23 DIY Backyard Design Ideas – DIY Backyard Decor Tips – House Beautiful

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Everyone wants a beautiful backyard, but hiring a landscape designer can get expensive. These tutorials work for big or small spaces, so you can easily create the backyard of your dreams.
A DIY monogram planter is a cute personalized touch to any backyard. Blogger Cassity writes that, thanks to this planter’s nifty design, she can replant blooms as often as she’d like.
Get the tutorial at Remodelaholic.

Who doesn’t love gathering around a warm fire on a summer night? Pits can be pretty pricey, but bloggers Jim and Mary made this version for just $117.
Get the tutorial at Old World Garden Farms.

A pretty pergola seems like an expensive endeavor, but you can easily build one on a budget. The size of your backyard will determine how big (or small) it will be, but this design’s dimensions can be altered to fit any space.
Get the tutorial at The Created Home.

Power couple Jamin and Ashley Mills, who are behind the incredible designs of The Handmade Home, built a two-story backyard hideaway for their kids.
Take a peek inside.
This lounge is a combination of new and reused: The gazebo from Home Depot helped anchor this small back patio, and a couch and thrift store chairs were given a DIY makeover to create a cozy outdoor seating area. And how cute is that coffee table made from a galvanized tub and a wire spool?
Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
A sandbox is still a great place for kids of all ages to play. You can make one with just basic supplies from a hardware store—and don’t forget to add a DIY sunshield so little ones can avoid sunburns.
Get the tutorial at Design Dining and Diapers.
If you don’t have an existing structure to hang string lights from, anchor poles into planters with cement, then add plants (this blogger used lemongrass and citronella to ward off bugs).
Get the tutorial at Bless’er House.
An old bike can become a beautiful planter by filling the front basket with blooms.
Tour the rest of this creative garden.
Think twice before tossing that empty wine bottle! Instead, repurpose it in the cutest mobile bird feeder.
Get the tutorial at Elizabeth Joan Designs.
Though a luxury not everyone can afford, if you have the space to build a "garden playhouse," as blogger and photographer Marta Potoczek calls it, it certainly is a beautiful way to relax on summer night.
See more at Lazy Sunday Cooking.
Need an easy way to add color to an overlooked corner your backyard? Old milks cans, chicken feeders, and galvanized mop buckets are just itching for new life as planters.
Tour the rest of this creative garden.
Want to add a splash of green to a brick patio? Follow blogger Liz Marie’s cue and snag a faux grass rug to jazz up the space.
Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
Convert leftover pallet wood into a cozy sofa, a perfect place to sip your morning coffee or enjoy an evening cocktail.
Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.

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Is there anything more soothing than a hammock gently swinging under string lights? This easy-to-pull-off setup is guaranteed to be your favorite spot to relax.
Get the tutorial at REI.
String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let string lights drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall.
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You might not be able to change the square footage of your backyard, but you can make it appear bigger. Turn vintage windows into mirrors and hang them from a fence—the reflection created will add extra dimension and depth to your outdoor space.
Get the tutorial at The Brambleberry Cottage.
This cool-looking fountain, made from recycled watering cans and a wash bin, is the perfect addition to a country garden.
Get the tutorial at Sophisticated Junkie.
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Rather than have your kids drop their towels on the ground in a wet, soppy mess, hang this cute "rack" to keep suits and towels organized.
Get the tutorial at The Summery Umbrella.
Add a piece of DIY decor to your garden or backyard with this fountain made from an iron tea pot and an old whiskey barrel.
Get the tutorial at Hometalk.
Give your birds a brand new perch by turning old dishes into a chic bird feeder.
Get the tutorial.

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