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25 Ways To Seriously Upgrade Your Family's Backyard

The longer your kids are outside the less mess you have to clean inside.

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1. Build a slide into your landscaping!

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Learn how at The Empowered Educator.

2. Or use your rustic back area to create a tire swing set.

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Or obstacle course. I'm not picky.

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3. This is the ultimate in home bowling.

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Unless your house belongs on MTV Cribs, and even then, this is way more fun. Learn how to make your own at I See, I Do, I Make.

4. Create your own custom lanterns.

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Find the DIY at Grow Creative.

5. Or build a zen fountain.

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Find the DIY at A Cultivated Nest.

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6. Enjoy your fountain from this simple DIY bench.

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Reinvent your backyard without trying too hard. Find the how-to at Fab Everyday.

7. You can make your own fancy outdoor kitchen.

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See how this awesomeness can be done on Instructables.

8. Or build yourselves an outdoor theater.

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9. Don't have room for a fire pit, but still craving s'mores?

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Find this easy hack at Smart School House.

10. Plant upwards.

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Watering the lower plants is a great chore for kiddos. Learn how to build your own at Ana White.

11. Customize this family monogram.

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Check out the tutorial at House of Figs.

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12. Growing corn in a pot is a thrill for those young and old.

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Find the DIY at Balcony Garden Web.

13. Build an above ground pool that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

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14. Never run out of things to do.

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Learn how to play this game at This Grandma Is Fun.

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15. Imagine your whole yard as a giant maze.

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Make your backyard a-maze-ing.

16. Tire swings are tired. Build a skate swing!

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Little Bit Funky has the instructions.

17. Finally, a twister board that won't move!

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Learn how it's done at You Plus Me For Always.

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18. Make your own massive, hose-off chalk board!

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Check out The Good Life Blog for details.

19. Keep the grown-up toys conveniently out of reach.

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Turtles and Tails built this DIY hideaway bar.

20. Keep a cart filled with outdoor activities that can easily be rolled indoors when weather insists.

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Find this and some other terrific backyard ideas at By Stephanie Lynn.

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21. Upcycle just about anything onto a music wall.

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This one was made by some amazing elementary school students.

22. Create a sensory path for littles to explore.

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Play At Home Teacher can show you how (and why!)

23. This genius sandbox cover doubles as seating.

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Where was this DIY when we were chasing cats out of our sandbox?!

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24. This no-fade hopscotch board is made from painted pavers.

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Make your own with these instructions from Happiness is Homemade.

25. And of course, don't forget to make the food!

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This clever idea is from Munchkins and Moms.

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