If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects you’re not alone, they’ve become very popular. Completing a project you created yourself can be extremely gratifying and motivating. There’s a number of reasons people love engaging in do-it-yourself projects. When you’re able to do the project yourself you not only save money but it also allows you to be creative adding your own personal touch to the design.

Now that spring season is upon us and summer’s not that far away there’s plenty of creative outdoor DIY ideas that are useful and inspiring. If you want to transform your outdoor space, I’ve found 7 of the best functional do-it-yourself projects that will personalize your outdoor living area.

DIY Hose Storage With Built-In Planter

Hose Storage With Built-In Planter

Most people use a garden hose from time to time and if it’s not stored on a reel it’s often found in a clump laying on the ground. There’s nothing worse than having to untangle a hose before it’s usable. This impressive DIY hose storage with planter can be made out of recycled wood from pallets and looks awesome.

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DIY Tree Bench

Tree Bench

I’ve run across several creative outdoor bench ideas for anyone that wants to add seating in their backyard and was very impressed with these. Sitting under a tree on a beautiful spring or summer day can be peaceful and relaxing. I really love this DIY idea of creating a sitting area around a tree in the yard.

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Rolling Outdoor Grill Island

Just like cooking indoors, when you’re grilling outside there’s nothing more difficult than not having enough work space. An outdoor kitchen island is a welcome asset if you love to grill. Most outdoor kitchen islands for grills are either permanent or can’t be moved around easily. This unique DIY outdoor grill island has a countertop and wheels.

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Picnic Table With Cooler

Picnic Table With Built-In Cooler

Picnic tables are perfect for dining outdoors. Wooden picnic tables are popular outdoor furniture. They’re durable, provide extra seating and table space. I’m really impressed with this do-it-yourself picnic table project from Home Depot because it also has a built-in cooler.

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Small Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed

Outdoor storage sheds are very useful but they can be rather pricey depending on the size and materials used. If you need a shed for storing things outside you can buy ready-made storage sheds or you can build one yourself. Cedar is a great building material for outdoor use. Here’s a sharp looking DIY storage shed that’s built with cedar fence pickets.

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DIY planter

DIY Planter Trellis Combo

Create a living privacy screen. These plans feature a simple planter and trellis planter made with bamboo. You can do it in a weekend for about $100. If you’re wishing for wisteria or craving clematis, you can plant them just steps away in this planter and trellis for your deck or patio. And if you build a pair of them, you can create a privacy screen or provide shade from the late afternoon sun.

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How to Build a BackYard DIY Fire Pit

Backyard DIY Fire Pit

Backyard fire pits are permanent landscape features and very functional. Sitting around a crackling campfire is relaxing and a great place to enjoy family and friends. Fire pits add outdoor ambiance, provide warmth and light. There’s also no better place to toast marshmallows, make smores or roast hot dogs. This DIY fire pit would be a perfect backyard addition.

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