Summer’s here and what better way to get those creative juices flowing than with DIY patio ideas to beautify your patio, porch, or backyard? Here are some of our favorite (& simple!) projects to add a little color and plenty of visual interest to any outdoor space.
Do you buy pots overflowing with flowers for your patio … and then let them die because you miss a few days of watering? Try a “fix it and (mostly) forget it” solution by creating your own self-watering planter. Put those empty wine bottles to use with this project. You can use any plastic bottle, too, but we think glass wine bottles are more aesthetically pleasing.
- A wine bottle with a cork
- A nail
- A hammer
- A planter and plant
Step 1: Make sure the wine bottle is clean (you can leave the label on or soak it off; whichever you prefer).
Step 2: Put the cork snugly into the bottle, as far as it will go.
Step 3: Carefully take your nail and hammer it through the cork.
Step 4: Gently remove the nail, taking care to not damage the cork.
Step 5: Fill the bottle up with water.
Step 6: Tuck into the soil like you would a watering globe. It’s literally that easy.
Step 7: Check water after a few days, and refill.
Read a longer tutorial at Julie Blanner’s site.
Container gardening is all the rage, but instead of simply setting those plants on the ground, why not give them a little more height by building a plant stool? There are hundreds of DIY plant stools floating around the Internet (thanks, Pinterest!), so we decided to make our own.
- (1) Pre-cut wooden circle (at least 10″)
- (3) 6″ Tapered Round Legs
- (3) Angled Metal Top Plates
- Wood Stain of your choice
- Painters tape
Step 1: Find the three equidistant points in the circle by taking the circumference and dividing it by 3.
Step 2: Mark those measured points around the circle and draw a line from each point to the center of the circle. In the middle point of each of the three lines, center a leg plate.
Step 3: Secure each plate to the wooden circle with the screws, and then secure the legs by screwing each one into its corresponding plate.
Step 4: Cover the metal hardware with tape and finish your stool by staining it with the wood finish that you picked!
After your stool has dried, its ready to give your plants a little pick me up! Check out another cute, marble/copper pipe version that we love over at Foxtail and Moss.
Painted Cinder Blocks
Don’t underestimate those drab gray building blocks. Take them to new heights when you use them as planters.
- Cinder blocks
- Plants — we love succulents in cinder blocks for an ultra-modern vibe
- Spray paint
- Pea gravel or river rocks
Step 1: Paint your cinder blocks however you like. Spray the whole block, or tape off half to create geometric patterns.
Step 2: Position cinder blocks on your patio where you want them.
Step 3: Put down a layer of gravel or river rocks at the bottom of the holes.
Step 4: Fill with soil.
Step 5: Add your plants.
Find additional cinderblock inspiration with Brit + Co.
DIY Plant Stand
Our project above will give your plants a little lift, but here’s another DIY to help your plants reach new heights!
- Two 10″ or 12″ wooden pre-cut circles (at least 1/2″ thick)
- Four 3/4″ or 1″ square dowels
- Paint or Wood Stain of your choice
- Power drill
- Tape measure
- Eight 1/2″ wide L-brackets
- Corresponding Screws
Step 1: Sand down the wooden circles and square dowels to create smooth edges. We cut our circles with a jigsaw, but you may be able to find precut circles at a local craft store — just make sure they don’t have rounded edges.
Step 2: Stain or paint the circles and dowels with the color(s) that you picked
Step 3: Once dry, measure 7″ from the bottom of all of your dowels and carefully mark those points. After measuring up from the bottom, measure 2″ down from the top of the dowels and mark those points as well.
Step 4: Place the L-brackets so that the center of the holes match up with the marks you made, drill pilot holes, and then secure the brackets in place with a screw. Double check that you attach the brackets right side up.
Step 5: Take the circumference of one of the circles, divide it by 4, and mark the equidistant points around each circle.
Step 6: Carefully drill pilot holes on those marks around the circles.
Step 7: Last, attach the circular wood pieces to the L-brackets where you placed the pilot holes to create your shelves.
And there you have it! For step by step photos for this DIY plant stand check out A Beautiful Mess.