24 easy and practical DIY ideas for your patio or garden (part 1)

Leigh Leigh
Juan Carlos Loyo Arquitectura Modern houses
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With summer drawing to a close, we all know how important the garden and terrace spaces are. It's an opportunity to spend time outside, get some fresh air and sunshine and spend time with family and friends without being cooped up indoors.

This is why you want your garden or terrace to be beautiful, functional and cosy. It should be so appealing that you want to spend as much time as possible out here!

The great news is that we at homify are here to tell you that this doesn't need to be an expensive exercise. In fact with the right ideas and a little bit of creativity, you can create beautiful, modern and sophisticated outdoor areas that are as functional as they are aesthetically appealing. What's more is that you don't need a professional to help you achieve this! You can do it all yourself.

Let's walk through 24 easy and practical DIY ideas for your patio and garden for some inspiration!

1. Build a cement seating area for a cosy corner

2. Hang plants from the rafters for a dynamic and unique design

3. Build your own braai to turn your garden into a multi-functional space

4. Use different coloured stones to add texture and tone to the outdoors

5. Use your front garden to add some colour to the facade

6. Your garden fence can be built by you, adding security and beauty to your home

7. Build a swing for a charming touch

8. Keep your lawn freshly cut for a neat and tidy outdoor space

9. Install shelves to hold plants, flowers and lanterns

11. Add a statue or sculpture to the garden—you can even make it yourself!

12. Create a flowerbed with colourful, seasonal flowers for a refreshing touch

13. Build a pergola for an edgy touch

Have a look at this article: How to build a pergola: a step-by-step guide.

14. Build a deck for a sophisticated and elegant outdoor space

15. Or build your own water feature for a soothing and charming garden

16. Add pot plants to your terrace to connect it to nature

17. Hang lighting throughout your outdoor space to create ambiance

18. Build a garden path for a more functional design

19. If you don't have time to maintain grass, opt for astroturf

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20. Build a bar in the garden for a social area

21. Use old palettes to create furniture

22. Build a vertical garden for a refreshing and original design

23. Install an umbrella for a splash of shade

24. Use a hammock to introduce a Bohemian design

Also have a look at these 6 tips for making a garden overnight.

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