Summer Backyard Hacks

Summer Backyard Hacks

Summer Backyard Hacks

Backyard Hacks
I’ve been on a mission lately! I bought my home in September of last year, so I didn’t really get to do a whole lot with the outside. By the time I got everything the way I wanted it inside, it was freezing and about to start snowing outside! There was no time for backyard furniture, gardens, or toys! So I’ve been compiling a great list of backyard to-dos for myself!

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I like the repurposed/upcycled look! I’m a project girl! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you relate? Keep reading!

I have a long list of summer backyard ideas, and I wanna share!

The pic above shows just a few of the ideas I plan to put in my backyard this summer! I want to make my yard a fun place for my kids as well as for me! ๐Ÿ˜€ I want to be able to have a friend and her kids over and for ALL of us to have a nice place to be outside! ๐Ÿ˜€

All of the ideas I am posting about are linked on my Pinterest board, so if you need the how-to or want the original source, just click the photo! ๐Ÿ™‚


Pallet Patio Furniture! (I’m so excited I can’t stand it!) photo 8c4aa487c2a32661fd73caa372f5a00d_zps9d0979de.jpgย ย  Pallets are a dime a dozen! You can find them anywhere, so that makes this a cheap and ADORABLE project! A fresh coat of paint and you’ve got great furniture!
And here’s the thing—with ANY new patio furniture, the pricey part is usually the cushions, but I had a GREAT idea! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Old crib mattresses repurposed! They’re already waterproof, so add (or make) cute fitted sheets…AKA covers, and you’ve got inexpensive, easy-to-wash, CUTE cushions!

This couldn’t be any simpler! This photo uses 8 pallets. You could easily adapt the numbers for your height requirements or size requirements! I plan to use a double layer for the seating and a triple layer for the tables!

Easy right!?


Simple Painted Birdbath photo birdbath_zps0e543946.jpg How easy is THIS!? And it adds fun and whimsy to your yard!

You can grab multisized terra cotta planters at your local dollar store. A fresh coat of paint to dress upย  your birdbath, and you’re done! SO sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

This photo uses three different sized pots and one large terra cotta plate for the top! You can easily use plumbing cement/glue to hold it all together if you’d like something more sturdy!

Think of the paint possibilities! Multicolors, polka dots, stripes, chevron! This is a great project to do with the kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ Creativity is key! ๐Ÿ™‚


SUPER simple garden BENCH! photo bench_zps76142e91.jpgย ย ย  How cute is this bench!? And it doesn’t get any easier! 16 cement blocks, four 4x4s, some paint and stain(if you want), and a cushion!

I don’t know about you, but that’s simple AND cheap! AND given the right color combinations, ADORABLE! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to add this near my raised gardens this summer!


Bright Cheery Hopscotch photo hopscotch_zps5b94e2de.jpgย ย ย ย  This is SUCH a cute idea. I don’t know how many times I drew hopscotch on the driveway last summer with sidewalk chalk. My boys LOVE playing! So the idea of a permanent hopscotch board makes me very HAPPY! ๐Ÿ™‚

Concrete pavers (you only need 10), a few little mini containers of paint, and you’re done!

I love the idea of simple games! Seems like everything these days is video games or tons of toys. This game promotes simple, outdoor fun.


Patio Checkers photo checkers_zpsd5c4289c.jpgย ย ย  This is a great idea, especially if you already have a concrete paver patio! I do! Two colors of paint and some flat, round rocks to use as checkers!

I plan to do this on the center section of my patio so that the pallet furniture isn’t in the way! Can’t you just see the kids (and adults!) playing a game of checkers?!

I can’t wait!


Bookshelf Sandbox photo sandbox_zps75186d3f.jpgย ย  This might be my favorite part of the kid hacks! I see these bookshelves at almost every yard sale I go to in the spring and summer! I would have never thought to turn it on its back and paint it to be a sandbox!

SUCH a cute idea!

This would need a little cover over itย  to keep rainwater and cats out of it, but how nice is it to have aย  place to store sand toys right there beside the sand part! I also think this is a perfect size. It doesn’t take up too much space and is really just big enough for my two boys to play (one on each side!).

I know what I’m looking for when yard sales start up with the upcoming warmer weather!


Don’t you just love a good project?! It’s so good for you to be able to get outdoors and soak up some vitamin D! ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you think of these ideas? Have you found other great backyard hacks!? Comment below! Let’s make GREAT backyards this summer!

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