DIY Outdoor and Garden Projects

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn't need to be a massive undertaking. Use these inspirational small projects -- including painting rocks to hanging new house numbers -- to instantly improve the look of a garden, patio, deck, or backyard.

A Renter's Patio Paradise

Believe it or not, the wooden panels of this tropical retreat conceal the generic and uninspired patio of a rental. Without drilling into the walls or painting any existing surfaces, Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow managed to transform her outdoor space using cleverly placed pallets and a fair amount of elbow grease.

A Green Privacy Screen

Could your patio use more privacy? Chantal and Ryan of The Horticult created a solution by hanging rows of simple terra-cotta pots from above to form a vertical garden that doubles as a screen. You'll also gain valuable real estate by lifting your plants off the floor, making this a smart solution for small spaces.

Stenciled Garden Rocks

Rock painting is a quick craft that can add instant impact to your garden or potted plants. Haeley of Design Improvised used premade stencils to make the process a breeze, but you could also try cutting your own for a more personalized design. At the end of the season, bring your stenciled garden rocks indoors to use as paperweights or coffee table decor.

An Unexpected Welcome

We love unexpected design elements, especially ones that are easy to do yourself. Jeran of Oleander and Palm skipped the traditional welcome mat in favor of a spray-painted greeting on her stoop, adding a playfully modern touch to her front porch. The perfectly painted sans serif font was made from a stencil cut out of vinyl. 

Colorful Coir Doormat

With some paint, brushes, and tape, you can customize a simple coir doormat in 30 minutes or less. The design possibilities are endless, but we're partial to the colorful geometric motif by Rachel of The Crafted Life. Her bright, cheerful pattern is almost too pretty to use for wiping dirty shoes!

Easy Backyard Fire Pit

Gina of Kleinworth and Co. is the wife of a fire chief, so when she described the process of building her backyard fire pit, we paid close attention! To start, never place a store-bought fire pit directly on your lawn or your wood deck. Gina centered hers atop a circle of rocks with weed barrier fabric beneath it.

Bohemian Patio Hideaway

Create a cozy outdoor nook packed with personality by repurposing decor from inside your home like Julia of Cuckoo4Design. Her bohemian-inspired patio is rich in color, pattern, and texture thanks to a favorite rug draped across the hammock and a planter she spray-painted copper. It's a luxe look that cost almost nothing.

The Faux Grass Is Always Greener

Do your guests a favor and hang oversize house numbers next to your front door. Display the numbers with flair like the girls from A Beautiful Mess. Faux grass glued inside a shadow box creates fun texture, while light-colored numbers are easily identified from the street.

No Tools? No Problem!

You don't have to be handy with a hammer to build a backyard bench. In fact, as Lena of Simple Living shows us, all you need are some cinder blocks, 4x4 wooden posts, and concrete adhesive. Top with store-bought outdoor deep seating cushions or DIY a set in your favorite pattern.

DIY Backyard Playhouse

Joni of Lay Baby Lay transformed a backyard shed into a charming playhouse for her young daughters. Inspiration can be found within its four walls, but the outdoor performance space is what truly stands out. The stage curtain is actually a pom-pom-trimmed shower curtain, which means the show can go on even in the rain.

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