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DIY Tips To Decorate Your Patio On A Budget

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By on Jun 7, 2017
DIY Tips To Decorate Your Patio On A Budget

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When the snow melts and flowers start to bloom, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to start focusing on beautifying your landscaping for another season of outdoor fun. Your patio is a great place to rest, relax and enjoy the serenity of your yard. However, a patio that’s decorated poorly and not properly cared for will make you want to stay away from all your backyard has to offer.

Homeowners know that caring for your outdoor space can be expensive. But with a few DIY ideas, you can create the patio you’ve always dreamed of without spending a fortune. See a few projects you can complete to decorate your patio on a budget.

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Patio Decorating Ideas

Patio Installation Costs

If you don’t already have a patio, it’s certainly a great addition to any size yard. Patios can add extra useable space to your home and yard with a simple installation. While some homeowners choose to DIY this project, many often turn to a contractor to help them with all the details such as finding the perfect size and where the patio should be placed in the backyard. A pro can also help you fill out the proper permits, if your area requires it. The average cost to install a patio is $2,859 with most homeowners spending between $1,957 and $3,135.

Clean Your Patio

1. Clean Your Patio

Before you begin thinking about what DIY patio décor you want, it’s a good idea to give your patio a proper cleaning. Brick and concrete patios can become worn, mossy and dirty over time. Clean your patio once a year to keep it looking great and a comfortable place to spend your time outside. In some cases, with regular upkeep, a simple sweep and then spray down with a hose might do the trick. But in cases with set in staining and heavy moss, it’s a good idea to pressure wash it to make the concrete or brick look good as new again!

2. DIY Patio Wall Décor

If your patio is close to the wall of a house, garage, fence or trellis, you’re in luck! These spaces make it easy to add a personal touch to your outdoor décor. The key to find the perfect DIY patio wall décor is making sure it’s outdoor-friendly. Cloth, metal and frequently used DIY materials will not do well here. A great way to not only spice up your patio but keep it functional is with a hanging herb garden. These are easy to construct and great if you have a small backyard.

For those without a green thumb, there are other options you have to add a bit of style to your patio. I love the idea of creating unique patio wall art from materials you can find almost anywhere. See this tutorial from In My Own Style on how you can make your own using vinyl tablecloths.

Repurpose Patio Decor

3. Repurposed Patio Furniture

A large part of a patio you can feel comfortable on starts with furniture. In an effort to go green and save money, many are repurposing old furniture for outdoor use. Of course, a couch might not be the best choice here, but an old wooden bench, chair or table can be transformed into patio furniture. You’ll need to treat the wood first with a waterproof sealant as well as choosing a weatherproof paint.

Even with treatment, repurposed furniture can still weather. Try to move patio furniture indoors during inclement weather and for the winter.

DIY Patio Lighting

4. Decorative Patio Lights

A little bit of light goes a long way with patio décor. String lights are the perfect accent to your patio, and will help you enjoy it late into the evening. String between awnings, trees or install posts if needed. You’ll be happy to have these once the sun goes down!

5. Decorating A Patio With Potted Plants

Potted plants are an excellent way to decorate your patio on a budget and enjoy all the benefits of the outdoors. Consider creating a container garden on your patio to enjoy your favorite flowers. Place a few potted plants on tables in interested containers such as mason jars, decorative bowls or even an old watering can. The options are endless!

DIY Seasonal Patio Decor

6. DIY Seasonal Patio Décor

DIY patio décor can be interchangeable, especially for celebrating the changing seasons. Use pastel colors and plenty of flowers to decorate in the spring. For summer, consider creating DIY beach patio décor by using large shells as decorative pieces, or even creating a decorative sandbox out of an old birdbath. Have some fun with your DIY Halloween décor by dressing it up with pumpkins and painted wall art. You can use a Halloween-themed stencil to paint wood blocks and create your own festive décor. Get creative as the seasons change to see how you can incorporate décor all will enjoy.


Your patio is a place for you and your family to enjoy, but without proper care and decoration, you may not see it that way. Take some time to create your own DIY patio décor and watch your backyard transform into a place you love.

Looking for more ideas to improve your patio? Read Make Sure People Come To Your Patio With These 9 Décor Items.

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