Looking to spruce up your garden this spring? Check out this extensive list of simple DIY backyard garden ideas guaranteed to spark your imagination and get those creative juices flowing!
Renovating your garden is a wonderful way to spend the weekend as you prepare for the warmer weather, but they can also be rather costly.
If your Spring spirit says yes but your budget says no. Then check out these 101 backyard garden ideas you can do all on your own.
1. Pallet Wood Garden Walkway
All you need for a wooden walkway is a shovel, wheelbarrow, and a few 2x4s.
Firstly, dig out the area you would like to place the walkway in, insert the wooden planks. Then cover them up halfway and you have a wooden bridge leading to your very own “secret” garden.
2. Wall-Mounted Succulent Letter
Customize your outdoor space with a personalized monogram succulent holder. Additionally, all you need are a few recycled wood planks, nails, and a hammer. Then place your succulents inside and watch them flourish in the warmer weather.
3. Painted Tire Multi-Level Garden
Firstly, recycle some old tires by painting them fun, vibrant colors and filling them with dirt.
Secondly, stack them up just right, then place some decorative flowers inside along with any other decorations you would like.
4. Wooden Garden Markers
A pack of wooden kitchen spoons costs next to nothing. Then pick some up and paint them to color coordinate with your garden. Finally, bonus points are awarded if you label them and draw the vegetables they’re marking on the ladle end of the spoon.
5. Raised Wooden Garden Beds
This one only takes a few supporting planks of wood to anchor the rest around your new raised garden beds. Additionally, this simple process is excellent for keeping pesky, but cute, rabbits out of your veggies.
6. Mason Jar Herb Garden
If you have some extra mason jars lying around, then place your favorite herbs inside and fill them up with dirt. Also, this nifty idea can be implemented both outside and inside of your home. Hence, you can keep those herbs alive all year-round.
7. Garden Seed Starter Kit
Instead of paying for those store-bought seed starter kits, you can start your own with recycled eggshells and a few seeds for less than half the cost. Firstly, simply plant the seed inside and replant the eggshell in the dirt after it starts to grow. Then the shell will decompose and feed nutrients into your budding plant.
8. Self-Cleaning, Self-Sharpening Garden Tool Holder
If you’re a garden lover, then you probably have a few extra pots lying around. So fill one up with sand and mineral oil to use as a tool holder. Additionally, it will keep your blades sharp and free of rust for years to come.
9. Side-Yard Makeover
With just a few bricks, you can quickly turn the side of your home into a natural garden. Create a border using the bricks, fill the gap with dirt, and plant a series of gorgeous flowers to decorate your home for spring.
10. Vertical Pallet Garden
Old pallets often get thrown away or burnt, but you can easily begin to pot herbs or plants in the spaces between the slats for a unique looking garden that can rest anywhere. Make it the backdrop to your existing garden, hang it on the wall of your porch, or bring it inside to spruce up your living spaces.
11. Hanging Rainboot Garden
For the eclectic design lovers out there, take a series of rainboots and nail them to the fence. Fill with dirt, flowers and enjoy something truly one of a kind.
12. Wall Planter
If you have a few planks of wood lying around, give them a fresh coat of paint and nail them together like shelving. All you have to do then is place a few smaller pots on your new wall planter!
13. Gnome Garden Markers
Have extra tree trimmings gone to waste? Whittle the end to a point, then paint it any color you choose. Fill in the “face” with a white beard and you have an adorable gnome garden marker to add some pizzazz to your backyard.
14. Birdcage Succulent Planter
Head to your local thrift store and look for a birdcage or use an old one of your own to create a hanging succulent garden. As the plants grow, they will naturally pop out from in-between the bars.
15. Rolling Garden Cart
Make use of an old cabinet by giving it a fresh coat of paint and attaching some wheels to its legs. Fill the drawers and doors with all of your gardening tools, and you can wheel it around with you while you garden.
16. Wire Tea Cup Garden
With a little metal wire and a metal garden stake. Warp the wire into the shape of a teapot, then fill with your favorite flowers.
17. Trellis Pyramid Garden
With extra wood and a Saturday afternoon, you can quickly create this masterpiece by angling the boards to a point and nailing supports in place. Your plants will naturally wrap around its legs and arms as they grow upwards towards the sun.
