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    Mar 26, 2013

    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.

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    They're also called truffula flowers, inspired by Dr. Seuss.

    3. Build a super-simple tree house.

    apartmenttherapy.com

    Get the directions here.

    4. Add a beer cooler to your patio table.

    domesticated-engineer.com

    Get the directions here.

    5. Drill holes in your fence and fill with marbles.

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    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.

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    Get the directions here.

    8. Build a fire pit.

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    Directions here.

    Here's a very cool personal fire pit you can make for less than $25.

    theartofdoingstuff.com

    Get the full tutorial here.

    Perfect for s'mores night.

    9. Build a giant hammock swing.

    apartmenttherapy.com

    Get the directions here.

    10. Light up some wine bottle tiki torches for a nighttime party.

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    Get the full tutorial here.

    11. Build a backyard beach.

    sunset.com

    This one cost $200 to make and took up 100 square feet of space.

    12. Sprout a sofa.

    curbly.com

    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.

    mom.me

    Get directions here.

    16. Make these simple tables out of $30 whiskey barrels.

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    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.

    justlive.us

    Get the full instructions here.

    19. Create an outdoor tunnel system for your indoor cat.

    cuckoo4design.blogspot.com

    Get more information here.

    20. Make an outdoor shower by connecting a hose.

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    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.

    turtlesandtails.blogspot.ca

    Get the directions here.

    24. Build a stove for an outdoor kitchen with this Ikea hack.

    ikeahackers.net

    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.

    theb-roll.com

    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.

    designdreamsbyanne.blogspot.ca

    Get the directions here.

    31. Make little hideouts of hula hoops and shower curtains.

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    Get the directions here.

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