If you have the space, build some raised garden beds so you can plant vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers out in the yard or in your garden and so you can keep the area looking fresh, clean and organized. You don’t need much for this project but you should definitely make a plan.
If you want mobility, consider a raised planter box. You could build it yourself out of wood and it could stay out in the yard. It would be easy to move it around in case you change the landscape or you want to bring it closer to the house. You can basically make it as big or as small as you want to and you can plant just about anything in it.
Rocks and stones can useful too. You can use them to delineate specific areas in your garden and even build a raised garden bed. Arrange the stones in the shape of a spiral and create a small vegetable garden similar to the one featured on ohmy-creative. Obviously you can create other shapes and designs as well so be creative.
Another idea is to build a window box so you can have some pretty to see when you look out the window. Building the actual box is easy and then comes the fun part: choosing the plants. You could go with colorful, flowering plants, cascading plants or even with grass.
Did you know you can build a planter box from pallets? It’s not even that difficult, provided you have the necessary tools and supplies. You could use the boards from a wooden pallet or some leftover wood from previous projects. The design we’re proposing is simple and modern and has plenty of customization potential.
Spruce up your porch with a modern planter box which you can build by yourself from scratch. You can give it any proportions you want based on the type of plants and planters that you prefer. We suggest checking out kleinworthco for details and inspiration.
Hanging planters are also great for patios and porches. You can build something nice out of pallet wood and you can hang it with metal chains. Paint the planter so it stands out or leave it all natural and put an emphasis on the patina of the wood and the beauty of reclaimed materials in general.
This is a pallet herb garden, another easy DIY project that you could occupy your weekend with. You can keep your new herb garden indoors, casually leaning against one of the walls in the kitchen, out on the balcony or on the terrace or even on the patio, when it’s nice and sunny outside.
You can also make a cool-looking arrangement using regular plant pots of different sizes. You can stack them or arrange them vertically using a thin pole, as suggested on weheartthis. This is what you’re going to need for this project: a large clay pot for the base, 4 or 5 medium size ones for the middle and a small pot for the top as well as some rebar, potting soil and a variety of flowers. You can also plant herbs.
If you happen to have an old wooden barrel somewhere, you could turn it into a cool-looking planter with tiers and different sections for different plants. This idea comes from centsationalstyle. Check out the details of the project and if you like the idea find your own barrel and give it a complete makeover.
Speaking of makeovers, check out this chair that’s been turned into a planter. That’s actually a wonderful way to upcycle an old, broken chair. As long as the frame is still in good shape you can remove the seat or cut out a hole and make a cool custom planter. You can find out everything you need to know on theredpaintedcottage.
An old tire can also be turned into a cool planter and we’re not talking about placing a tire on the ground and filling it with soil but about a hanging tire planter like the one featured on diyshowoff. The tire is painted and looks really cool, sort of like a wreath.
A grape arbor is pretty similar to a pergola and building it isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Still, it’s not impossible to do either and there are plenty of tutorials which can help you. Check out our own version and let this project inspire you. It’s a great idea if you have a garden or a big backyard.
There are a lot of little projects that you can do to improve your already existing garden or to add a bit of green to your life, project like this lovely grid trellis. This is perfect for climbing plants and you can easily put something like this together using supplies like cedar garden stakes, some screws, a saw and a drill. Find more details on francoisetmoi.
Another little thing that you can do to make your life easier and your garden happier is to build a garden hose hanger. This one was built using a redwood post, boards cut into squares, a wooden finial, a hose holder, screws and paint. You can give yours a cement base if you want to but that’s completely optional.
Laying a flagstone pathway can also help improve a garden or backyard. You can do it yourself and although it would be a pretty demanding project, it might also be fun. This is what you’re going to need: flagstone slabs, sand and shovels plus a few other things, depending on the look and style you prefer.
Another cool idea could be to make a garden walkway out of pallet boards. You could actually use any old boards or reclaimed wood you can find around the house. You can cut them too to the same length or you can mix and match them to get a more authentic and organic look. Check out funkyjunkinteriors to find out more about this super easy project.
