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21 DIY Outdoor Decor Projects

DIY Outdoor decor ideas - colorful mini planters

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    How to Decorate an Outdoor Space on a Budget

    DIY Outdoor Decorating Ideas

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    The best outdoor spaces are packed with useful, weather resistant and nice looking furnishings. The nicer this decor looks and the better it functions, the more expensive it becomes. Before you get intimidated, remember that you can save a lot of money with DIY projects, which are meant to be as fun as they are inexpensive. As an added incentive, decorating the exterior of your house not only improves curb appeal, it creates another usable space that feels like home.

    Essentially, your outdoor living space should always look and feel like an extension of the inside. These DIY outdoor decor ideas work to enhance the livability of your home’s exterior while also amplifying your personal style. The projects range from patio decor ideas, porch improvements and even include a few ways you can stylize your garden.

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    Welcome Guests With a Personalized Doormat

    Mat on porch.

     Caylin Harris

    If your welcome mat is all function and little style, you’re missing a big opportunity to add some personality to your outdoor space. When guests arrive, a welcome mat is one of the first things they interact with at your home. Make it count. Stenciled DIY welcome mats like this one are so inexpensive, you could have one for every season.

    DIY Doormat from The Spruce

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    Upgrade Your House Numbers to Be More Modern

    When it comes to outdoor decorating to improve curb appeal, the devil is in the details. A cheap, plastic house numbers sign is going to detract more from your home than you might realize. There are numerous ways to upgrade your house numbers, but there are a few key points to remember.

    • Make sure the style of the numbers is in keeping with the age and style of your home.
    • Position house numbers underneath an exterior light so people can see them easily from the street.
    • Keep the number font simple and highly readable. Some fancier scripts are nearly impossible to read from a distance.

    Modern House Number Sign from Little House of Four

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    Keep Bugs Away With Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

    This outdoor decor DIY idea is a masterful way to recycle wine bottles. Some wine bottle DIY projects look cheap and thoughtless. This sleek tiki torch design is so well executed that it looks nicer than anything you could buy in the store.

    Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torch from Geradot and Co

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    Add Some Warmth to Your Outdoor Area With a Custom Sign

    Signs are a great way to welcome guests into your home or make a powerful statement that speaks to your family’s values. You can craft just about any sign for your porch area that says just about anything. Put some thought into the feeling you want to create. Do you want it to be welcoming? Perhaps a simple “Welcome’ sign will do. Do you want it to be cozy and conducive to small gatherings? This lowercase “gather” sign would work perfectly.

    Large Wood Sign Tutorial from Christina’s Adventures

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    Improve Curb Appeal Using Cedar Window Boxes

    If you’re going to add window boxes to your outdoor space, consider using cedar. It is a little more expensive, but this wood ages beautifully. Creating window boxes yourself ensures that you will have the right size box for each window you want to enhance. Window boxes are an efficient way to show visitors that you take pride in your home and you’re not afraid to show it.

    DIY Cedar Window Boxes from Maggie Lois

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    Create a Mini Flower Garden

    DIY Outdoor decor ideas - colorful mini planters

     Marie LeBaron

    People should stop taking their gardens so seriously. A whimsical yard and garden can do more to improve your mood than a plain garden with no personality. This mini flower garden is fun for the child in all of us and is an even better project to tackle with your kids. Once you create your mini pots, incorporate them into a fairy garden in your flower beds.

    DIY Mini Flower Garden Pots from The Spruce

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    De-Electrify a Chandelier for Outdoor Use

    Let there be light! In this case, let there be candlelight. Not all of us are lucky enough to have electrical wires running out to our patio or backyard. And even if there is an area for overhead lighting, this converted chandelier makes a beautiful accent light. Too much light outside is not nearly as relaxing as the ambiance of candlelight.

    DIY Outdoor Chandelier from Hey There, Home


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    Make an End Table Using a Wire Basket

    End tables and plant stands are so important in an outdoor space, but they are one of those things that often gets overlooked. Have you ever sat in someone’s backyard or on a patio and had to put your drink on the ground? A few end tables like this one would have solved that problem.

