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!
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.
And this vertical planter comes together quickly with just a few items from your home improvement store.
Want to make every drop count? Build your own rainwater collection barrel for watering your garden!
Using some scrap wood and a few inexpensive solar lights, these folks created a neat lighting option for their deck!
The solar lights can also be “fancied” up a bit with this beautiful chandelier project.
These dazzling luminaries are also made with $1 solar lights!
Doesn’t this scream “PARTY!” They’re just so happy! And guess what they are? Ping pong balls!
Need to figure out where to hang your lights? Try these!
The ultimate Backyard DIY project – firepits! Check out this simple “how to”.
This firepit uses the rim from a tractor tire! You can make a smaller one with a smaller rim, too!
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!
Backyard summer fun is a kid’s middle name! You’d be a hit with this teeter totter
Or grab a skateboard and make this swing that’s sure to be a hit!
This science center is great! A place of fun discovery and the mess stays outdoors! Win-win!
Remember tether ball? You can make your own!
Want to keep the cats from using your sandbox as a litter box? Try this plan!
Aren’t these the cutest?! What kid wouldn’t love them?
Having friends over? This bowling alley will definitely leave an impression!
Or maybe a more simple construction project?
Another fun evening option is an outdoor movie night! Make your screen and pop some popcorn!
Find some other great entertaining ideas here!
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!