Last Updated on May 10, 2021 by Maggie Sutton
Spring is here, and the weather is getting warm. It’s time to burn off that extra energy you have built up from being cooped up in your house all winter long. Get outside and use some of that extra energy to turn your backyard into a living space built for entertaining all summer long! Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or plan to stick around for a while, adding functionality to a backyard expands the livability of your home. Below are some relatively simple backyard DIY projects on a budget.
DIY Outdoor Mini Bar
When entertaining in the warmer months, the last thing you want to do is constantly be opening your door, letting your air conditioner running constantly, to go in and out of the house getting a cool beverage. Keeping drinks outside, and keeping them cold, is key to a successful outdoor bash. This simple yet stylish mini bar doubles as a serving surface and mini fridge protector. It’s also very easy to create yourself, using the step by step instructions in the video below. Remember, most big box DIY stores have tools you can rent if you don’t have some of the items for these projects.
Do It Yourself Fire Pit
Grab your cool drinks and warm up by your own fire pit. Building your own fire pit can be done in a weekend without spending a lot of money. Before you get started on this project, make sure you check your city’s ordinances on fire pits. Fire pit kits can also be sold by local landscaping companies and garden centers like Home Depot. These kits include instructions along with all the pavers you’ll need to create your own fire pit. Don’t forget about the ambient lighting for your fire pit too!
Backyard Cinder Block Grill
No backyard would be complete without a grilling station. So, to complete your backyard functionality, use these backyard DIY instructions to build your outdoor grill. Remember to use safety precautions when building your grill. Make sure you provide enough space between your grill and flammable structures, and follow your city’s laws regarding grill regulations.
No-Dig Garden Border
If your yard already has a defined garden, you might notice that grass and weed can quickly creep in without a barrier. Instead of ripping out your garden to stop the encroaching weeds, try this easy, no dig border. You’ll only need four items (plus some water) to make this beautiful garden accent.
Homemade Raised Garden Planter
If you’re into sustainable, organic eating, consider growing your own vegetables! Having a small garden is a great activity to do with the kids, plus it can teach them all kinds of things like weather, biology, healthy eating habits, and good hard work. The great thing about raised garden beds is that they can squeeze into any area of your backyard, and the walls can keep out some critters like bunnies. The video below shows you how to make a really efficient, inexpensive backyard DIY raised garden planter.
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