When we want to spend time outdoors, its natural that we want to linger on our patios, porches and decks. They are a natural gathering place to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family, or even for a quiet Sunday afternoon with a lemonade and a book. So it makes sense to want to make those spaces as nice as our budgets will allow! Don’t relegate your outdoor rooms to be the last space you design for living. These DIY backyard ideas for patios, porches and decks will help you to create a space you want to be in whenever the weather allows! (For us, it pretty much has to be blowing snow or a dust storm to keep us inside!)


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From Heather at ‘Setting for Four‘ make these easy DIY outdoor curtain rods and add some patio privacy! These outdoor curtains will also protect you from direct sun, and not to mention, they are so darn pretty! Heather says if you follow her tutorial, you can have these curtain rods done in 10 minutes! Oh, and if you are really wanting to make your patio or deck amazing, they have a tutorial for that DIY outdoor dining table too! Also check out our post on 14 Best Outdoor Furniture Brands & Stores.


Try this from ‘Simply Designing with Ashley‘. Build a porch swing for the most charming house on the block! An incredible DIY outdoor tutorial for this project! Check out more DIY Front Porch Swings!

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Here is another example ( and tutorial!) for a DIY painted deck and rug from ‘Nesting with Grace‘. The navy stripes are sophisticated, yet still fun. Be sure to check out all her other DIY deck decor too! Add a simple gate to a deck to create an enclosed retreat with our post on DIY Garden Gate Ideas over at TGG!


This idea from ‘HGTV‘ is an awesome idea for anyone whose budget is tight. Paint a rug on your deck, porch or patio! I have done this and it really spruces things up. You can even go to the discard paint bin and pick from there to save even more.

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From ‘BHG‘,  try using different flooring materials to add interest and create separate spaces. This photo shows using stones as borders around wooden decking. Or you could combine sod, gravel  and stepping stones to create a low budget but charming patio space where none existed. Great DIY ideas for decks here!

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This next one is one of our favorite front porch ideas. Learn how to beef up those front porch columns  from Anne (and Kenny!) at ‘Planting Sequoias‘. Not only does it improve your curb appeal, it makes the porch feel more grounded and comfortable. This is something most of us can do, and can your columns be too beefy?

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Caitlin from ‘Desert Domicile‘ posted this DIY corner storage bench in the ‘Home Depot Blog‘. We love the modern lines of this project, and who doesn’t need more storage? This is waaayyyy cheaper than buying a set like this at a specialty store. Detailed tutorial with photos. Love!

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This DIY outdoor wall planter from ‘Sugar and Cloth‘ is just the thing to boost the appeal of your patio or deck. Made from a wooden handrail section from Home Depot, you could plant herbs, succulents or flowers here. It’s also versatile enough to fit into most styles, from modern to traditional. Also, check out our post on Ground Covers (great for borders around the patio) on our sister site TheGardenGlove.com.12 DIY Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks - vertical plant structure


Love, love, LOVE this Midcentury trellis DIY from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘!  This is a perfect DIY backyard patio idea to ring in some style and substance to an otherwise boring area. Great tutorial and lots of photos. Such a fresh look with a retro vibe!


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From Anna at ‘Home, Heart and Hands‘, make this DIY porch planter with gold dipped legs, for $8! Yep. Eight dollars. This could be used to dress up any of your outdoor spaces, and it’s a pretty simple project.

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Here is one of our top choices for patio ideas. This DIY backyard table from ‘Bigger Than the Three of Us‘ is the perfect patio or porch project. Who else needs a spot for their glass of wine while sitting outdoors? And we love how it’s also a stylish planter. She has a link to the original free outdoor table plans, that she used as well!


Scott at ‘Saws on Skates‘ has this really cute DIY patio planter cabinet tutorial we had to include here! First, we were thinking, why put plants in a cabinet? (Of course, this is so cute, we really didn’t care…) But then he pointed out that he made this for a friend who was having critter issues. We love this idea! In addition, this piece makes the whole patio look even more like an outdoor room. Also, charm. Right?


This DIY cinder block bench will add seating to any area for just a few bucks! From ‘Somewhat Simple‘, this is a good tutorial with photos.

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Now that you have these DIY backyard ideas for patios, porches and decks down, try our post on Budget Outdoor Planter Projects. Don’t forget to save this post for later by pinning our tall image at the top! And if you want more, jump over to our sister site ‘The Garden Glove’ and check out…

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  1. Aenun Nadifah April 5, 2016 at 6:13 am

    so many are the inspiration I get from reading the articles in this thebudgetdecorator.com website, thank you once you’ve shared this article, awaited the next article ….

  2. Jorge McMillan June 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I love the patio style show in the third picture down. Using individual tiles as the main floor and then filling the spaces with gravel looks so good and classy. I hope that I can try something like this with my patio and have an awesome fire pit and have benches surrounding it.

  3. Maggie M July 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I couldn’t find the article/web site for the Project Addict’s “No Blow Curtains”? Any help please?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      We just looked ourselves and it appears “The Project Addict” no longer exists! We will try to find a replacement project as soon as possible!

  4. Bob December 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Hey this is amazing. We used the plants as an imaginary wall on some of our clients homes that we did this year, and they loved it so much. It saved them so much money, and blew our reputation up. We did it on a bunch of patios this year and decks as well. Great information. Love this.

  5. Matthew Brandt February 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Wow, really like the outdoor wall planter and how it makes use of vertical space. Definitely going to try making several of those for our patio!

  6. Darren Baker February 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    These are all great awesome patio ideas! Been looking for inspiration and i found it in here. I’m inspired to transform our patio with decorative concrete. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Patio Guy August 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Great article. There are a lot of things you can do with color if you take the time to research the right products. Remember to always wear your eye protection.

    Thanks again,

  8. Harvey December 3, 2018 at 6:52 am

    These are all great ideas! I love to see so much colour in a garden.

  9. Ashley@Bamboo Sheets March 14, 2019 at 2:18 am

    So so beautiful!!!!!! All looks so pretty and fresh. Wishing you a wonderful time ahead. God bless.

  10. Dex July 2, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Great ideas! I especially like that rooftop example.

  11. irum jehan July 15, 2019 at 2:50 am

    so inspiring and easy to follow ideas

  12. Richmond Power Washing October 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    These are such amazing ideas and colourful arrangements for the deck! especially loving the swing porch!! this was a wonderful article thank you for sharing with us.

  13. Site April 3, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Great ideas !!! Thanks for sharing them !
    Nice post!

  14. Anthony August 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Wow! That looks amazing, Kathy! thanks for share.

  15. https://www.elevatortechnicians.com/ April 27, 2023 at 9:05 am

    The ideas are amazing! For it includes building outdoor curtain rods, a porch swing, and a corner storage bench, painting a rug on the deck, using different flooring materials, adding columns to the front porch, building a planter with gold dipped legs, and making a midcentury trellis. These ideas can be completed on a budget and are suitable for various styles, from modern to traditional.


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