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Inexpensive Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Slice of Heaven

With the nice weather upon us, more and more people are heading to their backyards to soak up the sun and enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors. This means it’s the perfect time to spice up your outdoor scenery with some inexpensive backyard design ideas. No matter how big or how small your space is, you would be amazed at all the ways you can improve your yard without hurting your budget!

Patio Furniture:

One of the first things people will look for when designing their backyard space is patio furniture. You want to be able to sit comfortably and enjoy your space on reliable furniture that fits your taste. Thankfully we have good news! There are ways to find exactly what you are looking for without spending a pretty penny.

Patio furniture for backyard design ideas

#1- Check out thrift stores or garage sales

Hidden treasures are always waiting to be found in thrift stores and garage sales. Turn it into an all-day event or just stop at garage sales when you come across them – you never know what you might find. People often donate or sell their barely used patio furniture which you can grab at a great price! Sometimes these older pieces can really add to the design element of your backyard and give you a desired look you’ve been dreaming of.

#2- Purchase patio furniture mid-summer or in the off season

Around mid-summer (end of July roughly) stores begin to bring out their fall and back-to-school inventory. This means all the summer inventory will begin to go on sale. As time goes on the sales discounts will increase so if you don’t mind waiting you can get great prices on your patio furniture. The off season (fall and winter) is where you will find the best deals. If you’re really budget-conscious you may have to sacrifice the current summer season so you can wait for the best sales in the winter. Remember, patience is a virtue!

#3- Check out online

Buying used online is a great way to find deals, especially if you’d rather sit at home in your pajamas sipping coffee than pounding the pavement checking out garage sales. Many people have to move suddenly or are downsizing and need to get rid of their furniture fast. Websites such as Ebay, Kijiji, or Craigslist are great for making easy online purchases at a much better price. Stores will often have better sales online than in-store and if you’re lucky, the price may include free shipping.

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DIY Accessories:

Besides patio furniture, you can make a drastic difference to the aesthetic of your outdoor space by accessorizing. Below are some easy and inexpensive ways to accessorize your space!

DIY Wind Chimes

This is a fun and easy way to add colour and sound into your backyard space. With a quick trip to your local Dollarstore or craft store, you should be able to find everything you need to bring your wind chime to life. Think of all the varied wind chimes you’ve seen – bottle caps, cutlery, sea shells, keys, colorful pieces of glass, the list goes on and on. If you’re considering creating your own then check out this awesome list from Woohome with 30 DIY projects for wind chimes!

DIY Outdoor Fire Pit

Surprisingly, you can make a beautiful fire pit for under $30.00. This one accessory can make a huge difference by adding style, light and warmth to your backyard space. Just think of the gatherings you could have with the campfire smell from the smoke and the sizzling of marshmallows roasting! You can purchase the materials listed below at your local department or hardware store and spend an afternoon building your own fire pit!


    • Marine Silicone
    • Cheap Glass Frames (found at Walmart or any Dollarstore)
    • Small rocks
    • Metal mesh
    • Gel fuel
    • Any metal planter with a lip
  • You can find the full tutorial complete with pictures over at The Art of Doing Stuff! A fire pit is an excellent design element to bring life to your backyard and can be a fantastic center piece when entertaining guests.

    Glow-in-the-Dark Paint for Pots

    This is a fun way to bring light to your back yard space. You can purchase clay pots in a variety of sizes and paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint. The paint is inexpensive-you can find it at Walmart or any craft store for under $10.00- and will light up your flowers in your yard to make a very calm and cooling atmosphere. Plus, if you have kids they will love the glow-in-the-dark effect!

    Koi Pond

    A koi pond is an amazing way to add more nature and wildlife into your back yard space and it doesn’t have to hurt your wallet either. You can be creative with your pond adding whatever features you may like. For example, many people add a rotating pump to get the soothing, babbling sound of running water. Or you could add a waterfall or different varieties of plants to really add to the dynamic of the pond. Whatever you may choose, a koi pond makes for an excellent addition when looking to redesign your backyard space. Check out Home Guides for more instructions on how to make your inexpensive koi pond.

    Koi pond for backyard design ideas

    I hope this list inspires you and if you’re looking for even more ideas, there are many books and magazines you can find that are filled with backyard design ideas. Creating your space can be a fun and exciting process! Whether you’re handy and love to create DIY projects or you’re just hoping for a great sale and an easy setup, there are options out there for everyone!

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