8 Project Ideas for Backyard Fun

Summer weekends at home are the best. Make those moments even better with one or more of these amazing DIY project ideas for backyard fun.

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Putting Green

Work on your golf game at home by sectioning off a piece of your yard for a putting green. This one is designed with artificial turf (you could also use your real grass, just cut it extra short) and a small sand trap. Check out these 19 crazy cool backyard putting greens.

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Pizza Oven

There’s no substitute for wood-fired pizza. Install a backyard pizza oven and have all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza every night!

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Basketball Court

Hate yard work? Replace your lawn with a basketball court and say goodbye to mowing forever! Kids and adults alike will love shooting hoops in this backyard. Plus, here’s how to build sports ball storage rack.

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Swimming Pool

Avoid the crowds of people cooling off at the beach this summer by installing a swimming pool at home. This one is nice and small — perfect for a quick Saturday afternoon dip.

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Croquet Court

You can set up a croquet court in almost any yard, but it would make the game even more fun to groom the lawn like the homeowners did here. Preppy outfits are optional. Check out these 11 tips for a green lush lawn.

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Outdoor Great Room

Just as an indoor great room combines kitchen and living room spaces, this outdoor version will bring the family together for an alfresco dinner at the table and dessert by the fire. Here’s how to build a DIY fire pit.

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Tennis and More

Have space for a court, but can’t decide between tennis and basketball? Why not have both? This court features a hoop, a net and markings for tennis and basketball! Plus, check out these 12 DIY backyard games and sport courts to add even more fun to your yard.

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Incorporate a boccie court into your deck, as this homeowner did, and you never need to worry about leveling your yard. The additional seating adds to the playful outdoor space. Next, try these 10 best backyard games that will be a hit with all ages.