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5 DIY Backyard Ideas For A FUNtastic Summer

Published: December 8th, 2016

To make the most of the weather and the outdoors this summer, try your hand at creating some of these simple DIY backyard ideas to make your alfresco a comfortable fun zone for your family and friends.


1. Backyard games

Entertain your guests for a few hours with some of these awesome backyard games! Fun and easy to build, we have selected our favourites – but there are plenty more out there!

diy lifesized jenga
Cut up some planks of wood and enjoy some lifesized jenga! Image source: Pinterest
DIY outdoor chalkboard for pictionary
Paint one of your exterior walls with chalk board paint and have a ready made outdoor pictionary set. Image: Hey there home
DIY lifesized memory game
Cut up some squares of cardboard and paint some stencils on the back. Face them upside down and you’re ready for a game of Memory. Image source: Studio DIY


2. Dig it

To ensure all ages are entertained, why not add a sandpit to your backyard? There are heaps of DIY suggestions on how to build your own sandpit, but Bunnings’ How to build a sandpit keeps the process simple and tells you where you can find the tools needed for the job.

build your own diy sandpit
Easy to build DIY sandpit. Image credit: Sandpit


3. Bring the noise

For the music lovers, this acoustic smart phone amplifier is a fantastic way to get some extra sound from your phone on a budget. Needing only a few pieces of wood glued together, this battery free amp really works!


4. Banish bugs 

Summer evenings can often mean itchy mosquito bites. For some added comfort for yourself and your guests, try these incredibly easy citronella mason jars. Drill a hole in the top of the jar, insert a candle wick and then fill the jar with some citronella infused tiki torch fluid.

diy citronella candles
An easy and effective way to deter mozzies – and they look beautiful! Image source: The Whoot


5. Keep it cool 

Once it’s time for the BBQ, keep your meat and drinks cool in this awesome DIY cooler box/grill table! A practical accompaniment to any outdoor gathering, this easy to make grill table offers ample storage space that can be easily moved around the backyard.


With these awesome DIY backyard ideas, you’ll be well prepared when it comes around to your summer entertaining!

If you’re still looking for your dream home (and backyard), see if you can get your own home now! Check out our latest display homes for some more inspiration of how to plan your home’s alfresco, before adding in all of these cool extras.

Also see:

The Best Alfresco Designs of 2016

4 Budget Friendly Interior Design Tips

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