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100 Cheap and Easy DIY Backyard Ideas

Spruce up your backyard on a budget with these cheap and easy DIY backyard ideas. From patio ideas to landscaping ideas, there are plenty of DIY projects to choose from that are guaranteed to work for big and small yards.

Patio furniture, fire pits and other outdoor items are SO expensive! With the right tools and a tutorial, you can easily make them for half of what it would cost you to buy them. So save some money with these DIY backyard ideas! Most of these projects can be completed in one weekend or less.

Supplies and Tools You Will Need: 

Money saving tip: For the projects that require pallets, you can get them for free on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace

Patio and Outdoor Furniture DIY Backyard Ideas

Pallet Daybed from Pretty Prudent

Hanging Outdoor Bar from HGTV.com

DIY Outdoor Entertainment Table from Hallmark Channel

Pallet Outdoor Table from BHG.com

Wooden Pallet Benches from eHow

Pallet Patio Bench from RK Black

Outdoor Pallet Bar from 1001 Pallets

$40 X-Leg Wooden Bench with Crate Storage from The Kim Six Fix

Reclaimed Wood X-Stool from Lady Goats

Outdoor Crate Cart (source unknown)
crates + wood stain and sealer + caster wheels

Patio Pallet Daybed from Lovely Greens

Pallet Sectional Soda from 101 Pallet Ideas

Patio Pallet Lounger from Instructables

DIY Outdoor Seating from BHG.com

Block Table Legs from BHG.com

Simple Outdoor Bench from eHow

Cinder Block Bench from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

DIY Cinder Block Bench from Contemporist

$45 DIY Patio Sofa and Love Seat from Fabulessly Frugal

Pallet Outdoor Seating from Apartment Therapy

Outdoor Pallet Table from Joy Ever After

Backyard Pergola from HGTV.com

$45 Five Piece Outdoor Adirondack Furniture Set from Saved by Love Creations

$15 Bistro Table from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Super Frugal Pergola from The Created Home

DIY Fence Table from Sensible Sara

DIY Accent Table from Thrifty and Chic

Terracotta Pot Table from Dukes and Duchesses

Barrel Table (original source unknown)
large barrel + glass top + moss + string lights

Bucket Outdoor Coffee Table from Remodelaholic

Rope Ottomans Chair from Style Me Pretty

Wood Deck Cooler from Fog Hollow Cottage

DIY Rolling Cooler Ottoman from Home Depot

Outdoor Rolling Cart from Anything Pretty

Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers from Confessions of a Serial DIYer


Fire Pits DIY Backyard Ideas

$50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings from Instructables

$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit from House and Fig

$60 DIY Fire Pit from Keeping it Simple

Stone Fire Pit from Old World Garden Farms

Fire Pit from Tuff Guard House

DIY Tabletop Firebowl from Today’s Creative Life

Tabletop Fire Pit from Dunn Lumber

Easy DIY Inexpensive Firepit from Thrifty Little Mom

Cinder Block Fire Pit from Prepper Ways


Swings and Hammocks

Pallet Swing Bed from The Merry Thought

DIY Tree Swing from The Merry Thought

Rope Swing from Dukes and Duchesses

$40 DIY Hammock from Here Comes the Sun

Macrame Hammock from eHow

Swing Chair from Instructables

Pallet Swing from Instructables

Swinging Chair (source unknown)
cotton rope + outdoor fabric + cushions + tree branch or small wood post


Lighting DIY Backyard Ideas

DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls from Lynne Knowlton

Dollar Store Hanging Lanterns from Running with Scissors

Rope Light Walkway from Christmas Lights Etc.

DIY Outdoor Light Poles from City Farmhouse

Rustic Garden Gate from Kojo Designs

Hula Hoop Lighs from Sarah on the Blog

DIY String Light Poles with Concrete Bases from Home Depot

Tree Branch Candles (source unknown)
tree branch + drill and large drill bit + tea light candles

Rock Candles (source unknown)
gravel + empty glass jar + tiki fluid + wire basket + wicks

Tree Trunk Lights from Lauren Jones Home

Grapevine Chandelier from All Things Heart and Home

Lighting Posts from The 1000 Block

DIY Solar Chandelier from Buzzfeed

DIY Landscaping Lighting from The Art of Doing Stuff

Wine Bottle Tiki Torch from Redeem Your Ground

Cheap Outdoor Lantern (using a tuna can) from In My Own Style

Tin Can Lanterns from Grow Creative

Recycled Wine Bottle Torch from Design Sponge


Walkways and Deck DIY Backyard Ideas

Pallet Wood Deck from Simple Easy Creative

Simple Floating Deck from Instructables

DIY Walkway (source unknown)
wood boards + gravel

Pallet Wood Walkway from Funky Junk Interiors

Easy Patio Makeover from Jennifer’s Mentionables

Cement Cobblestone Path from Pratik Ideas

Rubber Door Mat Stepping Stones from Monica’s Creative Room

DIY Walkway (Using Picture Frames)
concrete mix + picture frames


Other DIY Backyard Ideas

DIY Bottle Opener from Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Hose Holder from Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Sturdy Planted Posts from I Should Be Mopping the Floor

DIY  Pallet AC Cover from Making Manzanita

Stump Table (source unknown)

Basic Tree House from Apartment Therapy

Glass Marble Fence from Garden Drama

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