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.

DIY Minibar

DIY Outdoor Fridge Bar

DIY Outdoor Fridge Bar

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

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

Concrete Fire Bowl

Concrete Fire Bowl

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnside Out Productions

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.

Screened-In Porch

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Keep bugs out and add some privacy by installing screening around your porch.

Install This: Screened-In Porch

Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat. They’re pretty, functional and will keep the mosquitoes away.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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.

Flagstone Pathway

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

DIY Flagstone Path

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Allow easy access to your backyard with a flagstone pathway. You can lay one in half a day using only a few materials.

Pool Noodle Backyard Bowling



Put that yoga mat that’s rolled up in your closet to good use! A few simple materials and you’ve got a fun activity the kids can do on the patio, deck or yard. It’s also perfect for rainy days indoors! DIY SXS LINK HERE

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Entertain the kids (and adults, too!) by making a bowling alley from pool noodles.

Patio Lights

Hang Outdoor String Lights

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.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Hang patio lights the easy way by using planters and wood posts. This temporary solution is perfect for renters.

DIY Shade

DIY Embellished Sail Shade

DIY Embellished Sail Shade

Transform a too hot, over-exposed patio or deck into a shady, relaxation zone with this sophisticated DIY sail shade. Just a few thoughtful details can take this project from looking strictly functional to stylishly designed.

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

Cool down your backyard by adding shade with a stylish and functional 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.

Cozy, Comfy Furnishings

HGTV Spring House 2017: Create Zones in Outdoor Living Room

Create Zones

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.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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.

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