31 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer

While you’re impatiently waiting for summer to just GET HERE already, start planning your outdoor space.

1. Set up a movie theater.

Directions here.

2. Plant a bunch of these giant allium flowers.

They’re also called truffula flowers, inspired by Dr. Seuss.

3. Build a super-simple tree house.

Get the directions here.

4. Add a beer cooler to your patio table.

Get the directions here.

5. Drill holes in your fence and fill with marbles.

They’ll catch the light on a sunny day.

6. Turn an old bunk bed into a stargazing loft retreat.

7. Make a giant Scrabble set.

Get the directions here.

8. Build a fire pit.

Directions here.

Here’s a very cool personal fire pit you can make for less than $25.

Get the full tutorial here.

Perfect for s’mores night.

9. Build a giant hammock swing.

Get the directions here.

10. Light up some wine bottle tiki torches for a nighttime party.

Get the full tutorial here.

11. Build a backyard beach.

This one cost $200 to make and took up 100 square feet of space.

12. Sprout a sofa.

Get the directions here.

13. Go camping in your own backyard.

Turn the tent into a pillow-filled reading nook.

14. Replace the diving board with a trampoline.

15. Build a teepee.

Get directions here.

16. Make these simple tables out of $30 whiskey barrels.

Home Depot sells the whiskey barrels for $30, and Bed Bath and Beyond sells the glass tops for $9. Get the directions here.

17. Upcycle tires to make a jungle gym.

18. Build a simple gazebo.

Get the full instructions here.

19. Create an outdoor tunnel system for your indoor cat.

Get more information here.

20. Make an outdoor shower by connecting a hose.

Get more information here.

21. Make a simple canopy by stringing a rope between two trees and hanging sheets off of it.

22. Build a backyard pizza oven.

Get the tutorial here.

23. Construct this simple bar for outside entertaining.

Get the directions here.

24. Build a stove for an outdoor kitchen with this Ikea hack.

Get the directions here.

25. Put in a porch bed.

Get more details here.

26. Spray-paint a lawn Twister game.

Get the directions here.

27. Fashion an amazing set of speakers using wooden salad bowls.

Get the full instructions here.

28. A wooden pallet sectional is easy to put together and provides lots of extra seating for outdoor parties.

29. Create an outdoor art haven by mounting a giant chalkboard against the fence.

Get more details here.

30. Build a small outdoor greenhouse out of reclaimed storm windows.

Get the directions here.

31. Make little hideouts of hula hoops and shower curtains.

Get the directions here.

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