40+ DIY Garden Projects That Will Turn Your Backyard Into Paradise

40+ DIY garden projects

Adding personality or a unique touch to your garden area 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.

Here are 40+ EASY DIY garden projects that you and your kids can get started on this weekend:

1. DIY Fold-Up Wooden Pallet Garden Table

A DIY Fold-Up Wooden Pallet Garden Table

This fold-away DIY Garden Table is made from recycled wooden pallets and should take less than a day to complete. For any gardeners or outdoor enthusiasts, this is the perfect DIY project to maximize organization as well as space in your backyard or patio.

This is a very convenient, practical design, and ideal for holding various gardening supplies, tools, or even your kid’s toys! You can also pull up a chair and have a coffee or snacks with your guests.

DIY Details: Jenna Burger

2. DIY Vertical Fence Planters

DIY Vertical Fence Planters

This tasteful DIY Vertical Garden Fence Planters Project is the perfect plant more flowers in a small space.

Another cool idea to add to this DIY project and mix things up is to plant larger flowers or potters under these along the fence-line to give your garden a totally “complete” look of both style and personality.

This DIY project will only require simple tools like a hammer and nails, or preferably industrial-sized hooks and brackets to hold the plants into place along the fence.

DIY Details: Shelterness

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

DIY Bird Feeder Using Just A Plate And A Cup

Here’s an excellent DIY garden project for bird-watchers and backyard lovers alike!

You and 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 garden project because once it is complete you and your family can enjoy the birds either feeding on the plate, saucer, or both!

DIY Details: Morenas Corner

4. 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!

DIY Details: The Chilly Dog

5. DIY Mosaic Stepping Stones For Your Garden

DIY Mosaic Stepping Stones For Your Garden

These elegant DIY Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones are the perfect addition to any backyard and using simple things like concrete, broken or recycled glass, china, and bottles means you’ll also be creating an environmentally friendly project!

Best of all, this is the perfect, budget-friendly solution to skipping the costs of purchasing more expensive materials, and it can be done in just a weekend or less!

Experienced DIYers would rate this as a relatively easy to complete the project. It’s therapeutic, and provides a practical solution for better navigating your garden – especially when it’s wet out!

DIY Details: Intimate Weddings

6. Recycling Old Wine Boxes Into Planters

Recycling Old Wine Boxes Into Planters

Using old wine boxes, lumber, a hammer and nails will make it both straightforward and cheap to build these DIY plant potters. This is the perfect DIY backyard garden project for planting herbs, small flowers, or even vegetables.

Wine boxes will add class and make your outdoor garden look fancier, which is sure to impress both guests and family. This is also an excellent project for those that are ‘artsy,’ or are looking to add a little personality and spice to their garden – no pun intended.

7. A Wooden Pallet Garden Storage Space

A Wooden Pallet Garden Storage Space

Tired of losing your garden tools? Never able to find that spade when you need it? Yep – I feel ya!

Well, here is a great solution to your garden storage needs. A hanging pallet storage organizer. Wooden pallets are gaining major popularity as an environmentally-friendly, meaningful way to repurpose unused wood, in a fun, fashionable way and this is a nice simple example of how they can be used.

DIY Details: Our Little Acre

8. Add Style To Your Garden by Upcycling Old Vintage Tea Cups

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

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

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

DIY Details: Jennifer Rizzo

9. 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 are both fast and easy to make!

This is a super simple DIY garden project and will require reusing rocks you likely already have in your yard, some stone glue, and black and white paint. This is a great summer project for kids.

DIY Details: Instructables

10. 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!

This is a great DIY Garden Project to involve your kids in. You can teach them about the different kinds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing in your garden.

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!

DIY Details: Mom Collective

11. Another DIY ‘Mosaic Style’ Garden Stepping Stone Tutorial

A DIY 'Mosaic Style' Addition To Your Garden

Yep – I know we already listed one stepping stone tutorial, but I love these things so much I thought I would give you another way to make them. This version uses round pavers as the base for your work of art.

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!

DIY Details: Midwest Living

12. 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!

DIY Details: Home Stories A to Z

13. 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!

DIY Details:  Funky Junk Interiors

14. DIY Baby Food Jar Vases & Candle Holders

A DIY Baby Food Jar Solution For Your Plants!

Keep those used baby food jars out of the landfill by turning them into a hanging vases for your garden.

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

DIY Details: Craftionary

15. Fun And Simple DIY Garden Markers

Fun And Simple DIY Garden Markers

This is a fun, quick and easy DIY project that only requires corks, a magic marker, and some wooden skewers..

These cork garden markers are a practical and cheap 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.

Hummm, guess I better start drinking more wine.

DIY Details: A Thrifty Mom

16. 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 for creating more space for plants in small gardens.

The supplies needed for this project are relatively few and affordable, and will just involve some pinewood boards, metal hinges, a roll of aluminum screening for protection, 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!

