I am so inspired this year to turn our outdoor spaces into perfect outdoor rooms. However, paying for one in college and a major move in our future doesn’t leave a lot of room in our budget. We found some amazing DIY patio ideas & furniture projects you can make to help you transform that deck or patio into perfection. (Without spending a lot of money!) Now the problem is just choosing one to start with!



Outdoor Patio Ideas

First things first… If you don’t have patio, or yours is a cracked concrete graveyard for spiders and long forgotten backyard parties, no worries. ‘Gold Coast Canvas‘ shows us how to make a patio, without concrete! Their gravel outdoor patio solution can even be used in a rental house! The tutorial has lots of step by step photos. (Also check out our post on Patio Floor Ideas at our sister site, TGG.)


Create an entertainer’s outdoor space with this patio idea from ‘H2O Bungalow‘. Build DIY string lights with poles to bring nighttime ambience to your patio!


Make this DIY driftwood candle holder from ‘Sustain My Craft Habit‘ to make your patio table pretty enough for any evening party!


From ‘Zevy Joy‘, not only is this patio dang inspirational, they have an awesome DIY patio idea we fell in love with. Notice the square baskets mounted on the patio wall? Pretty plant hangers! Also, you have heard us say over and over again to decorate your outdoor spaces just like your indoor ones… This one is spot on!


Having a rolling patio planter is the perfect way to utilize the space on a small patio. You can move it as necessary for entertaining, or to grow your favorite tender flowers under the protection of the patio. This planter on wheels tutorial comes to use from ‘Pneumatic Addict‘. And it’s pretty enough for any backyard space!


This next patio idea is genius for those of you ( like us!) who live in a hot summer area… It is EXPENSIVE to build a patio cover, but this is a great DIY idea using cables and canvas material. You could make this with drop cloths and a grommet kit from the sewing or craft store. We found this on Pinterest, and could not find the source anywhere, so if anyone knows please share! Want more ideas for shade? Check out our post on DIY Ideas to Create Backyard Shade over at out sister site, TGG!



DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Usonian Automatic‘ made these modern outdoor loungers with plans by ‘Ana White‘. These are so sleek and expensive looking! Lot’s of photos, and the plans from Ana White are free!

Patio Perfection : DIY Projects


Learn how to build Adirondack chairs from Jen at ‘Pink When‘… Oh my, I need these chairs, beachside, preferably! These are the perfect patio idea, but would also look great on the back lawn, the front porch, or the back forty! I picture mine a fresh spring green, or a cool azure blue… AAAHHHH…

Patio Perfection : DIY Projects


Also from ‘Pink When‘, this $20 DIY outdoor patio bench is just the right budget!  Complete tutorial for this idea, with lot’s of photos.

Patio Perfection : DIY Projects


Our next DIY patio idea is an amazing outdoor sectional from’Ana White‘ This outdoor sofa is made from simple 2×4’s . Lot’s of step by step’s in this tutorial, with a cut list and full downloadable plans. This project could save you a lot of cash, and give you a lot of seating!


Kristi at ‘I Should Be Mopping the Floor‘ made this DIY drink table from a thrift store find, and it’s a pretty simple project for beginners. Love this idea for the backyard patio! Great tutorial with photos.

diy beverage station


Found on the ‘Ana White‘ blog, this outdoor dining set using Ana’s plans is a beginners project that should cost less than $100 to build. (Been in a patio store lately? $ Ouch!)


Build a double chair bench with table with this tutorial and free plans from ‘DIY Pete‘. A how-to video as well! There are several versions of this patio project on his page, be sure to scroll down!

Patio Perfection : DIY Projects


How do you bring it all together? This backyard makeover by ‘BHG‘ shows a DIY outdoor dining table, a wooden fence redo, and a concrete planter that could make a nice little fire pit. (Obviously, make sure it’s made of fire safe material!) Make sure you go to the post, and click on “view all” to see all the step by steps and tutorials for these awesome patio ideas.


We hope you loved our post on DIY patio ideas & projects! You might also want to check out our post on DIY Backyard Ideas for Patios, Porches & Decks, or jump on over to check out our post on DIY Patio Privacy Screens, Easy DIY Fire Pit Idea, DIY Concrete Garden Projects or DIY Potting Benches at our sister site, TGG! Are the holidays creeping up? Try DIY Christmas Yard Decorations!

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  1. Angela January 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    It’s very nice..so glad u took the time to show how to do it….I think you need to do a bench using the sign..I really liked it.

  2. Westly Smith January 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I like the little drink table with the soda cans! I think that would be great to go on my patio. I like how you can store ice in the top bucket, and also other things on the two lower shelves. I’m going to ask my wife and see if we can make this together!

  3. Dani September 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in this! Such an honor! There are so many great ideas here.


    1. Kathy Woodard May 13, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Thx for such a great project to share with our readers!

  4. Danielle March 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I just came across my patio on here. Thank you so much for your kind words and for including my work amongst other awesome ideas! I am honored. Have a great day!

    1. Kathy Bates May 4, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Its so inspiring Danielle! Thanks for sharing it with everyone!


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