Beginner-friendly DIY outdoor project ideas to spruce up your outdoor space on a budget – including simple woodworking and furniture plans, curb appeal improvements and decor ideas!
The best way to enjoy summer with family and friends is to spend time outdoors.
To make that time even better, you need a fun and functional outdoor space which matches your style and vibe and brings entertainment to everyone.
Plus, summers are the best time to work on the exterior of your house – add plants, paint structures – add lots of curb appeal.
Here are 25 ideas that will help you create the perfect outdoor space.
They range from simple beginner-friendly woodworking projects to backyard improvements and outdoor decor.
EASY OUTDOOR WOOD PROJECTS
I love building outdoor projects for many reasons –
- DIY outdoor furniture is easiest to build and ends up being much cheaper than their store-bought counterparts.
- Most are built using 2×4 or other structural lumber that needs to be cut and fastened.
- There are rarely tricky cuts. They usually involve simple and easy-to-use tools. (Check out my list of 7 beginner woodworking tools.)
- For all the above reasons, they make excellent beginner woodworking projects.
This simple project is a weekend project and uses only about $70 in lumber. Make a gathering spot for your next party, or use it as a potting station!
This DIY outdoor storage box is perfect for your patio, porch, or deck to store toys, packages, and tools.
A simple coffee table project that uses $15 in lumber, a few pocket holes and a few hours on a weekend.
If you have a small space, this is the perfect outdoor dining table. But it is easy to modify to make it larger too!
No more bending over a firepit! This simple coffee table/fire pit table is easy to build and the perfect place to make some smores.
The perfect fun project to keep toddlers busy on a summer evening.
A version of one of my most popular projects. The X-legs are an absolute winner!
Can’t beat a hammock to hang out in a backyard! This one is easy to build using only 4×4 lumber.
This outdoor towel rack is perfect for the poolside… or you can use it indoors too!
Almost all of the projects have downloadable plans available.
Or you can get all of my popular outdoor project plans in one place with the Outdoor Plans Bundle.
EASY DIY OUTDOOR PLANTERS
No outdoor space is complete without plants and hence pretty planters. You can build your own or customize pre-built planters.
Below are a few of the planters I have built to date.
No more forgetting to water your garden with this self-watering planter.
All of these planters are included in my ebook – 13 Easy Outdoor project plans
This is perfect for a deck or a small balcony when you don’t have a lot of space for a vegetable garden.
This quick and easy planter adds instant appeal to any space!
This easy to build planter box has a personality with lattice sides.
QUICK OUTDOOR WOODWORKING PROJECTS
Here are a few other simple DIY project ideas to add fun and decor to your backyard or outdoor space.
Cornhole boards or bean bag toss games are a popular summertime game and are typically very heavy. This new design makes them the same regulation size but lighter weight. Plus the sky is the limit for customizing it! Get the plans here.
If you have a few 4×4 scrap boards laying around, you can give them the new job of decorating your front porch or backyard with solar lights.
A 15-minute project to add a convenient bottle opener for all those backyard parties.
Back yard parties are incomplete without games… make an easy ring toss game which is also easy to disassemble and put away.
IDEAS TO REFRESH YOUR BACKYARD
Nothing makes a space look new like a refresh!
And I have some really quick and easy backyard refresh ideas for you!
A backyard shed doesn’t need to be ho-hum. Give it personality and make it pop. Or just give it a new coat of paint. I show you how to do that in a couple of days!
Outdoor patio floors can get dirty and stained over time. See how to give it new life by staining it easily.
If the weather has taken a toll on your old outdoor patio furniture, give it a new look with my guide to painting outdoor furniture to make it last for years.
Sanitize and clean old toys that have been in the backyard without chemicals.
See how created a cozy and colorful patio with a few simple updates to my space.
DIY FRONT PORCH IDEAS
Front porch and curb appeal is also a large part of your outdoors.
Add some personality to it with these easy and quick projects.
Nothing says welcome like a freshly painted door. See how to revive an old front door without removing it off of the hinges. I also show you how to handle those weird glass inserts.
A personalized doormat is a great addition to any porch. Make your own with this easy step by step tutorial.
Got old bottles? Turn them into decor with this easy idea.
I think this will make a fun project for the kids! Make your own fun mosaic rocks to decorate the garden.
Don’t forget! you can get 13 of my most popular outdoor project plans all in one place!
Need more DIY furniture ideas?
I think you will love these collections of DIY furniture ideas for your indoor and outdoor spaces!
- 30 easy DIY bench ideas you can build today.
- 20 Gorgeous farmhouse table ideas
- 20 DIY X-leg furniture ideas
- 25 Easy DIY 2×4 Outdoor Furniture Plans for Your Summer
- 25 Easy DIY Fire Pit Ideas For Your Yard
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"