Now that summer’s approaching, you’re probably looking forward to some vacation time, extra moments to spend with family and friends, and long summer nights spent outside.
And if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard with a little room, there are some DIY projects (do-it-yourself) to make your outdoor space even more enjoyable for the summer (and beyond).
Sure, you could hire it out. But when you see how easy and fun it is to tackle these projects yourself, you might just find these DIY projects so rewarding that you’ll never look back.
Here are eight fun DIY projects that can transform your backyard space. And most of them can be done in just a weekend!
1. Arbor Bench
Without leaving home, you can enjoy a cool, shady getaway when you build an arbor bench in your backyard.
If you’ve got a weekend and average woodworking skills, it’s absolutely doable.
Sunset.com has the how-to instructions for creating a freestanding arbor bench without even using nails or screws. You can assemble it in a workshop or garage, then recruit a few helpers to move it to the perfect spot in your backyard. Or it can be easily broken down and reassembled wherever you’d like.
2. Stone Sitting Wall
There’s a lot to love about having a stone sitting wall in your backyard.
It can give your property a distinctive, historical feel—after all, if you drive through new England you’ll see 240,000 miles of stone walls built by 19th-century farmers who were trying to mark off their land. A stone sitting wall is also perfect for adding a beautiful border to your patio or flowerbeds. They even provide some extra seating during those summer get-togethers.
But you won’t need to dig up your entire yard or invest in heavy stones that can be difficult to work with. Just use cast concrete blocks that look like stone—no one will know the difference, and they’re much quicker and easier for your summer DIY projects.
3. Garden Arbor
If you’ve got a weekend, a few pieces of lumber and some basic tools, you can take your backyard to the next level more easily than you think.
An arbor always looks elegant, especially once vines have grown all around your new structure.
You can base your new arbor around a fence, the end of a walkway, or make it freestanding in your yard. Add a bench inside (see project #1 on this list) and you’ll create a relaxing spot to unwind over the summer months.
You can even add the arbor to your children’s play area, complete with a swing.
Check out this tutorial and get started! It helps to have a toolbox equipped with the basics, but the most sophisticated power tool you’ll need is a circular saw.
Picture this: you’re sitting quietly in your backyard and reflecting on the sounds of nature: birds are chirping, the breeze is blowing…and you’ve just completed the experience with the peaceful sound of running water from your brand new fountain.
There’s something universally tranquil and relaxing about a fountain—and you can make one yourself more easily than you think.
In just a weekend, you can turn nearly any garden ornament into a fountain. Here’s a great how-to for drilling some holes in a stack of rocks and turning it into an elegant garden fountain. You can use this same method using an old birdbath, a watering can, plant pots, or just about any other outdoor object.
It’s time to get creative! Then relax while enjoying your serene garden fountain.
5. Adirondack Chair
Why are Adirondack chairs so comfortable?
You may have assumed that for a chair to be so cozy without even using cushions, it must have been constructed with such complex angles and curves that it wouldn’t be a DIY contender.
Actually, Adirondack chairs are beautifully simple because many of the parts serve dual purposes. If you look closely, for example, the seat supports are also the back legs and the large accommodating armrests are providing the back support.
There’s no need to be intimidated. You can build your own in less than a day. Get ready to unwind in an Adirondack chair you built yourself—as soon as tomorrow.
6. Grilling Station
If you spend lots of time grilling out during the summer, you might also spend time running back and forth to the kitchen to grab that one last item you forgot.
That’s why it’s time to create your own grilling station—a cart that stores all your grilling gear, and anything else you find you typically need while you’re outside grilling.
This summertime DIY project is ideal if you’re in the mood to be creative. Sure, it’s a practical place to store all of your grilling supplies, but you can absolutely put your own spin on it. You’ll be organized and functional, yet stylish.
Learn how to use pocket holes to hide screws, place casters on the front legs of your cart, use boards from old wood floors, or even coordinate the colors with your favorite sports team.
7. Glow In The Dark Walkway
This is one of those DIY projects takes almost no time at all. A trip to your home improvement store to stock up on some pebbles and glow-in-the-dark paint is all you’ll need.
Paint the stones or pebbles so they glow in the dark, then use them to fill in the cracks and crevices around your existing walkway. It’s a unique and fun summertime addition to your yard, plus is adds extra outdoor lighting.
During the day, the sun will fuel the pebbles so they’ll glow for several hours each night.
The added bonus? It’s a fun project to tackle with the whole family.
8. Fire Pit
We saved this one for last because—we admit it—it’s a bit advanced. But the finished project is not only visually appealing, it provides a new activity for you and your summertime guests to gather around and enjoy.
To start off, you’ll need a steel fire bowl surrounded by concrete blocks, bricks, or similar material. The optional fire pit cover keeps everything safe by retaining hot coals in the pit.
Don’t forget to keep your metal poker handy to move and adjust wood in the pit to keep the fire burning, and have either a bucket of water or fire extinguisher close by for safety.
In the mood for a fun summertime DIY challenge? Here’s what you need to know.
Get Started With One Of These DIY Projects —And Have Fun!
Whether you’re off to buy some pebbles for your walkway or dig an old watering can out of your garage for your new fountain, we know you’ll enjoy these summertime backyard DIY projects.
And while every summer’s a little different from the last, there’s one thing we can all count on: summertime always flies by. So don’t wait to make your backyard a beautiful summer haven—and don’t be afraid to do it yourself!