DIY Your Summer Backyard

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

The summer sun will be calling you outdoors, and handcrafted furniture and accessories will keep you from going back in. If you’re looking to outfit your backyard or patio with custom builds, it’s the perfect time to get started! These outdoor projects will transform your exterior from an average yard into an inviting space suited for daily R&R as well as impressive entertaining.



Good seating options are key when entertaining outside. Whether you need dining chairs for dinner alfresco or these laid-back Adirondacks by This Old House, there’s no limits on the types of outdoor chairs you can DIY.

Grill Station

Hosting an event is a bit of a juggling act, but a handy grill station will help your Memorial Day or Fourth of July bash run smoothly. Get the free plans for this build from Wood, Naturally.

Dining Table

Eating outside is just another perk of the season. Cherished Bliss is a big fan of out outdoor meals since clean up is way easier, thus the creation of this herringbone table. The 4 x 4 X-brace legs provide the gorgeous patterned top with sturdy support.

Hammock Base

A hammock has the power to transform an average backyard into a relaxing retreat. Get the instructions for this $60 base from Julie Fain on Hunker and treat yourself to a nap on it after making it.

Projection Screen

What’s better than lounging under the sun? Movie watching under the stars. Check out The Horticult to get plans for this exterior theater.

Murphy Bar

Keep refreshments at the ready with this DIY Murphy bar cabinet (originally seen on This Old House). The drop-down door makes bartending a breeze and the cedar wood will resist weathering for years to come.


This copper bar cabana gives a whole new meaning to “staycation”. Homemade by Carmona shows us how to get this luxe look for less.

Coffee Table

Furnish your exterior with an outdoor DIY coffee table to bring out a homier vibe, such as this easy build seen on By Brittany Goldwyn.

Fire Pit

Another This Old House favorite, this DIY fire pit project will come in clutch on cool summer nights or any time you have a hankering for s’mores, in addition to warming up the backyard any month of the year. 

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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