DIY Details: DIY Vintage Chic

17. 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.

DIY Details: Oh My Creative

18. 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’!

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 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.

DIY Details: Garden Therapy

19. Environmentally Friendly DIY Stone Garden Fountain

Environmentally Friendly DIY Stone Garden Fountain

This DIY Environmentally-Friendly stone garden water foundation is a gorgeous addition to any garden or back yard, and will only require a little bit of patience, acquiring a pile of relatively evenly matched river rocks, water, tubing, and a few other supplies to get it running.

Not only will this back yard DIY Garden Project make a lasting impression on visitors and family, but it’s also a beautiful way to enjoy your local, natural environment.

Making this water-fountain should cost less than $50 total for all the supplies.

DIY Details: Instructables

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

The DIY Classy Yet “Junky” Water Fountain Creation

Make your very own garden fountain right in your back yard simply using recycled glassware, scrap metals, unused 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.

DIY Details: Funky Junk Interiors

21. Magical Marble Garden Fence

An Artsy Garden Fence Using Marbles

This awesome DIY Garden Project is really easy to create, and will only require you to drill holes in your fence 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 with magical beams of light at certain times of the day.

The DIY garden project should take less than an hour, and you’ll enjoy looking at your fence again in no time!

DIY Details: Garden Drama

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

A Cost-Free DIY Fish Pond Using Old Tires!

Using just old recycled tires, this environmentally-friendly DIY fish pond is an awesome way to add a little ‘biodiversity’ to your garden.

The tutorial uses regular-sized car tires but If you’d like to make an exceptionally large – or deep – pond for your fish, then you can use old tractor or truck tires instead. You can even paint the tires a color to match the rest of your garden and outdoor furniture.

People love this simple, DIY project because it can be made in less than a day and will only require simple tools and supplies found around most homes!

DIY Details: Cute DIY Projects

23. Add Color & Fun To Your Garden With 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!

DIY Details: KC Edventures

24. Cute Lady Bug Garden 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 skills, 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, sandpaper, brushes, acrylic paint, and of course some old golf balls.

DIY Details: Cute DIY Projects

25. DIY Garden Bird & 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!

All you’ll need for this DIY garden project is a couple of river rocks, a grapevine 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!

DIY Details: Empress of Dirt

26. Tasteful DIY Flower Dresser For Any Garden

A Tasteful DIY Flower Dresser For Any Garden

This DIY Flower Dresser project is the perfect way to upcycle an old dresser into something truly spectacular for any outdoor garden.

Since the dresser will spend the rest of its days in your garden, you may want to repaint and add a new protective sealant to ‘weatherproof’ it.

You can honestly put your flowers nearly anywhere inside, on, or throughout this flower dresser which makes it the ultimate, elegant design for showing off your favorite plants and flowers.

DIY Details: grizzlybearmodern (sorry site is down)

27. DIY Cinder Block Raised Garden Bed

DIY Cinder Block Solution For Your Garden

This DIY Raised Garden Bed is the perfect, cost-effective solution to giving your seedlings, plants, and other fruits or vegetables a comfortable, and safe habitat to grow in! For those with a big garden or backyard, this design is ideal, as it helps keep unwanted critters away from your veggies.

The great thing about this design is that you have the main planting bed for large vegetables – but you also have the small squares inside the blocks that can be used for planting various other plants like strawberries or cherry tomatoes.

At less than $1 each cinder blocks are a very budget-friendly way to create raised beds for your garden.

DIY Details: I Save A 2 Z

28. ‘Vintage’ DIY Bucket Planters

The Perfect 'Vintage' DIY Potter Plants For Any Garden

These outdoor vintage DIY Flower Pots are the perfect addition to any home, and can also be placed in front of your house to mark your address – as seen in the picture above.

For this DIY project, all you’ll need are a few recycled silver buckets, paint, and paintbrushes and should take no more than a few hours to make! This is also an excellent way to accent your garden, patio, or back yard deck and give it that ‘rustic’ look!

DIY Details: My Wonderfully Made

29. DIY Cinder Block Garden Fence

DIY Cinder Block Garden Fence

Here is another creative way to use cinder blocks, as a simple planter box wrapped around your house. All you’ll need is a bit of soil, your favorite flowers, or seeds!

Cinder blocks are typically pretty cheap, and can be bought at home depot for at around $2 each! This is a wonderful way to add personality to your backyard garden, organize your plants, fruits, veggies, and more!

The DIY Cinder Block Garden is an excellent way also to create pathways, or help your guests find their way at night without stepping on your precious flower-garden!

DIY Details: Guiding Home

30. Planters From Old Rubber Boots

Cute Solution to an Outdoor Garden

For this outdoor DIY activity all you’ll need are some old boots, containers, or boxes, markers, paint, and a little bit of imagination!

You can also plant small flowers or other seeds in the boots, and teach your kids how to raise their own mini-garden with this activity!

