Stylish Outdoor Decor You Can DIY

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

There’s two problems with retail outdoor decor: it often all looks the same and can be pricey. Don’t let those factors deter you from furnishing your outside space, though. When we recently told readers to DIY the entire backyard, we started out with the basics like tables and chairs. Now, we’re sharing decor DIY projects that won’t force you to choose between budget or style and will leave your deck or patio looking complete and ready for the season.


Rope Ottomans

These DIY ottomans add a comfy and casual seating option outside, and guests will never guess they’re sitting on upcycled tires! See the tutorial at Style Me Pretty Living.

Bistro Light Stands

String lights create a more ambient setting, but what is one to do without anything to attach them to? Faith Provencher shared this attractive solution on Curbly.

Tall Planters

Make a big impact on your exterior design with large planters. Bower Power made these impressive pieces for just $20!

Floating Curtains

Add privacy and coziness to the back deck or patio with hanging panels. Get this hack from Southern State of Mind.

Towel Rack

No more hanging wet towels on fences or the backs of chairs. Instead, dry and display towels on this attractive rack by Anika’s DIY Life.

Lawn Games

Although games are less decor and more activity, DIY games add a charming and playful vibe to the backyard that’ll delight guests when entertaining. Get the steps for this cornhole set by Alayna’s Creations and other lawn game projects on our blog.


Store-bought outdoor umbrellas may shield your space from sun and rain, but they may be lacking in style. Design Love Fest elevated her parasol with pastel paint and a fringe trim.

Solar Lantern

Illuminate your exterior without the hassle of wiring! We’re using energy from the sun with our DIY solar lantern.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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