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25 DIYs to Spruce Up Your Patio

Contrary to popular belief, sprucing up your patio does not, I repeat, does not have to cost you a fortune. There are plenty of affordable DIY ways to recycle old furniture, fabric, and wood and turn them into treasured patio furniture and decor. This here is my patio that is filled with DIY projects that ranged from easy no-sew projects done in 5 minutes to projects that took a good couple of days. In the end, there’s nothing like laying on a daybed, basking in the sun and thinking, “I made this.” Now that summer is here, it’s time to wipe off that winter layer and start giving your patio some love with these 25 DIYs to Spruce Up Your Patio.


  • Adding Curtains 1 of 25
    Turn your patio into a more intimate space by adding curtains. Don't be afraid to go for a bold print like stripes.
    Spotted at Effortless Style.
  • Patio Cocktail Table 2 of 25
    Build a patio cocktail table with succulents growing in the middle.
    Find out more at Today's Nest.
  • Pallet Daybed 3 of 25
    Build a beautiful daybed using an old wood pallet.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Patio Bench and Ottoman 4 of 25
    Calling all woodworker! This wooden patio bench and ottoman is just for you.
    Check it out at HGTV.
  • Grapevine Ball Lights 5 of 25
    Use grapevine balls and twinkling Christmas lights to create this beautiful outdoor lighting.
    Find out more at Crafty Butt.
  • Painted Patio Cushions 6 of 25
    Get artsy by making a set of painted patio cushions.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Patio Fountain 7 of 25
    Build a relaxing patio fountain to listen to on a summer day.
    Check it out at Frilly Details.
  • Keep Storage Hidden 8 of 25
    Hide patio storage by making a burlap curtain.
    Check it out at Prudent Baby.
  • Painted Patio Chairs 9 of 25
    Spray paint old metal chairs bright colors for a new look.
    Spotted at Anthropologie.
  • Canvas Awning 10 of 25
    Add some shade with a basic canvas awning.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Rug Ottoman 11 of 25
    Recycle an old rug into a durable outdoor ottoman.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Paper Mache Table 12 of 25
    You will love to know how easy it is to build this patio table.
    Check it out at Prudent Baby.
  • Rope Bench 13 of 25
    Set aside a day to create this Anthropologie-inspired rope bench.
    Get the tutorial at Design Sponge.
  • Embroidered Seat Cushions 14 of 25
    Stitch up some embroidered seat cushions with a pretty design to add to a patio table.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Patio Planter 15 of 25
    Build this modern planter as a way to display your plants on the patio.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Polymer Garden Stones 16 of 25
    Make custom-labeled garden stones to place in potted plants on the patio.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Cable Spool Table 17 of 25
    Turn an old cable spool into a patio table.
    Spotted at Camelot Art Creations.
  • Succulent Wreath 18 of 25
    Make an inexpensive succulent wreath that will live all year long.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Ribbon Wreath 19 of 25
    Succulent wreaths not your thing? Make a ribbon wreath.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Make a God’s Eye 20 of 25
    A god's eye is an easy way to add bursts of color to a blank wall on your patio.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Patio Chair Covers 21 of 25
    Recover existing chair cushions to give them a new look.
    Check it out at 33 Shades of Green.
  • Ladder Planter 22 of 25
    Use a wooden ladder as a creative way to display plants.
    Spotted at Foto e Fornelli.
  • Reclaimed Wood Daybed 23 of 25
    Relax in this outdoor daybed you can build yourself.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy .
  • Fishbowl Planter 24 of 25
    Use a fishbowl to make a planter for a low-maintenance succulent.
    Check it out at Prudent Baby.
  • No Sew Tassel Garland 25 of 25
    The easiest way to embellish your patio is with a brightly colored garland.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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