Is your patio going to waste? Both the front and back porches of the house are so often ignored, left empty or barely utilized. What do you have on your own veranda? Maybe a plastic chair, or two? An ugly old table you never use? Nothing at all?
If you aren’t taking the chance to use up that space, what you need are some awesome DIY patio decoration ideas to get the juices flowing. These twenty five people decided to dip into their imaginations and came out with some of the best DIY patio decorations on the web. With these designs, you will finally have the perfect spot for any social gathering!
35+ DIY Patio Decoration Ideas to Turn Yours Into a Getaway Spot
1. Reclaimed Wooden X-Stool and Side Table
This versatile patio furniture piece doubles as both a stool and a side table. The X-shape really gives this piece of furniture a distinct style and since it’s made from reclaimed wood, it also features a rustic finish. The top of the table is made from a concrete slab, but you can easily replace it with a piece of wood, a glass table-top or anything else to fit your personal style and needs.
2. DIY Outdoor Farmhouse Patio Table
This beautiful farmhouse table will add rustic charm to your outdoor space. This is a great project for both the beginner and the expert woodworker. With so many different wood variations, you can customize this easy-to-build farmhouse table to suit your style. If you choose to build this patio table with untreated wood, you can paint or stain it any color of your choice for an ever more custom look.
3. Build Your Own Cedar Planter Box
Enhance your outdoor patio with this simple DIY planter box. You can use anything from scrap wood, an old pallet, cedar or any other wood variation to save money and build this planter box yourself. This cedar planter is stunningly modern with the exposed black brackets, but the lovely thing about doing it yourself is that the customized options are truly limitless.
4. Amphitheater Patio Deck for an Incredible Outdoor Retreat
Making your outdoor space look great and feel comfortable can sometimes be a challenge. Building a pergola or amphitheater to your patio deck is the perfect way to add character, privacy, shade and entertainment. Add lights, a curtain, swing, plants and more to really enhance the look of your outdoor space. Once you’ve built this DIY patio project, you’ll be cozying up to your new outdoor retreat.
5. A Decorative DIY Vertical Patio Garden
Looking to pack a visual punch in your patio area? Build a vertical garden structure using 2x4s and cedar boards. You can also use pallets, scrap wood or any other wood pieces for this easy build. Plant succulents, flowers, vegetables or herbs in this garden to make a beautiful green space for your patio. This vertical garden will make the perfect addition to any outdoor space.
6. A Slide-On Wire-Hung Canopy for Your Pergola
Provide extra shade and style for your patio with a DIY wire-hung canopy system. You can install this on a pergola or other freestanding structure. The best part of this project is that you can leave the canopy up year-round or remove it seasonally. This sun-blocking do-it-yourself solution will allow you to enjoy your patio all day long.
7. Your Own Private Pool on a Budget
A stock tank pool is a budget friendly, fun and versatile way to have a pool without the hassle and expense. These galvanized tanks don’t take up much space which is why putting one in your backyard is a brilliant idea. Since they’re built for giant watering holes for livestock, they can withstand the sun, rain, snow, wind and rain.
8. A Unique and Versatile Outdoor Serving Station
If you love the idea of having an outdoor kitchen but lack the space, this outdoor serving station is the perfect alternative. This unique serving station provides shelving for housing jars, plates, cups and other serving essentials and a pull-down feature where you can prepare and serve your family and friends with ease. This fun DIY takes up very little space and looks stylish even when the tabletop is closed.
9. A No-Sew Solution for Your Patio
Whether you want to block out the sun or create a bit of privacy from your neighbors, this drop cloth outdoor patio curtain will surely come in handy. While there are canopies and other shady solutions you can buy in-store, this privacy curtain is something you can easily make yourself and uses only drop cloths, a rod and hooks. The best part is that no sewing is required.
10. DIY Privacy Screen and Planter
Create an attractive focal point for your backyard by building a privacy screen planter. This is an inexpensive project that makes a major impact. This privacy screen, planter duo can be made with reclaimed wood, pallets or scraps you have laying around in the garage. The fence can be built as tall or as short as you’d like and the planter as large or as small as you’d like. This would be a great weekend project that looks stunning while also serving many purposes.
11. A Weekend DIY Pergola Project
Pergolas are a wonderful addition to have in your backyard for many reasons. They’re easy to build, affordable, provide an open and airy structure, provide shade, can help define your space, and are durable and low maintenance. You can place an outdoor table and chairs underneath, a swing with planters, or even a grill. The design and style possibilities of pergolas are endless, not to mention undoubtedly beautiful.
