I’ve always enjoyed working with DIY outdoor projects on a budget. There’s no end to the things you can do to enhance your yard without breaking the bank. Stringing twinkle lights on a patio or putting up tiki torches are fun ways to spruce up an outdoor space. After all, it’s the little things that make us feel comfy cozy.
If you’re looking for a weekend project that’s more involved than mere decoration, then feast your eyes on these easy DIY outdoor projects on a budget.
1. Stepping Stone Path
A stepping stones path is the quintessential backyard feature. It meanders through the garden beds and leads you to a water fountain, bench, or another spot where you can relax in your backyard oasis. You can fill in the space between stones with ground cover to add texture and outline the path. The cost of this project depends on the kind of stone you choose, ranging from $16 to $60.
2. DIY Firepit with an Adjustable Draft
There’s nothing as inviting as an outdoor firepit ablaze on a chilly evening in late summer or early fall — what a lovely way to entertain guests, or relax at the end of the day. Adding a recessed stone firepit is an easy way to turn your yard into an oasis. We found a simple concept from Munchkin Robot that you can build as a weekend project for less than $50. It even has an adjustable draft for efficient burning that gives you plenty of warmth with less smoke.
3. Build a Simple Water Feature
When it comes to DIY outdoor projects on a budget, you can’t beat this one from Garden Specialist, Tanya Visser. Turn an old concrete planter into a gorgeous water feature in no time, for under $150. You’ll need a wide, deep planter with a flat lip around the edge. Concrete works best for this. No need to buy a new one if you don’t already have a container that you want to use. You can shop thrift stores and garage sales to find something with character. Then all you need is waterproofing paint, a pump, and a few plants to create a serene water feature.
4. Patio Makeover
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your space is to tackle the patio. If you have a small patio space screaming for a makeover, here’s some inspiration for what we think is one of the simplest DIY outdoor projects on a budget. House and Home’s Lauren Petroff used lattice as an inexpensive way to cover outdoor surfaces and add texture to her patio. You can do a similar makeover on a budget by thrift store shopping for the furniture and accessories. With a little ingenuity, you should be able to pull off this look for $200 to $400.
5. Palette Patio Furniture
Patio furniture isn’t cheap. And if it is, it isn’t sturdy. But this idea from Angela East shows how DIY outdoor projects on a budget test your creativity to come up with furniture that’s both inexpensive and durable. Palettes are free. And they come in a variety of sizes, offering lots of ways to piece them together. Plus, wooden pallets are sturdy, which means some waterproofing and a few coats of paint or stain will yield furniture that will last for years. And, you can make this project happen for less than $100.
6. Raised Garden Bed
No oasis is complete without plants. Why not try a raised bed with herbs, vegetables, or a flower garden? The plants you choose will depend on the sunlight your garden bed receives throughout the day. Wood or stone is perfect for the base of your raised bed. As long as there are at least six inches of room for the plant’s roots, you’ll be in good shape. Think about colors, textures, and scent as you choose your plants. Lavender is fragrant and loves sunlight. So do most herbs and vegetables. If you’re in a shady spot, go for plants that will thrive such as coral bells. You can build and plant a raised bed garden for less than $300.
7. Outdoor Privacy Screens
If the neighbors are right next door, you might feel like you’re in a fishbowl when you try to relax in your yard. It doesn’t have to be that way though. You can try what we think is one of the most useful DIY outdoor projects on a budget. Build your own privacy screen. Lowes will cut the lumber to size for you, and you can download the step-by-step instructions here.
8. Planter Bench
Furniture is both functional and decorative inside the house; it should be as dual-purpose outside. Lowe’s little planter bench is a way to add some color and store your gardening boots, as much as it is a place to sit. Building a planter bench is a super little weekend project that will cost under $500. We like that it’s yet another way to bring foliage and flowers into your outside decor.
9. Build a Pergola
Make sure to check that your pergola won’t be breaking any regulations before you invest the time and money. The structure is close to nine feet tall. Once you know you’re good to go, you can build an elegant pergola in a weekend. You’ll need the first day to install the posts in concrete, as it needs to dry and set overnight. As DIY outdoor projects on a budget go, this is one of the more costly ones at less than $1000. But it will serve as the main feature in your yard. So it’s worth the time, expense, and effort. A pergola makes an enchanting place to have afternoon tea or a Sunday brunch. You can dress it up with climbing plants and hanging flowers too.
Which of the DIY Outdoor Projects on a Budget Are You Building This Weekend?
From a simple path made of stepping stones to a full-on pergola, there are so many DIY outdoor projects on a budget that you can do in your spare time. It’s always satisfying to transform your surroundings into a place that makes it cozier, more convenient, or an excellent entertainment spot. Of course, before you dig, make sure to contact your local utilities to ensure that it’s safe.