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.

Raised Wooden Plant Beds Guarded by Plastic Owl

Raised Wooden Plant Beds With Plastic Owl

A plastic owl keeps watch over these wooden raised beds, which can be great for growing flowers or vegetables with the added benefit of putting them in easy reach so you don't have to bend over as much.

Photo by: @mindbodylove365 (Instagram)

@mindbodylove365 (Instagram)

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.

Wooden Slats Can Turn an Ugly Rain Barrel Into a Beautiful Planter

Wooden Slats Turn Rain Barrel Into Beautiful Planter

Reusing runoff water can be a great way to save money, but it doesn't always look very good. Consider using wooden slats to turn an unattractive rain barrel into a beautiful planter.

Photo by: @janettaoni (Instagram)

@janettaoni (Instagram)

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! 

Distressed Gray Wooden Flower Box With Fleurs Print and Marigolds

Distressed Wooden Flower Box With Marigolds and Fleurs Print

This gray wooden flower box features distressed paint for a shabby-chic look. It includes yellow, orange and red flowers, and the front is printed with the French word 'fleurs' (flowers), giving the box an exotic feel.

Photo by: @emmertandelliott (Instagram)

@emmertandelliott (Instagram)

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. 

Wooden Planter With Lower Shelf and Welcome Sign Next to Front Door

Wooden Planter With Welcome Sign Next to Front Door

This raised wooden planter can be a great addition to your front porch. It features an open upper space for easily changing out plants, as well as a lower shelf for displaying decorative pieces.

Photo by: @kenndfan (Instagram)

@kenndfan (Instagram)

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

Rustic Wooden Birdhouse With Shelf for Flower Pot in Forest

Rustic Wooden Birdhouse With Shelf for Flower Pot

This rustic wooden birdhouse features an elevated box with holes for bird access, a metal roof to keep the rain away, and a shelf for placing a flower pot.

Photo by: @kenndfan (Instagram)

@kenndfan (Instagram)

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