12. Upcycle an Old Outdoor Table
If you have outdoor furniture that’s worn, broken or outdated, consider upcycling it into a beautiful new piece of furniture for your patio. This small coffee table was given new life with a simple paint job. You can add a few coats of paint to nearly any furniture you have, just be sure to seal it specifically with something that can withstand the sun and weather changes.
13. Build a Covered Roof for Your Patio
Enhance the quality of your outdoor living area with a covered roof over your patio. This DIY is a great project for the experienced woodworker and can easily be built in a day or two. The lattice roof provides a stunning ceiling where you can still take part in the views of the sky. Adding a clear roof panel on top of the lattice will allow you to enjoy your new covered patio even on rainy days.
14. The Perfect Outdoor Table Centerpiece
This quick and simple project will have you spending less time making it and more time soaking in the great outdoors. Create a beautiful outdoor centerpiece using materials you already have at home. These LED candles are a safe choice and won’t need frequent replacing. The twine added to the bottom of the candles give off a rustic vibe that will fit any style of décor.
15. A Gorgeous WalkMaker Stone Patio DIY
Is your backyard in need of a patio area? This gorgeous patio was built using concrete mix and WalkMaker forms, which are basically stencils for cement. They come in a variety of patterns so you can choose the design you like the most. This country stone pattern features large gaps in between the stones and then is filled with a sand mixture for a finished DIY patio.
16. Elegant Wooden Hanging Flower Garden and Plant Box
This fun concept combines hanging coir baskets with square wooden box planters. Each one has hooks that hang two baskets. These are planted with bright and cheerful petunias on top and with lush greens on the bottom. Try these planters in a sunny spot and brighten any corner of your patio.
17. Shaded Gazebo and Lifted Polished Bench With Cushions
Create a restful seating area by constructing a gazebo with a metal roof. The unique feature of this gazebo is the hanging swing couch. This couch is wider than regular swings, giving it a fresh and updated look. Add a collection of comfy outdoor cushions to complete the seating area.
18. Outdoor Living Room DIY Patio Decoration and Table Set
This stylish patio set is made from wood pallets. The pallets are stacked to make a coffee table, and combined to make the sectional couch. Painting the pallets black gives the furniture a stylish and contemporary look. Add cushions in vibrant spring green, hot pink, and neutral gray to brighten the look. Add an indoor/outdoor rug for the finishing touch.
19. Playful Mix and Match Seating and Fire Pit
This cute and casual patio area has tall posts in traditional barrel planters. Hanging planters with fun beaded wire adorn the tops of the posts. These are planted with cheerful petunias. The bottom of the planters are filled with marigolds. The colorful patio chairs encircle a DIY fire pit. Another seating area has a swinging bench seat with a zig-zag striped throw.
21. Comfortable Wicker Seating Set and Fairy Lights
This patio set nestles under a graceful arbor strung with fairy lights. Comfortable wicker furniture and an oversized bean bag cushion fill the space. An old folding closet door hung from one of the open sides of the arbor provides shade. Finish the look with a set of fun flowered cushions for comfort and style.
22. Understated Brick and Wood Fire Pit
This contemporary style seating area echoes the square lines of a DIY fire pit. The benches are attached to strong stone planters with built-in lighting underneath. The wood is simply stained and waterproofed for a durable finish. This would be a great space for your family to gather and enjoy an evening fire and some tasty s’mores.
23. Earthy Picnic Table and Hanging Lights
This rustic DIY picnic table is accented by hanging fairy lights. Use solar lights to keep from having loose cords on your patio. To hang the lights, stand birch logs in concrete molds and let the concrete set. Finish the table with an herb planter and enjoy a delicious meal with your family and friends.
24. Upcycled Painted Cinder Block Cushioned Bench
It’s easy to make this bench with upcycled cinder blocks, 2 X 4s, and a colorful cushion. Paint the cinder blocks in an appealing light color to bring a modern touch to the bench. The 2 X 4s support the cushion and make an interesting visual statement as well. Choose a daybed sized cushion to top your new bench.
