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It doesn’t always need to cost a lot of money and take a lot of time to upgrade your garden, patio, or yard. Here are some ideas on beautifying your property on a budget. We also include some landscaping ideas that will make you love your yard even more.
1. Use Window Ledges
This is a super simple project to do. Simply take some brackets and simple wood boards, and you can create your own ledge. It’s perfect for backyard-facing windows. You can treat it as your own bar. Be sure that the ledge is the same size as the window or at least wider.
2. Go for Smart Furniture
I’m not talking about high-technology gadgets. By smart, we’re talking about furniture that can function as more than one thing. For instance, take a potting bench that has many levels. You can use it as extra storage outdoors. Use it for watering your plants and serving drinks to your guests!
3. Creative Painting
When all else fails, go for painting projects. Here’s a nifty idea: use your favorite paint colors to paint your home’s number on any garden planters or plant pots lying around. Have some in the front yard, and anywhere else you fancy. It adds to the charm of your home, plus it’s pretty functional, too! This can be a treat for the creative ones – so go ahead and take advantage. There are only limitations if your imagination allows them.
Tip: use wraparound markings or stencils to make precise numbers.
4. Upcycle Old Ladders
Are you ready to take your DIY garden projects to the next level? Ladders, quite literally, can help elevate your decorating powers. Create ladder shelves by forming two ladders together, tied at the top. Place wooden planks across their runs to create the shelves. Here, you can place lanterns, potted plants, and other decorations. You can also use them to hold pitchers of drinks when having nighttime parties.
5. Remove Old Tree Stumps
All you need is a portable stump grinder and you can do this on your own. By getting rid of stumps in your yard, you free up space for more useful applications. You’ll also remove the eyesore of old and dead stumps all around. Make sure to prepare by doing the right research beforehand, if you plan on doing it yourself. Only get your tools from a credible stump grinder manufacturer.
6. Take Advantage of Solar Lights
You are hitting two birds with one stone by using solar lights. First, you are creating a much more homey and inviting ambiance by lighting your backyard, making it perfect for evening parties or simple outdoor dinners. Second, by investing in solar lights, you cut down on your electric costs and playing a part in saving the planet by using more ecologically-sound options.
7. Display Plants in Old Picture Frames
You might notice a theme going on here – upcycling is our jam. If you have old or broken picture frames, this DIY project is perfect to get them out and utilize them. Get some chicken wire and your favorite paint colors. Recolor the frames and hang them – or permanently fix them onto the wall (outside) – and place some succulents or tiny plants in them. This is a great way to add color and decor to your patio or garden.
8. Got an Old Cabinet? Turn It into a Potting Table
Here’s another upcycling effort. If you have an old dresser, kitchen cabinet, or any furniture of the like, then get ready to upcycle. Apply some repainting here and there. If there are loose screws and bolts, tighten them up. Add some hooks on the side, you can use these for hanging shed tools or trowels. Inside the cabinet, you can store your gardening stuff: seeds, pots, compost, and more. This is a great way to find a use for an old piece of furniture. It’s also a way to free up some space for your shed!
9. Nothing Beats an Outdoor Bar!
We cannot think of anything that screams fun than an outdoor bar. This is a great chance to entertain guests coming over during evening gatherings. Turn your solar lights on and create a perfect ambiance. Get your materials at DIY stores or hardware stores. Create a cheap and quick Tiki bar. If you don’t want to buy materials, upcycle any wooden bar cart. Check if it needs wood treatment to make sure it stands the elements since it will stay outdoors. Now all you need is some ice to serve fresh cocktails all night!
There you go – 9 simple and affordable ways to take your garden or yard to the next level. In most of these DIY projects, your main tool is your creativity and imagination! You don’t need to spend a lot to beautify your garden.