Waste Not, Want Not: Turn Your Backyard’s Mess into Something Beautiful

girl on swing outsideWe often think about ways to make the interior of our homes more comfortable and inviting. What about our backyards? You don’t have to be a gardening or landscaping expert to make your yard an additional living and relaxing space for you and your guests. If you are looking to sell or buy a home, a few yard upgrades can add to the value of a home as well.

What do you already have that you can transform? Chances are you have old items laying around your home or garage that you can easily refurbish into something new and useful. Browsing thrift shops for wallet-savvy finds is also a great way to find low price items that can be turned into something you will love.

Beautiful outdoor lighting

Hang decorative lights from trees to create a nighttime retreat. Use a wire basket, mason jars, and decorative baubles like crystals to create romantic lighting to transform your yard at night. This project is easy for anyone to tackle. Small votive candles placed in the mason jars will provide light.

Light up your walkways with glow-in-the-dark pebbles. This is a creative way to light up your walkways without candles or lanterns. Place the pebbles in the cracks between stones or around the edges of your garden for a bright glow when it is dark.

Add table space

Use the fence you already have and create a foldable table you can use for cook outs, planters or anything else you can dream of. Easy to do, the project should only take about an hour using hinges, screws and a wood board. This is a great way to take something you have and make it a practical, useful item.

Garden with flair

Use old pipes to add plants into your yard. You can line them along a fence, around an existing garden or near a seating area to add color and life. All you need is pipes, potting soil and small plants like succulents or flowers. It is simple, easy and beautiful.

Tires tires tires!

Tires really are versatile objects to transform into new, fun items. Take old tires and create tire swings for a family friendly yard. Try transforming a tire into a planter. You can spray paint them bright colors and place them around the yard or even mount them on a wall for a suspending tire planter.

When you buy new tires, ask the repair shop to keep your old ones for this project. You can also get tires from the municipal dump or by posting an add on Craigslist. Adding planters to your yard, even ones made from a tire, add personality and color to your yard.

See the potential in your yard

Look at your yard as if it is a blank canvas. You can do anything you want with it. Create a play area for the kids, a relaxing garden for mom and a seating area for family dinners. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Recycling items you already have is a great way to save money while adding value to your home.






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