Whether you’re working with a large space or a small space, there are plenty of ways to make your backyard look good. Most of the ideas in this post are do it yourself (DIY) and many of them are affordable as well.
The few that aren’t are just great to look at. After all, a girl can dream, right?
DIY Hanging Planters
Sometimes all it takes to liven up a space is some plants. If you don’t have space on the ground, consider some hanging ones.
DIY ‘n’ Crafts has a whole series of DIY planter ideas. Some will cost you just $5 apiece, while others upcycle what you already have at home.
You can find a full tutorial here.
All you need is a little mood lighting.
It’s amazing what some string lights will do for your space. According to Seabring Design, “String lights add an illuminated glow that is warm and welcoming – ideal for open-air entertaining on summer evenings. Moreover, they’re lightweight, convenient, and simple to hang.”
The site has more than 30 ideas for stringing lights to give your backyard just the right feel.
You can find it here.
DIY Storage Bench
When you’re dealing with limited space in your backyard, a do it yourself storage bench may be just what you need. Not only does it offer you a place to store your stuff, but it’s a great place to sit.
Our Handcrafted Life has a complete tutorial here.
And if you’re going a little fancier, check out what Reynolds-Sebastiani Design Services did in this modern minimalist use of space that includes a bench that doubles as storage.
You can find more images here.
If your backyard doesn’t have a lot of space, then go vertical. A hanging garden may be just what you need to make use of the space you have. Inspired by Charm has a great tutorial on how to make a vertical herb garden. You can find it here.
If a garden on a wall isn’t your style, then consider a fence. Thrift Diving has a tutorial on how to create a hanging garden that goes right on your fence. You can find it here.
If you need some planter boxes to make this garden on a fence a reality, you can find some here on Etsy.
DIY Potting Station
If you love to garden, then a DIY potting station is the perfect addition to your patio. Blogger Ana White has the details on how to make a simple 2-foot by 4-foot potting station here. She also has a video to show you exactly how to do it.
Small Outdoor Water Fountain
If you have the room, a small outdoor water fountain will add to the visual appeal of a space. The site A Piece of Rainbow has an easy solar-powered water fountain that you can create.
Or try a tiered water fountain that uses three different sized pots. You can find the tutorial here on Addicted 2 DIY.
Whichever way you choose to go, a water fountain can add some needed calm to your outdoor refuge.
Mini Storage Shed
For small backyards, you don’t need a lot of tools. That’s why a mini storage shed like the one suggested by A Cultivated Nest might be the perfect answer. The best part is it upcycles old doors, so it’s good for the environment and your backyard.
If you have children, a fairy garden is a perfect addition to your backyard patio. It’s fun and whimsical and it gives the kids a chance to express themselves. Family Handyman has some great fairy garden ideas here.
If you need some items to add to your fairy garden, try these fairy garden lanterns here on Etsy.
Inverted Tomato Plants
In a backyard patio, it’s tempting to only use the ground space and forget about the vertical space. Don’t! It’s valuable space as well.
Blogger Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite shows you how to make inverted tomato plants out of old water jugs.
While the blog doesn’t talk about it, plants like strawberries, small peppers, and several herbs can also grow upside down.
If you’re dealing with larger backyards, you can add some depth and better feel to your space with some easy landscaping tricks.
Not only does a wandering path like this one on the Smilin’ Curbs website make the backyard space feel larger, but it also gives it a little more character. Using flat stones that are not uniform in shape makes the path feel more natural.
Add a Fire Pit
If you have space, adding a fire pit away from the house is a wonderful addition to a backyard. Not only can you roast marshmallows for s’mores, but it’s also a great place for people to gather and just talk.
If you need some marshmallow roasting sticks, you can find great ones here on Etsy.
Side Yard Work
Those side yard spaces can be small and difficult to deal with, so why not try something simple? Love of Family and Home shows you how some bricks and plants can go a long way to increasing the visual appeal of your backyard.
For a sanctuary within your backyard sanctuary, consider a rose garden gazebo. Whimsical Home and Garden has some great ideas to get you started. You can make the rose gazebo into a small dining area or add a bench for a great place to curl up with a good book.
She Shed…or a He Shed
Another nice sanctuary, if you have space, is a she shed…or a he shed if you’re so inclined. A she shed can be for whatever you want. It can be a crafting corner or a reading nook. It can be a place to sit and meditate or a place for you to go and work quietly.
For great she shed inspirations, check out this past post.
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