DIY Patio Ideas to Transform Your Backyard

Get inspired to transform your backyard with these DIY patio ideas

There are so many ways to transform an outdoor space into an outdoor oasis, all on a tight budget! From creating your own patio from scratch, to decorating on a budget, the possibilities are endless. If you’re looking for an affordable way to create an outdoor gathering spot in your backyard, check out these DIY patio ideas for some inspiration.

Need more ideas? We recently put in a concrete patio as well as an above ground pool and deck.

Why You’ll Feel Inspired by These DIY Patio Ideas

Whether you have a large or small backyard, this area is the perfect place to kick back with a good book, or gather around an outdoor fireplace with friends. It doesn’t have to be an expensive, professionally designed area to make you feel at home and happy. You can easily DIY a patio by creating your own furniture, revitalizing an old worn-out space, or hunting down thrifted materials and decor.

We completed a concrete patio makeover at our home for under $200. You can read all about it here!

Our Backyard Patio Makeover for under $200

Create Your Own Concrete Patio

By Charleston Crafted

If you’re starting from scratch, there are many options to create a patio space as a DIY project. Check out these easy DIY patio ideas.

This concrete patio took one day to complete, and has such a cool design! It shows what bags of concrete, a mold, and a little hard work can create.

Extend Your Current Patio

By Designed Decor

If you have a really small patio, but extra space around it, this is a great way to extend it. A paver patio is an affordable way to get more square footage out of an existing patio, on a small budget.

Use Patio Pavers

By Pine + Poplar

Patio pavers are a great option to create a DIY Patio. This beautiful patio used porcelain pavers which gave the whole space a really upgraded look.

Create a European-Inspired Retreat

By Cassie Jean

This outdoor area uses natural materials, water features and a classic aesthetic to create a European retreat. And, I love the idea of transforming a wood deck with a painted design!

Give Your Current Space A Budget Patio Makeover

By Lost and Found

Already have a patio, but its looking less than cute? Take a patio area from blah to beautiful with a little elbow grease and thrifted finds. I love how this outdoor living space looks with some deep cleaning, some thrifted and DIY outdoor furniture and decor, and a few pretty pops of color.

Makeover A Deck- In A Weekend

By Hammer and Handsaw

This weekend deck makeover looks amazing – its inspiring what pressure washing, staining, vibrant colors and some pretty accessories can do to a space! You can use these same principles on your own wood deck or concrete patio space.

Decorate Your Space With Repurposed Decor

By The Boondocks Blog

There’s no reason you have to buy brand new patio furniture and outdoor decor when there are so many inspirations for thrifted, DIY and repurposed options. I love that this couch was made out of pallets and is a really easy DIY project no matter your skill level.

Use decor to upgrade your space

By Inspiration For Moms

New or repurposed decor can be all you need for a patio makeover. No matter the style of your patio, you’ll find great tips here for how to decorate a small patio.

Create a sitting area in your garden

By Home With Marieza

For the garden lover, this patio design idea of removing grass and then using pea gravel to create a sitting area is sweet! A patio area doesn’t have to exclusively be concrete. This is the perfect spot to look out at all your hard work while relaxing in style.

Create a DIY Fire Pit

By A Loverly Life

Is a list of DIY backyard patio ideas complete without a fire pit area? You can build a fire pit a few different ways- this idea works great for a tabletop using a concrete planter. 

Build Seating For Your Fire Pit

By Houseful of Handmade

This beautiful fire pit area has wood & cinder block benches to create the perfect place for roasting marshmallows- with a great view.

Build Your Own Outdoor Furniture

By Charleston Crafted

Build your own outdoor furniture like this DIY outdoor sectional! Create your own comfortable seating with a few tools and a little creativity. No matter your skill level, this post breaks down how to do it yourself.

Create a wood pergola for a swing

By Practical Whimsy Designs

This DIY wood pergola is such a fun idea for hanging a swing. Or you can use it to hang string lights, flower pots- there’s tons of beautiful ways to add function and decor with these patio additions.

Add warmth and Light

By Craving Some Creativity

String lights are, in my opinion, the best way to instantly create an outdoor oasis with very little effort. Even if you don’t have trees or another structure to hang them, you can create your own!

What’s your favorite DIY patio idea on this list?

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