41 Easy DIY Patio Ideas & Tutorials: On A Budget
Here are 41 amazing patio ideas to make you love spending time in your outdoor space!
There are so many easy things you can do to give your patio either a quick makeover or a complete redo while being on a budget. And when you spend a lot of time in your outdoor space, it’s important that it looks beautiful and feels comfortable.
We’ve gathered some of the most creative ideas and tutorials from other DIY home and garden bloggers for redecorating your patio, porch or deck.
From quick decorative touches to easy restorative ideas, quick tips for upcycling furniture for cheap, or building your own, you’re sure to find some inspiration from the DIY projects below.
Make your outdoor space your favorite place to enjoy spending time with family and friends this year.
Now take a look through and find your favorite from our list of DIY patio ideas below.
DIY Outdoor String Lights on Poles
Adding lighting to your patio is one of the best ways to makeover your patio on a budget.
Check out how they got the poles for the string lights to stay anchored on their brick patio area. It’s both creative and aesthetically pleasing.
How I designed an easy diy outdoor living wall
If you’ve got a small patio, then a vertical garden is the perfect solution for adding greenery to your space.
Instead of placing a potted plant on the ground, build lots of them going up. Visit A Life Unfolding for the tutorial details.
DIY Gravel Garden: Easy & Low Maintenance!
This gravel garden is a combination of a patio and garden!
The 5" deep gravel prevents weeds from coming up –without needing landscape fabric. Which makes this 80% less maintenance than a regular garden bed! It is an extension of a paver patio. Such a great way to utilize the space!
DIY Outdoor Chair
It amazes me that people can make outdoor furniture, or any furniture for that matter, that looks like it came straight from the store.
Head on over to the DIY tutorial to see how to make this modern outdoor patio chair.
How To Make A Flagstone Walkway
While this flagstone path was made as a garden walkway, it's a great option for a patio.
You can choose to do moss in between the flagstone pavers like we did, or add paver sand and gravel instead. Flagstone really adds a lot of charm to a space and is a great project to DIY instead of hiring out.
DIY Outdoor Wall Art For Under $20
Don’t you love this geometric wall art? And can you believe it can be made for cheap!
Check out the tutorial at At Lane and High so you can see how you can make your own patio wall art.
How to Plan and Build a Concrete Paver Patio
Well, this might not fit into the easy project category, but it was a complete and total makeover.
The new concrete pavers completely modernize the space and the patio is now completely safe after replacing the old pavers that were caving in.
The detailed, step by step instructions in this tutorial will be a big help.
And don’t forget, patios require cleaning from time to time. And this article will show you the best way to clean your paver patio– without a pressure washer!
How to Make a Pea Gravel Patio in a Weekend
If you are looking for an easier alternative to a paver patio, then a patio with a pea gravel base material might be the right choice for you.
This type of patio will take several steps less than a gravel paver patio to make.
But if you’ve got a lot of slope or soil drainage issues, then you’re going to want to opt for the paver patio tutorial above this one.
This pea gravel patio is a good choice if you’ve got well draining soil, and somewhat of a relatively flat surface to begin with.
Rainbow Wooden Outdoor Patio Furniture Makeover with Spray Paint
Paint those old adirondack chairs in bold, bright colors for a complete patio furniture refresh.
DIY Twig Lights Stand (in a Floating Concrete Base!)
Here's a unique piece of patio decoration. This lighted twig piece sits on a floating concrete base.
The LED fairy lights are solar powered, so no cords to trip over. Check out the DIY tutorial.
Easy, DIY Stamped Concrete Pavers For Cheap!
Customize your own concrete pavers for cheap! These patio pavers were made with an easy to find material and can be made in a day! No silicone or rubber mold materials needed.
DIY Painted Outdoor Rug Tutorial
What an ingenious way to create an outdoor rug that is mildew free! It also gives you tons of flexibility in size and even shape.
I’m not going to give away the secret, you’ll have to click to check out the DIY tutorial.
Backyard Before And After DIY Patio Makeover: How To Conquer The Yuck To Create A Comforting Oasis
Here’s a great way to transform a large backyard. The addition of the brick patio, side garden beds and a raised vegetable garden made a world of difference!
How To Make A DIY Concrete Block Planter Box
Add an easy-to-make planter box using cheap concrete blocks! This one flanks a DIY cinder block bench.
Making DIY Outdoor Pillows
This is a way to get comfortable seating in your outdoor space. Check out the tutorial for how to make these durable outdoor pillows.
Make your Own Pallet Couch - No Tools Needed!
Make patio furniture on a budget, using pallets! This is one of the more clever cheap patio ideas I’ve seen, plus it really is a simple DIY project. Check out the tutorial for how to make your own patio sofa.
Sunflower Mason Jar Centerpieces
Here’s a simple project that will go a long way. These mason jar centerpieces will add a fresh look to any rustic patio.
How to Decorate a Balcony with Re-purposed Treasures
If you like the pallet couch, here you can see the rest of what they did over at The Boondocks Blog. There’s several clever decorating hacks you may be interested in.
DIY Cinder Block Bench: Cute Outdoor Seating
A simple outdoor bench with wooden boards is the perfect piece of patio furniture.
You can cut the boards down to adjust for size. Add cushions and candles to add extra ambiance.
