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35 DIY Yard and Garden Decor Craft Ideas

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Would you like a beautiful backyard that looks like it was designed by a landscape artist? Yeah, I would too. But, since landscape designers come with a hefty price, we’ll have to settle for the next best thing. That, “next best thing,” is a list of ideas which include great photos and links to the tutorials. These are all DIY projects, most are very easy, but with some projects you may need a little help.

You'll find the tutorial for making the concrete globes shown above The Garden Glove.

1. Bird and Butterfly Water Feeder

You'll want to make this bird feeder/ birdbath project because it is super simple, and inexpensive to make. Find the tutorial at hometalk.

2. Glass Block Light

Christmas string lights are used to light up these glass blocks. Find all the information to make the mosaic blocks at DEBBIE MUMM.

3. Fire Pit

The addition of a fire pit to your yard or garden is like an invitation to family and friends. You, and they will enjoy the warmth and beautiful of the fire pit. The Garden Glove shares a great tutorial.

4. Penny Covered Ball

I really think this copper penny covered ball looks attractive and unique. To make one for your yard or garden, go to Kindred Style for the directions.

5. Fan Blade Dragonflies

A table leg and ceiling fan blades combined to make garden dragonflies. Find the directions for making these large dragonflies at Lucy Designs.

6. Garden Bird Stakes

You can't see them in the photo above, but you'll love the super long legs of these birds. The tutorial for this craft can be found at WOOD you like to craft?

7. Concrete Hand Planter

8. Recycled Glass Flowers

You can buy inexpensive glass ware at the Dollar store or at garage sales. You'll get a lot of compliments on these additions to your garden or yard. Go to BIRDS & BLOOMS for the directions.

9. Solar Lights Chandelier

And to think I threw my old chandelier in the garbage last year. Sure wish I had it back now so I could make this for my patio. The instructions for this project are found at homeJelly.

10. Petunia Planter Box

I think petunias are the easiest flower to grow, they are very proficient in blooming and come in beautiful bright colors. I love this planter that makes the petunias look like a huge bush. The building plans for this planter are found at Her Tool Belt.

11. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Imagine how nice glass jar solar lights will look in the evening while you are resting in your back yard. The tutorial for making these lights can be found at garden therapy.

12. Summer Flower Mobile

The little wood slices used to make this mobile can be purchased at a hobby store, or you can cut them yourself. The directions for this project are found at woo jr.

13. Pixie Stick Fireflies

In this tutorial, by RAVENVIEW, the poles are wooden. I wonder if PCV pipe could be used instead. And spray painted with the hammered look paint? I really like these and can imagine them at a number of different heights.

14. Build a Pond

Find out how easy it would be to have a beautiful pond in your backyard or garden, by going to The Garden Glove for the tutorial.

15. Lady Bugs

Be sure to hit the Translate button when you visit this site. The tutorial for making cute ladybugs is at artdrops.

16. Glass Marbles in the Fence

Imagine how beautiful the colored glass appears through the fence boards and then fix up your privacy fence in this way. Garden Drama shows us how it is done.

17. Bee House

A really cute decoration for the patio....without worrying about getting stung by the bees. For instructions go to CROISSANT AND LAVENDER.

18. Garden Treasure Jars

A cute idea for secret garden containers which can hold treasures or notes. Follow the directions found at Empress of Dirt.

19. Mushrooms

Tuck these cute little mushrooms between your garden plants. Enjoy color before and after the blooms. Go to Birds & Blooms for the tutorial.

20. Serving Bowl Bird Bath

I love the looks of this bird bath, and it's easy to make when following the directions given at HomeJelly. Another item, the large bowl, I'll have to watch for at garage sales.

21. Colandar Planters

Don't you love it when you see an item that could be trashed made into a beautiful useful project? Go to Creative SAVINGS for information about this craft.

22. Bottle Cap Flowers

You'll want to start saving your bottle caps so you can make these flowers for your yard. These really nice flower stakes can be made by following the instructions at Suburbia unwrapped.

23. Painted Stone Garden Markers

Your garden will be stylin' when the rows are identified using these stone markers. They look to me like game pieces, I wonder if a game could be invented using them. Adventure in a Box shares the tutorial.

24. Pony Bead Flower Lights

These flower covers make the solar lights as beautiful during the day as they are at night. Find the directions for making them at instructables.

25. Tin Can Creatures

Make these little creatures pop up at unexpected places to give your garden a whimsical look. My Very Educated Mother shares the tutorial for making them.

26. Stone Bird Houses

Be aware that these birdhouses are meant to be decorative, not to house birds. You'll find the instructions for making these stone birdhouses at EMPRESS OF DIRT. Impressive!

27. Beaded Frost Luminaries

Very pretty and elegant! Make these frosted and beaded luminaries by visiting the CRAFTS BY Amanda site.

28. Pebbled Garden Ball

If you've been wanting to try a mosaic project, this is a perfect start. Go to Crafts ‘n Coffee for the tutorial.

29. Caterpillar

Let the kids help with this garden caterpillar, they'll be so proud of their achievement. Easy instructions are available at Nellie Bellie.

30. Draped Cement Pot Planter

I love this draped cement planter idea. Go to HydroPro for the written instructions, or watch the video below

31. How to Make a Draped Cement Hypertufa Planter

32. Debbie Mumm Birdhouses

DEBBIE MUMM has such a storybook look to her art and crafts. She shares the instructions for making these birdhouses.

33. Rocky Bucket Planter

Find the tutorial for making this pebble covered planter at Centsational Girl.

34. Golf Ball Ladybugs

To make these cute golf ball bugs, go to The Whoot.

35. Star Wind Chimes

Find the instructions for making this wind chime at Crafts Unleashed. Although I like the painted version, I think I'd want to keep them with the rusted look.

© 2017 Loraine Brummer

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