Spending time outdoors is both fun and healthy and there are lots of different types of activities to be enjoyed throughout the year. Spring and summer are perfect for doing some work in the backyard or the garden. You could do some gardening, redecorate the patio, set up a cozy lounge area for your and your guests and various other things based on your hobbies, needs and lifestyle. Today we’re going to go through a few of the projects that you could do outside and we hope they’ll inspire you.
The first project is a very simple one and it involves making cute little concrete hearts that you can use as decorations for the garden or the yard. They’re made using heart-shaped silicone molds and they have wooden skewers sticking out so you can insert them into the ground. You can customize them by painting and decorating them once the concrete has dried. Add them to the flower beds or sprinkle them along the driveway. You can find a full tutorial for this project on diys.
One of our all-time favorite outdoor projects involves converting a chair into a planter. It’s a really cool idea especially if you’re doing some spring cleaning or getting some new furniture. Any old chair could look nice as a flower bed. It would be nice if the frame was outdoor-friendly although that’s not really a requirement. This metal garden chair for example was perfect for the transformation. A fresh coat of paint made it look like new and some fabric and chicken wire attached tot he frame with zip ties were all that was needed to complete the project.
Something else you could do is build a garden bench to make it more enticing and comfortable to spend time outdoors. You can use wooden pallets for this project which would save you some money plus it would make it really easy to put the bench together. If you’re placing it against a fence or a wall there’s no need for a backrest. Paint the bench to make it look more interesting. You could use lots of different colors for the seat and leave the base neutral or you could try a simpler approach based on the supplies available to you as well as your preferences.
Even doing small projects around the yard can be very satisfying, not to mention it would make it more enjoyable to spend time outside in the future. If you have a garden or a yard that need irrigation, you could build a hose hanger that would make this activity less frustrating and that would also keep the area looking neat and organized the rest of the time. You could make the hanger out of wood and if you want you could also give it a sturdy cement base.
Traditional garden gnomes are pretty cute and easy to find in stores but if you want something a bit different we suggest into looking some DIY options. These concrete garden gnomes featured on diys are absolutely adorable and they’d look lovely not just outside but indoors as well. You can casually place them among the flowers, set them on a rock or find a spot for them on your patio. To make them you need a few things such as fine particle cement mix, tape, glue, felt, pillow stuffing, faux fur and pom-poms.
When things start to look outdated and ugly, a makeover can usually fix the issue. A fresh coat of paint or a change of color can make all the difference. This applies to lots of things including outdoor furniture and decorations such as lamps, planters and so on. It’s also convenient and exciting to repurpose various items or to move them to different locations. In that sense, you can find an inspiring upcycling project idea on wonderwood.
Concrete is really great for lots of DIY outdoor projects. You can use it to make cool-looking decorations such as the head planters featured on lilyardor. They have cut-outs at the top and these grooves where you can add soil and the plants look like hair which means you can actually get very creative and style your planters however you want to. Use styrofoam heads as molds and concrete mix as your clay and have fun sculpting the faces, adding little details and giving them expressions. If you want them to look aged and overgrown you can add a moss effect at the end.
Old chairs are not as useless as you might think. In fact, they’re often used in a lot of outdoor projects. A great example comes from makingmanzanita where you can find a tutorial on how to use two old dining chairs to make a bench for the garden, backyard or patio. It’s easy and it doesn’t require a lot of materials. The seats need to be removed from the chairs so you can build a new one for the bench. Using pallet wood for this could end up being very convenient plus it would give the bench a weathered and rustic look.
Setting up your own tank pool in the backyard is a nice idea if you have the space for it. It’s a great way to cool off during summer and it’s fun and enjoyable for the whole family. A cool way to improve your tank pool is by adding a bench around it. It would be like a border all around the pool and it would give you a place to sit, to place a few drinks, some towels, pool toys and so on plus it would also cover up the tank and give your pool a nicer look. Check out heywandererblog to find out how it’s built.
Having an outdoor kitchen could sure make it more enjoyable to spend time outdoors most of the year. It doesn’t need to be super fancy or to include a lot of features. A grill would be enough as far any appliances go. You can set up your own outdoor kitchen from scratch and customize it however you see fit. There’s a great tutorial on bobvila which explains how you can make an island out of plywood and concrete and how you can integrate a portable grill into it. It has an open shelf at the bottom for storage and a wooden cutting board built into the top.
It’s even possible to build your own pizza oven from scratch. It would make an awesome centerpiece for the backyard and you could enjoy a lot of wonderful moments with friends and family around it. If you’re starting off with a big empty space, consider building a sturdy pizza oven and integrating a few extra features in its design such as some counter space for prepping, storage and so on. There’s a great tutorial on tikkido which explains how this wood-burning pizza oven was made. The design is beautiful, a nice blend of rustic and modern details that go really well together.
If you’re looking for a small project that you could make right now, perhaps a succulent log planter would fit the bill. The first step is to find a log. Perhaps you can find one in your own backyard. Clean it up a little bit and if necessary flatten the base, then carve out some spaces for the succulents. This could make a nice centerpiece for a table or you can display it as a decoration anywhere you want to, whether it’s inside the house or outdoors. Check out hearthandvine for more details about this project.
A pergola could look wonderful in the backyard plus it would be a great accessory for an outdoor lounge area. You can build it yourself and customize the shape and dimensions so it fits and looks great at the same time. Take t step by step, starting with the posts, then the frame and the roof and you’ll have your pergola up and ready in no time. There are numerous different designs and styles to choose from so take some time to do a bit of research first.
Add a bit more structure to your outdoor areas by creating flagstone pathways. This is a nice way to connect various different areas and to decorate the area around the house. The organic design fits beautifully into lots of different types of decors and also makes the entire project easy and enjoyable. You can lay your own flagstone pathway without having to make major modifications to your lawn and without needing lots of tools or materials.
Another cool idea is to build a playground for the kids so they can exercise and have fun in the backyard. You can include features like a slide, swings and ladders and you can stay within budget by using reclaimed wood for the frame. A few wooden pallets would be perfect for this project. The number you’ll need varies based on the design and the dimensions that you choose. Check out this playscape idea from frugalmomeh if you need a bit of inspiration.
If you have a big tree in the backyard with a low branch that extends horizontally to the side, that would be a perfect support for a swing. A tree swing is super easy to build. All you need is a wooden board, some strong rope, sandpaper, a drill and a saw in case you need to trim the wood. Check out the tutorial on themerrythought to find out all the details and how to make the swing safe and secure.
Adding some sort of water feature to the garden would look really beautiful and although natural ponds are definitely amazing, an artificial one can also look lovely. A small deck-top pond is a nice alternative if you lack space or if you want to spice up the decor around the house. This is basically a tiny pond inside a box and it’s something that you can build from scratch by following the instructions offered on lowes.