Owning a house usually means that you have a spacious backyard as well and you should do what you can to maximize the potential of this space. In order to have a more functional backyard, make some cheap and handy decorations that look nice and serve a specific purpose.
This project combines creativity, purposefulness and low price. Making a DIY outdoor bench will literally take you no more than an hour, yet its effects will be felt for years to come. All you need are some pieces of wood, a couple of long nails, a proper hammer and, if you are in an extra crafty mood, a bucket of paint. This bench will provide a comfortable place to rest and you can also store some gardening tools underneath it. The options are limitless and it is all up to your creativity.
A Rope Swing
There is nothing better for your children than to spend time in the open – and the best thing you can have in your backyard is a rope swing. This cost-effective piece is not just a source of joy and entertainment, but also a great way for your kids to channel energy. So, instead of allowing them spend endless hours in front of the TV or, on the other hand, letting them run around an unsecure playground, create a safe area equipped with a rope swing. This project will not take too much of your time or money, and it can be done rather easily.
If you have a garage or a garden in your backyard, you need a proper way of accessing it. So, unless you want to step right onto the grass and dirt, you should build a DIY pathway. There are various options to try and you can use gravel, stones, wood, mulch or even pallets as a basis. Most people choose concrete, but seem to forget that taking care of the pathway is just as important as planning and constructing it properly. That is why you should protect it against the rain and changes in temperature by applying a coat of concrete sealer. This way, your pathway will last longer and be the best possible addition to your backyard.
Your backyard can also be a great place for a morning coffee, a family lunch or an afternoon tea. Proper garden furniture – a bench, a couple of chairs and a coffee table will suffice – will ensure you have picnics in your backyard every single day. You can even take some old pieces of furniture, clean them properly with DIY cleaning supplies and they will work just fine. Decorate this area with hanging jar lanterns, protect it against the rain and you are good to go!
These DIY projects will turn your backyard into a more enjoyable area and give you a chance to make the most of your property. They will inspire you to spend more time outside, which is good for your health, and also make your backyard nicer and cozier.
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Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.