Build a Better Backyard: Easy DIY Outdoor Projects

DIY your way to a chic outdoor room with easy, step-by-step outdoor projects and design ideas.

Do-it-Yourself Stacked Stone Fireplace

Build a Stacked Stone Fireplace

Add fireside ambiance to your backyard with an outdoor fireplace made from stacked stone.

Create a Rustic Rolling Stump Table

Tree stumps make ideal outdoor side tables: They're inexpensive, durable and can double as extra seating. To make the hefty chunks of wood easier to move around your outdoor room, attach casters to the bottom of each stump, like Emily Henderson did here. Get more of Emily's tips to create a rustic, bohemian outdoor room.

Colorful Outdoor Sitting Area with Purple Rug

Create a Painted Canvas Area Rug

Transform a basic drop cloth into a one-of-a-kind outdoor area rug with a ruler, some painter's tape and stripes of your favorite bold hue.

Make Your Own Wash Tub Planters

It's easy to blow your entire outdoor budget on planters. Instead of buying new ones at the home improvement store, hit the flea market or thrift store to find old metal washtubs. Drill holes in the bottom, like Emily Henderson did here, to give your plants proper drainage.

Create a Simple Pathway

Set a clear path for guests with simple steppingstones. Choose contrasting large stones and small gravel to create extra interest. Design by John Gidding

Elegant Contemporary Patio DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay a Stone Patio This Weekend

Laying a patio is one of the easiest and fastest DIY jobs around, and it can be done with tools you probably already have in one weekend.

Hang a Daybed

There's nothing quite like sitting (or sleeping) on a daybed during the warm summer months. This relaxing porch addition is quick and easy to hang. When installing the porch swing, attach it to something structural, especially when dealing with older homes. If you prefer a rustic rope look as opposed to chain links, be sure to use marine-grade nylon or polyester for a longer-lasting effect. Don't forget cozy cushions and pillows to add a stylish finish and a comfortable spot to relax. Design by John Gidding

After Shot of Stained Deck

Stain a Wooden Deck

Whether your deck is new or a bit worn, a few coats of stain will give it a fresh look. Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions.

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