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    Updated on May 26, 2020. Posted on Jun 3, 2017

    41 Backyard DIYs That Will Make Yours The Coolest House On The Block

    Spend the entire season outside!

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    1. Give your succulents some personality with this adorable dinosaur planter.

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    This easy-to-make planter is one thing that won’t go extinct by the end of the summer.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    2. Defend your backyard with this water balloon slingshot.

    Hand-thrown water balloons are so last summer. This DIY project will even get your kids to work together for the ultimate shot.

    Full instructions on Say Yes.

    3. Keep the mosquitoes away all summer with Mason jar citronella candles.

    All you'll need is citronella oil, a Mason jar, a wick, and a power drill.

    Full instructions on One Little Project.

    4. Become the most popular neighbor on the block with this giant slip and slide.

    Don’t forget to cover your body with soap to go extra fast!

    Full instructions on All Things Thrifty.

    5. Transform tires into colorful outdoor tire seats.

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    Take a trip to the junkyard and grab some old tires to transform them into comfy seats you can use all summer long.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    6. Use floor mats to make outdoor bean bags.

    $3 IKEA floor mats make the exterior of these super comfy bean bags that you can toss all around your backyard for impromptu parties.

    Full instructions on Retropolitan.

    7. Start a tournament after making this DIY tetherball set.

    Tetherball sets from sporting goods stores can cost around $100, but you can make your own for around $45. Plus, you can personalize the cement with your kids' names to preserve the summer memories.

    Full instructions on Simply Kierste Design.

    8. Remodel a boring bistro set into the most coveted seats in the backyard.

    Make sure you pick out the most vibrant outdoor paint colors.

    Full instructions on The Crafted Life.

    9. Craft your own cornhole game with sheets of plywood.

    Although they look simple, they are sturdy enough to keep the kids and adults busy with a game of cornhole during backyard cookouts.

    Full instructions on Amber Oliver.

    10. Create your own stencils for this DIY patio table.

    Use clear contact paper and spray paint to transfer your favorite pattern onto an outdoor table for your backyard.

    Full instructions on Hi Sugar Plum.

    11. Turn an inexpensive IKEA bench into a weatherproof outdoor bench.

    It’s perfect for your garden or for extra seating during a big backyard party.

    Full instructions on Sarah Hearts.

    12. Watch out for falling pieces when this giant Jenga tower falls.

    The classic game becomes instantly more fun when you make it giant-sized.

    Full instructions on Love Bug Living.

    13. Spend all summer in a DIY hammock.

    Sunbathe or read under the shade of a tree this summer with a beautiful hammock you'll be proud that you made yourself.

    Full instructions on Going Home To Roost.

    14. Light up the night with these solar illuminated planters.

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    Spruce up your backyard with these planters that give a touch of light and greenery at the same time.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    15. Get creative with the filling for these outdoor pillows.

    Plastic grocery bags fill these weatherproof fabric pillows.

    Full instructions on Crafty Staci.

    16. Impress any houseguests with this beautiful Swedish flame.

    Swedish flames burn from the inside out, so that means you'll barely need to tend it once it's lit.

    Full instructions on ManMade.

    17. And make sure you’re roasting your marshmallows in style with these forks.

    Spruce up your standard roasting forks with some paint and Washi tape.

    Full instructions on A Bubbly Life.

    18. Store your grill tools with style.

    Instead of storing your tools awkwardly off the side of your grill, create this adorable grill set holder to both keep them organized and add some personality to your backyard.

    Full instructions on Lil' Luna.

    19. Light up your backyard with these cute Mason jar lanterns.

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    You can easily customize these to fit your own personal taste.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    20. Create your own ice cream parlor with this portable ice cream cart.

    Gather your favorite paint colors to transform a simple cooler into a snazzy ice cream cart that is perfect for a backyard birthday party.

    Full instructions on Aww Sam.

