With summer festivities and holidays rushing toward us, there is no better time to stop and think about how you want to enjoy your outdoor space this season. Me? I love Steve’s margaritas… or a glass of wine. A good craft beer in the heat of the summer works too! With outdoor spaces being extensions of the indoors in todays homes, making a DIY outdoor bar just seems like a dang good idea. And if you don’t prefer to serve alcohol, use your DIY bar to serve the best iced tea around!

Our featured photo below, is a tiled outdoor bar from ‘My Carpentry’. It has a full tutorial, with step by step drawings. What a great style for a mediterranean or exotic feel to your garden! I love the corrugated metal, it keeps this project looking updated.




DIY Outdoor Bars


‘Stacked Design’ has a tutorial with tons of photos for this pallet bar/table project. And stools!



‘Cleverly Inspired’ shows you how to build a diy outdoor bar, using their deck railing! Great use of space!



This DIY bar idea by ‘The Wedding Chicks’ is easy, vintage and fun! Just place boards across the rungs of a wood ladder…instant bar!



Build a hanging outdoor bar with Sam Henderson from ‘Todays Nest’, for HGTV. This bar was made from old pallets, so its recycling too… great choice for small gardens.



One of our Pinterest finds, using an old hutch as an outdoor bar. Cute and funky! You could pick up a thrift store hutch, then use distressed paint finishes to get this look as well. Be sure to seal it with an exterior grade sealer.



This cinder block planter bar on ‘Design Sponge’ is uber cool, and pretty easy.  The basic steps are all there, be sure to read through the comments for additional tips.



Here is an idea that couldn’t be simpler. What more festive way to share drinks than an ice filled wheelbarrow?  And, it’s portable! You know, for when the party moves from the patio to the lawn for the inevitable football “game”. From ‘Style Me Pretty‘.



‘The Creativity Exchange’ has a great project for those who like to “remake” things… their potting bench turned outdoor bar is more than just repurposing. They has a full tutorial on how to add hardware, make glass storage, etc… Great project for those who don’t want to do actual construction.



Lastly, another Pinterest inspirational project. This one is pretty easy…attach two pallets together with screws, paint, then top with landscape pavers. Pick up some landscape adhesive at Home Depot and attach the pavers permanently for safety. Done!

DIY Outdoor Bars

Image Credits: Pinterest, My Carpentry, Stacked Design, Cleverly Inspired, Wedding Chicks, HGTV, Pinterest, Design Sponge, Style Me Pretty, Creativity Exchange


  1. Samuel September 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Great DIY Bars. I love them ;-)

  2. haley March 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

    For the bottom bar that uses two pallets screwed together and the pavers on top, what size pallets were used? Thanks!

    1. Justin May 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      A standard pallet is 40″ x 48″. The height of a standard kitchen counter is 36″.

      1. Tina June 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        What size pavers did you use?

        1. Kathy Woodard August 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

          Hi Tina,
          You would have to write the original poster of the project you were asking about, each project has a link back to the instructions where you can find that contact info!

        2. Lorrie September 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

          What did you use to connect them? and how? I am at that point with mine now.

          Thank you

        3. Sally September 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

          They’d have to be 16″ x 16″ since 3 of them fit perfectly across a 48″ counter.

        4. Julie legrave May 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

          What size pavers

  3. Laurence April 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    very good !! Trop bien !

  4. Janice Golembiewski May 19, 2016 at 7:39 am

    what size pavers for the pallet bar? very cute

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I would assemble your pallet base first, then measure where you want the paver “top” to overhang, then get pavers in that size!

  5. Prudie May 9, 2017 at 7:39 am

    In the pallet bar project, I like the seagull attached to the house. How would you suggest doing that?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      I would drill a hole into the back of the “Seagull” that only goes part way through, so that you can hang it on a nail or a hook…

  6. Mike P. May 16, 2017 at 5:26 am

    If I didn’t have it against a wall, would it be too top heavy to have it free standing?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Which one are you asking about?


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