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Backyard Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Create a beautiful deck or patio on the cheap with these inexpensive ideas and DIYs.

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Unique DIYs for Outdoor Living

Outdoor furniture and decor can be expensive, especially for a space you may only use a few months out of the year. Luckily, you can make a big impact outside with wallet-friendly DIYs. Tackle some of these projects — from privacy solutions to entertaining essentials — and create an outdoor space you’ll want to spend time on. Bonus: Many of these ideas are great for renters and small-space dwellers, too.

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Make a Galvanized Tub Planter

Keep your budget intact by making planters instead of buying them. It's easy to turn metal washtubs and buckets into planters. Start by drilling holes in the bottom for drainage. Then add furniture feet and use a stencil to paint on a custom pattern.

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Lay a Stone + Gravel Pathway

New hardscaping adds practicality and style to any yard. A combination of pebbles and stone pavers is the most inexpensive type of pathway to create, and it is also the easiest to DIY. Don't worry about perfection and straight lines when installing your walkway, freeform curves and shapes are more appealing and more in sync with nature.

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Build a Concrete Fire Bowl

Get the fire pit feel without the hefty price tag. This easy DIY can save you some big bucks while still bringing the warmth and festiveness of an expensive fire pit.

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