Whether it’s enjoying a cup of coffee or entertaining friends, I love to enjoy the nice weather outside on our deck. (Nevermind that we are having an April snow blizzard while I’m writing this article!) As I was looking for some ways to spruce up our deck for the summer, I found some great DIY projects that are super simple, so I thought I’d share them with you. Use these inexpensive and easy DIY furniture and decor ideas to help take a boring or uninviting patio or porch to whatever you want it to be.
No matter what your style, you’ll find some great DIY ideas to make your outside space perfect for you. Don’t be afraid to dig in the dirt this spring to get some green on your porch. Even if you live in the city, a few plants can help you reap the benefits of being in nature. (Read about Nature’s Amazing Benefits.)
Vertical Succulent Wall Planter
This project uses an upcycled shadow box for the planter, so no woodworking required! And succulents are some of the easiest plants to care for.
DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
Who doesn’t have spare books around to use for this simple project? I have some tea cups from my grandmother that I could actually use, but thrift stores are a great place to find the perfect, inexpensive cups for this project.
Wagon Flower Planter
So cute, and what a great use of an old item. This is a real trash-to-treasure idea!
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Seashell Succulent Planter
I know I have at least one conch shell in a basement closet just waiting to come to life with this fabulous idea. Conch shells are also available on Amazon if you want to bring a little beach decor to your patio.
Growing Lettuce in a Container
No garden? No problem. Reuse a basket as a garden container. Lettuce looks great, and will taste great on your sandwiches for its very long growing season.
DIY Fairy Garden
Jump on the magical gardening trend with this adorable fairy garden. If you have children, they will love to help you with this easy project.
DIY Flower Box
Add some color to your outside space! Even if you don’t have much room available, this flower box helps you take advantage of vertical space.
DIY Raised Cedar Garden Planter
Whether you want to plant a vegetable garden or colorful flowers, this raised planter is just right. Paint it and even stencil a decorative image on it to match your other decor.
DIY Wooden Crate Planter and Storage
Easy, functional, and colorful! Again, this DIY project will help you maximize your vertical space.
DIY Tiered Ladder Garden
Using a ladder to hold lots of garden pots is genius!
Garden Spoon Labels
You’ll never forget what you planted where with these fun markers. Fantastic way to up-cycle odd spoons you might already have, or they’re extremely reasonable at thrift stores.
Garden Fork Labels
Another fun way to remember what you’ve got growing. Save those wine corks!
5. DIY Deck Stair Gate
Safety first, never last. Have a future, not a past! Keep young children and pets safe on your deck with this DIY gate. No woodworking experience needed!
DIY Adirondack Chair
These Adirondack chairs look so comfortable! Seating is important, and these chairs are sturdy.
$20 Outdoor Patio Bench
Maximize seating while minimizing necessary space with this handmade bench. For a mere $20 and a little elbow grease, you can have this seating for your next gathering. It would also look great to have potted plants on the ends or middle of the bench.
Build Your Own Farmhouse Table
Extra table space comes in handy for parties or for meals served outside on the nice summer day. This table is especially nice for the farmhouse style.
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DIY Faux Rattan Beverage Coozie
Little details can make a big impact. Try this DIY project to add a little punch to your outdoor dining and entertaining.
Patriotic Pallet Flag
Fourth of July happens every year so why not make this festive flag out of inexpensive pallet boards?
How to Wow Your Front Door Decor!
I love all the details and bright colors in this arrangement! It’s small space, but very welcoming.
Vintage Farmhouse Porch Decor
The farmhouse style is very popular. You never know what you might have around your house that you can maybe paint and put together in a comfy arrangement on your porch, patio or deck.
Summer Porch Tablescape
Whether you’re having guests for dinner or just want to have a nice table setting for yourself, this is a great look.
I hope you found some inspiration to crank out some changes to your patio, porch, deck or any outdoor space. EnJOY the nice weather in your spruced up space after learning from these easy DIY furniture and decor ideas for your porch, patio or any outside space. Leave me a comment with which ideas you might try, or add some new ideas of your own. I love to hear from you all!
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