10 Backyard-Ready Ideas for Summer Entertaining

Give your backyard a warm-weather boost.

You may or may not have neglected your backyard during winter months, but it's time to bring your outdoor space out of hibernation. Check out our easy, DIY updates to get your backyard ready as much as you are for the summer months ahead.

DIY Minibar

DIY Outdoor Fridge Bar

DIY Outdoor Fridge Bar

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

You don't need to be a skilled craftsman to make a miniature outdoor bar area. Attach a bottle opener and add seating for the ultimate spot for partygoers to lounge.

Make This: DIY Outdoor Minibar

Concrete Fire Bowl

Concrete Fire Bowl

Concrete Fire Bowl

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

If you think you don't have the space for a fire pit, think again. You can make a concrete fire bowl for a backyard of any size.

Screened-In Porch

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Keep bugs out and add some privacy by installing screening around your porch.

Install This: Screened-In Porch

Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat. They’re pretty, functional and will keep the mosquitoes away.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Another way to keep bugs away is citronella candles, but these aren't your ordinary candles. You'll want to display these dip-dyed beauties year-round.

Flagstone Pathway

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Allow easy access to your backyard with a flagstone pathway. You can lay one in half a day using only a few materials.

Pool Noodle Backyard Bowling

DIY BOWLING ALLEY

DIY BOWLING ALLEY

Put that yoga mat that’s rolled up in your closet to good use! A few simple materials and you’ve got a fun activity the kids can do on the patio, deck or yard. It’s also perfect for rainy days indoors! DIY SXS LINK HERE

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Entertain the kids (and adults, too!) by making a bowling alley from pool noodles.

Patio Lights

How to Hang Outdoor String Lights From DIY Posts

How to Hang Outdoor String Lights From DIY Posts

Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Hang patio lights the easy way by using planters and wood posts. This temporary solution is perfect for renters.

DIY Shade

DIY Embellished Sail Shade

DIY Embellished Sail Shade

Transform a too hot, over-exposed patio or deck into a shady, relaxation zone with this sophisticated DIY sail shade. Just a few thoughtful details can take this project from looking strictly functional to stylishly designed.

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

Cool down your backyard by adding shade with a stylish and functional shade sail.

DIY Movie Screen

Host a movie night outdoors with drinks, food, comfy seating and a DIY screen made with PVC pipe and a white sheet.

Cozy, Comfy Furnishings

Create Zones

Create Zones

Instantly make your outdoor living room feel larger by outfitting adjacent spaces with furnishings in the same style and color scheme. While the covered area is meant for lounging and grilling out, the narrow area beside it has been designated for conversations in full sun.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Bring color and comfort to your backyard with furnishings like pillows, hammocks, outdoor sofas and a rug. Stick with one color scheme for a cohesive look, and make guests feel at home by creating different lounging zones.

1 Patio, 3 Global-Inspired Makeovers

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3 Budget-Friendly Facelifts

If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor space but don’t want to spend a lot of cash, we have three makeovers inspired by three different countries — Mexico, France and Morocco — to help get some ideas flowing. We used existing furniture and simply added accessories, plants and curated decor to completely transform the look of this patio.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Before: Versatile Basics

Start off with a few key pieces, and don’t be afraid to use the furniture you already have. Double-duty pieces are always a great idea too, such as these two wicker stools that can also be used as side tables or put together as one coffee table.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Look #1: Mexico

Bright colors, patterns and cacti all work together to create a patio inspired by the vibrant spirit of Mexico. Layered rag rugs and a traditional chiminea also help to set the scene. 

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Lively Accents

Fun details bring some personality and vibrancy to the outdoor space. A colorful pom pom garland is simply strung across a vintage easel and paired with a large succulent plant. On chilly nights you can hang cozy blankets on the rungs of the easel to switch up the look even more.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Multifunctional Furniture

Small wicker stools also work as side tables for serving drinks and snacks. Don’t be afraid to bring some of your indoor decor outside (if weather permits), like this fab small faux fur pillow or this indigenous concrete statue.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Statement Pieces

Include a few standout pieces in your outdoor decor. This faux cattle head acts as a piece of outdoor art when simply leaned against the wall next to some colorful pillows and succulents. A large vintage wooden bowl serves as a faux planter for a cactus.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Authentic Details

Reinforce the design and style of your patio with carefully curated details like these trays, which feature unique Mexican tiles and pair perfectly with our DIY tile coasters. Learn how to make these easy coasters >>

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Hardy Plants

Use plants of all sizes as decor. Pick up inexpensive baskets at the thrift store and simply drop some small plants and cacti in the baskets. You can then put the baskets all around your space to bring some lushness and life to your patio.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Look #2: South of France

Soft creams and yellows, baskets overflowing with flowering plants and beautiful floral patterns call to mind the relaxed, yet chic style in the South of France. Use a natural sisal or jute rug to let the colors and patterns of your decor pop.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Inviting Textures

Easily create a French-inspired vibe with textiles, pillows and wicker decor. Use a tablecloth on your existing side table. Large Euro shams are perfect to use on Euro pillows, and can easily be switched out and washed.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Vintage Baskets

Vintage picnic baskets stacked around your space will create a unique and collected feel. Lavender plants smell delicious and will bring a lovely pop of color.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Delicate Touches

Floral linen napkins and delicately ruffled bowls and dishes are another great choice for creating the French vibe. Simple bud vases with delicate flowers will look great on your faux table, created with the two wicker stools.

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Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Soft Palette

Whitewashed terra-cotta pots and ceramic pitchers work together to set the scene. Start out with a few creamy pillows and add to your collection over time. Yellow and blue is a classic color scheme that also feels very French. Learn how to whitewash terra-cotta pots >>

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Pretty Flowers

Flowering plants peeking out of a basket is an easy addition to make to any outdoor space. Purchase a number of plants and group them together inside a basket, and use them in several spots around your patio. A simple small chair is an easy addition to any of your existing furniture.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Look #3: Morocco

Tassels, fringe and metallic lanterns all call to mind the magic of the Moroccan desert.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Lush Layers

Moroccan-style poufs are an easy way to transform the look of your space. Pair them with plush pillows and a variety of throws to create a comfortable outdoor oasis.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Easy Embellishment

Add tassels to baskets filled with pillows and extra throws to carry through the Moroccan vibe. Full, lush plants work particularly well with this style as well. Learn how to make easy DIY tassels >>

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Plenty of Pillows

Pillows adorned with pom poms and tassels are a Moroccan mainstay. Double-sided pillows (colorful on one side and neutral on the other) allow for complete flexibility in your outdoor space.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Cozy Throws

Use vintage pieces of fabric or throws to cover your outdoor seating to create some extra style layers. Again, the wicker stools work perfectly as a makeshift coffee table.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

Extra Comfort

Keeping extra throw pillows and throws on hand means that you can easily switch up the look of your Moroccan-inspired patio.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styled By: Paige Geffen

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