Pretty Up Your Patio on a Budget With These 10 Projects

Get your patio ready for guests with these easy, wallet-friendly DIYs.

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With outdoor entertaining season upon us, a patio spruce-up is probably on your to-do list. Before you spend a fortune on brand-new furniture and decorations, think about saving money (and keeping stuff out of a landfill) by using what you already have. Got some old outdoor furniture that’s looking worse for wear? Give it a makeover! Have wine bottles, beer cans or extra T-shirts lying around? Upcycle them into lanterns or planters! We've rounded up 10 clever DIYs to help you dress up your patio for less.


Macramé Lawn Chair

Even if they're looking a little dated, don't throw away those old folding lawn chairs. Instead, give them a budget-friendly makeover with colorful craft cord.

Mobile Crate Table

DIY Double Duty Outdoor Coffee Tables

DIY Double Duty Outdoor Coffee Tables

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn,

Brian Patrick Flynn,

If you don't already have wooden crates lying around, you can pick them up for cheap at a big box store. Then, transform them into this storage-packed table on wheels. 

Beach Towel Slipcovers

If your outdoor cushions are looking dingy, you don't have to buy all new ones. Just cover them with easy-sew slipcovers made from inexpensive beach towels, and throw them in the wash when they get dirty.

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Budget Outdoor Living Room Makeover

Start With a Rug

Hanging Plants

Use Beach Towels for Seat Cushions

Mix Materials

Bring an Old Chair Back to Life

Talking Plants

Pineapple Planter

Add Lighting

Incorporate Storage

Make a Place to Set Your Drink Down

Add a Breeze


Hula Hoop Chandelier

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Turn a hula hoop (or two) into an enchanting outdoor chandelier.

All you need is a hula hoop, ribbon and string lights to make this fun outdoor light fixture that'll cast a soft glow on your outdoor space.

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Citronella Torches

DIY Glass Bottle Citronella Torch

DIY Glass Bottle Citronella Torch

Photo by: Photography by Mike Faulkner

Photography by Mike Faulkner

Illuminate your patio and ward off mosquitoes with these DIY citronella torches. No need to buy new containers — just use empty glass bottles.

Beer Can Lanterns

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Turn empty aluminum cans into pretty and useful votive-candle lanterns.

With a little spray paint and some votive candles, you can turn empty beer cans into cute little lanterns for your next outdoor shindig.


Pallet Planters

DIY Planter Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

You can often score free wood pallets from small businesses or Craigslist. Paint the wood in pretty hues that match your outdoor decor, and make these rustic planter boxes.

Hanging T-Shirt Planter

Who doesn't have too many T-shirts? Put the extras to good use by making this cute hanging planter, perfect for small plants.


Painted Canvas Rug

Outdoor Seating Area With Purple Rug

Outdoor Seating Area With Purple Rug

Outdoor rugs are expensive, but canvas drop cloths aren't. Transform one into a colorful area rug with basic painting supplies.

Painted Concrete

Painted Stripes on Concrete Floor

Painted Stripes on Concrete Floor

Or, use garage paint to give tired concrete floors a bold update.

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Bright Balcony

Potted Privacy

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Artful Landscaping

Rooftop Office

Open-Air Herb Garden

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Peaceful Microgarden

Secluded Comfort

Photo By: Ryann Ford

City Garden

Packed Deck

Simply Bright

Lush Balcony

Stylish Simplicity

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Lost in Greenery

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Making Room

Photo By: Santa Fe Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Dining Alfresco

Makeshift Shade

Photo By: Courtesy of Fermob

Table for Two

Photo By: Larry Hanna/AP images

Potted Accents

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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