    Wire Basket Side Table from The Shabby Creek Cottage

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    Learn How to Make a Succulent Plant Container

    DIY outdoor decor ideas - succulent planter

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    In theory, succulent planters are low maintenance and easy to do. However, it’s still worth learning exactly how to make a large planter like this one because mistakes can be made. Once you get the basics down, you’ll be able to create some eye-catching focal points in your outdoor living space that will get your neighbors talking.

    Succulent Plant Container from The Spruce

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    Kids Can Help With This Beaded Wind Chime

    Wind chimes don’t always need to make noise. Sometimes just having a little color moving with the wind is enough to make a statement. Pick a wind chime project or two that matches your style and have fun with it!

    Beaded Wind Chime from Garden Therapy

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    Add Some Ambiance to the Backyard With Hanging Lights

    Adding ambient lighting along a fence perimeter will without a doubt improve the look and feel of your yard. If lighting a ton of candles doesn’t appeal to you, there are some solar powered options available as well.

    DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights from 17 Apart

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    A Stylish DIY Wreath Can Transform a Front Door

    Some people change out their wreaths on their front door as often as they change their sheets. Perhaps this isn’t you, but you don’t have to be a really crafty person to have a refined front door. A simple boxwood wreath can take you through most seasons with style.

    Easy Faux Boxwood Wreath from Anderson + Grant

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    Add Dimension to a Yard With a Garden Arbor

    DIY decor ideas -- garden arbor

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    Even small backyards can benefit from the aesthetic and function of a garden arbor. They make great focal points for pictures (think your child’s senior prom). But they also provide more growing space for garden lovers. There are many climbing plant species that look absolutely stunning on an arbor.

    How to Build Garden Arbors from The Spruce


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    Upgrade Terracotta Pots With Rope

    Terracotta pots can be kind of boring. But since they’re inexpensive and much better than plastic potters, so many crafters have created ways to give them a much-needed makeover. This project is simple, all you need is some twine rope, paint, and glue.

    Rope Wrapped Terracotta Pots from House by Hoff

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    Keep a Pizza Herb Garden on Your Porch

    DIY Outdoor decor - herb garden

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    It makes sense to keep your herb garden in the kitchen if you have enough light. But for the summer months, you’ll get the most out of your herbs if you move them outside. This particular herb garden is designed to enhance your homemade pizzas.

    How to Make a Pizza Herb Garden from The Spruce

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    A Recycled Glass Table Makes the Perfect Water Wall

    A water feature seems like a luxury for people on a backyard budget. But with a little elbow grease, you’ll have the calming sounds of water for less money than you think. The only thing is, water features tend to require seasonal maintenance. Don’t take on this project if you want to create something and then just forget about it.

    Water Wall Using Glass Table from Central Texas Gardener

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    Use Old Window Panes as Space Dividers

    You’ve likely seen a ton of different ways you can incorporate old windows into your home. As far as outdoor space is concerned, large window panes make great dividers. If you have neighbors that live close by, they can even work as a sort of privacy screen. Add some frosted spray paint to the glass panes for a simple upgrade to this project.

    Windows as Porch Space Dividers from Lovely Crafty Home

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    Keep Warm by a DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl and S’mores Maker

    You might live in a town where you’re not allowed to have backyard fire pits or open flames. If this is the case, you don’t have to miss out on one of the most iconic summer activities–making s’mores. Create your own mini fire pit using concrete, ceramic or copper. Even if you don’t want to make s’mores, this tabletop fire bowl can work as a makeshift fire and gathering point you and your loved ones sit around.

    Tabletop Smore Maker from Miss Information

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    Turn the Outdoors Into an Extension of Your Living Space With Pillows

    To make an outdoor space cozier, the more pillows the better. The only problem is, tons of pillows add up to cost tons of money. Create your own affordable outdoor pillows using water-resistant fabric found on clearance. Some DIYers have even gone so far as to use old shower curtains.

    Easy Outdoor Pillow Covers from Centsational Style

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    Transform Grapevine Balls Into a Spectacular Light Feature

    These grapevine balls have made their way all over Pinterest as barn wedding decorations. Though they make great rustic wedding decorations, the balls look even better in a rustic farmhouse style home. Along with this chandelier project, there are other ways you can incorporate these into your outdoor space:

    • Fill a wire basket with them and add a wood top to create a rustic end table.
    • Place one large ball on top of an urn floral arrangement.
    • Use individual balls as accent pieces along your porch and steps.
    • Group varying size balls together in threes