25. Festive Party DIY Patio Decoration Ideas With Hats
Straw hats bring a fun and whimsical touch to this patio arrangement. A rolling coffee table made from an old pallet is encircled by white wire chairs and a comfortable couch with brown cushions. A pretty lantern accents one of the side tables. The patio is surrounded by lush greens in oversized planters. Globe lights hang overhead for a modern touch.
26. Beige Sectional and Hanging Antique Lantern
On this relaxed patio, a lovely arbor provides shade to a sectional seating arrangement. A large antique lantern hangs from the arbor, making a charming focal point. The couch arrangement in shades of brown and beige gives a refined feeling to the patio. A hanging basket of purple petunias provides a pop of brilliant color.
27. Centered Fire Pit With Sofa and Matching Armchairs
This large, square fire pit and surrounding benches bring a modern, sleek look to this patio arrangement. The matching couch and chairs complete the seating arrangement in shades of beige and white. This fire pit is a gracious and welcoming place for family and friends to sit in the evening and in cooler weather.
28. Upcycled Painted Pallet and Concrete Table
This ingenious table is made from two upcycled wooden pallets stood on their ends. The pallets are painted white and concrete paver blocks are added to the top for a table surface. The table is accented with a potted plant and a candle lantern. This is an easy and inexpensive project that brings much needed serving space to your patio.
29. Light Mini Secluded Love Seat and Washtub Tables
This cozy seating area has a metal loveseat with inviting cushions. The side tables are simply turned over washtubs. These are accented with candle lanterns and potted plants. A reclaimed wood crate takes its place as a coffee table. White curtains are hung behind the seating area to provide privacy and shade. The seating area is finished with an indoor/outdoor carpet.
30. Sparkling Fairy Lights and Lounge Chairs
This seating area has two wooden Adirondack style chairs with a modern, angular sensibility. The chairs have vibrant zig-zag patterned cushions, echoing the pattern on the ottoman. The standout feature of this patio is the sparkling lighting. Fairy lights are strung from the high branches of the tree, and candle lanterns hang down to provide variety.
31. White Stamped Wooden Table and Wire Chairs
An intricate stencil brightens this plain wooden table. A stencil is easy to accomplish at home and requires only a little bit of painting skill. The stencil gives an exciting modern touch to the traditional rectangular table. Wire chairs and a bountiful fruit bowl complete the look.
32. Cinder Block Built Base Bench with Cushions
Making a bench with cinder blocks is simple and inexpensive. Simply stack the blocks and add comfortable padding to the top. Bountiful cushions in rich shades of pink, yellow, green, beige, and white complete the look and make the bench inviting. The patio is made of simple gravel with round paving stones as accents.
34. Upcycled Nature Wood Pallet Plant Shelf
This is a super easy DIY project featuring a wooden pallet. Simply paint the pallet in any color you wish and turn it on its end. Place plants of your choice on the shelves and on top. This pallet is painted in a soft blue-gray and has a variety of yellow flowers for a pleasing color contrast.
35. Fairy Light Fence and Cinder Block Benches
Benches made of cinder blocks can be given interesting design touches by turning the blocks in an alternating checkerboard pattern. The benches are finished with comfortable cushions in a maroon and white pattern. The area is finished with densely packed fairy lights along the top of the fence. This gives the area a modern and fun touch.
36. Patterned Mounted Gazebo With Simple Seating
This gazebo is intricately carved with vertical line patterns. It is stained in a beautiful rich brown, contrasting with the rough stone supports. In the shade of the gazebo sit two simple armchairs ready for a peaceful afternoon of relaxation. A gas grill is tucked in the corner of the gazebo for convenient cooking.
37. Recycled DIY Patio Décor With Wooden Flower Planter
Reuse your old barrel planters by using them as umbrella stands. It is best to anchor the umbrella in the stand with concrete so that the arrangement does not tip over. The umbrella stand is surrounded with bright and cheerful annuals in shades of purple, pink, and white.
38. Hanging Chain Link Mini Planters and Office Chair
With the ingenious use of chicken wire, hang rows of terra cotta pots on this planter wall. This would be a great place to grow annuals, herbs, and greens. The frame of the planter wall is a single strut from an arbor. This wall provides a cute backdrop to any seating area.
40. Plant Lovers Paradise With Armchair and Table
This lushly planted patio area has an arbor for shade. Planters hang gracefully overhead and surround the patio. The flowers are planted in white with foliage accents, complementing the white upholstery. White candles echo the color of the flowers. The seating area is finished with a brown and white striped rug.