51 Budget Backyard DIYs That Are Borderline Genius

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1.

Plant lemongrass as a natural way to keep mosquitoes away.

Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. When you get it home, trim the tops of the plant and remove any dead parts. Plant it in a clear jar of water and place on a sunny windowsill. Within a few weeks, it will develop roots and can be transplanted to your garden.

2.

Rinse your dirty feet off in a waterproof frame filled with flat stones.

The flat stones will feel so good on your feet!

3.

Replace the light bulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch.

You’ll have gorgeous outdoor lighting without having to provide electricity.

4.

Put mirrors up on your fence to make the yard look bigger.

Find out how to make this upcycled one from old windows.

5.

Or make some mirrored lawn ornaments by spraying different sized orbs with looking glass spray paint.

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You can actually buy the orbs here , or try DIYing your own.

6.

Turn an old chair into a swing.

Get the instructions here . (In Swedish.)

7.

It only takes about 20 minutes to make this skateboard swing.

See how they did this here

8.

A pallet and some rope makes a multi-person swing.

9.

Make your own rock climbing wall.

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houzz.com See how she did this here using wall grips purchased from eBay.

10.

Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting.

11.

The sedum sarmentosum plant makes a fast-growing ground cover.

In June, it grows tiny yellow flowers!

12.

Get some rainbow fire crystals for your fire pit.

At $14.95 for a pack of two , these are pretty enough to be worth it if you’re having people over.

13.

Put some stakes in the ground to make a lounging trio of hammocks.

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14.

Reuse those wooden stakes to create the most epic game of Scrabble ever.

15.

Make a giant outdoor water bed for the kids.

Your kids will love it, I promise. Get the directions here

16.

A tarp and sprinkler will create a fun splash pad for a slide.

The sprinkler keeps the tarp wet for a full day of fun splashing.

17.

Tie rope between trees to create a fun obstacle course for the kids.

18.

Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a few rounds of night time ring toss.

19.

Break glow sticks into bottles of water for some nighttime lawn bowling action.

20.

Placemats + fabric waterproofing spray = cheap and easy outdoor throw pillows.

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domesticimperfection.com Get the full directions here

21.

Make toadstools out of cut logs and repurposed wooden salad bowls (!!!).

Get this adorable DIY here

22.

Paint the stones in your garden.

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23.

Having a party? Tie vases to the fence and fill with plants or flowers.

24.

Spray paint metal folding chairs for entertaining in the backyard.

Go here to learn what sort of spray paint is best to use on metal.

25.

Don’t own a grill? This camping grill is a more inexpensive way to have a BBQ.

Get it here for $29.99-39.99.

26.

Reuse your empty wine bottles by making mosquito-combating tiki torches with them.

Fill ‘em with citronella oil. Get the directions here

27.

For a touch of whimsy, add some funny fuzzy hedgehogs made from just a water bottle.

Get the full directions here

28.

Make a race car track.

Instructions here

29.

Create a little privacy with a plant wall made from old rain gutters.

30.

An inflatable pool fountain is perfect for frolicking.

Get the directions here

31.

Toilet paper makes the best, cheapest seed paper.

It can be difficult to space out small seeds like carrots. Get the directions here on how to use seed paper to plant your tiny seeds.

32.

Put diapers in the bottom of your potted plants.

They’ll help your plants retain their moisture and keep them looking fresh longer.

33.

Make a “wee village” garden.

Your child will have so much fun playing with this miniature village, and it’s a great way to get them outside.

34.

Repurpose your tree stumps.

Turn one into a table, a planter, or just cover it in moss and flowers to make it look pretty

35.

Use latex floor paint to color cement tiles on an outdoor patio.

Get more info about how they did this here

36.

Did a tree fall down? Use it as a a bike stand.

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37.

Have a backyard drive-in party for the kids with cardboard boxes.

Get the instructions on how to make a DIY backyard movie screen here

38.

Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.

39.

Or build a cheap and easy bean fort.

See how they did this here

40.

Set up pool noodles for a game of kickball croquet.

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chasing-fireflies.com Hula hoops work, too. Get the directions here

41.

Use rope lighting to line your garden.

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42.

This pool noodle floating cooler only costs $1.99.

Get the instructions here

43.

If you already have throw pillows, make them patio-ready by using a grocery bag insert.

Directions here

44.

You can build a backyard beach for $200.

It’ll be non-stop summer vacation. This one only takes up 100 square feet of space.

45.

If you plan on doing a lot of entertaining, this simple fence table will give your guests a place to eat and drink.

Get the instructions here

46.

These shady book nooks only require a hula hoop and a curtain.

Get the directions here

47.

Make a wind chime out of old keys and acrylic paint.

Get the directions here

48.

Place scraps of yarn in a suet feeder and birds will use them to make their nests.

Get more information here

49.

Mount a chalk-painted board to the fence so kids can unleash their creativity outdoors.

50.

This cinder block bench should only cost you about $30.

Get the directions here

51.

Make a garden umbrella stand using a pot or a barrel.

Get the directions here

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