Need landscape and patio projects & ideas, including the best garden projects? Improve the look of your backyard with these DIY projects.
It's summer time which means many of us spend hours on end maintaining and manicuring our outdoor home space. Some of us are suckers for having pristine grass or vibrant flowers, others of us can't resist having access to a tasty herb garden or coming home to a patio decked out in wooden furniture. Have we tempted you enough? We love to talk garden, patio and landscape, especially since there's so many DIY alternatives to improve your yard situation. So make sure to look out below for some radical projects that are sure to be warm-weather hits!
DIY Garden & Landscape Ideas | Patio Projects
Check out these cool patio projects to update the look of your backyard and patio this summer. We know you will enjoy making them as much as we did.
These tin lanterns are not only extremely easy and kid friendly, but you can make them under $5. Better yet, you can make them with items from around the house! Lanterns work great as garden decor, centerpieces and gifts! Take a look at this quick tutorial to see how you can add a little light to your life.
Geodesic domes are one of the strongest, lightest structures you can build. Due to their unique design, they are wind, hurricane and tornado resistant. Geodesic domes can be used as extra storage, a greenhouse, or as a living space. It takes about 3 hours to put one together and about 15 minutes to take it apart. The parts are readily available at local hardware stores, and it the cost for this 19 ft x 9.5, 278 sq… ft dome is about $300.
Need some new mood lighting? We’ve got your covered. With this simple mason jar craft, your light will take on a brand new shape! Add a few of these jars around your room and enjoy the dreamy star-like effect it gives off when illuminated.
hate love to break it to you – compositing isn’t just for the farms! This gardening technique has become one of the most popular Go-Green practices in both urban and rural dwellings. To top it all off, it is one of the most simple, cost effective, eco-friendly contributions we can give back to mother nature. If you’re anything like us, we are all about reducing costs, recycling and reusing materials.
Want to make a mason jar into a terrarium? This easy mason jar craft is just for you! Beautiful in a group or a centerpiece, our mason jar terrariums are perfectly dreamy and surprisingly simple. Create a mini mystical forest that’s perfect for your desk, home, or as a gift. Don’t have a green thumb? This mason jar terrarium requires no watering!
6. Shady Arbor Bench
If you can imagine sippin' on your favorite drink beneath a shaded, outdoor place you should know that it's easier to attain than you may imagine. This project will show you how to get the most out of your backyard area by way of a dappled arbor over a bench for the most tranquil of settings.
7. Bamboo Trellis
Bamboo is an amazing material that allows for versatility in terms of building certain structures and is one of the world's most renewable resources. It becomes exceptional, though, when you make a trellis out of this phenomenal wood. If you've been hankering to start growing that tomato vine then here's your chance to get off on a good start.
This treehouse was built out of scrap wood and branches, how amazing! If you have a tree tall and sturdy enough for a treehouse you absolutely must try this. It's simple enough and your little one's will have a blast up in the treetops.
9. DIY Deck
Ok, so maybe building a deck is not the simplest task in the world, but the end result will definitely be rewarding. Decks can certainly be pricey if you hire people to build them, but if you're a hard core DIY-er why not give this one a shot?
10. Modern Concrete Fire Pit
There's nothing like a warm, comforting fire with a cheerful glow. If this fire happens to be in your backyard, the situation instantly becomes even more delightful. This project in particular does not require heavy labor (in case that's not your thing), remember: a little concrete can go a long way!
11. Build Your Own Pond
Most people love water, especially water that beautiful rests in a pond. Many people install ponds in their backyards for their pleasant appeal — they really do go a long way and make a space relaxing, to say the least. Keep in mind this pond project does not have to be super difficult. As long as you have a place for it in your backyard space you can play with its size.
12. Bird Bath
(via Life on the Balcony, click here for full tutorial)
From a garden pond to a garden bird bath here's another awesome project that involves the serene presence of water. And it's one that you can share with your birdy friends! If you create the bird bath deep enough then you will even be able to grow water plants. Why not give this cute project a shot?
13. Garden Steps
Tiers in your garden will create depth of field and a curious allure, however, you’ll need to build the proper garden steps to get reasonably get around.
14. Succulent Chandelier
For you succulent lovers out there, maybe you're running out of room for all your baby cacti and need a new place for them. Ever considered an outdoor hanging shelf? Because if you haven't then you should. Turn a shelf into a succulent chandelier for a charming, out of the ordinary look.
15. Raised Garden Beds
Raised garden beds, or garden boxes, can be used to plant an array of vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers. They really are quite useful, particularly in the case that you have a green thumb. These boxes will help you out in the times of heavy rains as they prevent soil erosion, not to mention, they are tall enough and typically sturdy enough to sit on in order to pick weeds while sitting down instead of bending over. There are truly many perks of owning one of these beauties!
16. Recycled Brick Path
One man's trash is another man's brick path. The folks at Home Jelly decided to look on Diggerslist in order to acquire some bricks for their pathway project in hopes of jazzing up their garden. I think it all turned out very nicely, don't you?
17. Porch Planter Boxes
Let's face it gang, who doesn't feel slightly more chipper when they see flowers? Well, how about an easy way to secure that extra dose of happiness on a regular basis? With a couple planters on your porch you're sure to smile every time you walk in and out of your house.
18. Mulch Tree
Mulch can only be a beautiful addition to illuminate the features in your yard. Not only does it add a pop of color but it also functions as a useful fertilizer as it conserves moisture, reduces soil compaction and prevents erosion. It also maintains a tree's bark from weed trimmer or lawn mower damage.
While pergola's can seem like a costly investment, they honestly don't have to be. If you're comfortable chiseling, sanding, scraping and/or hammering then you are definitely capable of building one of these amazing beauties. They're great for hanging out in the backyard and provide a cozy space to unwind.
20. Outdoor Pergola Curtains
If you love the luxurious feeling of being secluded in a beach-side chalet, perhaps it's about time to bring an elegant outdoor space to your home. Try out some Pergola curtains to spruce up the look of your outdoor pergola. You will be closer to a private sanctuary than you may think.
21. Stone Patio
If you have a backyard covered in grass and you want a section to add some furniture, then perhaps you need a hardened surface. If that's the case, you should definitely try out a stone patio. While it does require a lot of work to build one, it certainly is feasible.
Which of these patio projects was your favorite? Hope this helps to spice up your outdoor rest and relaxation situation and boosts your backyard entertaining skills. Good luck with all these patio projects, we have faith in you so there's no reason why your handy(wo)man work shouldn't shine brightly!