Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
I love DIY outdoor decorating ideas on a budget because you’re able to save money while sprucing up your backyard.
As you’ll see below, there are many ways to create a more beautiful garden or yard without going out and buying new things. In fact, many of the items below are either repurposed or handmade.
DIY Outdoor Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Repurpose Old Unused Items
Repurposing old items that you don’t use anymore is the easiest way to decorate your garden or yard on a budget. You don’t have to buy anything. And, your creativity will allow you to do almost anything.
You can use old cans, jugs, tires or even umbrellas to spruce up your garden.
Painted Old Birdhouses
This is a very unique way of decorating any spot in your garden or backyard. You can collect some old birdhouses and repaint them with beautiful colors to match the look of your garden.
In the photo, you’ll see birdhouses grouped together flowers. Their colors allow them to blend right in with the beautiful blooms all the while adding lovely décor.
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Galvanized Tub Planters
Next up on our DIY outdoor decorating ideas on a budget list are galvanized tubs. Above, a pail and larger tubs are used to create a tower planter. But, you can pretty much do anything with them.
Planters are the most obvious because of the shape of the galvanized tubs. However, you can fill them up with other old items to create lovely art pieces as well.
Pergolas are expensive to buy and have people set up.
But, you can create your very own with a some wood, curtains and some kind of canopy or roofing if you want to have overhead shade.
With a little carpentry work, you can create the pergola yourself as well.
The photo above shows a DIY pergola by the side of the house which is much easier to create with fewer materials.
DIY Hanging Can Planters
This is a great DIY outdoor decorating idea because everyone has old cans. All you need to do is save the cans after you’ve used the contents for cooking.
In most cases, the larger can will be better. This gives you more space to grow plants in.
From there, you can paint and color the cans however way you want. You can also add a few designs you it.
Finally, hang them up to a branch or overhead beam. You can use different kinds of rope or wires to do so. And, voila!
This is one of the most stunning creations in our list of DIY outdoor decorating ideas on a budget. And, the best part is, it is very simple to create.
All you need are a few pieces of plywood to create the shape of the frame. The image above uses a rectangle. But, you can easily create a square, diamond or circle as well.
You can likewise varnish it or paint it if you want.
Once your done, stick a few candles of different heights around the frame. And finally, add the chain attachment from which the chandelier will hang.
Wooden String Lights Planters
No outdoor decorating idea will be complete without string lights. But, to take things up to the next level, you can add a planter at the base of the pole as well.
This will make it look beautiful on the bottom as well as the top.
You can decide how many to create depending on the area you want to cover. Similarly, it’s up to you on what kind of bulbs you want to use for the lighting.
DIY Coffee Table and Lamps
Create your own coffee table and lamps to go with it. These are an amazing idea that will allow you to set up a patio or entertainment space in your backyard.
It does take a little work. But, doing it yourself will save you a lot of money which really goes a long way especially when you’re on a budget.
Paint and Color Old Cans
This is another variation of the old cans above. But this time, you’ll be setting them on the table or other places instead of hanging them.
This décor piece also uses polka dot painted cans instead of solid colored ones. By changing the patterns on the cans, you can create all sorts of variations.
Use Large Baskets as Planters
Large woven baskets are gorgeous. And, it would be a waste not to reuse them as DIY outdoor decorating ideas. In this case, you can use them as planters to hold beautiful flowers.
By placing lovely blooms of different colors side by side you can create liven up a section of your porch or deck without doing anything else.
DIY Outdoor Lounge Couch and Lights
If you have a little bit of carpentry expertise, it can save you a lot of money to create your own outdoor sofa instead of spending a few hundred bucks to get one.
This one comes in a lovely L-shape because which fits into where it is positioned. But, you can make a smaller or bigger one depending on how much space you have.
- Repurpose Old Unused Items – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/17099673575733162/
- Painted Old Birdhouses – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/321655598358955878/
- Galvanized Tub Planters – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/228135537346620340/
- DIY Pergola – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27162403983897028/
- DIY Hanging Can Planters – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/139330182210098785/
- DIY Candle-lier – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/454863631100507144/
- Wooden String Lights Planters – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034100834677/
- DIY Coffee Table and Lamps – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AYjUL7EiSrUj4qVafMMV5_SyZvOTcFFwRdyeZdKThhhZ_9kqVawrW0U/
- Paint and Color Old Cans – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2181499809553410/
- Use Large Baskets as Planters – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/95279348352386087/
- DIY Outdoor Lounge Couch and Lights – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/196399233739017415/