    21. Go vertical with your gardening by planting your succulents on a wooden handrail.

    It’s a perfect DIY project for anyone with a small backyard but who still wants to garden.

    Full instructions on Sugar and Cloth.

    22. Blow (or pop) giant bubbles.

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    Impress all the neighbors with these giant bubbles that kids and adults alike will get a kick out of.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    23. Build a fire pit like a pro.

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    Making your own fire pit might seem like a difficult task, but this Nifty video will have you roasting your own marshmallows in no time.

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    24. Make s’mores in a pot.

    If you don't have enough room in your backyard to build an entire fire pit, you can roast marshmallows right in a terracotta pot.

    Full instructions on Nest of Posies.

    25. Try to get four in a row with this giant Connect Four.

    Take one of your favorite inside games outside with this giant Connect Four that is just as fun as it is gorgeous.

    Full instructions on Build-Basic.

    26. Turn a filing cabinet on its side and transform it into a stylish planter.

    You can easily move this all around your porch and backyard.

    Full instructions on Oleander and Palm.

    27. Take it to the grass with a game of lawn twister.

    Cut a 10-inch circle out of a pizza box to create the stencil for this outdoor version of Twister. Invite the whole block for a massive game!

    Full instructions on One Good Thing.

    28. Or create a massive pattern in the grass with your backyard dominoes.

    These beautiful wood dominoes is the perfect outdoor game to play with your family, friends, and neighbors during any backyard gathering.

    Full instructions on One Dog Woof.

    29. Cool off with style with this PVC water park.

    Create hours of fun with a few smartly placed PVC pipes connected to your water hose. Your kids will be thoroughly impressed.

    Full instructions on Classy Clutter.

    30. Create magic with this hidden magnet bottle opener.

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    If you're throwing a party in your backyard, you'll definitely need a bottle opener for your guests to use. Keep the bottle caps off the floor with this ingenious DIY!

    Full instructions on Nifty.

    31. Repurpose your old pool noodles into cup holders.

    Your drink will stay right by you throughout the pool party.

    Full instructions on Homeology.

    32. Transform empty liquor bottles into tiki torches.

    They’re perfect lined around your backyard bar.

    Full instructions on Sugar and Charm.

    33. Store all of your bar accessories with this outdoor bar cart.

    The best part about this outdoor bar cart is that you can roll it right inside when the weather gets bad.

    Full instructions on I Heart Organizing.

    34. Upcycle old drawers into a planter.

    Whether you use old drawers from your house or ones bought at a garage sale, this DIY is the perfect way to add color to your backyard.

    Full instructions on My Love 2 Create.

    35. Use wood pallets to make a walkway in your garden.

    Give your garden a makeover with this easy-to-build walkway.

    Full instructions on Funky Junk Interiors.

    36. Perfect your putt all summer long with this super-easy putting green.

    You’ll be the will be the envy of the entire neighborhood. Caddy not included.

    Full instructions on Little Bit Funky.

    37. Get comfy with these outdoor pillow beds.

    Use some cute fabric to sew together a few pillows, and you’ve got a pillow bed to lounge on for all your outdoor summer reading.

    Full instructions on This Heart of Mine.

    38. Keep the outdoor games going all night long with glow-in-the-dark bowling.

    Just because the sun went down doesn’t mean the backyard fun has to end. All you need are glow sticks and empty water bottles.

    Full instructions on Crafts By Amanda.

    39. Personalize a blanket for summer with an iron-on design.

    Makeover your favorite blanket with a free summer iron-on and use it for backyard picnics.

    Full instructions on Lovely Indeed.

    40. Spruce up a standard doormat.

    A simple IKEA doormat can get a summer backyard makeover with a Monstera leaf outline, bright spray paint, and sealant.

    Full instructions on Enthralling Gumption.

    41. Hang a lounge chair from your porch’s ceiling.

    You'll want to spend every morning sipping iced tea on this hanging chair that is as functional as it is stylish.

    Full instructions on The Merry Thought.

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