The reason why so many patios (or outdoor entertaining areas) fall flat? It's because they're not technically necessities, so when it comes to spending money on your home, most of your resources go to the interior. But if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty, some DIY action can turn your patio from boring to beautiful — with minimal expense. Scroll on for 18 outdoor DIYs that cover everything from furniture to lighting to decor to garden ideas.
1. DIY Modern Garden Bench
2. Modern Birdhouse
3. IKEA Cart-->Outdoor Drinks Station
4. DIY String Light Poles
5. DIY Rain Gutter Garden
6. DIY Pallet Couch
7. How to Paint Rattan
8. DIY Vertical Garden With IKEA Bed Slats
9. DIY Industrial-Glam Torch
DO THE DIY: Be the envy of all your friends who opted for one of the two options for backyard torches at their local supplier. (Yawn.) This easy process will produce a gold, industrial-glam torch to light up the night.
10. DIY Macrame Hammock/Chair
11. Patio Herb Garden
12. Homemade House Number Planter
13. IKEA Floor Pad-Turned-Outdoor Coffee Table
14. DIY Wood Hammock Stand
15. DIY Outdoor Terrarium
16. DIY Bug-Repelling Candle
17. Easy Outdoor Bench
18. IKEA Terrazzo Table Hack
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