Pretty Up Your Patio on a Budget With These 10 Projects

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

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

Vibrant color, plentiful storage and casual style make this DIY outdoor coffee table perfect for almost any decor.

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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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

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DIY Glass Bottle Citronella Torch

These beautiful citronella bottle torches take less than 10 minutes to make and do a great job of keeping away those pesky bugs.

Photo by: Mike Faulkner

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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Upcycle empty aluminum cans into pretty outdoor votives.

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

Clever uses for old pallets are never-ending on the interwebs, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple... like upcycling a few old pallet planks into this easy, breezy budget-friendly DIY planter box you can build in about an hour!

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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 Striped Purple Rug

Outdoor Seating Area With Purple Rug

This outdoor room has colorful, comfy furniture, marble-topped coffee table and multicolor striped rug. A curtain along one side provides privacy, giving an indoor feel.

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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