10 Fun & Easy DIY Backyard Projects

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It’s almost spring in Canada, when we start looking forward to summer and all the ways we can create a little oasis in our outdoor space to enjoy the warm months to their full potential! In this roundup, I’ve collected a few outdoor DIY ideas to help you create your own beautiful backyard this season.  These easy projects include ideas for outdoor seating, upping your outdoor bar and patio game, and simple crafts to help you with your backyard makeover for a new season. I hope you find some inspiration here for all your summer backyard dreaming. Let’s get to it!

Adorable birdhouse feature you can make with dollar store and salvaged items for your garden!

Outdoor Furniture DIY Projects:

I had such a good time creating all these projects and I can’t wait to share them with you. Outdoor furniture adds so much to a space, but it can be pricey! That’s why it’s a bonus whenever we can make our own! Whether you’re looking to relax in the shade on your own personal DIY sofa or do some sunny gardening using your handmade potting bench, I’ve got you covered!

Build a DIY Outdoor Sofa 

Every once in a while we need to do something that challenges us, don’t you agree? 

I hadn’t ever built outdoor furniture before, but when I stumbled across these easy outdoor couch building plans from Ana White, complete with a  free PDF materials list, cut list, and instructions, I knew this project would be a simple outdoor DIY idea for me to try. Let me show you how to build a beautiful rustic/industrial outdoor sofa  with:

  • 2x4s
  • hammer
  • nails
  • cushions from IKEA

Add some throw pillows and you’re ready to entertain! Come get the full tutorial!

How to Build an Easy DIY Pallet Bar

I built this simple DIY pallet bar for our backyard, and I love how it turned out! It was extremely easy to make and cost me zero dollars. We used it all summer and fall for holding our snacks and drinks on our patio. I love the string lights that add so much to our back deck DIY patio atmosphere. I can’t wait to show you how you can build one too!

Easy DIY Pallet Bar

Make a Potting Bench from Pallets & an Antique Window

I love wood pallets and all their creative possibilities! I’ve always wanted a cute little bench to use for potting plants or as a beverage stand for backyard parties, so when I happened upon an old pallet and some old pieces of lumber in our back field, I realized they would work perfectly with my antique window for making an upcycled potting bench! Come see my step-by-step tutorial to learn how you can make your own rustic, shabby chic DIY potting bench to complement your farmhouse-style garden! This is one of those fun and easy DIY outdoor projects that I know you will love! It’s practical, pretty, and made with repurposed materials!

DIY potting bench out of old pallets and an antique window is a great outdoor DIY idea

Easy DIY Rustic Log & Reclaimed Wood Garden Bench

There’s something so wonderful about taking old, unused items and turning them into something beautiful and useful, isn’t there? In this case, I used a couple of logs from our log pile and some vintage scrap wood found at my aunt and uncle’s farm to make a rustic garden bench. This outdoor DIY idea is made from all salvaged materials, so it’s essentially FREE and takes only a few minutes to put together! Let me share with you how to build your own simple, rustic log & reclaimed wood garden bench.

Easy DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Space

Here I’ve grouped some easy outdoor crafts and simple projects that will make a big impact on your backyard for minimal dollars (sometimes zero!) and very little time. Come see how you can easily change the look and function of your space!

Make a Mini DIY Fire Bowl

When I came across this concrete planter at Home Sense, I knew it would be the perfect container for my next patio table project! I created a simple mini DIY fire bowl that’s the perfect accent to my outdoor decor. This little fire bowl helps repel mosquitos and other bugs and adds a beautiful ambiance when we are relaxing around the table. Different from a candle or torches, the flame is subtle and it gives off a lovely glow and a little bit of warmth. I can’t wait to show you how you can make your own in a few minutes using simple supplies!

Learn how to make a mini DIY fire bowl with this simple tutorial. A perfect tabletop accent for your patio!

Birdhouse Garden Decor Idea on a Budget

Looking for garden decor ideas on a budget? This rustic DIY birdhouse feature is a cute addition to any garden, and would make a lovely landscaping feature at the entrance to a backyard playhouse or beside a little pond or water feature! You can make it with dollar store items and branches salvaged from your backyard for an inexpensive craft this season. I really like how this trio of whimsical birdhouses on tree branches turned out, and I’m excited to share my simple tutorial with you today so you can make your own version of this adorable DIY backyard project!

Adorable birdhouse feature you can make with dollar store and salvaged items for your garden!

Make a Recycled Tire Ottoman

I turned an old tire into something new – a sisal-wrapped outdoor ottoman! I love the beachy, boho, rustic look of sisal or rope stools and this one was a fun DIY project. Not only is it pretty, but it’s also a perfect solution for holding a tray of goodies like drinks or books. It also works as a footstool or extra seating! All you need is an old tire, some sisal rope, hot glue, and basic crochet skills. Let me show you how I did it!  

How to make a recycled tire ottoman

Make a Tiered Herb Planter with Dollar Store Buckets

This little garden DIY is as simple and pretty as it is practical! It is so nice to have a tiny herb garden right outside my back door, and I love that it only cost me about $15 to create. All you need to make this tiered herb planter is three metal dollar store buckets of different sizes, potting soil, and your favourite herbs. This planter looks pretty on a sunny porch or as a little feature in a flower garden. Plant your favourite herbs (I like rosemary, basil, chives, oregano, and mint), and enjoy them all summer long!

Make a beautiful DIY tiered herb planter from metal dollar store buckets. So easy!

Make a Jute Rug with Dollar Store Twine

When I needed something to temporarily cover our beat-up porch flooring, I decided to challenge myself to make something from dollar store supplies as a solution. I wanted whatever I chose to be rustic and durable, and my first thought was an outdoor jute rug.  This was a really fun outdoor DIY idea, and it’s a great beginner’s crochet project. All you need to make this beautiful farmhouse-style jute outdoor rug is about 5 rolls of thick dollar store jute rope and a large Q16 crochet hook. Let me show you how I did it!

DIY Jute Rug from Dollar Store Twine

Make a Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter

A paint-dipped log planter for your succulents – it’s everything you never knew you wanted! This cute little project is simple, quick, cost me zero dollars, and it came together in one afternoon. My kids enjoyed helping me paint the log and plant the succulents we chose to put in it! I love how easy it is to make this project unique with a different paint colour (you can use spray paint or regular) and plant choices. I love it when I can create something beautiful without having to purchase a single thing. Let me show you how to create your own log planter conversation piece for your outdoor area!

DIY Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter

There you go! So many fun outdoor DIY ideas to choose from, and I know you will find one or more that really appeal to your style and skill level. Enjoy your outdoor living this season!  

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  1. The tiered herb planter and birdhouse feature are too cute! Plus they’d be perfect spring/summer projects to do with the kids!

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