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Decorating Your Great Outdoors
Oh, how the great outdoors calls to us -- or at least to some of us! Even if we barely have a dime in our pockets and only a small plot of dirt that we try to call a yard, many of us have a yearning to transform our outdoor spaces into something beautiful.
The best way to save on outdoor decorating is to do the crafting and/or labor yourself. Even if you are a novice gardener (at best) and not too handy with the tools (at best), there are ways to fashion DYI outdoor decor without breaking the... bank.
From tiny patios to a big back yard, this fun and budget-friendly outdoor decorating ideas will have you transforming your outdoor space in no time. And many of these outdoor decorating ideas are green in more ways than one -- they are good for our earth, too!
Let these fabulous photos of outdoor spaces and inspiring outdoor decor ideas from across the web get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to click on the links below each photo for great tutorials and more information.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Glass Bottle Border
What a great eco-friendly and colorful bottle planting bed border featured on the Greenbacks Gal.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Hanging Beaded Planters
Inspired by a similar planter her mom bought, the blogger of Knitsters crafted these cute hanging planters herself.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Outdoor Antique "Sofa"
What a cozy retreat an old crib can make when you turn it into an outdoor sofa.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Personal Fire Pit
This gorgeous fire pit looks sophisticated but Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff made it in about an hour for around $25.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Stacked Tire Planters
These cute planters via Today's Nest are the perfect repurpose solution for old tires, and they are great for plants, too. Don't forget to add a tire swing to complete this DIY outdoor decor theme!Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Wine Box Garden
This sweet wine box garden by LLH Designs is picture perfect.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Colorful Floor Mat
The crafty folks at Lowe's came up with this fun and easy floor mat project.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Twig Raised Bed
This twig raised bed via Instructables is a natural beauty and easy as pie to create you.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Modern Porch Swing
Hang out with your honey on this modern porch swing by Ana White.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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Bottle Cap Wind Chime
I ran across this marvelous wind chime on Flickr. There are no instructions, but it should be simple enough to DIY.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Tiered Succulent Planter
Lucy at Craftberry Bush created this marvelous succulent planter that would be great for almost any greenery.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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I've featured Better Together's kid-perfect backyard beach before, but you can find how they did it here.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Prudent Baby gives complete instructions for this succulent wreath, which is the best I've seen by far.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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Hanging Bird Bath
This hanging bird bath by My House and Home is a breeze to make, but it looks divine!Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Terra Cotta Planter
Plain terra cotta pots are creatively stacked to form this bird bath planter designed by Greenlife Nursery. (I like this one too from The Culinary Cougar.)Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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Look closely! This charming potting bench is nothing more than an old desk and garden gate. Want to craft your own? See Centsational Girl's step-by-step DIY tutorial for a similar one that you can make.