No matter what time of the year it is, it is never too soon (or too late) to start planning your lawn’s next project. However, trying to come up with something to do with your lawn can end up being quite difficult.
Whether you’re looking to start a garden, build something, or simply try something new, we have 25 DIY Project Ideas for your lawn ad garden that you are sure to love. There is no time to waste, so if you are ready to get your hands dirty, let’s get started!
1. Window Boxes
As simple as they are to install under your windows, a window garden box adds both class and space to your lawn and garden.
Leave more room in the grass for other projects by planting your flowers, or herbs, in a window box. Not only will they add to the exterior aesthetic of your home, but window boxes create a prettier view from the inside too!
Watch the following video to learn how to make some window boxes of your own!
2. Unique Birdbaths
Another simple project to bring some class to your lawn is a birdbath. With a birdbath, you can enjoy seeing new little bird friends in your yard!
Want to make your birdbath different from the normal pedestal birdbath? You can make your lawn’s birdbath unique by getting a two-tier fountain, filling the top with water and the bottom with flowers.
Another unique version of this project that you can build for your lawn is hanging glass birdbath! All you need for this DIY project is a clear glass casserole lid and some chain. Simply attach the lid upside down on your porch with the chain, fill the lid with water, and watch the birds come to your very own unique birdbath.
3. Firepit Area
Lawns are used for entertaining family, friends, and neighbors. Essential to every family entertainment is a firepit area. Why pay someone else to build it for you when you can do it for yourself!
Building your own fireplace is a lot easier than it sounds. Watch this video to learn some tips on how to build the best fireplace area for your lawn!
Once your DIY firepit is complete, invite your friends over to roast some smores. With this DIY project, your lawn is sure to be the highlight of the neighborhood.
4. Rainwater Collection System
Looking to save some money watering your lawn? Live in a rainy area? Then a rainwater collection system is the perfect project for your lawn!
This project will take a little extra work to complete but will make it easier (and cheaper) to water your garden and lawn.
Your very own rainwater collection system will require one or two water barrels, water taps, eight cinder blocks, four paving stones, and a few other items to personalize your rainwater collection systems.
See how to set up your own rainwater collection system in the following video!
5. Homemade Citronella Candle
If you’re going to be spending time outside this summer, then you are going to need some protection from the insects. However, no one likes the smell or feel of bug spray. Don’t get eaten alive by mosquitos, make a wonderful smelling, all-natural citronella candle to keep the bugs away from you and your yard!
Follow the recipe below to make your own citronella candles!
What you’ll need:
- A saucepan
- A glass bowl
- A few small metal buckets (preferably with handles)
- 1 lb beeswax
- 1 Cup Coconut oil
- Wicks (one for every bucket)
- Citronella Oil
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature. Place your saucepan full of water on the stove. Put the glass bowl on top of the saucepan and fill it with your beeswax.
Step 2: Melt the wax completely and then turn off the oven. Add your coconut oil to the wax and allow it to melt fully. Let your mixture cool slightly and then add the citronella oil, stirring often.
Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to attach a wick to the bottom of each of the buckets. Pour a couple of tablespoons of the wax mixture into each of the buckets.
Be sure to keep the wick upright as the wax cools. You can do so by taping the wicks to the upright handle or by wrapping the wick around a pencil and laying it across the top of the bucket.
Step 4: Pour the rest of the wax into the buckets evenly. Put your buckets on a cookie sheet and allow them to cool down in the cooling oven. Leave the buckets in the oven for a few hours to solidify.
Step 5: Cut the wicks less than an inch above the top of the wax and enjoy bug-free summer nights in your lawn!
Recipe courtesy of Don’t Waste the Crumbs,
6. Garden Path
Do you feel as though your lawn is just a little bland? Add a simple path either through or around your lawn.
There are several different kinds of paths you can build in your lawn: cobblestone, cement pavers, or a recycled pallet path!
Want to build a path in your lawn out of recycled pallets in your yard? Watch this tutorial video to see how to make the perfect path!
If a wooden pathway doesn’t match the look you want for your lawn, a paver pathway can give you a clean and professional place to walk! Below is a video on how to properly build a paver pathway of your own.
7. Upcycled Flower Bed
Recently, upcycling has been growing in popularity in all schemes of DIY projects. Gardening and lawn projects are no exception to this trend in popularity!
