11 Cheap Backyard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love

11 Cheap Backyard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love
29 Mar 2021

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If you’ve been meaning to redecorate your backyard, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, don’t worry. There are many ways for you to transform your backyard on a budget. These 11 affordable ideas will help you cosy up your backyard space so that your friends and family will simply love spending time there.

Lay Down an Outdoor Rug

If you want to cosy up your backyard patio area without any renovations, adding a large outdoor rug is a perfect choice. It is an affordable and effective way to change the look of your patio and bring a pop of colour. You can place a larger rug in the centre of the patio or even place a few smaller ones around the seating area. Whatever you choose to do it will definitely brighten up the area and make it look cosy and inviting.

Create a Stone Path

If you want to make your garden feel like an entrance into a fairy tale, what better way to decorate it than by creating a stone path? This DIY project will be a fun and creative way for you to express yourself and try something new. Plus, a stone path can be a very practical addition to your backyard. It can be a clear path from your house to the pool or hanging out area in the backyard. Also, you could add some glow-in-the-dark rocks and install the lighting along the path so that it can light your way to the house in the dark.

Construct a Tree Bench

Another DIY project you can try is to build a tree bench. Now, if you’re not sure about doing this yourself, you can always get some of your friends to help you. All you need is some protective eye gear, a saw, and wood pallets. You need to prune a tree of your choice in the backyard, but make sure to do it in a safe way. Plus, you get to be creative once the job is done. Get the paint in your favourite colours and decorate the bench however you like. This will be a perfect area for your family where you can hang out or even read a book when you want some alone time.

Create Shade with a Pergola

If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in your backyard hanging out with your friends and family, you need to create shade for those long and hot summer days. A great way to do so is to make a pergola. It’s easier than you think. This fun DIY project won’t cost you a lot of money and the whole family can get involved in making it. You can also add curtains to create extra shade and there you have it- your ultimate outdoor living area that everyone can enjoy.

String Up Some Mood Lighting

To decorate your backyard area and make it extra cosy for late night gatherings, add some lighting. This is a perfect way for you to set the mood. Simply add a layer of string lights on your pergola and the curtains. This will instantly transform your patio and make it feel like you’re lying under the most beautiful starry night.

Paint a Fence Mural

If you want to unleash your creative side, decorating your fence is one of the best DIY projects you can do. If you’re into painting or want to try it out, you can try painting a mural on your fence. This is a great way to transform a part of your backyard on a budget. First, decide what paints you will use and make sure to determine the scale of the mural.

Grow Your Garden Vertically

Creating and decorating a garden is always a great way to transform your backyard and make it more lively. Even if your backyard is small, you can still have a beautiful garden by growing it vertically. You can try making a DIY vertical planter, or you can go for something simpler such as drilling planter boxes and pots into your fence. Whatever you choose to do just make sure you have all the necessary equipment such as pruning shears, hose reel, spade, and other pieces of equipment that will help you take care of your plants.

Make a Space for Outdoor Dining

If you plan on hanging out with your friends and family in the backyard, working outside, organising barbecues, and so on, then creating an outdoor space for dining is the best thing you can do for your backyard. Purchase a patio set that includes chairs and tables, or you can try creating your own. If you have any old tables that you don’t know what to use for, redecorate them with some paint and they will be as good as new.

Heat Up with a Fire Pit

Another great idea that you can implement also has to do with the hanging out area. You can build a fire pit in the backyard where your friends and family will be able to spend chilly evenings gathered around a cosy fire, listening to music and chatting. Organise a seating area around the fire pit, bring some marshmallows and the party can start.

Don’t Forget a Hammock

Speaking of comfort and cosiness, you simply cannot forget a hammock. Is there any better way to create a comfy area in your backyard than by adding a hammock in your backyard? Simply suspend it between two trees and make sure to fasten the ropes with tree straps or industrial hooks. You can find hammocks at a very reasonable price both in store and online.

Set Up a Backyard Theatre

Lastly, for ultimate cosy nights and hangouts with friends and family, you can set up a theatre in your backyard. All you need is a projector and a screen. You can hang any kind of white material that can serve as a screen. Then, simply grab your favourite snacks, some cosy blankets and pillows and you’re ready for a movie night.


All things considered, there are many things you can change in your backyard to make it cosy, fun, and inviting. These DIYs don’t even have to cost you that much. Hopefully, these ideas will inspire you.


Neil White

Neil White is an travel and automotive and journalist from Sydney, Australia. Neil was into cars since he can remember, and road trips are his greatest childhood memory. Combining journalism and traveling is something that he was dreaming about, so now he considers himself a really happy person.

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