15 Outdoor DIY Projects for a Summer-Ready Yard

Summer will be here before we know it and the best part of summer (and our favorite part of our house!) is lounging and playing in the yard. So to get you and your yard ready for summer, we’ve gathered 15 of our favorite outdoor DIY projects, from outdoor seating and patio tables to pergola designs, arbors, and planters. What’s on your list to build this summer?

15+ Outdoor DIY Projects to Build This Summer

Watch the full DIY tutorial playlist here (and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!) and read below for more links and tutorials, too.

 The Best Outdoor DIY Projects #remodelaholic

DIY Outdoor Seating

A comfy seat is a must-have for an outdoor space, whether it’s just for you or whether you’ll be entertaining. Add a bench, a lounge chair, or an entire outdoor sofa!

This outdoor sectional sofa is easy to build with our tutorial, plus it uses readily available cushions AND provides storage to keep them out of the elements when not in use.

Plywood Sofa Sectional 2

Build a concrete and redwood outdoor bench for a classic style seating, perfect for a shady corner of the yard

or for a quick and easy DIY, this 2-board farmhouse style bench will look great in the garden or inside, too!

Easy Farmhouse Bench From Inexpensive Lumber Remodelaholic The Weathered Fox 12

If you’re looking to maximize your deck space, build space-saving deck benches and side tables that don’t take up existing deck space.

Space-Saving Deck Benches Tutorial @Remodelaholic.com

Kick up your feet on a reclining outdoor lounge chair with storage,

or follow this building plan to build an easy patio set with benches and a coffee table.

DIY Patio Tables

A patio table is a big deal to create a welcoming and comfortable outdoor space! Whether you’re building a full dining table, a coffee table, or a side table, you can DIY a patio table and save yourself some serious cash.

Whether you’re dining with just the family or inviting the whole neighborhood over, this patio table with built-in ice boxes is brilliant (and get the building plan here).

We build a smaller version pallet wood outdoor coffee table with planter or drink cooler and it’s been amazing! (See more cooler tables here.)

If you’re looking for more magazine style, this octagon coffee table with lattice X legs is so stylish, for indoor or outdoor use!

X Base Octagon Outdoor Coffee Table Hertoolbelt

For hosting a barbecue, this beautiful drop-down outdoor buffet table adds just the right amount of serving space, and then folds down when not in use.

Keep it easy! This outdoor coffee table with a bucket base can easily be built in an afternoon.

beautiful and easy patio coffee table

Here’s another fold down serving table, which doubles as decor when it’s not in use.

This outdoor serving table is upcycled from an old door, an old sink, and some scraps. So don’t think you have to go to the store to start building!

We loved this outdoor coffee table with X base so much that we wrote up building plans so you can make your own!

For a bit of added table space, this concrete side table with X base is beautiful and sturdy.

DIY X-Brace Concrete Side Table Plans | Rogue Engineer for Remodelaholic

Pergola and Arbor DIYs

Defining an outdoor space and adding some structure and lighting makes a big difference in ambiance. Try these DIY pergola and arbor structures and add some of our picks for outdoor lighting for instant charm!

This viral firepit pergola with swings is what summer dreams are made of!

Or make a modified version and hang easy outdoor lighting.

If you’re building on an existing deck, this modern deck pergola is easy and budget-friendly…

Modern Deck Pergola @Remodelaholic 34

or build your own traditional pergola following Heather’s tutorial.

And don’t forget to add shade to a pergola using this tip!

drop cloth sail pergola update

Create an entrance focal point to a yard or garden with an affordable arbor using construction lumber

Garden Arbor@Remodelaholic 46

or this gothic arch vegetable arbor, which will look great while providing a trellis for your climbing vines or vegetables!


Other Outdoor DIY Projects

Add some finishing touches to the yard, and you will have the perfect space for enjoying the outdoor weather and an excuse to invite all your friends over!

We love finding hidden Mickeys in the Disney parks… so we brought a not-so-hidden one to our grandma’s yard! See how easy it is to build a character shaped planter bed (or use the same technique for any size or shape).

Diy Mickey Flower Bed For Home Landscaping #remodelaholic


As thankful as we are for the modern convenience of air condition, the condenser unit isn’t beautiful. Build this easy lattice screen to hide an AC unit.

Outdoor Air Conditioner Screen Heatherednest.com For Remodelaholic 14

Add ambiance easily with this DIY outdoor chandelier for a pergola, patio, deck, or porch.

12 DIY The Perfect Outdoor Chandelier By The Creative Home Featured On @

Keep the littles safe with this outdoor baby gate. 

Outdoor Tall Baby Gate, Remodelaholic

Gather everyone together for a game of  YARDZEE with DIY yard dice,

and then watch your favorite summer flicks outside with this easy DIY outdoor movie screen.


More outdoor projects + inspiration:

Stylish Affordable Outdoor Light Fixtures

Outdoor Light Featured Image

Outdoor 2×4 Projects to Build

Outdoor 2x4 Projects For Your Garden And Yard @Remodelaholic

20 Amazing Backyard Lighting Ideas

25 Awesome DIY Outdoor Projects + Decor


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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. Happy Saturday, Cassity. I especially like the patio table with built in ice bins (need to keep those Margaritas cold!) and the patio with pergola, curtains and outdoor chandelier. It’s getting warmer here in Maine now and I’m anxious to get out on the deck. Thanks for sharing these ideas! ~Cheryl