15 DIY Ways to Create a Backyard Summer Oasis

Transform your outdoor space into a dreamy, loungey relaxation zone with these tips and DIYs.

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Refresh your deck or patio (on a budget!) with boho accents.

The first step to an entertaining-ready space is, well, a pretty place to gather. Add a rug, funkify old lawn chairs and update tired outdoor cushions for a fresh look.

See how to use towels as slipcovers, plus 7 other cheap, DIY patio updates.

Choose a theme.

Set the tone of your party with a seasonal theme. This way, guests know what to wear, what to expect and what to bring. We suggest throwing a super low-key adults-only campout, complete with grown-up crafts, games and beverages.

See 9 more theme party ideas here.

Add privacy with plants.

Those of you living in tight quarters can keep nosy neighbors from snooping with a simple DIY project or two. This plant privacy wall is pretty and functional.

Or, if you need a little more coverage, try one of these ideas.

Keep guests happy with a mosquito-free yard.

It's hard to have fun outdoors when pesky mosquitos keep biting.

Here are our best tips for deterring these persistent buggers.

Create a cozy atmosphere with this DIY fire bowl.

Even though it's hot as blazes outside, a fire adds ambience and encourages impromtu s'more roasts. Plus, the smoke will keep bugs away. Make this one, which is perfect for balconies!

Or, find a fire pit to fit your space.

Provide plenty of water for pets.

Speaking of intense summer heat, don't forget about your beloved fur babies. Follow these tips for keeping them happy, not overheated.

Make these refreshing frozen treats for dogs.

Set up an outdoor movie theater.

Well, only do this if you're OK with guests lingering longer than usual. It's hard to turn down a movie showing under the stars.

Watch: How to Make an Outdoor Movie Screen

Rely on this old-school classic for outdoor fun.

Cue nostalgia. Something about a classic tree swing really takes you back to childhood, no?

See how to make this super simple swing in an afternoon.

Make shade.

Not blessed with a lush, tree-lined outdoor space? Just fabricate shade! A boat sail serves as a perfect protector from beating summer sun.

Here are 5 ways to add shade.

Embrace the multi-purpose stock tank.

For less than $500 you can make your serene, backyard pool-dreams come true. This trendy outdoor feature is a budget-friendly way to bring the pool (or pond) to you.

Get inspired by these 'grams of repurposed water troughs.

Designate an area for photos.

Everyone loves a photo booth. Set up an area for guests to capture memories of your stellar summer shindig. Stock the booth with a camera, props, tripod and, of course, a fun backdrop.

Watch: How to Make a Balloon Photo Booth

Lawn games = hands-off entertaining.

Let these backyard games do the work so you can relax and socialize on your own terms.

DIY It: Giant Tic-Tac-Toe Board | Ring Toss | Toss-and-Score | Corn Hole | Pool Noodle Extravaganza

Build a mini-bar for easy and convenient access to refreshments.

While this DIY is a little bit more advanced, it will definitely come in handy throughout the fall and for years to come.

Here's how to make it.

Music is a must-have.

A party is incomplete without a killer playlist. So, we did the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best songs for a chill get-together. Just press play.

Tune into our picks, here.

Don't forget dreamy lighting.

Set the mood with a glowing chandelier made out of string lights, ribbons and hula hoops.

Watch: How to Make a Hula Hoop Chandelier

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