Making updates to your outdoor living space can get pricey. From patio furniture and fire pits, to landscape lighting and gazebos, it’s usually an investment to decorate your backyard or patio.

Here are some DIY patio and backyard projects we collected to help you create a whole new look on your patio that are budget-friendly.

5 DIY patio and backyard ideas

1. Get creative with cinder block planters.

DIY patio and backyard ideas for summer

When you look at cinder blocks you probably think blah. Just picturing a cinder block makes you think of words like gray, heavy, and industrial.

Cinder Block Planters - DIY patio projects

But with a little creativity, you can turn that heavy rock into a beautiful display. Paint them to add pops of color or use cinder blocks to create planters.

Watch a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a cinder block garden wall here.

2. Glow-in-the-dark pebbles.

DIY Patio Pebbles that Glow in the Dark

This DIY will brighten up your patio and is super easy to make. Simply purchase some glow in the dark spray paint and paint some pebbles. In just a few minutes you’ll have a beautiful, glowing nighttime path.

3. Concrete leaf pavers.

diy patio upgrades

Make a fun, leaf-inspired garden path. These eye-catching stepping stones are easy-to-make with concrete and a large leaf.

4. Repurpose an old rake.

Rake Organizer

Upcycling an old rake will give your patio a unique look and is a perfect way to store gardening tools.

5. Upcycle wine bottles.

Wine Bottle Edger

Create a garden edge that’s unique and beautiful with upcycled wine bottles. All you need are a few empty wine bottles and some paint.

Want more DIY inspiration for your home? Check out our 10 Ways to Repurpose Old Windows.