If you are looking for a unique way or place to plant your flowers, fruits, and vegetables? Upcycling is the perfect way to do so!
First and foremost, what even ifs upcycling? Upcycling is simply reusing or repurposing what most would refer to as junk in a creative and functional way.
Need a few ideas of what to upcycle as planters in your garden? You can try using:
- A Toolbox
- A Watering Can
- Tin Cans
- A TV Tray
- Little Red Wagons
- Galvanized Buckets
- A Mailbox
- Coffee Cans
- Mason Jars
and even a Car! Basically, if it can hold dirt, you can grow your plants in it. Do some upcycling in your garden to give some spunk to your lawn!
8. Daybed/Garden Swing
While laying on the lawn can be quite relaxing, with a garden swing or daybed, you can enjoy your time outside in style!
Daybeds are perhaps the easiest of the outdoor lounge options to build since all you need is a level surface and an outdoor mattress. However, if you want to do a little extra work to put a garden swing on your lawn, watch the following video to learn how!
If you don’t want to build such a permanent structure on your lawn, you can always install your own hammock posts. These posts can be removable and a hammock is much more comfortable to nap in than a bench swing!
Click here to get Hammock Posts for your lawn!
9. Pallet Herb Garden
Looking for a new place to grow some herbs on your lawn? A pallet is a simple and organized way to grow your herbs.
Watch this short video to see how to build your very own pallet garden!
If you want more levels in your herb garden you can either remove less of the boards (this means you will need some extra 2 x 4s to seal the bottoms of the sections off) or you will need a taller pallet!
This herb garden turns the side of your house, or shed into a gardening space rather than taking up space on your lawn.
10. Install Automatic Sprinkler System
Remembering to water your lawn on a set schedule can be difficult at times. However, with a automatic sprinkler system you no longer have to worry about watering the lawn yourself.
Make sure you install your new sprinkler system correctly with the following tips and tricks!
While an automatic sprinkler system may require a little more work to install, you will absolutely love how easy maintaining your lawn becomes in the future!
11. Garden Bench
No lawn is complete without a comfortable place to sit. Build a garden bench to place either next to your fire pit or in a shady, quiet part of your lawn.
You can build your garden bench out of a variety of materials. Find all the different kinds of benches you can build and how to build them here!
No matter what type of bench you build or where you place it in your garden, it will surely be the perfect addition to your lawn.
12. Water Feature
After well watered grass and luscious plants, the only thing your lawn is missing is a creative water feature. Believe it or not, you do not have to be a professional to build or install on your own!
Whether you build a small stream, a large pond, or a waterfall a water feature is precisely the project for your lawn.
Here are 5 different water feature ideas for you to try on your lawn!
13. Mystical Fairy Garden
A well cared for garden or lawn can create a magical feeling all on its own. You can increase this feeling by placing one (or several) fairy gardens on your lawn.
A fairy garden is simply a small decorative garden designed to make your lawn appear as through fairies (and other mystical creatures) live there! All you need to create some mystical fairy gardens of your own is a small amount of space, some miniature materials and plants, and a bit of imagination!
Whether you believe in fairies or not a fairy garden is sure to “charm” all who set foot on your lawn!
To get started on your first fairy garden, use this Fairy Garden Kit!
14. Mulch Your Leaves
As I mentioned above, no matter what time of year it is, there is a project you can be doing with your lawn.
In order to keep your lawn looking green and pristine all summer long, you will need to do some pre-winter lawn care. This includes mulching your leaves.
Mulching is essentially reusing dead leaves and lawn clippings to fertilize your lawn. Rather than bagging all of the leaves off your lawn, mulching your leaves will help return some nutrients to the soil, keeping your lawn happy and healthy.
You don’t need any extra equipment to mulch your leaves, only a lawnmower (you may need a specialty blade for your mower in order to mulch)!
Not only does mulching return nutrients back to your lawn, but it doesn’t require you to lift any heavy bags of leaves or grass clippings.
Learn about the positives and negatives of mulch mowing your lawn in the video below!
15. Bird Feeder
Do you love to go birdwatching? Do you not have the time to travel to a quiet place to see birds every day?
