If you live in a house and have at least a small space called a garden/backyard, you are a lucky person. When you want to escape from the crowd, the people, work, and just want to relax; this place is perfectly created. Make your backyard looks like your own paradise.
What do you think about this: Laying down between colorful flowers, drinking a cup of tea or coffee on a soft and fancy chair, mattresses or swing seats, reading a book on your small backyard beach near the fireplace, or just relaxing while listening to the water falling from the fountain you can make by yourself? Sounds good?!
Dig into the DIY craze with these easy and fun projects for home decorating, upgrading your outdoor space. Whether you have a small balcony or an expansive backyard, these 10 tips will help you add charm and beauty to your outdoor spaces.
Butterfly Stepping Stones
Stepping stones in a garden can create a path or patio or simply point the way on a visual trail through your garden. They make a great DIY project year-round, and most can be easily done on a covered craft table or in the corner of the garage. This is a great project to get creative with and allow your personality or the personality of your garden to shine through.
Create your own romantic lighting for an outdoor dinner party by suspending votives at varying heights from low-hanging branches. Use a clear fishing line, and be sure to keep candles a safe distance from the leaves. For a stained-glass version, cover chandelier lanterns with tissue paper and get a soft glow. Don’t be afraid to try different patterns, abstract shapes, and colors.
Add a Fire Source
If you have a fireplace inside your house, you know it’s where you love to curl up with a good book on a quiet night or where larger groups gather on chilly days. The same is true in outdoor living spaces: a source of fire draws people. If you have space and budget, consider a full-size version; if not, investigate fire pits, which provide flexibility and affordability.
Include a Variety of Seating Options
Benches, chairs, even pint-size stools: as many choices as you can include in an outdoor living space will help family and friends enjoy it. Scaled-down kid versions allow little ones to seat themselves, while chairs are a more flexible option – pull two together for a quiet chat or add extras around the table for a big dinner.
This is a great idea if you do not have a pool in your garden or backyard. When the weather is hot, you can refresh yourself in your backyard, between the flowers and soft grass.
Make Your Own Backyard Tipi
On a flat surface in your yard, measure out a rectangle that’s 81 inches by 59 inches. Place 4 bamboo poles upright, 1 at each corner of this rectangle. Place pole 5 between 2 back poles for stability. Tether the 5 poles with the sisal rope.
Billowy Bali Retreat
Sit on this compact deck, pull the netting around you, and you’ll feel almost like you’re floating in a cloud above a jungle of exotic flowers. To filter the sunlight that reaches the deck, build a palapa of bamboo poles and draped the crossbars with mosquito netting.
Backyard Swing Seat
Relax into the sway of a comfortable swing for your porch, balcony, garden, or backyard. You can hang a pallet porch swing from the ceiling and enjoy a quiet morning coffee. Dangle a pallet swing bench from a sturdy tree in the yard so the kids can enjoy the summer vacations. If you have a bookworm in the house, get them a pallet swing chair in their room to cozy up in and lose themselves in the book’s magic world. If you live in an area that offers good weather, build a do it yourself, pallet swing bed on which you can lounge and watch the clouds go by.
The soft splash of a fountain brings life and motion to the backyard. It attracts more birds than still water alone, and its soothing soundtrack transforms your space into a peaceful retreat.
Small Backyard Beach
If you love the beach but can’t find the time for regular visits, why not turn an unused corner of your backyard into a sandy retreat? This miniature beach can be put together over a weekend for less than $200. Decomposed granite, sand, driftwood, and grassy plants complete the seaside look.