Having a beautiful outdoor space will not only add value to the appearance of your home, but it will also allow you to have a relaxing environment just outside your doorsteps. Your outdoor space can also be your closest access to nature, regardless of how it looks now. These five clever DIY projects can transform your patio or backyard into an outdoor oasis.


1. Start a repainting project.

Repainting can greatly transform the appearance of any wall from dull to lively or elegant. If you are planning to improve the appearance of your front or back yard, you could start with a simple project of repainting your front or backyard door. Choose a color that reflects your personality. Gone are the days when the common options for door paints are white, brown or beige. You can be bolder with the paint color and even with the design.

With this repainting project, you will not only improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space. Repainting is also beneficial in sealing wooden surfaces from warps and cracks.

2. Add outdoor lightings.

Properly installed outdoor lightings will not only improve the appearance of your home, but it may also serve for security and safety purposes.
There are several types of outdoor lightings that you can use for this purpose:
  • Outdoor pendants – These are ceiling lights that are available from simple to intricate designs. This kind of lighting is known to stand up to the elements while improving the looks of your garden.
  • Outdoor wall sconces – If you are looking for a perfect lighting for your entry way, garage or back door, wall sconces are ideal for general illumination and overall appeal.
  • Ground Lighting – For ground lightings, options include spot lights and recessed lights. Spot lights are normally used to highlight larger objects such as your house, bushes, and trees. Recessed lightings, on the other hand, are more suited for landscaping barriers and pathways. There are also lightings specifically for ponds and other water features.

3. Overhaul your garden.

According to a study published at the Environmental Science & Technology website,a  green environment can improve both self-esteem and the mood of a person. The presence of water generates an even greater effect. Moreover, according to the same study,a  green exercise which is an activity with nature, can lead to short and long term positive outcomes.

Having a beautiful outdoor garden brings you close to a green environment. There is nothing more heartwarming than spending your morning rest amidst a beautifully landscaped garden.

Keeping your garden plants healthy is possible without spending more and without using toxic chemicals. You could install a compost tumbler in your garden so that your greenery will be self-sustaining. You can use all the leaves and organic matter that are available in your surroundings and use them to naturally fertilize the plants.

If you don’t have enough space for a flower garden, you can instead put some pots and planters on your patio or deck. They can give a touch of elegance in your outdoor space.

Compost Tumbler
Compost Tumbler

4. Make use of fabrics and accessories.

Fabrics and accessories are an inexpensive way to level up the appearance of your deck or patio. Imagine creating an outdoor living room with comfortable and colorful pillows, with cushions and carpets to complement the look. You can also add draperies for privacy.

The best thing about fabrics and accessories is that you can experiment using the things you already have in your home. You don’t have to spend buying new items. You can also mix and match until you achieve that looks that you want.

5. Add a water feature

If you can spare a day from your busy week, you could easily create a DIY water feature for your garden. You can find a lot of DIY guides online that help you create a mini pond or fountain. If you like a more detailed and bigger design, it would be a good idea to leave the job to the experts unless you are confident you can finish this project.

A water feature is a perfect complement to any flower garden. It will also look beautiful in the evening if you can add some lightings to highlight it.


Whoever said that having a beautiful front or backyard is expensive and time-consuming? The DIY projects we have listed above are all simple and inexpensive. If you can, try all these projects, so you’ll see a beautiful transformation in your outdoor space.