20 Fun And Easy Outdoor And Garden Projects

20 Fun And Easy Outdoor And Garden Projects

Spruce up your outdoor areas with these fun and easy DIY projects. Each of these 20 projects can be completed in less than a day and require only a small investment.

You'll be surprised at what a big difference small changes like painting a timber foldout table or creating a shelf display for flowerpots, can make to the look and feel of your yard.

1. Make Citrus Stools
1. Make Citrus Stools
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Revamp metal outdoor stools by adding a fun, citrus-inspired design.

2. How To Spray Paint Plastic Chairs
2. How To Spray Paint Plastic Chairs
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White plastic chairs are a backyard staple, as they’re budget-friendly and stackable. To transform plain chairs into party-ready seating, all you need is a couple of cans of spray paint.

3. How To Turn Old Tyres Into A Table
3. How To Turn Old Tyres Into A Table
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Upcycle a couple of old tyres by turning them into a glass-topped coffee table. Choose tyres about 650mm in diameter and paint them white to contrast against grass or timber decking.

4. How To Paint A Timber Foldout Table
4. How To Paint A Timber Foldout Table
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A small folding table can be painted to make it suitable for use outdoors. Give it a garden theme with a floral top, using a stencil and spray paint in bright blue and white.

5. Turn Flowerpots Into Tables
5. Turn Flowerpots Into Tables
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Garden furniture has to be tough and durable, as it is exposed to the elements all year round, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

Plastic flowerpots or fibreglass planters can be painted and used to create colourful outdoor side tables.

6. DIY Woven Seat
6. DIY Woven Seat
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A chair with an aluminium frame and plastic armrests is easy to make over.

Remove the existing canvas or webbing from the frame and give it a bright new look using spray paint.

7. Turn A Wicker Clothes Hamper Into A Storage Basket
7. Turn A Wicker Clothes Hamper Into A Storage Basket
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Turn a wicker clothes hamper, about $20 from bargain shops, into a storage basket for outdoor cushions.

Paint the basket, then make a bag liner from laminated cotton.

Add castors to the base and an MDF top so it can double as a drinks trolley.

8. DIY Grass Stools
8. DIY Grass Stools
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Use turf to cover timber stools that can double as ottomans like these grass cubes.

The turf is designed for all weather, so use galvanised or stainless steel hardware to keep the seats outside permanently.

9. How To Paint Pavers
9. How To Paint Pavers
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Add a little fun to paved surfaces by adding squares of bright colour.

10. How To Make A Painted Cushion Cover
10. How To Make A Painted Cushion Cover
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Adding a big, comfy cushion is a fast way to soften up a timber garden bench. To make a simple cushion, all you need is a length of calico, a fibrefill insert and basic sewing skills.

11. DIY Hanging Garden
11. DIY Hanging Garden
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Hanging baskets green up a pergola or patio fast, but for a lush effect in front of a wall or fence, planters work better.

Lengths of PVC guttering make great lightweight hanging planters and can be cut down to any size to suit the available space.

12. How To Paint A Sisal Rug
12. How To Paint A Sisal Rug
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A plain sisal rug can be painted to make a colourful striped ground covering.

One of the toughest natural fibres, sisal is ideal for outdoor living.

13. DIY Rhubarb Pavers
13. DIY Rhubarb Pavers
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Create leaf-shaped garden pavers in just a day and use them to lay a stepping stone path in the lawn.

To make the pavers, take a simple concrete cast from rhubarb leaves.

Rhubarb leaves are a good choice for pavers because of their size.

14. How To Make A Flowerpot Shelf
14. How To Make A Flowerpot Shelf
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A great way to bring living colour to a small outdoor area without taking up floorspace is to add a floating shelf with cutouts for pots.

Made from primed LOSP pine, this shelf is built using 220 x 220mm timber verandah brackets, about $12 each, from hardware stores.

15. Make Potted Gumboots
15. Make Potted Gumboots
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Turn an old pair of gumboots into fun containers for growing herbs or plants on the kitchen doorstep, a small balcony or in the garden.

16. Glow-In-The-Dark Path
16. Glow-In-The-Dark Path
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Add a fun touch to garden pathways while making them visible at night with glow-in-the-dark paint.

To make a path glow, apply a base coat of the clear sealer, then sprinkle the supplied flakes over the surface, finishing with another clear top coat.

17. Trampoline Spring Protectors
17. Trampoline Spring Protectors
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When kids are jumping and playing on the trampoline, it’s easy for them to be pinched by the metal springs that surround the mat.

To protect the kids and decorate the trampoline, cover the springs with foam.

Simply trim pool noodles to size, then cut along the length with a utility knife, and wrap around the springs.

18. Decorative Plant Frame
18. Decorative Plant Frame
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Create a simple decorative outdoor feature with an old tin, a leafy herb and a distressed picture frame.

Take an old timber frame and add decorative trim as a hanger for a potted plant.

Use any tin you have or look for a vintage one in op shops.

19. How To Waterproof Outdoor Cushions
19. How To Waterproof Outdoor Cushions
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Cushions are a must-have for outdoor living, but remembering to bring them indoors whenever it rains can be a chore.

To make cushions waterproof, remove the insert and slip it into a resealable plastic bag, then replace it in the cover.

20. Turf House Numbers
20. Turf House Numbers
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Make eye-catching new house numbers using artificial turf. All you will need for this project are your house numbers, turf, glue and a utility knife.

 
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