16 Cheap And Cheerful Backyard Ideas To Spruce Up Your Property – Part 1

 

Perhaps your backyard isn't particularly large, or pretty. Maybe you've been meaning to spruce it up but just don't know how, apart from splashing out on expansive decking or an inground swimming pool. Before you go and spend all that money, check out these 16 easy ways you can improve your backyard on the cheap. They're all simple things you can do to improve the ambience of your yard,  whilst making it more suitable for play, and for entertaining.

 

Don't forget to check out Part 2 of this post below:
16 Cheap And Cheerful Backyard Ideas To Spruce Up Your Property – Part 2

 

Lemongrass helps to keep mozzies away. Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. 

 

Reuse empty wine bottles by making mosquito repelling tiki torches with them. Fill the bottles with citronella oil. Get the full instructions here.


Make this DIY splash pad for the kids to whittle away the hours on. Get the instructions here.


Or if you want to really splash out on a pool, but can't afford it, consider a proper splash pad instead. They are priced at around $2-3k, so not cheap, but much cheaper than a pool. And safer, too.

 

Don't have a barbeque? A camping grill is a cheaper alternative. Get one for $29.99-39.99 here.


Upcycle a pretty wind chime out of old keys and string.

 

Make your next BBQ colorfully fun, by spray painting your chairs different colors. 

 

Decorate your backyard for an event by hanging vases with flowers in on the fence.

 

Plant some Kochia Scoparia grass. The hardy drought-tolerant plant starts off a green color but turns a pretty red as it matures.

 

Put glowsticks in water bottles for a game of night time skittles.

 

Use glow bracelets or necklaces for a night time game of ring toss.

 

 

Make a giant water bed in the yard for the kids. Find the instructions here.

 

Stuff a suet feeder with scraps of yarn. Birds will use the yarn to build nests.

 

Place diapers in the bottom of your potted plants. They'll allow for the plants to retain moisture longer and keep them looking fresh.

 

Make a swing out of an old chair. 

 

Got an old chandiler? Replace the light bulbs with solar lights and hang from a tree outside for a beautiful cheap outdoor lighting solution. 

 

Don't forget to check out Part 2 of this post below:
16 Cheap And Cheerful Backyard Ideas To Spruce Up Your Property – Part 2