Pallet wood can also be used to build cool furniture for your garden or patio. This colorful garden bench is an awesome example. The bench rests against a fence so it doesn’t need a backrest and the painted boards give it a fresh and funky look. Pick your own palette of colors and have fun customizing your new bench.
Speaking of garden benches and funky designs, check out this great project featured on akailochiclife. That’s a really cool bench made out of cinderblocks and wood boards. It even has built-in planters which gives it a lot of character and helps it blend into the landscape even better.
If you want to take things one step further you could build an outdoor sofa. It would be pretty similar to a bench, with a few important differences of course. If you’re using pallet wood, make sure you have plenty and get some varnish to make the sofa waterproof and outdoor-ready. Find instructions and details on grillo-designs.
Of course, a garden bench can take a variety of different forms. A cool idea for example is to build the bench around the trunk of a tree. It’s not the easiest project you could do but it looks great and is also very practical. There are many different ways to do this but if you like this hexagon-shaped design, you can check out addicted2diy to find out more about it.
There’s really no need overcomplicate a project when something super simple would do just fine. This bench featured on linapalandet is a really good example. It’s basically just a wooden slab placed over a bunch of stacked concrete blocks. As you can imagine, it’s pretty sturdy and very heavy so be sure to choose the right spot for your bench so you don’t have to move it afterwards.
A swing bed would be another great addition to a beautiful garden, perfect for those nice sunny days when you can go outside and read a good book under the canopy of a large tree and just relax and enjoy the tranquility. You can build a swing bed out of reclaimed pallets. The project is described in detail on themerrythought.
If you’re the type who enjoys doing work in the garden, constantly plantings and caring for the plants, you could probably use a potting bench. This could be your workstation where you could keep some gardening tools, potting mix, planters and other things. You could even add a sink to your garden bench. Check out thehandymansdaughter to find out how it’s done.
Your garden could probably also use a gate. The design featured on funkyjunkinteriors looks really nice, especially in combination with that lovely garden shed. The gate is made of pallet wood and is super easy to build. In fact, you could just take a pallet and attach it to a post or the side of a shed, with no need for any modifications (as long as the size is right).
You can always count on a water feature to make your garden stand out and look amazing. We’re not just talking about fountains and ponds but also about simpler, small-scale water features like this one. This is a lovely combo created using a large galvanized tub and some watering cans. If you want to put together something similar you’re also going to need water tubing, hanging brackets and a small water pump. Check out dawnmarie100 for more details.
A pond is actually not out of the question either, even if you don’t want to dig up your garden. You can turn a canoe into a pond and it would actually look awesome and very interesting. This cool idea comes from hometalk. Check out all the different types of plants and how great they all look together.
You know what else could potentially transform your entire backyard or garden? A fire pit. You could build one on a free weekend and it would be a fairly simple and enjoyable project. The hardest part would probably be buying and then carrying all the supplies. You’re going to need a lot of pavers. If you want to follow the design from keepingitsimple you’ll need 36 gray pavers, 24 square ones and 8 triangle ones.
Hang some string lights out in the yard or the garden to create a lovely ambiance at night. You can use the string lights to frame the sitting area. You’ll probably need some poles so go check out cityfarmhouse to find out everything you need to know about poles and hanging outdoor lights.
Building a playhouse could be a really fun project and you can even get the kids involved at some level. It doesn’t have to be a full mansion or anything too complex. Just start with a base and then add a frame and a roof. You can customize the design in all sorts of ways and even add more features with time. The tutorial from loveandrenovations should be a good starting point.
Want to make birds feel welcomed into your garden. Try hanging a bird feeder somewhere. You can build it yourself and there are many different techniques which you can use. One option is to fill a glass bottle with seeds and to hang it upside down in a house-shaped box, as suggested on elizabethjoandesigns. You could hang this on a wall, a tree or just rest it on a table or on a bench.
We should also mention some of the more basic structures often found in gardens and backyards. The pergola is one of them. You can build a modern pergola like the one you see here and it can become the new focal point of your yard. It’s not the easiest project in the world but it’s simple enough for a beginner DIYer so why not try it.
And of course there’s also the deck which you can also build by yourself provided you have some spare time and you’re ready to put in the effort. This is a redwood deck and it’s fairly easy to put together. You do however have to build a frame first and that requires some planning.