DIY best of: outdoors

Here in the Bay Area, we eagerly await the last month of summer. Believe it or not, it usually brings the first hot and sunny days of the season. I’ve rounded up our best outdoor DIY projects with the hope that everyone who’s lucky enough to get outside will be inspired to try out a fun project or two. Whether it’s revamping your garden set-up for next season or throwing an impromptu end-of-summer gathering, I’m guessing there’s an easy, inexpensive project here to suit everyone’s fancy. Enjoy! — Kate

Image above: This recycled wine barrel tiered planter from Kate at Centsational Girl is a great way to maximize your garden without taking up a lot of space.

See the rest of our best outdoor-related DIY projects after the jump!

Image above: Matt’s rugged and simple outdoor planting table will help you get your garden organized in no time.

Image above: Shannon’s concrete garden spheres are hand-cast from old lighting covers — a super easy and inexpensive solution to garden decor.

Image above: This knitted twine dining set makes for a lovely textural outdoor tablescape.

Image above: One of my all-time favorites — an industrial-chic portable fire pit from Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff.

Image above: If you have a hard time remembering plant species, you may want to whip up a few of Bonnie’s chalkboard planter pots. They are super easy to make and very inexpensive.

Image above: If you have a few old pots or jars lying around, you can easily give them a refreshing new design with this garden pot pick-me-up DIY.

Image above: Make the most of the nice summer weather by creating a beautiful Kubb lawn game set.

Image above: With this planter pendant lamp, you can create budget-friendly dramatic lighting for your next outdoor party in less than an hour.

Image above: Derek and Lauren’s cute and durable double-sided blanket is perfect for picnics, concerts, camping and more.

Image above: Throw an end-of-summer fete with a few of Brenna’s pinata-inspired party lanterns clustered over your table.

Image above: Give your neighborhood birds a new place to congregate with this adorable acorn-shaped bird feeder.

Image above: Matt’s leather and wood tripod camping stool looks as good indoors as it does in the woods.

Image above: This sprouting side table allows you to add fresh-cut herbs to any outdoor meal.

  1. Angela says:

    Great projects! Love them all :)

  2. Katherine says:

    Perfect timing…. I love the concrete spheres. How did I miss those the first time around?

  3. al says:

    have been looking for a good pot re-boot for a while, love the idea of using geometrical shapes from stickers or tape. i am definitely going to put this to good use next summer. thanks!

  4. hena tayeb says:

    i love the barrel planter..

  5. Rachel Tatem says:

    My husband desperately wants to get to work on the outside of our house… but alas I told him I want to finish the inside first. I will have to store these lovely ideas for a later date

  6. Aunt Mim says:

    I check in on Design Sponge every day , but I will now also check this site as well! Soooo many good DIY projects using evryday items easily found. Hooray! Keep up the good work!

  7. evaone says:

    Those flowers are adorable..what a great idea that surely a lot will get inspired.. thank you.

  8. Kaleen says:

    I LOVE this garden post! So many good ideas. I’m gonna have to try that first barrel idea!

  9. Karen says:

    Great projects, love the wine barrel one the best!

  10. ruth says:

    the wine barrel planter is my all-time favorite as well, i’ve even shared it on FB :) and i made a polka dot garden pot from a ceramic sugar container, after falling in love with the idea from that post. so, i totaly agree with your choises: gardens and DIY ‘s are the bests! thanks for all the great work :)

  11. Kim says:

    So many great ideas. Love the fireplace, definately going to make it.

  12. I love the pinata inspired lanterns… brighten up any space!

  13. gabrielle falk says:

    The barrel planter looks really great. You could probably also use one for a water garden, or a fish pond (both with a small pump) but you would have to line it with a “fish friendly” liner as the barrel (presumably used for wine) would be very toxic to fish. Gabrielle from ‘OZ’

  14. wikinaz says:

    thank you for this post


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