15 Cheap and Easy DIY Projects for Your Backyard

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old tires that are painted in assorted colors and used for a flower planter
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YARD ACT TO FOLLOW

With the sun shining, the grass green, and the flowers blooming, it's an ideal time to tackle a few of those outside DIY projects you've had on the back burner. If you need some inspiration for your garden or other outdoor space, there are plenty of ideas to choose from.

wooden pallets repurposed and painted with the American flag
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CREATE A GIANT FLAG WITH PAINT AND A PALLET

Wipe down a pallet and paint the slats alternating red and white -- with the top three slats blue on the left side. Once it dries, stencil white stars over the blue. Use a clear enamel to seal it up, and it will last years leaning against the house or a nearby tree.

yellow paint in can
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PAINT CONCRETE TO MAKE A PATIO POP WITH COLOR

Have a boring cement square patio? Brighten it up with some latex floor paint.

painted brick in garden
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PAINT BRICKS FOR DECORATION

If you've got bricks instead of cement, use latex floor paint to make a colorful checkered pattern. Alternatively, use the paint to stencil words on several bricks to make a playful decoration.

three decor colored stones on the old wooden floor
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PAINT ROCKS TO MARK YOUR GARDEN

If you planted a garden this year, find medium- to large-size rocks and paint them in bright colors, stenciling the name of a plant on a rock to keep straight what's been planted where.

chair spray painted yellow on patio
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REVIVE OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Spray paint outdoor furniture bright new colors or paint it all white to make outdoor space more inviting.

hydrangea bushes with trellis fence
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HIDE THE EYESORES

Use lattice to surround and hide an air conditioning unit, electrical box, or even trash can storage -- two to three cheap pieces of lattice should do the trick -- or make a covering with pieces of wood or pallets. Just make sure to give the equipment enough room for proper air flow.

raised bed vegetable garden in spring
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CREATE A RAISED GARDEN BED

A raised garden bed helps with weeding, keep pests out, ensures purer soil, and gives the bed better drainage -- all of which equals more bounty. Build one for less than $35 with directions from Queen Bee Coupons.

vintage outdoor string lights
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ADD LIGHTING

There are tons of ways to add outdoor lighting, including clamping solar lights to fence posts or hanging them from basket hooks.

star stencil
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GET FESTIVE

Cut out a star or other shape from a large piece of cardboard or paper and use spray paint to stencil your lawn. The paint will wash away with rain.

fairy garden with deer, gazing balls and mushrooms in a flower pot
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REUSE OLD POTS

Instead of tossing out broken flowerpots, create a fairy garden with them. Just add soil, arrange the broken pieces, and add succulents or other plants.

skateboard swing in tree
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MAKE A SWING

Take an old skateboard, loop a rope around each end (inside the wheels) and hang it from a sturdy branch to make a swing.

wheelbarrow full of colorful flowers on a grass lawn
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REPURPOSE AN OLD WAGON

Don't get rid of that old rusty wagon or wheelbarrow. Instead, fill the bed with soil and plant flowers for a pretty yard display.

pallet bar in yard
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MAKE A PALLET BAR

Secure two pallets together standing up, then secure stone slabs on top to make a bar surface.

small cactus in the pots on shelf furniture
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MAKE A CHEAP SHELF TO DISPLAY POTTED PLANTS

Gather four cinder blocks and two slabs of plywood, painting the cinder blocks one color and the plywood another. Sit two blocks upright and lay one piece of plywood over them, then repeat above to make a second shelf. Decorate with potted plants.

chandelier bird feeder
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MAKE AN OLD CHANDELIER INTO A BIRD FEEDER

Take an old dining room chandelier -- maybe one from a thrift store -- and repurpose it into a bird feeder by simply filling the light holders with birdseed and using the chain to hang it from the nearest branch.

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