DIY Details: Sorry can’t find original source for this one

31. Graceful And Stylish Garden Butterfly Feeder

A DIY Graceful And Stylish Butterfly Feeder

Butterflies are awesome! They pollinate flowers, protect the environment, and keep nasty little-unwanted creatures from eating or destroying your plants, fruits, and vegetables. They also look great fluttering around your garden on a lazy summer day.

This DIY Graceful Butterfly Feeder is the perfect addition to any garden, no matter how big or small!

32. DIY Bird Bath Pottery Project

DIY Bird Bath Pottery Project

This is an excellent way to combine both style as well as support the local environment by using a pottery urn and your choice flowers to welcome birds with this two in one DIY Garden Planter And Bird Feeder.

Birds will love it, and the next time you go out back to have a BBQ or picnic with your family you’re sure to enjoy taking in the beautiful sights of local birds coming to visit your garden.

All you’ll need for this gracefully designed birdbath is a 17″ or larger urn, a 12″ poly urn, a couple cans of spray paints, plenty of flowers, and a 10″ Terra-cotta saucer!

DIY Details: Mami Talks

33. Classic Garden Planter Using An Old Typewriter

A DIY Classic Garden Planter Using An Old Typewriter

Creating this DIY Garden Planter using an old typewriter is the perfect way to combine both simplicity and originality! You can place the old fashioned type-writer anywhere on your deck, patio, or even in your garden to give it that timeworn look – and it’s perfect for matching other antiquarian or collectible outdoor furniture.

34. Outdoor Garden “Globes” Using Simple DIY Tools

Outdoor Garden "Globes" Using Simple DIY Tools

This spectacular DIY Garden Globes project can be yours today by just investing in some basic (affordable) chicken wire, and spray paint!

A few sticks and twine will also help in securing them to the ground, and should take you no more than an hour to get this project done and have your garden looking all the more extraordinary in no time!

Best of all, you can paint the different “garden globes” various colors to add sparkle, and they should hold up against rain and other elements which means you’ll have cost-effective garden decorations that will last years to come!

DIY Details: Paradise Express

35. An Elegant DIY ‘Fairy Wind-Chime’ For Your Garden

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

This 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 backyard.

To make these wind chimes, all you’ll need is a tiny bell, a couple of seed beads, a spacer bead with holes, tubular beads, and a piece of jewelry that looks like a wavy ‘Shepherd’s crook’ and you’re set to go!

DIY Details: A Crafty Mix

36. DIY Pallet Plant Potters

DIY Hanging Plant Potters

Repurposing unwanted wooden pallets is always a great way to preserve the environment – and create an eco-friendly garden! To set up and install these plant potters will just take a few steps, and you’ll be able to hang all of your favorite flowers and show them off in no time!

There are plenty of other excellent uses for recycled wooden pallets, so make sure you read on to discover some other favorite DIY designs!

DIY Details: Archetecture Art Designs

37. Clothing Pin Garden Markers

DIY Clothing Pin Garden Markers

Garden markers are typically made up of just wooden stakes or labels when you buy them at the store, but this DIY Garden Marker Design takes it to the next level! Make as many garden markers you need, and remove any costs in the process – as you’ll only need a few clothing pins!

As you can see, the clothing pins above have been painted, and even have a white-tail design to help see them at dusk. You can also use glow-in-the-dark paint, or other colors and decorations if you’d like.

Best of all, these Garden Markers can be made in minutes, and the only other thing you’ll need is some paint and a Sharpie marker!

DIY Details: Chatfield Court

38. Hand Painted Rock Vegetable Garden Markers

The DIY Garden Project That Really ROCKS!

Whether summer or spring is just around the corner, or you’re simply bored with your current backyard and garden arrangement, this DIY project is excellent for really personalizing your garden, and also a great project for kids!

You can paint different designs, colors, or even your kid’s favorite characters like Minions, Spongebob, and more just using simple tools like paintbrushes, acrylic paint, and a few flat-shaped rocks!

This is a must-try DIY project for gardeners and nature-lovers alike. Check out the details by Ever Mine below.

DIY Details: Ever Mine

39. Exciting DIY Clay Toadstools For Your Garden

Exciting DIY Clay Toadstools For Your Garden

Whether you and your loved ones love fantasy, or you have a fairy-themed garden, these Clay Toadstools are the perfect way to add a little touch of magic to your garden! It’s also a very fun, exciting DIY project that’s kid-friendly!

All you’ll need is Q-tips, a knife, toothpicks, a paintbrush, acrylic paint, a hot glue gun, and of course some Sculpey clay so you can make unlimited Toadstools to spread throughout your garden!

DIY Details: Fairy Gardens


All of our DIY Garden Projects listed above are designed to be both cost-effective and fun! Best of all, many are designed to maximize space, organization, and garden style in as little as one day!

Happy Gardening!

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