Are you looking to make your backyard look just as nice as the rest of your property but don’t want to spend a ton of cash on it to install tacky items such as outdoor pools or and outdoor kitchen? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! In this article, you will find our top picks for DIY ideas that you can use to add some life to your backyard; sometimes literally! You will find that not only will these ideas make your backyard easy on the eyes, the cost will be easy on your wallet too. Let’s begin.
Hang Some Backyard Banners
Are you an avid Game of Thrones fan and always admired the cool looking banners of each of the houses? Well, you too can have banners of your own, although adding your own logos and sigils on them would be pretty tacky and not something we would recommend. Instead use some vintage curtains and hang them from tree branches; these are perfect for marking off a backyard picnic area.
Add Some Tree String Lights
This is an idea inspired from some beach resorts we travelled to recently where they wrapped string lights around the coconut and palm trees that were near the restaurant for a nice ambient effect. If your backyard has trees, then wrapping string lights around the trunk can be a great way to boost the ambience of your backyard.
Homemade Tiki Torches
Another beach resort inspired idea. We recommend using recycled wine bottles for this and also use Tiki Wicks and fuel. You can simply place them upright whenever you feel appropriate or by using some screws and connectors you can choose to mount them from the walls or fence. Either way, this is a great way to add some natural lighting to your backyard.
Make a DIY Colorful Planter
Using an old tire and some spray paint, you can make a very unique and cool looking flower planter. After cleaning the tire, give it a couple coats of spray paint in the color of your choice. Then drill a few holes in the bottom of the tire for drainage and line the bottom with some fabric weed barrier and Styrofoam packing peanuts. Now all you need is to add your plant of choice, while anything can work, choosing a plant with flowers will have the best effect. You can mount the tire on your backyard fence or even hang it from a tree branch.
Make Your Own Watering Can Fountain
Using some simple watering cans and a wash bin, you can easily make and design your own watering can fountain, which when completed will look like something out of a steampunk novel. Position the cans in such a way that the first jug empties into the second which empties into the wash bin. This means that you will have to position the tubing and water pump into the topmost can. This fountain looks best when there is some nice vegetation or landscaping as the backdrop. Also, you can use more than two watering cans if you wish for an even larger fountain.
Build Your Own Chicken Coop
If you don’t want your backyard to simply look nice, maybe you’re a minimalist or something, then why not turn your backyard into a productive space by rearing your own backyard chickens. You can raise both broilers (meat chickens) and laying chickens, thus ensuring a fully organic, hormone and antibiotic free source of meat and eggs for your kitchen table. Of course, your backyard probably won’t look as ‘nice’ but then again nobody is raising backyard chickens for aesthetic purposes. You’ll need to build a chicken coop to house these chickens of course. Read up on how to make a chicken coop right here before you start building one.These are the most important factors to take into account when planning out your chicken coop.
- Space: How much space does your backyard have? Keep in mind also that some local regulations stipulate that a chicken coop will have to be X feet from your property line. The amount of space you need depends on the breed and size of your chickens; larger ones will need about 4 square feet of coop space while smaller breeds many only need 2 square feet. Don’t forget outdoor or ‘run’ space as well, rule of thumb is that the outdoor space needs to be about 3 times larger than the coop space. Also, start with a smaller flock but get a bigger coop so you will room to expand.
- Climate: The metric we like to use is US Hardiness Zones. If you live in Zone 3 or above, then you don’t need extra heating or insulation. However keep in mind that ventilation is always a must (one vent on every side including the roof).
- Protection: What local predators live in your area? Make sure your chickens will be adequately protected; we also recommend hardware cloth over chicken wire as it is far sturdier.