Creative Outdoor Ideas

Updated March 10, 2017
Originally Published February 28, 2016

Spring is almost here! Well, in this part of California it feels like spring IS here. No matter what the weather feels like where you live, I think we’re all a little excited to spend more time outside! Today I’ve collected some creative outdoor ideas that you can use this season or all year long. Some ideas are simply gorgeous, others are downright brilliant!

Creative Outdoor Ideas

1. Metal washtub hanging planter

This is so gorgeous, don’t you think? Best of all, it is SO SIMPLE to do! You can even accomplish this look with silk flowers.

Hanging Galvanized Tub Planter #garden #gardendecor #gardening #gardentips #farmhouse #DIYdecor

2. Chicken Tunnels

The tunnels are like a road network system that chickens are allowed to navigate through and then emerge at their designated “work zone” in the garden, usually an area covered in weeds or an old garden bed that needs some attention.The tunnels are also a great way to keep chickens safe from dangerous critters. However, the older parts of your garden are great for chickens to roam around because there are usually tasty treats for the chickens hidden under the soil just waiting to be scratched up. In return the chickens deposit a little fertilizer and do a lot of the physical work of turning the soil over preparing the garden bed for you. Your chickens and garden will appreciate this outdoor idea!

Chicken tunnels with wire. SO SMART for turning over old soil in the garden.

3. Raised and Enclosed Garden Bed

They are perfect for keeping critters out of your beautiful garden. I just LOVE the front door! Watch the video below to see how to make an enclosed garden. With some lumber, chicken wire, staples, and a door, you too can create a raised and enclosed garden bed just like this! (Source Unknown)

How to build a RAISED AND ENCLOSED GARDEN BED. Step by step instructions with a video

4. DIY Outdoor Patio Set made with Pallets

So neat!

DIY Outdoor Patio Set. So neat!

5. Disney Garden

Make a Disney inspired garden. So cute! Use some landscaping pavers to create the shape of the Mickey Head. Fill the center with soil, then place some outdoor Disney decorations inside. After that, you can plant whatever your heart wishes! Made by Tiffany Piatkowski.

Make a Disney inspired garden. So cute!

 

6. DIY Water Table for Kids

This is made from a thrift store kitchen sink! They used pallet wood around it and even put in a couple of knobs for the buckets on the side. My kids would love this! Made by Heather Toler.

This is a DIY water table for kids made from a thrift store kitchen sink! They used pallet wood around it and even put in a couple of knobs for the buckets on the side. My kids would love this!

7. Wagon wheel succulent garden

Beautiful idea! (source unknown)

Wagon wheel succulent garden. Beautiful idea!

8. Wheelbarrow Succulent Garden

Made by Wholesale Fairy Gardens. Neat!

Here's another succulent garden idea (see the slide before this). Its a Wheelbarrow Succulent Fairy Garden made by Wholesale Fairy Gardens. Neat!

9. Turtles made with Terra Cotta Pots

You can make them in about an hour because they dry quickly! Use 2-3 coats of green acrylic paint in various shades (get the terra cotta paint here).  The turtle’s shell is made out of a terra cotta saucer (turned upside down).The legs are made out of terra cotta pots. Place the 4 terra cotta pots under the saucer. The face is made with these smooth styrofoam balls.Glue the legs and shell together using a strong craft glue, like this. (by Chef Ping Creates – source no longer available)

Paint adorable turtles with terra cotta pots. Neat!

10. How To Make A Rock Covered Bucket Planter

Great idea!

How To Make A Rock Covered Bucket Planter - great idea!

11. Cinder Block Bench

Use painted cinder blocks to make a custom bench in your yard. Neat idea!

Use painted cinder blocks to make a custom bench in your yard. Neat idea!

12. M&M Rocks

paint round rocks to make them look like huge M&M’s outside of your house – cute! Source Unknown

Paint round rocks to make them look like huge M&M's outside of your house - cute!

13. Painted outdoor rugs

Great idea! I’m thinking this could work in certain indoor spaces as well.

 

Painted outdoor rugs - great idea! I'm thinking this could work in certain indoor spaces as well.

14. Bicycle Wheel Flowers

Old bicycle wheels turned garden art flowers – cute!

Old bicycle wheels turned garden art flowers - cute!

15. Watering Can With Lights

How beautiful is this glowing watering can? You will need a watering can, a hook to hang it on, and some fairy lights like these. Place the fairy lights inside the watering can and pull the fairy light strands through the holes. Watch how we made a glowing watering can!

Watering Can with Lights

Directions: (See our step-by-step directions here)

 16. Terra Cotta Pot Elephant

An elephant made out of silver painted terra cotta pots – cute!

An elephant made out of silver painted terra cotta pots - cute!

17. Hubcap Flowers

Hubcap flower garden – such a cute idea! (picture source unknown but see a similar tutorial here).

Hubcap flower garden - such a cute idea!

19. Stained Glass Bicycle Wheel

This would be beautiful in the garden! Made by Linda Timmons

Stained Glass Bicycle Wheel - This would be beautiful in the garden!

5 thoughts on “Creative Outdoor Ideas”

  1. I liv in a condo so I don’t really have places where I can hang bird feeders, but a friend of mine just bought a house and she and I will enjoy handing teapots in the trees in her backyard. Cute idea.

  2. Great DIY ideas there as always. I love the outdoor water table and sink, and given that I can easily get these materials, I am definitely goign to get my tools and start working on this. Thanks a lot for the great pieces of inspirations.

    Cindy

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