20 Holiday DIY Projects For A Fresh Backyard This New Year

Fresh new year, fresh new yard! These holiday DIY projects are the perfect way to rejuvenate your outdoor space while you have some time off.

1. Fresh lick of paint

Nothing changes a space more drastically than a fresh coat of paint. Change up your colour scheme or simply refresh the existing colour of your outdoor walls or fences for an instant backyard face lift!

2. Re-organise or update your shed

How many broken tools, empty weed killer spray bottles, old pesticides and half empty bags of potting mix do you have in your shed? If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, ‘I can’t even count how many’, ‘it’s anarchy in there’ or exasperated laughing, check out this awesome guide on how to organise your shed for your holiday DIY project!

3. Landscape your garden

If your garden is lacking that ‘wow’ factor, it’s the perfect time to move some things around and revisit your landscaping layout. Cull those plants that have been dying for a while now, relocate others that could thrive better in another home and add some new guys in there to refresh the overall aesthetic.

4. Second-chance Spring cleaning

Sometimes, all a space needs is a good tidy. Water blast your driveway and footpaths, clear your gutters, wash down your house facades and windows, get rid of spiderwebs and get that leaf blower out.

5. Tackle those weeds

Weeds can make any backyard look unkempt, untidy and downright dowdy. Depending on your specific requirements, consider various weed control techniques, such as commercial grade or natural weed killers and manual weeding.

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6. Water feature

Change up your backyard with a water feature! With a vast selection of DIY water features, including water walls, water blades, fountains, bird baths, ponds, and reflecting pools, you’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for your home.

7. Fresh mulch

Spruce up your garden with a new layer of fresh mulch! Change up the colour or type of wood, or even look into decorative pebble top layers, to give your garden a bit of a change.

8. Repave

Repaving might seem laborious, but it offers an instant rejuvenation for your outdoor area. Replace those cracked cement tiles or red brick patios with fresh stone pavers for a clean, natural look.

9. Pot plants

Add more pot plants to your paved areas or update any old, plastic pot plants in some beautiful new pots. Glazed, decorative, industrial, repurposed, concrete, tiled or rustic, new pots can help offer a new look to your outdoor area.

10. Collect rain water

Rain water tanks are super useful and great for the gardener who wants a lush garden without wasting extravagant amounts of water.  Check out this list of awesome DIY rainwater harvesting systems that you can build for your home!

11. Outdoor kitchen

Everything from humble BBQ stations, to pizza ovens, to entire outdoor kitchens. Find a way to incorporate more outdoor cooking and dining options in your outdoor space with these awesome outdoor kitchen ideas.

12. Lawn care

Lawns are easy to overlook during the busier times of the year, but a lush lawn can do wonders for your home’s appearance. Give your lawn a little TLC while you have the spare time with these seasonal lawn care tips.

13. Lighting

Update your outdoor lighting options to enhance your outdoor living spaces for those warm nights when you want to entertain in the fresh air. Update solar garden lights,  use basket hooks and lanterns against your walls or fences, add strings of festoon or fairy lights or replace your lightbulbs with awesome Edison bulbs for a quick spruce up.

14. Mirrors

Want to make your outdoor space feel bigger? Utilise a classic designer illusion and use mirrors around your backyard to create the atmosphere of more space.

15. Outdoor seating

The outdoor entertaining season is the perfect time to update any worn-out chair cushions or add more seating options to your outdoor space. These DIY outdoor seating ideas made from recycled items make for an awesome DIY holiday project!

16. Fire pit

A fire pit is an amazing way to enhance your outdoor lifestyle and create a focal point for your outdoor entertaining area. Use your holidays to build your own paved, in-ground fire pit using these awesome fire pit designs.

17. Gardens beds or veggie patches

Add some rustic flair to your backyard with raised garden beds or veggie patches! Edible gardens will continue to flourish in 2018, and growing your own food is an amazing lesson of independence, patience and responsibility for children. They’ll love helping you build it, too!

18. Backyard greenhouse

Greenhouses don’t have to be huge, high roofed structures! Create your own to extend growing seasons with this list of 21 DIY greenhouse designs, including tutorials on how to build them!

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19. Vertical garden

Vertical gardens, green walls, living walls; whatever you want to call them, they’re a phenomenal garden trend that you should jump on! There are so many vertical garden designs to match any home, from recycled and repurposed designs to tailor made, wall mounted frames.

20. A kid’s dream backyard playground

Want your children to spend more time outdoors? Looking for a DIY project to spend more quality time with the kids? Check out these awesome DIY ideas to turn your backyard into a world of adventurous fun.

Written by Evelyn Kandris

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