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    47 Cheap And Easy Backyard And Garden Upgrades That Are Pure Genius

    It's time to start thinking about summertime right NOW.

    1. Hide your dog water bowls in planters.

    2. Growing cauliflower in a container is easier than you might think, and it makes for a very decorative plant.

    3. Cover an old laundry basket with burlap.

    4. Hop on the "stock tank" pool bandwagon.

    View this video on YouTube

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    Stock tanks are basically water troughs for livestocks and can be found at farming supply stores and Amazon. Use with a $69 pump.

    This stock tank pool with a pool noodle rim is pretty much the best thing ever.

    5. Pool noodles threaded together make a cheap and easy raft you can laze around on in the pool.

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    You could even coordinate your pool noodle colors to a holiday like Fourth of July or a sports team everyone's rooting for.

    DIY Pool Noodle Raft Instructions

    6. Create new outdoor lighting fixtures with old terracotta pots lying around, no DIY skills necessary.

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    You could even use battery-powered candles if you're worried about heat damaging the plants.

    7. This old fondue pot becomes a water fountain by day and a firepit at night.

    8. Rinse off dirty feet in a waterproof frame filled with flat stones.

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    The flat stones will feel so good on your feet!

    9. Get the flagstone patio look without the heavy price tag using stencils.

    10. Replace the lightbulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch.

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    You’ll have gorgeous outdoor lighting without having to provide electricity.

    DIY Solar Light Chandelier Instructions

    11. Put mirrors up on your fence to make the yard look bigger.

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    Find out how to make this upcycled one from old windows.

    12. Need easy pathway lighting? Fill a terracotta planter with stones and stick a solar light in it.

    13. Use $.98 cinder blocks as bases for solar lights.

    14. Make a garden umbrella stand using a pot or a barrel.

    15. Or if a beer table stand is more your speed, you can craft one out of a big cement planter that doubles as a beer cooler.

    16. Inject a ball with glow stick juice for some nighttime volleyball.

    17. If you're at a loss for landscaping ideas, hosta plants are very easy to take care of and come in enough varieties that keep a garden interesting.

    18. Attach climbing holds to an exterior wall for hours of fun.

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    Only the rich kids ever have rock climbing walls.

    Get the climbing holds and installation hardware from Amazon for $39.99.

    19. Fill an overturned pot with Aubrieta violets for a springtime cornucopia.

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    This flower makes for a hardy ground cover. You can get the seeds for $3.35 a packet from Etsy.

    20. Put some stakes in the ground to make a lounging trio of hammocks.

    21. Reuse those wooden stakes to create the most epic game of Scrabble ever.

    22. Tie rope between trees to create a fun obstacle course for the kids.

    23. Use a twin sheet as a tablecloth in a pinch.

    24. Placemats + fabric waterproofing spray = cheap and easy outdoor throw pillows.

    25. Paint the stones in your garden with a delightful motif.

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    Or just use glow in the dark paint if you're looking for some nighttime illumination.

    26. Don’t own a grill? This camping grill is a more inexpensive way to have a BBQ.

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    Get it here for $29.99–39.99.

    27. Hide an ugly chain link fence with inexpensive wood lattice that you can grow vines on.

    28. The beauty of wisteria trees is on par with Japanese cherry blossoms, and they're available from Home Depot for $23.

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    While they aren't fully grown trees, they'll blossom with the proper care and sunlight. The roots are available from Home Depot for $23.

    29. An inflatable pool fountain is perfect for frolicking.

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    Get the directions here.

    30. Make a "wee village" garden.

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    Your kids will have so much fun playing with this miniature village, and it's a great way to get them outside.

    31. Did a tree fall down? Use it as a a bike stand.

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    32. Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.

    33. Or build a cheap and easy bean fort.

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    See how they did this here.

    34. Set up pool noodles for a game of kickball croquet.

    Hula-hoops work too. Get the directions here.

    35. Create backyard ottomans using glue gun, rope, and old tires.

    36. Use rope lighting to line your garden.

    It’s waterproof, and you can put it on a timer.

    You could also use a border of rocks to separate the lawn from the deck.

    37. If you already have throw pillows, make them patio-ready by using a grocery-bag insert.

    38. You can build a backyard beach for $200.

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    It'll be a nonstop summer vacation. This one takes up only 100 square feet of space.

    39. If you plan on doing a lot of entertaining, this simple fence table will give your guests a place to eat and drink.

    40. Make a jelly jar hummingbird feeder, because there's nothing more pleasant than watching hummingbirds flit about.

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    Buy this one from Etsy or get instructions here.

    41. Build a PVC pipe misting station.

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    The best remedy on a hot summer day.

    DIY Spray Mister House Instructions

    42. If you're looking to rig something up in ten minutes or less, a plastic soda bottle and a hose tossed over a tree branch will make do, too.

    43. Upgrade an old Adirondack chair using napkins.

    44. Create elegant "stone" columns with pool noodles.

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    According to the comments, "As long as you seal it really well with an exterior paint, this *should* tolerate an outside overhang or screened porch. Just gotta watch for mold, same as anything outside!"

    DIY "Stone" Columns Instructions

    45. This cinder block bench should only cost you about $30.

    46. Turn light fixtures into hanging orb bird feeders.

    47. Mount a chalk-painted board to the fence so kids can unleash their creativity outdoors.

    If you're still daydreaming about backyard fun, check out this list of 32 Outrageously Fun Things You’ll Want In Your Backyard This Summer.

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