How to Make a Milk Can Patio Side Table
It’s amazing how far a fresh coat of paint can go. Using a milk can to make this patio table was a great idea. Check out the tutorial for the material details.
Spray Painting Plastic Outdoor Furniture for a Frugal Patio Upgrade
Yes, you can spray paint plastic and have it last, but there’s a few tricks.
If you follow the tips in this tutorial, you’ll see how to use a can of spray paint to get a fresh look for your patio.
DIY Painted Tongue & Groove Porch Ceiling Makeover
This awesome tongue and groove porch ceiling was a great addition to this porch.
It really makes such a difference and was pretty light on the budget, considering the transformation.
Make Vertical Cinder Block Planters | DIY Yard & Patio Tutorial
A cinder block planter wall is a great way to make great use of vertical space.
You can build an architectural living wall on your patio just by stacking cinder blocks. Catch all the details in this tutorial.
Repurposing Wood For A Unique DIY Outdoor Sectional Sofa
Okay, maybe not the easiest DIY project, but it still is worth a mention due to the cost savings from repurposing the wood.
This outdoor seating is totally custom and can fit any size patio space. Check out the tutorial at Designed Decor.
Repurposed Electric Spool Table For Outdoors!
Here’s a creative idea for a patio coffee table or a side table using thrift store items.
With a couple of power tools, you can make formal furnishings for your patio too.
If you're looking for great storage for your patio items, check out our article on the best backyard sheds!
Updating the Backyard Deck
Here are several steps you can take to give a refresh to a worn wooden deck or porch, along with a few other tips for creating a beautiful outdoor space.
Make an Outdoor Privacy Wall this Weekend!
A private outdoor living space really makes an incredible difference. It feels so much cozier when you feel like no one else is around.
The beautiful privacy wall is made to allow for the hanging of potted plants.
Patio Umbrella Makeover Featuring How to Paint an Umbrella
This is a slightly different twist on a painted patio umbrella.
In addition to paint, add decorative elements for extra visual interest.
How To Create A Cozy Patio
This beautiful patio was created by staining wood, adding lighting and textiles. And this set up works great for someone with a small backyard.
Check out Making Manzanita for their best tips and tricks for recreating this space in your yard.
DIY Wine Bottle Lights with Pretty Cement Bases
Patio wine bottle fairy lights! These have decorative cement bases to help weigh them down in stormy weather.
These outdoor decor lamps are so cute and whimsical, they will add charm to any patio and are also great for lining garden paths.
Painted Outdoor Seagrass Rug – For A Patio Refresh
Here’s a simple and straightforward way to add some color to your patio with paint, tape and an old rug.
When you see the before and after photos, you’ll see what a difference this outdoor rug makes.
Drop Cloth Curtains – For A Patio Refresh
Make curtains the easy way. Use inexpensive materials to add some texture to your patio.
Curtains don’t need to be pricey, with a few clever hacks, you can do this for cheap.
Make a Patio Cart from an Old BBQ
I just love this idea. Hang on to that BBQ grill that stops working so you can transform it into a patio cart!
How great is that? You can use it in your outdoor dining area to make serving easier.
How to plant a bulb lasagne: easy guide to layering bulbs
This is a thrifty way to create a show-stopping container display –perfect for patios.
How to Repaint a Porch with Rollable Stone Coating
Here’s a great and easy solution for revitalizing a concrete patio slab.
Add some visual interest with this special patio paint to freshen up your patio.
How to Make Hanging Mason Jars
These fun mason jar decorations make great focal points on any patio or porch.
For a quick DIY, head on over to Crafts By Amanda.
How to Restore Bamboo Furniture (Protect + Repair Rattan)
If you have rattan furniture in disrepair, here’s a tutorial that will save you the cost of having to buy new furniture to replace it.
How to Install Deck Rail Lighting
Simple solar lights will make your evenings aglow with a warm ambience.
Deck rail lighting is functional and aesthetically appealing in an outdoor space and one of those important backyard patio ideas rhat also adds curb appeal to your home.
Don't pitch that faded patio umbrella! PAINT IT!!
Let’s face it, sooner or later that patio umbrella is going to fade.
This time, don’t throw it away. Make it look as good as new with paint. It’s a great way to save money, and transform your patio space.
Easy Outdoor Curtains & Curtain Rods For Your Porch, Patio Or Pergola!
Here’s another creative DIY idea for making curtains for your patio or porch.
You’ll need a sewing machine for this one, but it will be worth it.
How to Make Batik Flags Using Glue
Decorate your backyard patio with lots of color with these easy to make batik flags.
The colors and designs are limitless for these beautiful porch decorations.
Make A DIY Potting Bench With Amazing Features (Free Plans)
Think outside the box when it comes to outdoor furniture projects. There are plenty of chairs and tables you can make.
But how about making a potting bench to add charm to your patio and a whole lot of functionality.
Outdoor DIY Concrete Side Table
If woodworking isn’t your thing, but you need a side table, then perhaps this concrete side table is the perfect project for you.
Using concrete is a great way to make your own furniture on a small budget and when you don’t own a lot of power woodworking tools.
You may be looking for furniture for your cool, new patio space. If so, you may want to browse through our list of 19 tutorials for DIY outdoor chairs!
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