Our backyards are used for BBQ’s and family gatherings, playgrounds and football games. Don’t forget to use your yard for some good ‘ol wind down time! These 15 relaxing DIY backyard ideas will help turn your garden space into a zen place. Catchy, right? :) Remember, being outdoors isn’t all about garden chores and lawn mowing. Sometimes, it’s about learning how to enjoy your backyard, and just chillin’, or working off that everyday stress. From using our senses to relax, to letting off steam with backyard sports, we have tons of awesome DIY backyard ideas that will soothe your soul, or tame the beast.

DIY Backyard Ideas So We Can All Just “Chill

Relaxin’ & Rest in the Backyard

From ‘An Eclectic Eye‘, we love this woven backyard bed space! Want to make one of your own? We don’t blame you… Great step by step directions. We found it hard to believe this was a DIY, but it is!

Need a more comfy spot, perhaps under a tree? For a whole afternoon? We feel ya. Try this DIY hammock chair from ‘Life Sew Savory‘ made with a sewing machine and simple materials.

Or learn how to make a rope hammock from ‘Kinfolk‘. This is just inexpensive nylon rope and overhand knots! Or for more ideas, check out our post on DIY hammocks.

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Need a hammock stand? No problem, ‘Anikas DIY Life‘ has you covered with her tutorial. This is way prettier than those really cheap metal stands, people. Way.

Our next project is a DIY hanging bed from ‘The Merry Thought’ made using pallets. Afternoon siesta, anyone?

The Art of Doing Stuff” did this DIY outdoor sectional and chair tutorial using a Restoration Hardware piece as inspiration.  Just in case you were getting tired of laying down… ;)

These DIY chaise lounges look perfect for a warm afternoon! Made by ‘Being Brooke’ at ‘Ana White‘, she did these for $35!

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Backyard Water Features

Ok, now that you have a place to relax your body, now it’s time to relax the soul! Start with water… this DIY fountain from ‘Oregon Live‘ ought to do it!

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Or make this in ground DIY water fountain in an afternoon with the how to instructions from ‘Family Handyman.’ Adjust the water spray to be a soothing bubbler, or a soft spray the birds will love!

Backyard Fire Pit Ideas

Ok, so now you’ve had a relaxing afternoon, but the evening is creeping in… No need to start the stress parade again! Just fire up your DIY fire pit! ‘Prodigal Pieces’ shows you how they took free sourced materials and made a gravel patio to go with this gorgeous family fun space! The best part? The kids helped to make the whole thing!

If you want to get a bit more serious, jump on over to one of our fav sites, ‘Homemade Modern‘ and learn how to make their concrete fire pit.

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Backyard Sport DIY’s

Sometimes all we want to do to unwind is practice our putt, hit a few balls, or swim a lap or two.

Learn how to make a backyard putting green from ‘Little Bit Funky’. As long as you have a spot that won’t get run over with kids playing football or frisbee, you can make this!

Need to knock it out of the park to let off some steam? Well , no problem, because after you make your own backyard batting cage, you won’t have to worry about breaking the windows! Check out this tutorial from ‘The Cards We Drew’.

Need a swim, but an in ground swimming pool isn’t in your budget? Learn how to install an above ground pool from ’The Vanderveen House’.   Then go check out our post on TBD, DIY Stock Tank Pools!

Speaking of stock tank pools…Ok, you can’t exactly swim laps in it… but how relaxing would your own DIY hot tub be? Check out how ‘Homemade Modern’ used a stock tank and copper tubing to make a wood fired hot tub in his backyard!

Ok, are we officially in kick back mode yet? Good, if you enjoyed these DIY backyard ideas & projects for backyard relaxation, then check out these posts on How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit and How to Build a Backyard Playhouse! Also check out our post on Backyard Ideas on a Budget over at TBD, and DIY Balloon Arch Ideas over at OhMeOhMy!

13 Projects for Backyard Relaxation


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1 Comment

  1. Véronique Cartier December 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I love the hanging beds! The fire pit is an absolute must for patios anymore. How can you host a party without one? Thanks for the great post.


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