Rather than traveling somewhere else, bring the birds to your lawn! If a birdbath isn’t bringing enough birds to your lawn, the next thing you can try is a bird feeder!
You can purchase a bird feeder specific for the different kinds of birds living in your area or you can make your own!
Here I have a generic bird feeder recipe, you may want to research what kind of feed the different birds in your area prefer to eat.
Birdseed Wreath Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 pack of Gelatine
- 4 Cups Birdseed
- 3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
- Non-Stick Spray
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Bundt or pan
- Colorful ribbon
Step One: In a mixing bowl, add the gelatin and warm water. Mix them together until they are completely dissolved.
Step Two: Mix in the corn syrup and flour. Whisk the mixture until it is completely smooth.
Step Three: Slowly add in the birdseed, stirring to make sure all of it is completely coated.
Step Four: Thoroughly cover your bundt pan with the Non-Stick Spray. Pour the birdseed mixture into the coated bundt pan and begin packing it down tightly.
Step Five: Let the pan sit for at least 24 hours, or until it is completely firm and dry.
Step Six: Remove your wreath from the pan, and hang it with a colorful ribbon for the birds to find!
Recipe Courtesy of Today’s Creative Life.
16. Vertical Garden Wall
In lots of big cities, in order to make use of limited space, some people grow gardens of herbs or vegetables on their walls!
If you have a limited amount of lawn space and want to start growing some flowers, vegetables, fruits, or herbs then a garden wall on the side of your house or shed is the perfect way to go! You can even build a garden wall with succulents for an easier to care for, more stylish look.
Learn more about how vertical gardening works in the following video!
Ready to start planting a vertical wall garden of your own? Click here to order some Vertical Planters to get started!
17. Pizza Oven
Every entertainer knows that good food and a comfortable place to meet are the building blocks to a successful party.
You’ve already got the beautiful lawn to gather your family and friends on, now all you need is the signature food to share. Make your lawn known for its delicious pizza with an outdoor pizza oven!
If you are looking to just purchase a pizza oven and install it yourself, click here to see my favorite model.
However, if you want to save a little bit of money and spend a little extra time doing it yourself, watch this video to learn how!
Sandboxes are an easy, entertaining addition to anyone’s lawn. No matter what age you are, a sandbox can be a fun place to play or a relaxing area to sunbathe!
Here is a step by step guide on how to build your own sandbox:
What You’ll Need:
- Pressure Treated Wood
- Netting or Plywood
Step One: The first thing you will need to do is build the frame of your sandbox. Be sure that each of the boards is flush to each other and screw them together in a rectangular shape (the size of the boards will vary depending on the amount of room available on your lawn).
Step Two: Have a piece of plywood cut to the exact dimensions of your sandbox frame. You are going to screw this plywood to the bottom of the frame.
If you would like a softer bottom in your sandbox, you can use netting instead of plywood. Rather than screwing this netting to the bottom of the frame, use nails or tacks to hold it in place.
Step Three: In order to ensure that your sandbox can survive kids running in and out of it, you will want to attach corner braces on the top. Each brace will need only 3-5 screws and can double as a seat for those playing inside the sandbox!
Step Four: Fill your sandbox with kid friendly sand and cover with either some more netting or a piece of plywood.
Get some Sandbox Toys here and start building!
19. Fairy Light Poles
Put some finishing touches on your lawn with some mystical mood lighting by placing some fairy light poles.
Run some fairy lights along your deck, around a window frame, or set up some posts around your patio to hang them from. When it comes to mood lighting, a little will go a long way!
Try out these waterproof and solar-powered Fairy Lights for your lawn!
20. Unique Hanging Planters
Another unique way to plant your flowers is in a hanging planter. Here is a couple of unique hanging planters sure to make your lawn or garden one of a kind:
- Shoe Pocket Planter
- Hanging Rain Gutter Planter
- Colorful Strainer Hanging Planter
- Hanging Fence Boxes
Shoe Pocket Planter
If you look up DIY projects or Life-Hacks, there will almost always be some projects using a hanging shoe organizer. However, using a pocket shoe organizer as a planting system is possibly one of the most surprising DIYs I have ever seen.
Simply hang a shoe pocket organizer on your fence with some nails or tack, fill the pockets with soil, and place your plants in the soil! This works best with fabric shoe organizers; although, any shoe organizer you have lying around the house will do.
