Looking for DIY Backyard Ideas? Art & Home has curated a collection of 45 of the very best DIY projects for your backyard, patio, or garden.
Puttering in the garden is one of my favorite things to do, when the weather allows. I love planting things and watching them grow and mature into beautiful plants and flowers.
But there is more to a garden than just the greenery, and this collection focuses on some unique DIY Backyard Ideas to add something truly special to your yard, patio, or garden.
Curated from some of the brightest minds on the Internet, this collection of DIY Backyard Ideas & Projects provides tips & how-to tutorials as well as offering some design inspiration and project ideas. Some of these projects will take a certain level of skill to recreate. Others are so easy that even I could do them.
We hope you find this collection inspiring! And feel free to let us know which you think is the very best of the best DIY Backyard projects in the comments section below.
DIY Spiral Rock Garden Path
An intricate and elegant addition to your yard, if you have the time and the patience to do it right!
Another beautiful example of an intricately created path using pebbles.
And one more unique river rock and pebble garden path, just for good measure!
A Literal Garden Bed
I love it when people do the unexpected. In this case, they have created a literal garden bed, complete with a headboard and end tables. So unique!
DIY Vertical Herb Garden
The challenge with Herb Gardens in the ground is two-fold. Firstly, some of these herbs (let’s take mint as an example) are invasive species and can end up spreading and taking over your entire herb garden, and then the lawn, and then the neighbors lawn.
By keeping them contained (pun intended) in this DIY Vertical Herb Garden, you get a lovely garden accent and access to fresh herbs all summer long.
DIY Backyard Checkers Game Board
A great idea for creating a fun conversation piece in the backyard. All you need are patio stones in two colors (lite and dark gray were used here), and something you can use as the back and white checkers that is weather resistant and light enough to move.
If you want to go smaller and simpler, consider this same project for a Tic Tac Toe board!
DIY Sunken Fire Pit
This easy-to-build fire pit gives you all the beauty of a beautiful fire on a Summer evening, with the added advantage of being flush to the ground.
It looks far harder to make than it actually is, in fact… all the instructions you need are shown in the image. Just dig a circle a little bit wider than you want the finished fire pit to be.
Lay some gravel in the bottom and bricks around the rim. Lay flagstones around the outside and – voila – you’re done.
Depending on the outdoor burning regulations in your area, you may need to purchase a fire pit screen to place on top.
Upcycyled (Pun Intended) DIY Bicycle Planter
Have an old bicycle sitting in the garage taking up space? Spray paint it white (or whatever color you desire) and add some matching white flower baskets everywhere you can fit one to create this showy display.
In Case of Zombies DIY Tool Rack
All you need is some vinyl outdoor lettering and some tool hooks to create this fun way to store your tool in case of zombies, or – you know – yard work.
Colorful DIY Hopscotch
Pick up some patio stones from the local garden center and paint them in a mix of lively colors to create this colorful DIY Hopscotch game.
Small DIY Greenhouse from Old Windows & Table
If it’s time to upgrade the windows in your home, don’t let those classic windows end up in a landfill, use them to create this fun backyard DIY greenhouse instead!
Decorative Pool Spitters
I will admit that I had a little bit of help with this particular project, but I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Long story short, I wanted something better than a standard hose for topping up the water in the pool, so when I was having my irrigation system installed, I asked them to add a line but leave the piping open so that I could adjust it to a standard hose fitting.
I then picked up a couple of pond spitters at the local home improvement store, built a little ledge to secure them to the deck posts and… VOILA!
I get the biggest Ews and Ahs whenever I turn these on.
So much so that – soon after – I tapped into the pool piping so that the water could circulate through these pool spitters any time I wanted (without adding any more water to the pool).
If you don’t have an inground sprinkler system to tap into, these can easily be made with standard garden hoses as well.
Tea Cup Vertical Garden
A collection of old tea cups are mounted onto a tile wall to create this delightful and unique vertical garden. A great way to give new life to some broke dishes!
DIY Letter-Shaped Hanging Succulent Garden
A fun way to personalize your backyard or patio, these DIY succulent gardens can be crafted to create a monogram.
Obviously, this project will be easiest with one of the straighter letters (A, E, F, H, K, I, L, M, N, T, V, Y, and Z and a little harder (aka take more skills than I could ever hope to possess) if you need to “curve” the wood.
Poured Concrete Piano Garden Path
Music lovers rejoice! This garden path, made using a light and dark poured concrete to simulate the keys of the piano, is truly delightful!
DIY Lady Bug & Bumble Bee Tic Tac Toe Garden Table
This is a cute project that you can involve the whole family in both the creation and the future fun of playing games of Tic Tac Toe.
Get the younger generation busy painting the rocks (this cute version uses Lady Bugs and Bumble Bees, but you can pick two images from whatever theme you prefer.
The table top can be cut from scratch or reclaimed from an old piece of furniture, burned and/or routered to create the lines and then screwed into an old tree trunk to maintain a rustic feel.
DIY Succulent Garden Pallet Table
This super-simple rustic garden table uses an old crate that has been adjusted to create a living succulent garden in the middle. No need to put out a fancy centerpiece for garden parties when you have a beautiful one growing for you!
DIY Garden Trellis and Solar Lanterns
Source: Kippi at Home
As featured in our 2019 Spring Garden Roundup, this lovely lattice privacy divider and DIY solar lanterns creates a beautiful focal point in the garden.
Sliced Tree Stump Stepping Stones
This might not be for everyone, but I love the rustic look of this yard treatment. It would be perfect for a country home, cabin, or lodge.
Here, you can see a similar approach, but this has been used to create a walking path to the deck. Still a lovely, rustic approach… but much less time consuming!
DIY Farmhouse Terra Cotta Herb Garden
Source: Just the Perfect Piece
All you need is a few Terra Cotta pots, some chalk paint & sealer, some robe or ribbons to decorate, a letter stencil (or a very steady hand) and your own choice of decorative attachments (although the Bees ARE adorable) and you too can have a quaint and practical herb garden made from plain old pots.