Man doing home diy outdoor project to build for summer

Summer is halfway over, and time keeps flying by! If you’re like the rest of us, you still have a million outdoor projects to finish before fall arrives. Why not add a few more to the list? These DIY outdoor projects are relatively quick, low-cost, and easy to complete for the builders and DIYers at your home! Pick your favorite project, or a few, and get building! 


A pergola can be the perfect addition to your backyard. They are used to provide shade, cover a gathering area, or simply be used to spruce up an outdoor space. Building a Pergola can be tedious with little to no experience, but these 17 Free Pergola Plans are sure to help make the process a little smoother! 

Backyard Bench

Adding a bench to your outdoor space can provide additional seating for guests and be a great way to add some style to the backyard. There are so many ways to build a backyard bench and tons of different materials to build with. Check out these 40 Simple and Inviting DIY Benches for inspiration! 

woman reading on backyard bench

Cornhole Game

Enjoy the rest of summer with a fun bean bag toss game…after you build it, of course! Follow these instructions to build your very own Regulation Corn Hole Set, then gather your family and friends for some friendly competition. 

Raised Garden Bed

Expand your garden for next year by building a raised garden bed area in your backyard. Not sure where to begin? Follow along with this Raised Bed Garden from A-Z guide to learn everything, you need to know from garden placement to accurate building measurements. 

woman planting in garden

Porch Swing

A beautiful new farmhouse porch swing for $40? Yes please! This how-to guide from Shanty 2 Chic will walk you through everything you need to know to build one for your own home! 

Fire Pit

Adding a fire pit to your backyard can provide a cozy aesthetic, warmth, and a fun place to gather with friends and family. Not sure which type of firepit to choose from? Lowes gives you three options to choose from with instructions and videos to help you build one of your very own. 

building outdoor fireplace as part of backyard makeover.

Picnic Table

Need an extra place for your family and friends to gather and eat outdoors? A picnic table is a great addition to a backyard. Home Depot offers a how-to guide on building your own picnic table to help you get started! 


Are you a dog owner? Well, dog’s need a special place outdoors too. Why not build them their very own doghouse for the backyard? Here are 35 Free DIY Doghouse Plans to help you decide on a design and start building. 

black small dog in front of outdoor diy doghouse