18. Vertical Pot Planter
All you need for this one are multiple sized pots. Fill each with dirt, then stack them on top of one another starting with the largest. Plant your garden in the spaces around them, and you have a unique tower that can sit right on the back porch.
19. Cedar Ladder Garden
Power tools are preferred here. Make a series of wooden boxes, then link them diagonally with 2×4 planks. Lean it up against the shed and fill with any plants you would like for an easy to water, beautiful addition to your backyard.
20. Water Lily Container
Fill a large pot with water or wait for it to fill up with rain. Place lilies on top and you have a mini-ecosystem where they can thrive. Add some water lettuce for a little extra flair.
21. Colander Flower Planter
Any colander can quickly become a flower pot. Best of all, it creates a unique centerpiece for afternoons on the porch.
22. Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
While this one is slightly more complicated, you can make it entirely from recycled materials. Here’s a nifty guide to see you through this amazing backyard garden idea.
23. Butterfly Feeder
One ceramic flower, twine, a washer, and colorful beads can quickly turn into a butterfly feeder that is sure to populate your garden with an orange monarch. Then attach the strings to the washer and loop them underneath the flower plate.
Finally, place some lemons and sugar cubes on top, then hang it wherever you would like.
24. Flower Pot Fountain Garden
Stone pots make for the perfect stone fountain.
Additionally, you’ll need to rig a water system for this one. But that isn’t any harder than hooking up an attachment to your hose line. Also, fill with rocks and plants, and voila! Your very own fountain garden is ready to go.
Even More Backyard Garden Ideas
We’ve run out of space to talk about each and every one of our 101 backyard garden ideas, but don’t worry.
We’ve also included a link to each one that will bring up a guide with detailed instructions for your DIY project.
- Beaded Wind Chimes
- Build Your Own Garden Cart
- Green Wall Planter
- Hanging Herb Garden Shelves
- Herb Gardens for Small Spaces
- Hanging Mason Jars
- Indoor Wall Garden
- Simple Hose Storage
- Garlic-Mint Insect Repellant
- Garden Log Planter
- Easy-Peasy Compost Bin
- Concrete Patio Table
- Rocky Buckets
- Garden Mushroom Stools
- Decorative Marker Spoons
- Hanging Chandelier Plantar
- River Rock Garden Markers
- Wine Barrel Planter
- Flower pot Fairy Garden
- Garden Planter Bird Bath Combo
- Turn Your Home Dresser into A Garden
- Pallet Planter
- DIY Raised Garden Beds
- Dirt Cheap Raised Garden Beds
- Tiered Herb Garden
- Fencepost Wall Flowers
- Turn a Tire into a Chic Planter
- Pallet Potting Bench Garden
- Mini-Herb Gardens
- Tea Pot Fountain
- Watering Can Fountain
- Tiered Ladder Planter
- Rustic Garden Gate
- Succulent Wall Art
- Decorative Stone Pond
- Kokedama String Garden
- Brick Herb Spiral Garden
- Elevated/Standing Gardens
- Terracotta Pot Flower Tower
- The Hanging Pallet Planter
- The Upside-Down Planter
- Vertical Saddlebag Gardens
- Hanging Basket Gardens
- Gradient Planters
- Mosaic Tile Window Box Planter
- Garden Monogram Planters
- Criss-Cross Country Planters
- House Number Planter
- Spinning, Hanging Planter
- Neon Cinder Block Succulent Garden
- Pallet Wood Hose Holder with Planter
- Stamped Plant Labels
- Striped Raised Garden Beds
- Easy to Build Stone Planters
- Hanging Glass Outdoor Lights
- Nail Polish Marble Planters
- Flower Pot Table
- Rain Barrel System
- Topsy-Turvey Flower Planter
- Hanging Garden Tins
- Bird Bath On Top, Garden on Bottom
- Grid Trellis from Garden Stakes
- The Gazing Ball
- The Perfect Staghorn Fern
- Vintage Toolbox Planters
- Window Shelf with Lattice Tool Hanger
- Star Wars Garden Pots
- Glow in the Dark Planters
- Raw Stone Vegetable Garden
- Wine Bottle Garden Torch
- Swinging Tire Garden
- Gardening Apron Complete with Tool Space
- Copper Pipe Hanger
- Wood and leather Trellis Wall Hangar
- Garden Wind Chimes
- Hexagonal Garden Beds
- Indoor Hanging Potted Herb Garden