34 Awesome Outdoor DIY Projects to Get You Outside
There’s nothing better than a job well done in the great outdoors. Whether you want a quick morning project or are looking to add a real statement piece to your yard, we have you covered. Check out these great DIY projects with plans and get building!
Build a Fire Ring
Build a Garden Shed
Plus: If you’re feeling festive check out this multi-purpose pub-shed, which does double-duty when it comes to backyard parties.
Planter Trellis Combo
Cedar Potting Bench
Impress guests at your next barbecue with this gazebo for your grill. Build the structure with these plans; then customize it with additional storage features, lighting and more!
This stand-alone screen house is the perfect warm-weather hangout. Here you’ll find detailed plans for creating this amazing outdoor project.
Add Seating with a DIY Wooden Bench
Install a Screened Porch
Expand your home’s living spaces with a screened porch, perfect for hot summer days where you want some of the breeze and none of the bugs. It’s a multi-day project, but you’ll get many seasons of use per year out of this DIY addition. Built with standard dimensional lumber available at home centers, we designed this project not to have heavy beams or complicated joints. Straightforward construction plans make this project ideal for someone who is comfortable building decks or sheds. And the exposed rafters and open soffit make the whole project look attractive and professionally done. It may seem like an intimidating project to tackle, but we’ve broken down all the steps and tips you need to know here.
Charming Gazebo You Can Build Yourself
Add Interest with a Garden Arbor
Bug-Free Screen House
Shade your deck
You don’t have to let the blazing sun or drippy weather drive you indoors. This simple covered pergola will keep you and your guests comfortable in any weather. Get step-by-step plans here.
Dream deck you can do yourself
This small deck is packed with features: composite decking, cantilevered seating nooks, a cedar pergola, custom railing and cascading stairs. Click here to find full project plans.
A hardscape wall in your yard doesn’t have to lack flowers or vegetable plants. The wall butting up to the patio serves double duty as a beautiful garden planter. A yard wall planter is an easy DIY project. Here are some plans to build patio wall planters yourself.
Photo courtesy of Jason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces
Mixed-Medium Garden Trellis
Climbing plants like vines and roses lend a lot of charm to an ordinary garden, especially when they’re winding up a trellis as stunning as this one. And its character just grows richer as the wood turns gray and the copper develops a beautiful green patina. Click here to get the plans.
3-Season Planter Box
Save Your Back with a Self-Watering Planter
Tiered Plant Stand
Arbor and Benches
Use a plastic storage bin for a dog house. A nice little doghouse that will hold up in the rain can cost $100 (though dog carpenters can cut down on labor costs). But you can make your own for a fraction of the price using a plastic storage bin. Cut a small hole in the bin, flip it over on its lid and stick a dog bed inside it. Your dog will love watching the rain from inside his snug little house, and you’ll save $85! Don’t be surprised if your cat likes it so much you’ll have to make one for her too.
Flagstone and Stone Block Patio
Answer the Call of the Water
Answer the soothing call of water as it trickles in your own backyard. If you’re ready to add outdoor projects with wow-factor to your yard, this is it. This DIY water garden stream uses pre-formed shells for ease of construction, and the result is a stunning feature that is part pond, part waterfall—and all parts awesome. If a full pond isn’t in your budget, consider this handy pond in a box, which will fit small spaces beautifully.
Low-Maintenance Water Feature
Low maintenance is key with this outdoor water feature. Once it’s built, there’s little to do but sit back and enjoy it! Here’s how to do it.
Wooden Bench for Less
Construct a Patio Privacy Screen
There’s a time and place to fraternize with the neighbors, and that time isn’t necessarily when you’re trying to kick back and enjoy a little quiet time on the patio. We built an airy, attractive screen that serves as the perfect solution to achieving a little outdoor privacy for homes a bit too close for comfort to the neighbors. Plus, its unique look will enhance any yard. While it may look like a big project to tackle, most of the work is cutting boards to length and screwing them together. It measures 12 ft. long and 7 ft. tall at its highest point, but it’s easy to adapt it to your yard. All the steps you need to construct this handsome outdoor privacy screen are here.
Build a Pergola
Kick your outdoor space up a notch with the addition of an elegant, vine-covered pergola. This project will keep you and your guests cool while creating a relaxing spot to spend hot summer days. Building the pergola on top of your existing patio will reduce the cost and simplify the labor involved. And building it unattached to your house relieves the headache of matching up the new structure with the eaves of the house and moving any existing gutters. To make the project even easier, we used durable, hollow-core composite columns, which slip right over treated 4×4 posts embedded in concrete. If you’re ready to take on this project, head over here for the full step-by-step.
Stone Fountain Conversation Starter
Gather Round a Fire Table
Water is one of the most relaxing sounds in an outdoor yard space. In this natural waterfall, the water from the rain spout is funneled to fuel the waterfall – both ecological and delightful. A hardscape waterfall can be built in one day, and you can see how to build a stone fountain right here.
Photo courtesy of Jason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces
Copper Wind Chimes
You can use copper pipe to decorate your outdoor spaces by creating a simple wind chime. All it takes is some copper pipe cut into different lengths to provide the tune you desire. Thread fishing line through two holes drilled in one end of each chime. The individual pipes are then tied to a wooden base. Use fishing line to hang the chime from the ceiling, soffit or tree limb. When the wind blows, you will be serenaded by the sweet sounds.
Polished Concrete Table
If you want a tabletop that’s elegant enough for any indoor setting and tough enough to withstand outdoor weather, you’ve found it. Tables similar to this one sell for hundreds at garden centers and outdoor furniture stores. But you can make one yourself for much less. And, this project is simple enough for even beginning woodworkers to tackle.
Add a Remote Hose Connection for Easier Watering
If you’re constantly dragging long lengths of hose from the house to the far corners of your yard, consider adding a remote faucet instead. Depending on how much time and expense you want to put into it, this can be as simple as a length of garden hose connected to a fence with pipe straps, as shown here, or an underground pipe complete with a vacuum breaker at the house. (Learn more about how to install an outdoor faucet here. Either way, you’ll save a ton of time and effort by not having to deal with long hoses.