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.
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
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.
Make This: Small-Space Concrete Fire Bowl
Keep bugs out and add some privacy by installing screening around your porch.
Install This: Screened-In Porch
Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles
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.
Make This: Colorful Citronella Candles
Allow easy access to your backyard with a flagstone pathway. You can lay one in half a day using only a few materials.
Do This: Lay a Flagstone Pathway
Pool Noodle Backyard Bowling
Entertain the kids (and adults, too!) by making a bowling alley from pool noodles.
Make This: Pool Noodle Bowling Alley
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.
Hang patio lights the easy way by using planters and wood posts. This temporary solution is perfect for renters.
Do This: Hang Bistro Lights
Cool down your backyard by adding shade with a stylish and functional shade sail.
Make This: Embellished 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.
Make This: Outdoor Movie Screen
Cozy, Comfy Furnishings
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.
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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.
Do This: Cozy Decorating Ideas
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.
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.
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.
Look #2: South of France
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.
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 >>
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.