32 Cheap And Easy Backyard Ideas

1. Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting.

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2. Turn an old chair into a swing.

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husohem.se

Get the instructions here. (In Swedish.)



3. Put diapers in the bottom of your potted plants.

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ladybirdln.com

They’ll help your plants retain their moisture and keep them looking fresh longer.





4. Place scraps of yarn in a suet feeder and birds will use them to make their nests.

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fiberfarm.com

Get more information here.



5. Make a giant outdoor water bed for the kids.

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utahcountymom.com

Get the directions here.



6. Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a few rounds of night time ring toss.

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7. Break glow sticks into bottles of water for some nighttime lawn bowling action.

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8. Plant some ornamental Kochia Scoparia grass.

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It’s a a hardy and drought-tolerant foliage plant that germinates super fast. They start out green but turn a pretty red color once it starts to get colder.



9. Having a party? Tie vases to the fence and fill with plants or flowers.

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10. Spray paint metal folding chairs for entertaining in the backyard.

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kellysmoonlight.blogspot.com

Go here to learn what sort of spray paint is best to use on metal.



11. Make a wind chime out of old keys and acrylic paint.

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giving.innerchildfun.com

Get the directions here.



12. Don’t own a grill? This camping grill is a more inexpensive way to have a BBQ.

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cabelas.com

Get it here for $29.99-39.99.





13. Opt for a splash pad instead of a pool.

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splashzonellc.com

They start at about $2-3k, which isn’t exactly cheap, but they are significantly cheaper than a pool. And safer, too, because there’s less risk of drowning.



14. But actually, this DIY splash pad made from a tarp is even cheaper.

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1littledudeand3littleladies.blogspot.com

Find out how they did it here.



15. Reuse your empty wine bottles by making mosquito-combating tiki torches with them.

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whenthepigsfly.com

Fill ‘em with citronella oil. Get the directions here.





16. Plant lemongrass as a natural way to keep mosquitoes away.

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sun-gazing.com

Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. When you get it home, trim the tops of the plant and remove any dead parts. Plant it in a clear jar of water and place on a sunny windowsill. Within a few weeks, it will develop roots and can be transplanted to your garden.



17. Rinse your dirty feet off in a waterproof frame filled with flat stones.

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marthastewart.com

The flat stones will feel so good on your feet!



18. The sedum sarmentosum plant makes a fast-growing ground cover.

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In June, it grows tiny yellow flowers!





19. Replace the light bulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch.

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leahglass.blogspot.com

You’ll have gorgeous outdoor lighting without having to provide electricity.



20. Put mirrors up on your fence to make the yard look bigger.

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thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

Find out how to make this upcycled one from old windows.



21. Toilet paper makes the best, cheapest seed paper.

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organicgardening.com

It can be difficult to space out small seeds like carrots. Get the directions here on how to use seed paper to plant your tiny seeds.





22. Repurpose your tree stumps.

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interiorholic.com

Turn one into a table, a planter, or just cover it in moss and flowers to make it look pretty.



23. Enlist the kids to help you make stepping stones out of cement, cereal boxes, and glass stones.

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pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com

Get the full directions here.



24. Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.

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25. Get some rainbow fire crystals for your fire pit.

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amаzon.com

At $14.95 for a pack of two, these are pretty enough to be worth it if you’re having people over.



26. Set up pool noodles for a game of kickball croquet.

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innerchildfun.com

Get the directions here.



27. Sugar water or apple juice in a milk jug will trap bees, wasps, and hornets.

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walterreeves.com

There are plenty of reasons NOT to kill these creatures, but if someone’s allergic to stings or you need a way to deal with them without using chemicals, here’s an easy method. Fill with sweet sugar water and cut a small slit into the side. They won’t be able to escape.





28. Epsom salts make the best and easiest fertilizer.

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sustainablefarmer.com

It’s considered the secret to a lovely, lush garden. For potted plants, dissolve 2 tablespoons of epsom salts per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month. Or sprinkle it into the soil before planting seeds.



29. Use rope lighting to line your garden.

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ozzu.com

It’s waterproof, and you can put it on a timer.



30. Hang a tarp between two trees and cut shapes out so the kids can practice their throwing motions.

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spoonful.com

Get the directions here.





31. This pool noodle floating cooler only costs $1.99.

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instructables.com

Get the instructions here.



32. Drill holes into your fence and replace them with marbles.

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gardendrama.wordpress.com

The marbles will cast pretty colored light onto your yard.

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