The backyard is certainly one of the most useful and versatile parts of your home – the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating, renovating or remodeling it! You can add an artificial pond, a pool or a tanning bed if you aim to make it as comfortable as possible, or you can add an outdoor oven, a barbecue grill, a gardening shed to store all your gardening tools and equipment or even a small playhouse where your children can play safely. Nonetheless, it is essential to organize your backyard efficiently and to make the best of all the available space, and here you will find 40+ backyard ideas that you can try!
1. Add A Mirror Duo To Your Garden Shed
This is a great backyard decoration idea, especially if you like to recycle “junk pieces” and to turn them into magnificent works of art. All you need is two old and shabby window frames (preferably rusty and with chipped paint, as that makes them look even older) and two mirrors. Incorporate the two mirrors into the window frames, then carefully hang them onto one of the sides of your garden shed, so that they reflect the woods, the corn field or the plain valleys. The view is outstanding!
UPDATE: “We don’t think that this is a good backyard idea at all. The main reason is that birds will see the reflection of your garden and have no way of knowing that a solid surface – the mirror – is present. They will fly straight at it and, at the very least, be stunned but many may die from severe injuries such as broken necks sustained on impact.”
Source – thebrambleberrycottage
2. DIY Outdoor Bench
If you are feeling crafty today and you want to create something that will really come in handy, then you should have a look at this DIY outdoor bench. You will be amazed to see that you do not need to invest in an expensive, high-end bench to enjoy a truly comfortable and enjoyable time in your backyard – you can make your own bench from scratch, with several pieces of plywood, a few nails, a hammer and some paint. Place it in a location where it oversees the forest and enjoy the sound of the birds chipping!
Source – creatingreallyawesomefreethings
3. Outdoor Chalkboard
The outdoor chalkboard is definitely one of the most versatile backyard ideas you can opt for. Easy to make and very creative and aesthetically appealing at the same time, the chalkboard can be used in countless different ways: you can use it as a reminder or a memo, you can write all sorts of inspirational quotes on it to get you through the day, you can display the daily menu for your husband and your kids and so forth. Besides, it costs you little to nothing to create this lovely chalkboard – all you need is some inspiration, and you will find plenty of it in this tutorial!
Source – tinysidekick
4. DIY Wine Bottle Torches
Wine lovers, this is specifically designed for you! Wine is one of the greatest alcoholic beverages one can have – healthy (when consumed in moderate amounts), delicious and easy to pair with just about any type of food, wine is great to have around the house. However, if you are an aficionado and you have an extensive collection of bottles, then you should definitely check out these super creative DIY wine bottle torches that you will instantly fall in love with!
Source – whenthepigsfly
5. DIY Glass Marbles For Your Fence
Garden art will never go out of fashion – however, if you have decided to add a couple of creative decorations to your backyard, then you should know that you do not need to invest a small fortune in them, when you can make your own DIY glass marbles for your fence. Here is a super creative tutorial that will teach you how to do just that – and you will certainly love the fact the marbles are reflected in the summer sun!
Project Source – gardendrama
6. DIY Planting Board
Do you have a small vegetable garden in your backyard, or perhaps a small rose garden that you hold very dearly to your heart? Gardening is a great hobby that will not only stimulate your creativity, but also serve as a great cardiovascular exercise to keep you healthy and fit. However, managing your seeds and your planting pots can be more difficult than you have thought, this is why you could certainly use a DIY planting board that will help you make the best of what you got!
Source – pittypatpages
7. Take Your Kids By Surprise With This Rope Swing!
Kids are super energetic and they are always looking for different ways to let all that energy out – however, as parents, we are naturally concerned about the safety and security of our children whenever we go out to play. Here is the solution for that – you can now take your kids by surprise with a creative and super crafty rope swing that you can hang from one of the trees in your backyard. Cost-effective, durable and super entertaining at the same time!
Source – dukesandduchesses
8. Outdoor Candle Lantern
You do not have to wait all the way until Halloween to get yourself a creative outdoor candle lantern! All you need is some cheap thrift store products and a few decorative candles – let your imagination roam freely, and you can get yourself a lovely candle that will certainly brighten up your nights, literally! If you use to invite your friends over for an outdoor dinner or a drink, then they will definitely appreciate just how creative you can get with this simple and affordable outdoor candle lantern.
Project Credit and Tutorial – inmyownstyle
9. Make A Giant Decorative Xylophone
If you have a few extra pieces of wood on your hands, then do not throw them away – grab a saw and cut them in different lengths so that they resemble a xylophone, get some different paint colors and start playing! Are you looking for a cheap outdoor decoration that will add to the curb appeal and the aesthetics of your house? Do you want a creative and entertaining weekend craft project that you can enjoy with your kids? Then check out this great, giant xylophone – and you will be happy you did!
