Outstanding Outdoor Projects from HGTV Fans

From bird feeders to rain barrels, these handy HGTV readers spruced up their outdoor spaces with a little DIY know-how.

Outdoor projects can be the most daunting ones when it comes to improving your home. Building a deck, refreshing the landscaping or designing the perfect outdoor kitchen are major undertakings that can become costly quickly. That’s why we have a soft spot for making a big visual impact with easy-to-execute projects that won’t empty our bank accounts. These garden projects from our readers on Instagram prove that a little goes a long way. Here’s a roundup of DIYs for the backyard to get your own creative juices flowing.

A pair of simple raised beds adds order and function to an otherwise empty backyard space. I bet Instagrammer @mindbodylove365‘s back is grateful, too. No more bending over to care for her plants! You can build similar raised beds with a few inexpensive materials from your local hardware store.

Have you ever seen a rain barrel this cute? The answer is no, no you haven’t (but these sure come close). We love how @janettaoni concealed the not-so-sexy blue plastic barrel with wooden panels and turned it into a planter! This is an idea you’re going to want to steal.

Flower boxes are one of the easiest ways to add color and life to your deck rails, windows or along a wall or path, like @emmertandelliott has done here. The distressed paint job and lettering gives it a shabby-chic look we adore. C’est magnifique! 

Instagrammer @kenndfan gave us two planter projects to share with you; one for the birds and one for your front porch. You can never go wrong with flowers at the front door and this simple raised planter lets you swap out plants and decor easily between seasons. An evergreen arrangement would look lovely here during the holidays and would welcome guests with a whiff of seasonal scent. 

And what feathered friend wouldn’t love a secret hideout like this in the woods?! 

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