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21 Ways To Turn Your Backyard Into A Magical Freaking Oasis

I will take my tea in the garden, today and every day after that, thank you.

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4. Build your own private cabana to get some shade on sunnier days.

Learn how to make this copper cabana with Homemade by Carmona. Spray paint PVC pipe to make this even cheaper. If you don't want to spend cash on outdoor curtains, a shower curtain should do the trick.

6. Take another whack at gardening — with reinforcements.

This self-watering pot from Susan Guagliumi's "Handmade for the Garden: 75 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Supports, Embellishments & More" ($27.50) is as adorable as it is life-saving (literally, your plants will thank you). Get the instructions here here.


11. Throw up a projector screen and watch a film while you're at it.

See how to make the movie screen out of canvas and tent poles on Camille Styles. You can get a pretty decent projector on Amazon for $40, but if you're movie night is more spontaneous, try making one out of a shoebox and your phone.


15. Snag some pallet boards from your local hardware or grocery store and pile cushions on top for a cozy couch.

Outdoor furniture is hella expensive whereas all you need to purchase for this pallet couch from The Merry Thought is the cushions.

16. Keep blankets, cushions, and towels dry in an outdoor storage ottoman.

You can purchase a really pretty rattan storage ottoman from Urban Outfitters for $149 or you can make your own with an old terra cotta pot and a coat of paint. See the tutorial on BuzzFeed Nifty Outdoors.

See more of this gorgeous backyard on Tiny Canal Cottage.