Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Outdoor Project Ideas

Sprucing up your deck, patio, or yard just got an inspirational boost, thanks to these practical projects you can do yourself. They are all small and simple and all are worthwhile to make the outdoors more livable and lively come spring or summer.

Pallets in a Perky Palette

Wooden pallets are easy to come by on the cheap; many businesses will even give them away. They are the building blocks of a coffee table so low-maintenance, it can stay outside year-round. Stack two pallets together for height and feature a window box-style planter as a centerpiece.

Double Duty

Boost the function of a store-bought potting bench, which doubles as an outdoor serving station. Cut sections of lattice to fit the sides and back, paint them to match, such as saucy hot-pink, and fasten the lattice with screws. Use S-hooks or screw eyes to hang garden tools, gloves, buckets, or other necessities so they’re always within reach.

Flaming Centerpiece

Conjure up a festive mood with an outdoor fire bowl. Start with a fireproof container, such as a galvanized bowl primed and coated with outdoor paint in a cheery hue. Fill the bowl with recycled tempered glass chips, and tuck in a can of alcohol-free gel fuel. With a click of a lighter, the flame will dance and enchant for hours.

A Table that Rocks

Create an outdoor cocktail table both rustic and glamorous with just a few supplies. Five feet of heavy-duty metal hairpin fencing forms a wire cylinder, and use additional wire and pliers to secure the cylinder shape. Clip the bottom to a finished edge so there are no jagged spots. Set the cylinder near a cozy seating arrangement and fill the wire frame with river rocks, arranging them so that flat stones sit flush to the interior walls of the cylinder and so that the top tier of stones sits below the top edge. That way, a tempered glass tabletop can crown the whole assembly.

From Fins to Feather Bird House and Home Address

An old bait box can be outfitted as a birdhouse so it beckons to feathered friends. Drill an entrance hole into the door, and smooth the edges with a metal file. Position a doorknob plate an inch below the door, and secure with quick-setting epoxy. Clip off the metal points of brass house numbers, and adhere them a few inches below the door with dabs of epoxy to give this birdhouse an address. To hang, thread rope through the bait box’s loop and a vintage spring, and knot onto a sturdy branch near the home entrance.