DIY Decor Projects For Your Backyard
You've spent the last several seasons working on landscaping your backyard. Now that the lawn, shrub border, and trees are established, it's time to turn your attention to the decorative touches that will delight you each time you step out the back door. Here are some ideas for easy-to-accomplish DIY garden decor projects.
A Planter Full Of Posies
Every garden needs lots of flowers in a riot of colors. You probably included space for annuals in your shrub borders, but have you thought about adding planters full of flowers on the patio, deck, railings, and other hard surfaces? You can buy planters at the garden center, but it's more fun to come up with your own. Antique and vintage finds, such as wheelbarrows, bathtubs, and bicycles, can be repurposed as attention-grabbing planters. We even found step-by-step instructions for turning a thrift store picnic basket into a shabby chic planter.
One Step, Two Steps, Round And Round The Garden
No garden is complete without steppingstones. They help you cross over wet spots in the lawn, create a path through mulch or gravel, or just add a decorative touch to a garden bed. To make one, you need a mold; fast-setting cement; and colorful, sparkly, or natural bits. The mold can be anything that will hold the cement, from a plastic form from the craft shop, to a cake pan, to a pizza box. For the bits, you can use such things as pebbles, marbles, or broken ceramic tiles and china.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
It's amazing what lighting does to a backyard at night. Twinkling candlelight turns it into a magical place. Lights shining upwards from the bases of trees cast intriguing shadows around the yard. Paper lanterns can be outfitted with bulbs and hung from tree branches for a party ambiance. Fairy lights strung overhead across your outdoor seating area let you use the space late into the night.
A Stone By Any Other Name
While we're on the subject of stones, how about some painted garden stones for your backyard? Garden stones fall into two categories: those that serve as markers for what's planted in a row of vegetables and those that are purely decorative. The technique for creating both is the same. Wash the rocks, paint them with acrylic paint suitable for outdoor use, and seal them with varnish or Mod PodgeŽ. Let your artistic talents shine!
The Cherry On Top
Top off your projects by building a fire pit as the backyard focal point. It turns an ordinary yard into a cozy, welcoming oasis. Surrounded by a circle of comfy chairs, it draws family and friends together and encourages conversation. It keeps you warm when the evening turns chilly and extends the outdoor season later into the fall. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to make. A fire pit also is great for bonding over hot dogs and s'mores!