Summer is my favorite time of year to DIY! I like to be able to spread out and work outside and not have to worry so much about the mess I’m making! I’ve put together 10 of my favorite outdoor projects for you. My hope is to inspire you to try a few to add your own personal twist to your outdoor decor!

Try these 10 Cheap and Easy DIY Outdoor Projects for both your front curb side appeal and your backyard fun this summer! From Planters to Pallets!

My 10 Easy and Unique DIY Outdoor Projects:

Updating you home lighting? Don't throw away that old brass chandelier, repurpose it! Turn that old chandelier into a unique Bird Feeder with spray paint!
Bird Feeder: How to Upcycle a Worn Chandelier

This Chandelier Bird Feeder is near and dear to my heart! It was one of my very first repurposed outdoor projects! I made this for our outdoor decor because my amazing Lawnboy, AKA my lovely hubby, loves to watch the birds in our yard through the window each morning as he starts his day.

Rustic outdoor drinking stations are the perfect detail, from formal weddings to informal backyard get together! This rustic pallet wood station is perfect!
How to Make a Unique Cooler: Pallet Outdoor Drinking Station

This outdoor drinking station was basically free for me to build. I had the sink left over from our Lake House Fixer Upper and used my favorite free wood to build the rest! Pallet wood is there perfect material for this DIY cooler made with a repurposed kitchen sink!

Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!
How to Make an Easy Faux Galvanized flower Pot on the Cheap

Do you love the look of galvanized buckets but don’t have any lying around and do not want to pay $20 each at your local big box store for them? Then head to The Dollar Store and pick up some plastic buckets to make this faux galvanized topsy turvy flower pot!

Wanting big planters that make a statement but do not want to pay up to $100 a piece for them? Then I have the perfect DIY planter boxes for you!
Discover How to Make the Best Outdoor Planter

I love the statement large stately planters placed on each side of an entry door make. Have you priced these large planters and just can’t make yourself spend that kind of money for them? I understand completely! When I saw these large vinyl shutters at our local ReStore I thought, why couldn’t I make planters out of these? So here they are, and yes that is how my brain works!

This 2x4 rustic lantern is perfect for all seasons and using pallet wood 2x4's makes it practically free! Tutorial includes design sketch and cutting list.
Rustic Lantern: Easy and Affordable with 2x4s

The look of rustic wooden lanterns makes me smile! I’m sure you can tell because I have two different lantern tutorials. They are put together the same way but by using different building materials you can change the look from raw rustic to a more polished rustic. I use these for both my indoor and outdoor decor. This first one is made out of 2x4s I had left over from breaking down pallets for other projects, yes I save everything! As a bonus at the bottom of this tutorial are several other amazing pallet projects done by my fellow bloggers!

Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood
Easy Outdoor Decor: How to Make Lanterns from Scrap Wood

What about a scrap wood lantern? After making the 2×4 lantern, I thought why not make more with some of the wood scraps I had from other projects. I was hooked! What DIYer doesn’t have scrap pieces of wood that just seems to small to use? This is the perfect project to make something amazing from those little scraps!

Looking for a unique outdoor lighting idea? Make this solar chandelier! Elevate the style of your outdoor lighting by adding dollar store solar lights!
How to Make Garden Lighting with a Solar Chandelier

Check out this solar chandelier! Repurposing is always on my mind. When I saw these little solar lights at The Dollar Store I thought they would fit perfectly in an old chandelier like the one I made the bird feeder out of! It adds a nice little elegance to your outdoor decor. This tutorial also has over 40 other outdoor projects you can do linked at the bottom of the post!

Friend and Family gatherings are one of the best parts of life! Spice up your outside entertaining with these table top fire pit bowls. Easy DIY tutorial!
How to make 2 Table Top Fire Pit Bowls

These small table top fire pits are as fun to make as they are to use! You can make them with with concrete or just put the pebbles in an attractive outdoor use bowl. I also used this same idea to make a mini fire pit our of a broken urn I had. I enjoy seeing an idea and then run in different directions with it, don’t you!

This herb garden bench will allow you to grow herbs outside during warm months and transport indoors during winter. That's a herb garden all year round!
How to Make an Easy Herb Garden Bench

Take an old bench and make an herb garden. I have to admit, I’m not much of a chef. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s more of a time crunch issue and cooking always seems to get lost in the daily shuffle of life. So in the summer I like to grow my own herbs to throw into my quick recipe, the fresh taste of herbs can liven up even the simplest of recipes! I used this old bench to make a small herb garden. Not only do I have fresh herbs but it also adds a little bit of Paris charm to my garden area!

These Tire Planters will make a great conversation piece in your space! An easy bright tire upcycling DIY project that will add fun to your outdoor decor!
How to Make Easy and Unique Repurposed Tire Planters

The last of my outdoor projects, but certainly not least is my repurposed tire planters that I put on the side of my shop! I love the bright colors it adds to the otherwise neutral building. It’s become a landmark of my shop as well as a great conversation piece! A smaller version of this on the side of an old tin gardening shed or garage would be so fun!

Well there you have it! 10 of my favorite outdoor projects. I hope you find at least one of these projects to inspire you. And if outdoor DIYs are your thing, come on over to the blog and see all the other great DIY tutorials we have to offer! Do it yourself projects are truly a passion of mine and making things to share with you helps me keep my sanity in an otherwise busy world! I hope you take some time for yourself and create something that will make you smile.

Each and everyone of you inspire me and I LOVE to see the work that you’ve created. Feel free to share with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. And as always, be sure to follow Diva Of DIY on Pinterest and sign up for our FREE Newsletter to receive the latest projects delivered straight to your inbox!

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    1. Thanks Robin! And thanks for hosting! I hope you will come on over on Tuesdays and party with us at Talk DIY to Me! I love finding so many great ideas and partying with everyone!

  1. I love the idea of an herb garden bench (well I may not do a bench) but to be able to transport indoor to outdoor herbs. Thanks for the post I found you through the link party at lainaturner.com

    1. Thanks Kim! I love my bench! I am glad you found us! I hope you stop back by on Tuesdays and party with us as well at Talk DIY to Me if you’re a DIYer!

  2. I absolutely love all of these ideas!! Great round up! I have you featured on my blog tomorrow at 9AM for Talented Tuesday. Be sure to grab your featured button. Thanks for linking up!

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