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    Updated on 30 Apr 2020. Posted on 30 Apr 2020

    17 Products To Make The Most Of The Little Outdoor Space You Have

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    1. These marbled ceramic pots, to line up in a row on window sills or up and down the garden steps.

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    These ridiculously attractive ceramic pots give the classic marbled look a thoroughly modern makeover, with their naturally-occuring, uneven silhouettes. They each have a drain hole and look particularly dapper when filled with plants of contrasting colours.

    Buy four pots for $26.99 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This brilliant drink peg, ideal for when you want to lie in the grass but have nowhere to put your bevvie.

    Myer

    This simple, but brilliant invention holds a variety of glasses and bottles when stuck into the ground. You get four with your purchase, so if you don't live with anybody, feel free to use for a glass of red, white, pink and orange.

    Buy a pack of four for $14.95 from Myer.

    3. This string of lights, which will turn any plain balcony or alfresco into a thing of beauty.

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    This warm white string of lights comes with 25 bulbs that sit on green wires, making them perfect for blending in with your bushes. If it's not long enough for your needs, never fear — end-to-end connectors enable you to seamlessly connect more than one string together.

    Buy for $37.99 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, which will add ambiance to your outdoor living space and withstand anything you throw at it — including water!

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    I'd write an essay about why you should get this portable speaker, but no doubt you've been lusting after one for a while now. 360° sound (that infamously deep bass!) and 13 hours battery life, it is seriously waterproof and drop proof. Like, it actually floats, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged should it end up in the pool.

    Buy now for $99 from The Good Guys.

    5. This beautiful, sculptural fire pit, which is equal parts function and decoration.

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    This Aussie-made fire pit is easily assembled — plates slide into place, no screws or tools required! Once used, the originally smooth, silver-like appearance develops a rust-like appearance and turns red-orange — a living artwork, right in your backyard.

    Buy for $199.50 from Amazon Australia.

    6. These macrame hangings, for the many plant babies you're now raising on account of having nothing else to do.

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    These five different, but complimenting, macrame hangings are perfect for injecting some nature into your surroundings, whether on a balcony or elsewhere. Handmade with cotton rope and — in some cases — wooden bead details, gift half to your mates or keep the lot for yourself.

    Buy a five-pack for $49.89 from Amazon Australia.

    7. These Mega Jengo, like the old-school game you know and love, only taken to the extreme.

    Catch

    These individually-sanded, super-sized, wooden blocks, come in a pack of 54. Play as you recall from your childhood (taking turns to remove one block, without causing the whole thing to fall), or raise the stakes with an included drinking game.

    Buy for $150 from Catch.

    8. This mandala door mat, which is like a little bit of sunshine on your way out for your daily walk.

    Target

    This door mat is vinyl-backed (so it won't blow away with the wind) and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Honestly, it makes me happy just looking at it and I can't think of a better way to start the day, can you?

    Buy for $10 from Target.

    9. This portable sun shade, which you can attach to existing outdoor furniture, or use when lying in the grass.

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    I recently tried to read my book, lying on my alfresco. Not only was it wildly uncomfortable, but I couldn't see anything on account of the sun burning my retinas. If this sounds like something you'd care to avoid, this portable shade is just the thing for you. A built-in inflatable cushion protects your head and shoulders, while the adjustable sun shade provides UPF 50+ UV protection. Lightweight and easy to assemble, you can also bring it to the beaches whenever they next reopen to the public (i.e. not now).

    Buy for $46 from Amazon Australia.

    10. These multicolour, dandelion garden lights, which will hold you over until next New Year Eve's fireworks.

    Amazon

    They're just so pretty. If you're the kind to froth over fireworks, these solar-powered lights will add some year-round festivity to your backyard. The flexible wire arms can be bent into any shape you like and you can expect 10-12 hours of light after a day in the sun. Plus, being waterproof, these garden decor items don't need to be put away whenever the rain comes around.

    Buy a pack of two for $35.99 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This macrame swing, which is every bit as pretty as it is relaxing to curl up in.

    Myer

    At our age, this is the closest we'll ever get to being rocked to sleep again, and if that isn't reason enough, I'm not sure what else I can say to convince you — I'll have a go anyway. This macrame swing is handwoven from cotton-rich rope, making for sturdy and comfy seating. Tassels add a boho-chic touch and it's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

    Buy for $83.95 from Myer.

    12. And this sweet macrame mini-swing, for the cutest member of the household.

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    This, the sweetest of all swings, is handmade from recycled cotton rope and is sure to become an heirloom piece for generations to come. Hang indoors or in an enclosed verandah as an alternative to noisy and garish-looking bouncers. As with all baby-holding devices, please make sure you're looking on when in use.

    Buy for $93.33 from Etsy.

    13. These inflatable solar lights, which can be used in the pool or hung from trees.

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    These easily-inflated, solar-powered globes change colours — from red, to blue, to green, to white and back again — and come with a built-in loop, so they can be hung from trees or staked to the ground. When fully-charged, they last up to 8 hours.

    Buy a pack of two for $47.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This windowsill lavender kit, which will help bring the outdoors in, when rain prevents you from smelling the roses (or, you know, the lavender).

    Catch

    It seems every man and their dog is a gardener nowadays, so you might as well give it a first try with this mini-garden — better than spending all your monies on exxy plants, only to find out you have a black thumb. This kit comes with a window sill-sized metal container with drip tray, lavender seeds, soil, a wooden label and chalk. Place on your bedroom window to the make the most of the calm-inducing, sleep-lulling fragrance.

    Buy for $15.99 from Catch.

    15. This sun shade sail, should you want to have a meal outdoors without the Aussie sun burning you to a crisp.

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    If you're lucky enough to have a sizeable outdoor area, but not nearly enough sun cover, this fade-resistant, waterproof and mildew-resistant shade sail is a much cheaper alternative to roof extensions. Providing up to 98% UV protection, this sturdy sail is easily fixed to roofs, fences or carports, thanks to metal D-rings in each corner. Buy suitable instalment accessories here.

    Buy the shade sail and four two-metre long ropes for $25.99+ from Amazon Australia.

    16. This LED garden water sprinkler, which will light up the night in six different colours while ensuring your lawn stays healthy.

    Catch

    This sprinkler attachment doesn't require batteries — it's powered by water pressure, so you're ensured of a show whenever watering the lawn. Closest thing to a California Adventure water light show we'll have for a while, no?

    Buy for $11.95 from Catch.

    17. And finally, this palm-print bean bag, which will make chilling on your little patch of grass or balcony a much more desirable prospect.

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    Give your outdoor space the air of a resort in a tropical getaway, with this palm-printed, stain and water-resistant bag. Fade-resistant for up to 500 hours in direct sunlight and with a safety zipper at the base (no fear of beans spilling out!), you can choose from several sizes to suit your needs.

    Buy for $169+ from Etsy.

    You, frolicking in your newly-made over backyard.

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