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6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Projects

January 21, 2019

When it comes to sprucing up your home and surroundings, upcycling is a fantastic way to go about it.

Using repurposed items for your DIY project is a great way to use materials you no longer want or need rather than buying new things. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing you created it.

On top of this, DIY home projects make excellent bonding activities for the whole family, especially when it comes to making outdoor furniture.

We’ve curated a list of some easy, fun DIY outdoor furniture projects to bring some joy to your backyard, garden or lawn.

With some basic carpentry skills, and your imagination and creativity, you can get stuck into one or all of these projects.

Wooden Pallet Daybed

There are so many ways to reuse wooden pallets, but turning them into this lovely daybed is the perfect way to spruce up a corner of your outdoor space.

Create a cosy patio space where you can enjoy a cuppa, or use your daybed to curl up with a book (or e-reader).

Wire Basket Table

If you’ve got an old wire hamper or a basket sitting around, you can flip it over, repaint it, put a sturdy piece of wood on top of it, and – bam! – you’ve got an instant side table.

This simple DIY project doesn’t even need any power tools, and it’s so doable, you can get it done in a day.

Rope and Canvas Swing

There’s nothing better than swinging softly in a comfy outdoor swing seat. To make this one, all you’ll need is some sturdy rope, a large piece of canvas, a wooden dowel or plank, and a few pieces of steel links.

For a finishing touch, whip up a beautiful, soft cushion for your swing, then watch everyone vie for this top spot. You can even paint the canvas or write on it to make it more unique.

Wooden Crate Table

Repurpose old wooden crates by stacking them and putting them side by side to make a garden coffee table; think DIY Tetris for the outdoors.

You can paint the crates any colour, then add wheels to make it easy to move or store, and use the hollow portions as shelves. This project works just as well with wooden pallets, and you won’t even have to break the pallets down.

Outdoor Lounge Seats

Drive-in cinemas may primarily be a thing of the past, but you can recreate the experience in your backyard with these cushy, DIY lounge seats.

Using pieces of plywood, hinges, and some large cushions, you can fashion your very own outdoor theatre.

When your flick is finished, you can also use your new seats for other activities like picnics, star-gazing, reading, sunbathing, or even indoors as additional seating.

Old Door Privacy Screen

Old doors salvaged from construction projects, yard sales, or even the town tip can be upcycled to make a beautiful privacy screen.

Simply sand and repaint or re-varnish the doors, and attach hinges so they fold correctly, then place them where you want to divide or hide a space.

Odds are, you won’t have to change much about your old doors, as they probably already have a vintage vibe that works perfectly in an outdoor setting.

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