Have you ever thought about how easy would it be to create the perfect backyard? Many of us let the designer do his job, without even realizing how much money we could save just by using our imagination. I believe that perfect is what you need plus what you love. So, get ready to create your dreamlike backyard. Here are some simple ideas and sugestions on how to put them into practice.
Set up a backyard cinema
Forget about pool parties and patio barbecues, it’s time for something new. It’s always fun to watch movies with friends and it’s even funnier to share opinions about them. Think about how nice it would be to enjoy these moments on summer evenings, outdoors and for free.
To have your own backyard cinema you will need a projector, an outdoor projector screen, a laptop, blankets, pillows, some good movies and, of course, popcorn.
Build a tree house for your kids
If you had a tree house when you were a child, you definitely had a happy childhood. Your kids deserve to have their own secret haven, or a ‘’top secret place’’ where they could hide every time they do something wrong. It can be a little difficult to build, but it’s worth the effort. First of all you need time. Then you need a good plan.
Make a giant Scrabble set
Ask anyone about word games and the first game that will come into their mind will be Scrabble. You can play this game inside and get bored really fast, or you can play it in the backyard and make it seem much more interesting. You will need a 5 feet square playing surface (made of concrete), 5 different colored paints, 1 tape measure, chalk, permanent black marker and 100 squares measuring 3-1/4 inches each (that means almost 28 feet of medium-density fiberboard). Have fun!
Build a fire pit
Where else could you gather your friends and family to enjoy the wonderful summer evenings? A fire pit is a must if you want to create a soothing or romantic atmosphere, and building it is easier than you can imagine (and cheaper). You need bricks, pea gravel and Masonry Adhesive tube. Just dig a few inches into the ground, place a layer of gravel and then add the bricks. You can build it in any shape you want and you shouldn’t pay more than 100$ on everything you need, but that depends on where you live.
Get a hammock
A beautiful summer day, a glas of ice-cold lemonade, a great book and the entire afternoon just to read it…don’t you feel like something’s missing? A hammock would be your ticket to heaven. Cozy and also decorative, you can buy one or you can improvise. You only need 2 trees, a rope, a sheet and strong hooks. Add some pillows and get comfy!
You don’t even need that large plastic mat you spread on the ground, just play it on grass. Some people say that happiness is when you feel the grass under your bare feet. So buy 4 different color spray and paint some circles on grass. The advantage here is that you can paint as many circles as you want and thus, increase the number of players.
Use tree stumps to decorate
If you happen to have tree stumps in your backyard and you were thinking of a way to get rid of them, we advice you to have second thoughts. Being a natural element, a tree stump can be easily included in your backyard’s design. You can simply plant flowers in it, or you can paint them with glow in the dark paint.
Why not camping in the backyard?
You don’t have a tent? Some blankets, a rope and a sheet should solve the problem. Tie a rope between two trees, about one metre above the ground. Hang some sheets on and spread 2 or 3 blankets on the ground.
Interesting lighting idea that goes perfect with an outdoor party
Outdoor parties have always been the most successful ones. If you think about throwing a party in your backyard, you may want to come with something new, something easy that would impress your guests. An interesting idea would be to put some glow sticks in the balloons and spread them all over the backyard.
Build a tree swing
A swing will always bring smiles to children’s faces and a constant state of happiness. While your kids will be busy building their future memories, you will remember the most valuable moments of your childhood. Be careful when you choose the tree and take into consideration that the branch and the rope should be able to hold the weight of an adult. Also, you have several options to choose from (you can build an old fashioned tree swing, or you can replace the wooden board with something else, like an old tire).
A blackboard against the fence would encourage creativity
It’s easy to find and can be very useful sometimes. Not to mention that it will become one of the main attractions for the little ones. Besides that, you can use it to record scores when playing various games with your friends. In order to build one, you will need: a wooden board, non-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint in black, and 1 tablespoon unsanded grout. Fix the board into the fence, mix grout with non-VOC paint and apply three coats of paint.
DIY candle holders
Make some simple candle holders using mason jars and beans, then hang them on trees. You can create a special effect by painting them in your favorite colors. If you want to add a symbolic meaning and extra personality, create one for each member of the family, write their names on every jar and give them homework. Materials: mason jars, rope, beans/sand/gravel, paints and maybe a permanent marker.
Hopscotch pavers will bring some action and definitely some smiles
Create a new feature for your children’s area and earn some time for yourself. You only need some space, a pile of pavers, paint and a brush to draw the numbers.
Plant some flowers
Plants and flowers are essential if you dream about having a small paradise around your home. Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color (try to combine them in a harmonious way), the result will be a warm and cozy atmosphere that everyone will enjoy.
Add a wind chime
There is nothing more relaxing than feeling the breeze in your hair while you relax in your new hammock… unless you can also hear it. And, as a matter of fact, you could hear it if you would have a wind chime. They are easy to build and you don’t need a lot of time for this.