1) Paint Outdoor Patio Tiles

DIY Backyard Cement Tiles

Patio tiles by themselves can look drab, especially when they’re grey concrete like the tiles we started with in our home. An outdoor rug may be the quick and easy solution to liven up the space, but paint gives you more ability to customize your patio. Run out to your local neighborhood hardware store and pick up latex floor paint in the color scheme that suits your tastes. You can see the colors I chose below.

DIY Paint Project

After priming the tiles with Kilz primer, I proceeded to apply three coats of color to each tile. To finish everything off, I sealed the tiles using Clear-Seal concrete protective sealer. This project took an entire day to complete due to the drying process in between each coat. Overall, my wife and I are very happy with the results. We’ve made our patio pop in a way that is both unique and inexpensive. If you’re curious as to where the chairs came from you can find them on Amazon here and here.

2) Create Glow In The Dark Path Pebbles

Glow in the dark stones

Glow in the dark pebbles are a simple and cheap alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on outdoor solar lights. Simply pick up a can of Rust-Oleum glow in the dark spray paint and start painting the rocks or pebbles that line your path. If you don’t feel like painting your own pebbles you can buy glow in the dark pebbles for a nickle a piece here.

3) Start Gardening In Galvanized Tubs

metal tub garden

Galvanized tubs make for great garden plots. You don’t have to clear out any land to create your garden, everything stays contained within the tub, and you can move the tubs around as you see fit. A large galvanized tub will cost you around $150, but you can start off small with a 16 gallon galvanized tub for $24. You can use your tub to plant tall grass and add privacy or partitions to your yard. Even better, if you plant lemongrass you’ll keep the mosquitoes away!

4) Make A Water Blob For Summer Fun

mini DIY water blobs

Water blobs are all the rage on Pinterest and for a good reason. If you don’t have the space or budget for a pool, a water blob will keep your kids just as entertained. Water blobs don’t have to be for kids only. They serve as great water beds for you to lay out and get your tan on. Unfortunately, water blobs are notorious for bursting or leaking after a matter of days. Unlike many water blob how-to’s, we’re here to show you how to make a leak-proof water blob. What’s the secret? An iron. Melting the ends of the plastic together works far better than simply applying duct tape. You’ll need the following things to create your own water blob:

  1. Painter’s plastic
  2. Ironing board
  3. Parchment paper
  4. Duct Tape

DIY water blob step 1

Once you’ve purchased all of the needed materials, you’ll want to roll out your plastic onto the floor and fold it in half. Then, cut a piece out 2 feet of parchment paper and fold the paper in half length wise. Draw a line 2 inches out from the fold. This line will become your ironing guide.

DIY water blob step 2

With your parchment guide ready you can place the ends of your plastic sheet in-between the fold of the parchment paper and turn on your iron. You’ll want to iron along the line on the parchment paper moving your paper as you go. Make sure you’re only ironing on the parchment paper! If your iron touches the plastic it will melt a hole. Work your way around each edge of the plastic sheet to completely seal everything up.

DIY water blob step 3

The final step in creating your very own water blob is to cut a small hole in an edge for your hose to fit in. The duct tape is then used to seal the hole once you’ve filled up the blob.

5) Create An Outdoor Movie Screen

Outdoor backyard movie screen DIY

If you don’t own a projector, you’ll need to first purchase a projector. After that, creating a screen is easy! All you need are curtain hanging wiresscreen fabric, 3 hook screws, and 1x4s. Your total for these three items will come to about $74. You can start by hanging the wires between trees or posts in your backyard. Next, you’ll need to create a wooden frame for the screen using 1×4 planks. When your frame is finished you can attach your screen using staples and add the hook screws to the top of the frame to hang it from the wire. A backyard movie screen makes family nights all the more memorable. We’ve really enjoyed ours.

6) Create A Buried Pot Landscape

Buried pot landscape

Burying planter pots in the ground ensures that your layout is organized and everything stays in its place. Buried pots make landscaping simple.

 7) Edge Your Garden With Bricks

DIY brick paver garden edging

I’m a huge fan of this DIY brick paver garden edging idea from the Michigan Home Improvement Guy, Allen Hardy. Creating brick edging makes cutting your lawn so much easier. Your lawnmower wheels can ride across the brick so that the edge of your grass is cut and you no longer have to break out the weed whacker. You can find the full DIY instructions over at Allen’s blog.

8) Keep Animals At Bay With Pine Cone Bedding

DIY pine cone bedding

Collect all of the pine cones in your yard and use them as bedding material. The pine cones will keep pets and soft-pawed animals out of your plants.

9) DIY Your Outdoor Seating

DIY cinder block couch

This is an awesome DIY idea from Doug Tyler’s Michigan Home Blog. An outdoor couch would typically cost upwards of about $600. Doug shows you how to create your own outdoor couch using cinder blocks and 4x4s for just $250!Doug has a lot of great DIY home improvement ideas. I’d highly recommend checking out his blog. You can find the full outdoor seating how-to here.

10) Create Trellis Wall Graffiti

DIY trellis wall

Trellis kits by Lee Valley allow you to create a trellis in any shape you desire. You can find the kits here for just $24.50.

11) Add Storage Space With A Bucket Table

DIY backyard coffee table

You can add both character and storage space with a build-your-own outdoor coffee table. You can place your drinks on top of the table and anything you don’t want laying around into the bucket. All you need are the following items:

  1. Metal tub
  2. Stain
  3. Glue
  4. One 1/4 inch plywood
  5. 2×6 untreated lumber
  6. Poly

DIY backyard coffee table how to

The entire project will cost you roughly $60. After your materials are purchased, the first thing you’ll want to do is cut the plywood into a circle. Next, you’ll want to give your 2×6 boards a used look by beating them with the claw side of the hammer. When your boards look the way you want them to, glue them down to the plywood and let everything dry overnight. The following day you can cut the boards around the plywood so that you’re left with your circle table top.

Finished rustic backyard coffee table

At this point you’ve done over half of the work. All that’s left is to stain your tabletop, finish it off with a coat of poly, and then place it on top of your metal bucket.