
DIY Details: cutediyprojects
Backyard Projects For Adults
17. Recycling Old Tires Into Beautiful Colorful Planters For Your Garden
Now you can use recycled tires as planters for pots, flowers, and raising vegetables or fruit plants of all sizes!
The best part of this DIY Garden Project is that you can customize the look, by choosing different sized tires, paints, and other decorations to match your garden and personality perfectly!
Getting this project done should take a day or less, and you can add or take away as many as you want – to give your garden the perfect touch!
This is a very cost-effective way of elegantly decorating your garden, and showing off your environmentally friendly side to neighbors and friends.
For more back yard tire ideas check out THIS POST…
18. The 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
19. 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
20. 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.
DIY Details: manmadediy
21. 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 cooler in just a day or less!
See how to build yours, and other awesome designs at the Killer B Designs link below.
DIY Details: killerbdesigns
22. 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 them inside of your home too!
DIY Details: HomeEdit
23. 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
24. A Shiny New DIY Marble Fence
This DIY Garden Marble Fence design is sure to make your neighbors jealous, and give you and your family a ‘sparkling’ good time the next time you go outdoors to relax, bond, play games, or host a barbeque.
This is also an excellent way to avoid costly replacements in changing your fence altogether or painting it – and is extremely cost-effective – as it should cost no more than $5.
You can enjoy your beautiful fence all-year around, and on those sunny days, it will reflect all the various, vibrant colors of each marble you installed.
Check out the Garden Drama link below for details.
DIY Details: gardendrama
25. A Beautiful DIY Wooden Pallet Walkway
Now you can have a beautiful, wooden DIY Wooden Pallet Walkway for your garden without shelling out hundreds of dollars or more!
Using recycled wooden pallets, this project is pretty simple and will just require a few basic tools like a handsaw, and of course, you can also paint or re-finish the wood with your favorite wood colors and texture to add flavor and a more unique appearance.
A wonderful way to take care of the environment, this eco-friendly DIY Wooden Pallet Walkway can be used to connect various parts of your yard and garden, so you don’t have to get your feet wet the next time you go outside, and it rains.
This is also an excellent way of avoiding guests from accidentally stepping on your flower garden!
See more awesome ideas at the Funky Junk Interiors link below!
DIY Details: funkyjunkinteriors
Please feel free to leave comments below about your experiences with any of our DIY Back Yard And Garden projects.
Also, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to share a Back Yard or Garden idea and creation of your own! We’d be happy to add it to the list 🙂