If you’re thinking of spending more quality time at home with your family and friends, improving your backyard experience should hover near the top of your priority list.
Below we highlight 28 backyard ideas and projects that’ll make staying in more enjoyable.
Let’s do this.
Backyard Idea 1. Add Gate Inserts
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With all this spare time on your hands during the lockdown, use some of it to beautify your home. Start with gate inserts. Add some attitude to your dull or drab fence while also allowing plenty of natural light to flow through. There are plenty of styles and sizes from which to choose.
Backyard Idea 2. Create An Outdoor Dining Table
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Make your backyard your favorite restaurant! Set up a permanent outdoor dining area that you don’t have to lug back inside. If you can’t make one, you can always buy one and set it up yourself.
Backyard Idea 3. Make DIY Lanterns
Start collecting old glass jars and make lanterns with tealight candles inside.
Backyard Idea 4. Build A Privacy Shutter Fence
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Combat your home’s privacy problem and have something to do by repurposing old shutters into a portable fence. You can then have fun painting it with the kids.
Backyard Idea 5. Make Tire Planters
Turn your old tires into planters that liven up your home’s exterior. You can either paint them and hang them on the wall or glue rope around the outside for a touch of rustic charm.
Backyard Idea 6. Get Creative With A Window Shelf
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Find a convenient place to store all those outdoor accessories by installing an exterior window shelf.
Backyard Idea 7. Build A Cooler Stand
Flex your creative woodworking muscles by building an outside cooler for the beer lover in your family.
Backyard Idea 8. Decorate Your Plant Pots
Give your tired-looking garden pots a new lease on life by painting them. Add patterns or even wrap a rope around them for an exciting new look.
Backyard Idea 9. Build A Pallet Potting Bench
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Make use of old pallets around your home by crafting a potting bench. Gardening just got a whole lot easier.
Backyard Idea 10. Install An Outdoor Chalkboard
Leave your driveway free of the kids’ messy chalk artwork by installing an outdoor chalkboard.
Backyard Idea 11. Created Tiered Planters
Add dimension to your property by stacking your planters upward rather than outward.
Backyard Idea 12. Make A Bird Feeder
Get creative with old dinnerware you no longer use by crafting a bird feeder to feed your neighborhood birds.
Backyard Idea 13. Make Outdoor Chandelier
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Using what nature gave you, create a beautiful outdoor chandelier that adds elegance to any patio area or pergola.
Backyard Idea 14. Add Outdoor Storage
With old building materials lying around your property, create a form of outdoor storage for your tools, toys, and outdoor equipment. If you aren’t handy you can always add a bench with storage.
Backyard Idea 15. Craft A Teapot Fountain
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Don’t let that old tea set go to waste – turn it into a beautiful and whimsical outdoor water fountain.
Backyard Idea 16. Work On Your Food Displays
Having a day in the backyard with your family, enjoying the sunshine? Get creative with how you serve and display your meals.
Backyard Idea 17. Decorate Your Trees
Create a whimsical outdoor space by decorating your trees with string lights. Why should beautiful lights be reserved for Christmas time?
Backyard Idea 18. Build A Ladder Garden Planter
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Whether you’ve got an old ladder lying around or a brand new one – turn it into a convenient garden planter with your favorite herbs and garden treats. If you aren’t handy, you can always buy one and add it to your backyard.
Backyard Idea 19. Make Your Yard Bigger
We don’t mean add more space – but add the illusion of space. Mirrors in your garden can reflect back onto your own greenery and offer more depth.
Backyard Idea 20. Create Kids Backyard Games
Shelter-in-place orders are no fun for the kids who can’t head to their local playground. Bring the playground to your home by creating fun outdoor games in the backyard like hopscotch.
Backyard Idea 21. Add Post Caps
Add some elegance and attitude to your home fencing with the addition of post caps. You can buy them in a multitude of different styles and sizes to suit your budget and preferences.
Backyard Idea 22. Hang A Hammock
If you’re looking to escape from the house and enjoy time outside, install a hammock. Nestled between two trees, it becomes the perfect place to relax with a book and cold beverage.
Backyard Idea 23. Make A Barbeque Set Holder
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Never lose a grilling tool again when you build or buy a barbeque set holder. Install it by your grilling area and always know where your special tools are.
Backyard Idea 24. Welcome Nature To Your Yard
Stuck staring at a boring concrete block or brick patio all day? Welcome some greenery with living walls, climbing plants, or even faux grass.
Backyard Idea 25. Make A Windchime
Give the bored kids in your household something fun to do by making DIY wind chimes. Get creative with the use of old cutlery or even long-forgotten house keys.
Backyard Idea 26. Build Pallet Furniture
Whether you’re in need of outdoor furniture or want to get rid of a pile of old wooden pallets, making pallet furniture solves both problems. Create a pallet wood sofa and pair it with vibrant cushions.
Backyard Idea 27. Create An Outdoor Cinema
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If you’re missing being able to go to the cinema, bring the cinema to your house. Create seating areas outside, set up the projector, and get some popcorn popping. Your temporary outdoor cinema is bound to be a huge success.
Backyard Idea 28. Camp Outside
Vacations might be on hold right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go camping. Set up the tent in the backyard and haul out all your camping equipment.
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