5 Easy Outdoor DIY Decor Ideas to Try Out This Summer

Has the warm weather made you turn your attention to the great outdoors? Have you recently found yourself daydreaming about all of the amazing projects you could tackle to help step up your home’s outdoor decor?

If you have, you’re not alone!

It seems like every summer, every homeowner we speak to has outdoor decor and design on the brain. But, at the same time, plenty of people are nervous to actually tackle a project, fearing the toll it might take on their time - and their pocketbook.

With that in mind, here are six easy, straightforward outdoor decor projects that you can take on right away - so that you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor before the weather turns again!

1.) Refresh Your Front Door

Looking for a little project with a big impact on your home’s curb appeal? Why not spruce up your front door and entryway? 

After all, your front door is one of the first things that new visitors (and prospective buyers) see as they approach a property. It’s a major transition point from the interior of your house to the exterior, and it can become a major focal point with just a few touches.

In some cases, you may need to replace your door (particularly if it’s damaged, or showing major signs of wear and tear) to revamp this spot. But often, you may be able to buff and repaint your front door in just a few hours, with little more than sandpaper, paint, primer, and a brush or two.

2.) Build a Trellis for Your Garden or Deck

A trellis can be a lovely way to hang potted plants or herbs, provide crawl space for vines and climbing plants, and add a lovely, fairytale-like spot of beauty to your front or backyard.

Even better? While these lattice-like structures may look fantastical and extravagant, you can usually construct one with accessible parts from your local hardware store, and a few hours of man power.

What does it take to build your own outdoor trellis? Realtor.com has some great ideas and advice to get you started, available here.

3.) Stain Your Outdoor Furniture

Want to give your back patio the feeling of a quaint German beer garden? Ready to actually start using your old picnic table and benches to dine al fresco, instead of hiding them under a tarp all season long?

Why not take a little bit of time to stain your wooden outdoor furniture? This is a fairly straightforward project that you can tackle in a few hours - and it could breath a ton of new life into your outdoor decor.

In most cases, all you’ve have to do is wash down the table or benches and allow them to dry, then sand them down. From there, you’ll want to stain every side of the furniture item, taking care to let each section dry before moving on to the next one.

For more ideas and step by step instructions, you may wish to check out these tips from DIY Network.

4.) Add Accents With Outdoor Pillows

As home decor and maintenance site The Spruce explains, adding pillows to your outdoor decor can be a great way to “turn the outdoors into an extension of your living space.”

Adding pillows that match your interior decor can be a great way to extend the vibes of a summer party indoors and out, while also helping to make your guests more comfortable. And don’t fret about buying designer pillows for your outdoor furniture! As The Spruce points out, you can make pilowcases out of inexpensive water resistant fabrics, including old shower curtains or drapes.

5.) Create a “Mini” Garden

Spending hours and hours outside, tending to a lush (albeit temperamental) garden isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time.

For every passionate florist and master gardener out there, there are plenty of homeowners who want the lovely sights and smells of a well-tended garden, without all of the work. And for other homeowners - especially those who may have smaller lots or limited outdoor space in the city - having a huge garden isn’t always an option.

Fortunately, it’s never been easier to cultivate a minaiture garden! Across the country, homeowners are turning to succulents, herbs, and other low-maintenance, high-yield plants which can easily be hung, stacked, or even grown indoors.

For some ideas on getting started with your own “mini” garden, we encourage you to check out some of the great advice and guidance available from Better Homes & Gardens.

6.) Hang a DIY Light Display

A hanging light display can be an easy way to beautify your back patio, add some funky flair to your concrete terrace, or create a dazzling welcome for visitors around your front door.

And the good news? While you may need to purchase some hanging lights and supplies, in many cases actually installing your lovely display doesn’t actually have to take hours. A lot of hanging light kits come complete with all of the supplies you’ll need to mount your strands, making it easy to get started stringing them up and creating the outdoor space of your dreams.

Looking for some DIY ideas and inspiration? Check out these guides to getting started with outdoor lighting from Buzzfeed and Huffington Post.

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