5 End Of Summer Projects for Outdoor Living Space

by Jessica ThiefelsAugust 22, 2016

Those balmy summer nights will soon be replaced with the briskness of autumn, but that doesn’t mean your al fresco evenings are numbered. Even as the weather cools down, you can turn up the volume on that patio ambiance for year-round entertaining, relaxation, and quintessential curb appeal. Get some ideas from this roundup of DIY pointers for creating your end-of-summer backyard oasis!

Wooden Pallet Walkways
Image courtesy of Pallet Furniture DIY

1. Wooden Pallet Walkway

Create a charmingly rustic and down-to-earth vibe by transforming wooden pallets into a garden walkway, lined with foliage or decorative rocks. Find various boards of discarded reclaimed wood and arrange them horizontally in your desired configuration to form a path. You can even choose different sized pallets for an artfully unfinished look.


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2. Ceramic Planter Firepit

Combine both functionality and aesthetic appeal by re-purposing a ceramic planter into the minimalist’s version of an outdoor fire pit. If needed, give the worn-out pot a fresh coat of paint, then fill to capacity with pebbles, insert a chafing fuel container among the rocks and surround your finished product with lounge chairs for an inviting after-hours hangout. This is especially perfect if your patio is too small for a regular size fire pit.


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3. Vertical Garden Shelf

Make nature the colorful and diverse focal point of your patio by transforming an outdated bookcase into a vertical garden feature. Position the unit against an exterior-facing wall and arrange a variety of potted flowers, vines, herbs, cacti and succulents along each shelf. You can even intersperse some mismatched planters for added eclectic whimsy.

This is great for a 3-season patio; use plants that don’t require constant sunlight so they can still flourish during the colder months.

Using tree branches as light poles
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4. Tree Branch Light Pole

Illuminate your backyard dining area in the afterglow of dusk by revamping tree branches into free-standing light poles. Find two sturdy branches from a lumberyard, submerge the base of each in cement blocks, and connect them with string lights.

Take this DIY project to the next level by using it to keep your home safe as well. Opt for time-controlled bulbs. These help deter trespassers from encroaching on your property at night or alert you to possible intruders when you see them go on at night.


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5. Backyard Tire Furniture

Infuse your outdoor space with a blend of stylish comfort and resourceful ingenuity by converting run-down tires into furniture pieces. Spray-paint the rubber a vibrant neon shade, then stack one tire atop the other and finish off with a seating cushion. Make several of these chairs to disperse around the patio for both cozy and quirky conversation nooks.

Use these fun DIY ideas to inspire summertime vibes all year long. The best part: you can do almost any of them without buying anything new—just use what didn’t sell at your garage sale this summer!


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Jessica Thiefels
Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years. She is currently a lifestyle blogger and the editor of Whooo’s Reading and Carpe Daily. When she's not writing or editing, she's trying new DIY projects around the house or training fitness clients. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.

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