Project Credit and Tutorial – lifestyle.yahoo
10. Backyard Ideas On A Budget
Are you running low on inspiration and you want some creative decoration ideas that will make your backyard as comfortable and enjoyable as possible? Do you want to keep your spending to a minimum, but you are not willing to make a compromise when it comes to the quality and aesthetics of your backyard decorations? If so, then you should certainly check out these lovely and innovative decorations that will definitely change the way you look at backyard pieces!
Source – daisymaebelle
11. Canning Jar Lights!
These jar lights are great for those lovely, warm summer nights when you feel like spending your entire evening outdoors, with your friends! Check out this tutorial and see just how easy it is to make them, then hang the jar lights from the branches of your garden trees and let them work their magic on your backyard. Your neighbors will definitely feel like stealing this creative decoration idea from you!
Project Credit and Tutorial – michelesapples
12. Recycled Wine Bottle Torch
If your home is decorated in a shabby chic or a rustic way and you want to add some warmth and light to your backyard, then you should definitely consider these recycled wine bottle torches. Cheap, efficient and durable, these wine bottle torches can be places all over your backyard and they will lighten up your garden.
Project Credit and Tutorial – designsponge
13. Tin Can Lanterns!
Have you ever thought that tin cans can actually benefit you from many points of view, other than serving as storage cans for your nails, pins and screws? Here is a lovely tin can lantern tutorial that will teach you how to “upgrade” your backyard lighting system in an instant. Grab a few old tins and get started on this creative project today!
Project Credit and Tutorial – growcreative
14. Hanging Jar Lanterns
Jar lanterns are certainly very sought-after this summer, apparently! The best thing about them is that they require a minimal investment, and you can easily make your own jar lantern with basic pieces that you have around your house. Here is a tutorial that everybody can follow – simple, descriptive and very insightful, this tutorial will guide you through every step. You can also involve your children in this project, as it is entirely safe and it will help them develop their motor skills!
Project Credit and Tutorial – craftynest
15. Make Yourself A Hula Hoop Chandelier!
We all had hula hoops as kids, as they are super playful and easy to use – however, have you ever thought about recycling a few old hula hoops and turning them into outstanding pieces of art? Here is how you can do just that! This tutorial will certainly make you regret that you have thrown your other hula hoops away – check out this tutorial and put your creative skills to good use!
Source – sarahontheblog
16. Make Your Own Glowing Orbs!
Backyard lighting is essential, especially if you have a small firepit or a gazebo where you love to gather with all your friends. The good news is that there are many different lighting options you can choose from: you can opt for the classic lightbulbs, you can choose torches, eco-friendly lights that recharge themselves during the day, or you can go for these lovely, creative and cost-effective glowing orbs that will certainly redefine the way you see backyard lighting! Have a closer look at this tutorial and let yourself be impressed.
Project Source – theartofdoingstuff
17. Spruce Up Your Mailbox!
It often happens that whenever we try to give our backyard a makeover, we often overlook the mailbox, when the truth is that this is usually the first thing people notice about your house. Located right at the entrance, your mailbox can make or break the look of your entire home – and here is an outstanding idea that will help you give your current mailbox a full facelift!
Project Credit and Tutorial – beneathmyheart
18. Outdoor Vintage Flower Buckets
Flower vases and pots can be quite expensive nowadays, but do not despair – you can now get some lovely outdoor vintage flower buckets that all your guests and neighbors will envy! All you need is three silver buckets and some fresh paint to color-code or number them. Then plant your favorite flowers (perennials usually work best in this case) and place them right at the entrance. They will add color and joy to your home before you even know it!
Project Credit and Tutorial – mywonderfullymade
19. Globe String Lights
String lights are a relatively modern invention, and they are exclusively designed for futuristic homes – however, the good news is that you can easily make your own globe string lights from scratch, lights that will certainly add comfort to the overall ambiance in your living room or bedroom. Here is a tutorial that will show you how to quickly do just that!
Source – thegardenglove
20. DIY Auxiliary Drawer For Your Backyard
Have you ever had a hard time storing your gardening tools, your barbecue utensils or any other tools? Are you looking for a practical, safe, durable and efficient way to store all of them, without having to spend several minutes looking for your tools next time you need them? If so, then this DIY auxiliary drawer project was specifically designed for you – check it out.
Project Credit and Tutorial – decomanitas