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How to Decorate an Outdoor Space on a Budget
The best outdoor spaces are packed with useful, weather-resistant and attractive furnishings. While outfitting these areas can get pricey, just remember that you can save a lot of money with DIY projects, which are often as fun as they are inexpensive. As an added incentive, decorating the exterior of your house not only improves curb appeal, but it creates another usable space that feels like home.
Essentially, your outdoor living space should always look and feel like an extension of the inside. These DIY outdoor decor ideas work to enhance the livability of your home's exterior while amplifying your style. The projects range from patio decor ideas to porch improvements and even include a few ways you can stylize your garden.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Welcome Guests With a Personalized Doormat
If your welcome mat is all function and little style, you're missing a big opportunity to add some personality to your outdoor space. When guests arrive, a welcome mat is one of the first things they interact with at your home. Make it count. Stenciled DIY welcome mats such as this one are so inexpensive, that you could have one for every season.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Upgrade Your House Numbers to Be More Modern
When it comes to outdoor decorating to improve curb appeal, the devil is in the details. A cheap, plastic house numbers sign is going to detract more from your home than you might realize. There are numerous ways to upgrade your house numbers, but there are a few key points to remember.
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- Make sure the style of the numbers is in keeping with the age and style of your home.
- Position house numbers underneath an exterior light so people can see them easily from the street.
- Keep the number font simple and highly readable. Some fancier scripts are nearly impossible to read from a distance.
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Keep Bugs Away With Wine Bottle Tiki TorchesContinue to 5 of 20 below.
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Add Some Warmth to Your Outdoor Area With a Custom Sign
Signs are a great way to welcome guests into your home or make a powerful statement that speaks to your family's values. You can craft a sign for your porch area that says just about anything. Put some thought into the feeling you want to create. Do you want it to be welcoming? Perhaps a simple "Welcome" sign will do. Do you want it to be cozy and conducive to small gatherings? This lowercase "gather" sign would work perfectly.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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Create a Mini Flower Garden
People tend to take their gardens pretty seriously. But a little outdoor whimsy can do more to improve your mood than a plain garden with no personality! This mini flower garden is fun for the child in us all and is an even better project to tackle with your kids. Once you create your mini pots, incorporate them into a fairy garden in your flower beds.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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De-Electrify a Chandelier for Outdoor Use
Not everyone is lucky enough to have electrical wires running out to their patio or backyard. But even if there is an area for overhead lighting, this converted chandelier makes a beautiful accent light. Too much light outside is not nearly as relaxing as the ambiance of candlelight.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Make an End Table Using a Wire BasketContinue to 9 of 20 below.
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Learn How to Make a Succulent Plant Container
Succulent planters are fairly low maintenance and easy to create. However, it's worth learning the proper way to make a large planter such as this one because mistakes can happen. Once you get the basics down, you'll be able to create some eye-catching focal points in your outdoor living space that will get your neighbors talking.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Kids Can Help With This Beaded Wind ChimeContinue to 11 of 20 below.
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Add Some Ambiance to the Backyard With Hanging LightsContinue to 12 of 20 below.
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Transform a Front Door With a Stylish DIY Wreath
Some people change their wreaths on their front door as often as they change their sheets. Perhaps this isn't you, but you don't have to be a crafty person to have a refined front door. A simple boxwood wreath can take you through most seasons with style.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Add Dimension to a Yard With a Garden Arbor
Even small backyards benefit from the aesthetic and function of a garden arbor. They make great focal points for pictures (think of your child's senior prom). But they also provide more growing space for garden lovers. Many climbing plant species look stunning on an arbor.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Upgrade Terra-Cotta Pots With Rope
Terra-cotta pots can be kind of boring. But since they're inexpensive and better than plastic for many types of plants, crafters have found ways to give terra-cotta pots a makeover. This project is simple: All you need is some twine rope, paint, and glue.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Keep a Pizza Herb Garden on Your Porch
It makes sense to keep your herb garden in the kitchen if you have enough light. But for the summer months, you'll get the most out of your herbs if you move them outside. This particular herb garden features ingredients to jazz up your homemade pizzas.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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A Recycled Glass Table Makes the Perfect Water WallContinue to 17 of 20 below.
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Use Old Window Panes as Space DividersContinue to 18 of 20 below.
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Keep Warm by a DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl and S'mores Maker
You might live in a town where you're not allowed to have backyard fire pits or open flames. If so, you don't have to miss out on the quintessential summer activity—making s'mores. Create a mini fire pit using concrete, ceramic, or copper. Even if you don't want to make s'mores, this tabletop fire bowl can work as a makeshift fire pit and gathering place.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Turn the Outdoors Into an Extension of Your Living Space With Pillows
To make an outdoor space cozier, the more pillows the better. The only problem is, tons of pillows add up to cost tons of money. Create affordable outdoor pillows using water-resistant fabric found on clearance. Some DIYers have even gone so far as to use old shower curtains.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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Transform Grapevine Balls Into a Spectacular Light Feature
These grapevine balls have made their way all over Pinterest as barn wedding decorations. Though they make great rustic wedding decorations, the balls look even better in a rustic farmhouse style home. Along with this chandelier project, there are other ways you can incorporate these into your outdoor space:
- Fill a wire basket with them and add a wood top to create a rustic end table.
- Place one large ball on top of an urn floral arrangement.
- Use individual balls as accent pieces along your porch and steps.
- Group varying size balls together in threes.