diy garden furniture

Garden furniture can be one of the most expensive (and boring) parts of a backyard design. It’s not an easy task to find interesting garden pieces that fit into your budget. It is easy however, to build these great DIY garden furniture pieces to add a unique element to your yard. Did we also mention you will be up-cycling, on a budget? Win win!


Cinder Block & Wood – One Hour Bench

Try this tutorial from Kayla’s Basement, our featured image above! This is an easy and fast bench to create for any outdoor space and nice because it is easily adjusted to fit different size cushions.

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 Yard Sale Chair Garden Bench:

This is a great touch to any garden, and you can use any style depending on the style of chairs you choose. This is the toughest of our five projects, so if it isn’t in your skill range, we have more! This one takes a little cutting of lumber, but still a pretty easy project for anyone willing to get their hands dirty. If you look at the bench, you will see how the basic assembly process goes, but here’s a quick step by step.

Face two wooden chairs next to each other. Using lumber from the home improvement yard, or better yet, recycle wood pallet slats, connect the chairs on both sides along the seat base. Don’t make these side pieces too long as you want the bench to be stable. Now measure the length from the back of one seat, to the back of the other. Cut and attach lumber over the seat to create a new bench seat. Now add lumber pieces for the “back” of the bench. Paint and seal, and enjoy!

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Up-Cycled Cement Block Bench:

This one from BHG is a bit easier for the average DIY’er. Simply stack cinder or cement blocks (Can you get recycled ones from your local Habitat for Humanity Store?). Add a pad to the top of the bench for comfort. You can create one by covering a piece of foam from the craft store with fabric, or try finding a “last of it’s kind” garden cushion on clearance (or thrift store!) and lay it flat. Even scattered throw pillows!

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Small Log Table:

If you have a wood pile, or access to a cut down tree, all this takes is cutting an armful of logs to the same length. Secure tightly with two straps. Done!

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DIY Garden Tree Trunk Dining Table

LOVE this table! The biggest issue with this table is making sure the stump top is level. This can be pretty difficult but if you have access to a chain saw, this is a good bet. For the rest of us, we will be screwing scrap wood shims to the surface until we can create a level surface to secure a wood table top to.

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Wood Tree Trunk Garden Stools (Or Ottomans!)

This tutorial from Shelterness is a cute idea for making easy garden stools from tree trunks. Great for kids or for putting your feet up! Easy!

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Unique DIY garden furniture, for the cost of some up-cycled materials and a little elbow grease. Which one would you most like to try?

Image Credits: makandjill, kaylasbasement, bhg, diy-enthusiasts, thisoldhouse, shelterness


  1. Charlotte December 14, 2014 at 9:53 am


  2. Elaine June 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    A router and a jig would flatten that stump better than a chainsaw

  3. Véronique Cartier June 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hi Kathy, thanks for sharing! The small log table is fantastic!


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