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    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.

    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.

    26. Spray-paint a lawn Twister game.

    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.

    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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