Most of us are really busy, and if we end up spending several weekends in the yard finishing projects, they tend to not get finished. I like simple, and fast for most of the DIY projects I do…probably because, if you ask Steve, I have an issue with patience. And procrastination. But that’s another post. :) In any case, the first thing I want to do in the garden each year is all those projects that sounded so perfect at the end of last season! So let’s jump right in and find some great DIY one day backyard projects that are perfect for beginner DIY’ers, and give quick gratification. And who doesn’t love that in the garden?

Our featured project, above, is from Shelstring Blog. A wooden bench made from logs, lumber, and a few well learned lessons! Read their tutorial, this would be amazing in a shade garden!

This is one of our original projects, and still one of my fav garden projects we’ve done so far… It’s come along way since this photo was taken, so Ill try to update this season with all the plants filled in. But if you are looking for something simple and more contemporary, try our DIY Project: Contemporary Garden Water Feature – Less than $30.



This must be the simplest bench ever! From Family Handyman, these free plans for this wooden bench are easy to follow and for the novice. And, it takes a minimum of budget supplies!



Read all about how to build a pond and fountain in one day, for less than $200! This is quite a project for this budget, and could take your garden to wow factor in…yes, just one day!



Want to know how to make a simple tree house? What a great one day project! From Apartment Therapy.



From HGTV Gardens, build a brick fire pit in an afternoon! Need another fire pit tutorial?



More water features! This DIY bamboo water feature had complete instructions, I love how different this is! Great idea if you have a slope you don’t know what to do with, or want to bring a more Zen feel to the garden.



Love this cobblestone path from Home is Where They Love You! Made with a form and concrete, this is a budget project as well!

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Really like the look of this DIY outdoor day bed from Apprentice Extrovert.

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Finally, Alison at How Does She? made this amazing window box for only $3.12! Read all about how she did it, she has great photos as well.


Image Credits: Home is Where They Love You, Shelstring Blog, Family Handyman, Family Handyman, Apartment Therapy, HGTV Gardens, Family Handyman, Apprentice Extrovert, How Does She?

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  1. Doug May 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    The concrete formed cobblestones is a bad idea. Lots more work than it looks and they only look good for a few years. I helped my neighbor do this at his house 15 years ago and he has since replaced it with stamped concrete (which costs a lot more but looks much better.

    1. Kathy Woodard May 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Anyone else have experience with this?

      1. Zibby Bricklayer May 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        Actually self-made cobblestone path is not bad idea at all, BUT – as with all builing/concrete-related tasks it requires some knowledge and preparation. The guy from the picture does it all wrong, you can’t just mix cement with water and expect it to last for long – it requires additional sand and gravel if you want to use it as your path, not just a decoration. Also it requires preparation of the ground below it, don’t just put it straigt on the soil if you expect it to stay intact. Can’t see any fillers in this expample also – those faux cobblestones need gap filling!
        All in all great idea but, as I already said above – requires some preparation and minimal knowledge.
        Good luck!

  2. Zaini Ismail April 4, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Hi Kathy, just to let u know how glad i was for having stumbled on to your site. Guess what, these pebble stone pavement, bench etc has been a favourite. I pinned it yesterday, and was gladly surprised that there were 5 pinners who pinned from me! Grest! I’m new to pinterst. T Q. From Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia.

  3. Rina March 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Where do you get the foam for the cobblestone?

  4. Helenann Johnson November 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I LOVE the cobblestone . Where can I get a form to try this ?

    1. Ron Young March 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

      lowes or home depot has them


    2. rob May 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I purchased the coble stone form about 15 years ago at Busy Bee, its OK for a small path. I have made a large area 25 X 25 ft.

  5. Armande August 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Great ideas for our garden! And on a budget too. I love the bamboo waterfall but in The Netherlands ALL gardens are flat. :D

  6. Janet July 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    You are amazingly talented. I am so glad I found this site and am going to follow you on Pinterest. THANKS

    1. Kathy Woodard July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thx Janet!

  7. Michele June 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I came here because of the peak in my stats, and wondered where they were coming from. I’m so delighted that you found my bench! It has truly gotten more attention than I ever thought it would and the funny thing is, it really was done in a day. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I particuarly love your water feature and think I might give it a go!! ;)

    1. Kathy Woodard June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Yes – This post has been very popular! Loved your bench! Thanks Michele!

  8. Vicki June 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    How did you remove the grass?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Which project Vicki?

  9. Karen Helton June 10, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I am absolutely gobsmacked by the simplicity of these projects particularly because I have never seen them elsewhere! I absolutely can’t wait to give them a go!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  10. Elliot May 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Some great projects there. I’ll bookmark this and have a go at some myself. :)

  11. Elizabeth Sagarminaga April 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I love your project. You are very talented person and one should get inspired from your great patience. Obviously, this backyard project is perfect for beginners. Great ideas.


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