Mindblowingly Awesome Backyard DIYs

Make your house THE place to be this year!

Several years ago we began investing in our backyard. With 4 kids and a limited budget, we knew that keeping the kids entertained could get very expensive if we always had to GO somewhere for fun. So we started building and buying things for our yard! We’re not super handy people, so we’ve had to shell out a little moolah for some of the projects, but there are some on this list that even OUR un-handy selves could master. These backyard DIYs cover a wide range of categories and skill levels, but they all have one thing in common – they’ll dial up the awesome in your backyard!

Growing Places

Raised planters make gardening a snap. Taking the time to build one of these in one day will save you hours and hours of weeding. This one is designed to be built up against a house or wall – saving precious space in your yard.

Looking for a DIY build project to kick-start your summer gardening? Here are some easy to follow instructions for building a raised garden bed along a shed (or fence, or whatever!) that you can easily adapt to your space.

And this vertical planter comes together quickly with just a few items from your home improvement store.

DIY Vertical Planter

Want to make every drop count? Build your own rainwater collection barrel for watering your garden!

Conserve precious rain water and save money by making your own rain barrel. Use it to water your plants and lawn -- 1 inch of rain falling off a 1,000 square foot house can equal about 600 gallons of water! Don't let any of that go to waste! DIY instructions here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4604915_make-rain-barrels.html?utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=freestyle&utm_campaign=fanpage:

Lighting

Using some scrap wood and a few inexpensive solar lights, these folks created a neat lighting option for their deck!

DIY Outdoor Solar Light Display...for the deck or patio. What a fabulous idea!! by gaby.elis:

The solar lights can also be “fancied” up a bit with this beautiful chandelier project.

outdoor chandelier feature pic

These dazzling luminaries are also made with $1 solar lights!

s 13 spectacular things to make for your yard using 1 solar lights, lighting, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, Mosaic marbled walkway luminaires

Doesn’t this scream “PARTY!” They’re just so happy! And guess what they are? Ping pong balls!

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Need to figure out where to hang your lights? Try these!

DIY Outdoor Light Poles-Everthing you need for outdoor lighting from Lowe's

 

Firepits

The ultimate Backyard DIY project – firepits! Check out this simple “how to”.

My outdoor firepit instructions. ~Monica~We're building a firepit b/c we are homeowners now and can do that!:

This firepit uses the rim from a tractor tire! You can make a smaller one with a smaller rim, too!

Tractor Wheel Fire Pit Gotta look on Craigslist for a wheel!!:

These folks (source) did double duty – during the summer, they buried a kiddie pool for their dogs. Then, they removed the pool for a firepit!

A permanent dog pond.

Kids

Backyard summer fun is a kid’s middle name! You’d be a hit with this teeter totter

Tire Teeter Totter | DIY Play Areas for Backyard Projects by DIY Ready at http://diyready.com/easy-backyard-projects/:

Or grab a skateboard and make this swing that’s sure to be a hit!

Are the kids begging for a swing? Forget the expensive swing set, all you need to get is a used skateboard! This DIY project only takes around 20 minutes to complete. Just perfect for kids excited to have their very own swing! http://diyprojects.ideas2live4.com/2015/09/30/skateboard-swing/ Is this going to be your next project for them?:

This science center is great! A place of fun discovery and the mess stays outdoors! Win-win!

TPcraft.com: Giant Spool UpCycled into an Outdoor Science Lab:

Remember tether ball? You can make your own!

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

Want to keep the cats from using your sandbox as a litter box? Try this plan!

I ADORE this DIY Sandbox with Fold-Out Seats SO much!:

Aren’t these the cutest?! What kid wouldn’t love them?

Go for an inexpensive race car track with cinder bricks and rocks:

 

Entertaining

Having friends over? This bowling alley will definitely leave an impression!

How To Make A Backyard Bowling Alley:

Or maybe a more simple construction project?

This backyard game is guaranteed family fun! We have the step-by-step instructions to build this over-sized, outdoor version of Four-in-a-Row. See it on The Home Depot Blog.:

Another fun evening option is an outdoor movie night! Make your screen and pop some popcorn!

DIY outdoor movie screen

Find some other great entertaining ideas here!

9 RIDICULOUSLY FUN Outdoor Games for your next party or for family fun!

Which project will you tackle first? Hard to decide, huh? Pin this post to keep the ideas handy for when you’re ready to get to work!Backyard DIYS for all sorts of skill levels and all ages of fun!

 

 

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