You know that you’ve been waiting all winter long to be able to go outside, sit on your deck (or perhaps a swing in the backyard), sip some wine and embrace the comfortably mild temperatures of spring (ahhh…). But if it’s been more than a couple of years since you’ve done any sprucing up in your backyard, how about giving it a bit of a makeover first?
We’re not talking about spending a ton of cash or doing anything over the top. Matter of fact, a lot of the décor we have in mind are DIY ideas that would probably cost you no more than $50 per project (at the absolute most if you use coupons and promo codes at your favorite local home improvement store).
Sooooo…are you ready to turn your backyard into the kind of haven even HGTV would envy?
Fluff up some pillows.
If you’ve got some outdoor furniture out back or you’re someone who likes to sit on your deck, turn your space into a comfy cozy one by adding a few pillows. While you could easily purchase some from just about any store, getting them from a place like Home Depot insures that they will be environmentally-friendly—you know, they will last longer, accumulate less mold, etc. There’s a really nice variety of them here.
Hang a few mirrors.
According to a lot of interior decorators, if you want to make a space appear larger than it actually is, something you can do is strategically place some mirrors. Indoors, position them to where they are reflecting a door. Outdoors, have them facing your garden by maybe hanging on a fence or tool shed. Just make sure that you place your mirrors low enough that they don’t attract a ton of birds. That way, they won’t run into them. Where can you get some cool mirrors? Walmart, Target, Pottery Barn, Amazon or again, a home improvement store like Home Depot all have ‘em.
Or your own chalkboard door.
These days, it seems like even young children are constantly connected to an electronic device of some sort. Get them interested in spending more time outdoors by creating a chalkboard wall on your fence, shed or maybe even one of the backdoors of your house.
Surprise your kids with a wooden xylophone.
Speaking of fun things for your kids, if they will be having lots of sleep overs once the summer season hits, get on top of that now by building a few things for them and their friends to play with. A tire swing is a classic move. But what particular caught our attention this year is a wooden xylophone. All you need are some wooden planks, paint and rope and—voila! (Word on the street is you can make it for under $10 too!)
Make your own drop-down bar.
How cool is this? If the last thing you want to do on a beautiful day is keep running back into the house to get another glass of sweet tea or mimosa, spare yourself the trip by building your own drop down bar. It sounds complicated, we know, but it should only take you a couple of hours tops. All you need is some wood, a drill, a few screws and that’s about it. Get the directions on how to do it here. Not into the DIY, here’s where use can buy a cute one and install it outside!
Add glass marbles to your fence.
If you definitely want to incorporate some garden art, but in your mind, less is more, how about adding some glass marbles to your fence holes? Amazon has a pretty wide variety of marbles to choose from. Then all you’ll need is a power drill. If you’re nervous about wingin’ it on your own, this link will give you a few tips to make the process easier.
Customize some candles.
Soy candles smell great and are good for the environment too. Create some romantic lighting for you and yours by making some of your own candles so that you can have dinner for two with some of the food from your garden. You can put some candle wicks and wax in seashells, cover your existing candle in cornhusks, or even wrap them in cinnamon sticks—the sky really is the limit! The key is to get uber creative and have some fun!
Use Mason jars, tin cans and wine bottles for lighting purposes.
Speaking of creative lighting, did you know that you can make some cute lights out of Mason jars, tin cans and even wine bottles? Wine bottles are one of our favorite because you can use them to make the cutest lighting. Amazon’s got the bottles too!
Design a hula hoop chandelier.
Do you plan on doing quite a bit of outdoor entertaining this spring? Wow your guests with a chandelier that hangs from your table. Not just any chandelier; one that is made out of a hula hoop or two! The hula hoops, you can get from a local dollar store. The rest of the items from a home improvement store. Click here for some DIY tips.
Arrange your garden as a centerpiece.
One more. If you have a garden in your backyard, show off some of the fruits, veggies and flowers that came as the result of your hard labor by making them a part of your centerpieces for your outdoor dinner pieces. Out of all the suggestions that we made, this one is probably the easiest because all you need is a really pretty vase or plant holder to keep them in and you’re good to go.
Want a little more greenery then you currently have in your backyard, but still want to keep it as neat as possible, check out our herb gardening tips and you can have yourself a cute little herb garden in no time!
Enjoy this already beautiful spring season!