Be sure to hang your shoe pocket planter where it is likely to get lots of sunshine! Don’t have an extra hanging shoe organizer? Click here to get one now.
Hanging Rain Gutter Planter
If your rain gutters have fallen off your roof, repurpose them into a quirky and cool new planter!
In this short video, you will see how to construct some hanging rain gutter planters of your own. While the video uses brand new rain gutters for their planters, any old rain gutter will do!
Colorful Strainer Hanging Planter
While a planter covered in holes might not be your idea of an ideal planter, a strainer (colander) makes an effective-and creative- planter.
All you need to construct your new planter is an old strainer, some soil, a strong chain, and a plant to grow in it!
This is definitely a project you can complete in a day to spruce up your lawn.
Hanging Fence Boxes
Window boxes are a very common way to make more room to plant in yards; however, it is not often that someone puts garden boxes on their fence.
Break the pattern and use this rare technique to plant some greenery in your lawn.
Warning: Be careful that the nails or screws you use to hang your fence boxes do not go all the way through to the other side. Your neighbors may not be appreciative of sharp nails showing on their side of the fence!
21. Outdoor Chalkboard
Become the talk of the town with an outdoor chalkboard. Kids, grandkids, and creatives alike will all love expressing themselves with such a distinctive medium.
If you are worried that the weather where you live is not compatible with an outdoor chalkboard, do not keep on scrolling! Look no further! No matter where you are located (yes even if you get snow) watch the following tutorial to see how to construct your own outdoor chalkboard durable enough to withstand the elements!
If you live somewhere where the elements are not as harsh, you can purchase Chalkboard Paint and paint the side of your shed with the paint instead!
22. Picnic Table
Enjoy a delicious meal in the sunshine on the new picnic table you build for your lawn.
Don’t miss a single step along the way to constructing your perfect picnic table with this in depth, step by step video tutorial.
Don’t forget to sand your picnic table and benches extremely well before hosting your first picnic! No one wants to slide onto a sliver filled bench for what was supposed to be a relaxing meal.
23. Window Ledge
Outdoor dining has grown in popularity for the last couple of years. Join this trend in a unique and classy way by building a window ledge bar on your lawn!
Move those window boxes out of the way and make room for a window bar ledge outside your kitchen window! This project is perfect for those without a lot of time, who enjoy entertaining their friends from the comfort of their very own lawn.
This project works best with windows that open sideways rather than upwards (although either kind will do).
What You’ll Need:
- 2″ x 4″ the length of your window sill
- Supports (You can either use some metal shelf supports or cut some supports out of wood!)
- Weather Proof Paint
Step One: In order to keep paint and primer off of your beautiful house, we suggest that the first step you take in building your window bar ledge is to paint and primer (and sand if needed) the bar top and the supports.
Step Two: Once you have primed and painted the pieces for your window bar ledge you can start building the bar itself!
Be sure to evenly space your supports out and screw them into the house under the window. Don’t screw the supports completely into the house before checking to see if they are all level! Place your 2″ x 4″ (or something flat) on top of the supports and use your leveling tool. Make adjustments as needed.
Step Three: Screw the supports in completely and then attach the bar top!
Finish off your window bar ledge by placing some metal pavers on the ground beneath the window and add some outdoor bar stools! You’re now ready to start serving your guests without even having to leave the house!
24. Do Some Landscaping
Does your lawn just feel a little bland? The easiest way to change that is to do a little landscaping!
Add more dimension to your lawn by planting a few bushes, shrubs, or trees. Make the yard look more clean-cut with some mulch or woodchip areas.
In the following video, you will learn some tips and tricks for how to make even a small lawn look amazing with some landscaping!
25. Cool Places to Plant
Sick of planting everything in a window box, in the ground, or in other common places? While we have already discussed some unique places to plant in your yard, here are a few more ideas to help you create the lawn of your dreams!
Have you tried planting your flowers:
- on a Ladder
- in a fountain
- in old shoes
- on a broke down car (lawn size dependent)
- in an antique bathtub
Any antique creates a fun and unique place to plant flowers throughout your lawn.
If you don’t have any antiques you’re willing to fill with dirt and flowers, put on your thinking cap, walk around your house, and look for what you could possibly turn into a creative planter for your lawn!