Cheap And Easy DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas (+ Instructions)

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It’s that time of year again when we all get excited to get out in our backyards and DO something! It’s time to put away the skates and sleds and get out the mitre saw, drill, and instructions and start thinking about how you could make your DIY patio furniture dreams come true. If outdoor furniture projects are on your radar for this season, check out these outdoor furniture ideas for fun and easy projects even a total beginner can build! With the right free plans, encouragement, and tutorials, anyone can create outdoor furniture that checks all the boxes for comfort, style, and DIY bragging rights! 

Build a DIY Outdoor Sofa 

Have you ever built furniture yourself before? I hadn’t either, until I came across these easy outdoor couch building plans from Ana White. These plans were simple enough for me to attempt! Outdoor furniture has come a long way from the old days of concrete blocks and plain pallet wood, let me tell you! Let me show you how to build this beautiful, rustic outdoor sofa out of cedar 2x4s! I’m giving you the plans to download and an easy to follow tutorial video so that you too can build a beautiful piece of outdoor furniture to freshen up your backyard outdoor seating. Just add pretty stain and then cushions for the ultimate in hand made luxury!

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

Make a Faux Vintage Galvanized Planter

Do you go ga-ga over vintage farmhouse style decor for outdoor decorating? Me too! I love distressed-looking galvanized accessories, lots of worn wicker, raw lumber, and salvaged treasures when it comes to my outdoor space. As much as I love vintage and antique decor, sometimes I just can’t find what I’m looking for at the price I can afford. That’s when I turn to a good deal plus some DIY to make what I have in mind! In this case, I really wanted a vintage galvanized tub that I could use as a flower planter for our porch. I simply couldn’t find one at a good price, so I made my own faux vintage galvanized planter that I think looks really close to the real, antique thing!

How to make a faux vintage galvanized planter from a new galvanized bucket for a farmhouse style porch or patio

Make a Potting Bench from Pallets & an Antique Window

I’ve always wanted a cute little outdoor bench to use for potting plants or as a beverage stand for backyard parties. When I happened upon a pallet and some old pieces of wood in our back field, I realized they would work perfectly with my antique window for making an upcycled potting bench! This is a great storage bench for all your potting needs. Come see my step by step tutorial to learn how you can make your own rustic, shabby chic DIY potting bench out of pallet wood to complement your farmhouse style garden!

How to make a DIY potting bench out of old pallets, reclaimed wood and an antique window

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 and beside our fire pit. I didn’t have to worry about building a more complicated DIY coffee table, because this pallet bar does the job just fine! I love it so much, and I can’t wait to show you how you can build one too!

How to Build a DIY Rustic Bench – Free Building Plans

Are you looking for a simple building project to create some DIY outdoor furniture? Learn how to build this rustic wooden bench using my free building plans! This primitive-look bench is perfect for an outdoor coffee table. I can picture it:

  • full of comfy pillows as part of a DIY picnic table setup,
  • holding drinks sitting next to your porch swing, or
  • a DIY hammock stand!

It’s a wonderful beginner’s woodworking project, and it only uses a few 2x4s and 2x6s so it’s very inexpensive to build. In fact, this is one of the easiest DIY furniture projects I’ve ever done. I’m sharing the simple building plans for this bench with you so you can make it your own!

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Make Wooden Lanterns for Under $10

When I saw some beautiful but simple wooden outdoor lanterns at an expensive store, they inspired me to build my own. These rustic lanterns look beautiful on the outdoor tables on either side of my door, and they cost me less than $10 each to make! I used only two and a half pieces of 2x2x8 spruce wood to make each lantern, and they came together quickly and beautifully. They look lovely with flameless candles and faux flowers inside them for summer DIY outdoor decor! They would look right at home gracing an outdoor side table or end table. Ready to build one? Visit the post for the written directions and a video tutorial! 

DIY Rustic Wooden Lantern for Under $10

Cheerful Front Porch Makeover with DIY Outdoor Chairs

I love fun spring colours, and I was very excited to make over this front porch for spring using its cheerful yellow door as inspiration! Come see how simple planter boxes and modern DIY outdoor furniture made all the difference to this beautiful show home porch. 

This front porch makeover with DIY outdoor chairs features bright yellow accents and handmade planter boxes. Get ideas for small front porch decorating!

Build a DIY planter box with only 2 tools! (Free Plan)

Looking for an easy weekend project? Check out this simple planter box that you can make with just a mitre saw and a finishing nail gun! This free plan includes a cut list and instructions for building your own beautiful DIY planter box. This is a great project for anyone new to power tools! It looks beautiful on your deck beside your outdoor sectional or on the step of your front porch. 

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 project is made from all salvaged materials, so it’s essentially FREE! Plus, it 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.

How to build a DIY rustic outdoor furniture with logs and reclaimed wood

There you go, so many easy DIY outdoor furniture ideas for your space this summer! Tag me @thediymommy with your finished creations, I would love to see them! 

Happy outdoor summer living, everyone!

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DIY outdoor furniture ideas including a potting bench, pallet bar, outoor sofa, rustic coffee table, chairs, lantern and planter boxes

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