25 Outdoor DIY Projects and Recipes You MUST try this Summer

I’d like to start off by wishing all of my American friends a VERY Happy Independence Day! May you enjoy a wonderful day with your nearest and dearest!!!

As most of you know, we spent the entire month of June (well between road trips and epic bike rides) working on our courtyard deck for the Outdoor Makeover Challenge. Nicole from Meet the B’s and I worked together to give our outdoor spaces a whole new look with budget friendly shopping and a ton DIY’s. In the end, I was SO incredibly thrilled with how it all came together (check out our final reveal here) and absolutely adore Nicole’s new space too (check it out here)! As you can imagine, all of that bargain shopping and DIY’ing took hours of scouring on Pinterest … we found SO MANY fabulous ideas that we couldn’t possibly make them all. So, today we thought we’d share just a few of our favorite discoveries for Outdoor DIY Projects and Recipes.
25 Projects and Recipes for the Summer @ making it in the mountains
DIY Pallet Sofa
I am SO IN LOVE with this gorgeous Pallet Wood Sofa by Funky Junk Interiors! Piled high with cushions and that lovely blanket, it looks like the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book!

The bright colour of this DIY Chandelier by Corey at Tiny Sidekick totally caught my eye! Such a creative up-cycle and it looks absolutely perfect in her outdoor space!
DIY Plank Door Mat
This DIY Door Mat by How Does She is such a simple idea, but I’m totally crushing on the rustic look of it! I think it would look absolutely perfect outside my front door!
Fruit Pizza
What would a Summer round up be without a yummy fruit desert?! I couldn’t help but share this Fruit Pizza recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.
DIY Outdoor Bar from an up-cycled door
Still on the hunt for a DIY bar for our new courtyard deck, this Up-Cycled Beverage Station popped up in my search. I instantly fell in love with the rustic country charm! I just love how Christy at Our Southern Home not only re-purposed this old door, but did SUCH an amazing job of creating a truly beautiful and useful piece for her space!
Berry Moscato Gelees
What could be better than berries and Moscato wine?! My mouth was watering the minute I saw these Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees!!! Seriously, I can’t think of anything more perfect to savor on my new deck during those few moments to myself after bedtime!
DIY projects to get rid of bugs and pests
It can be pretty hard to enjoy the great outdoors when you are surrounded by pesky bugs! So, when I saw these 14 Totally Organic Ways to Get Rid of Bugs and Pests, I couldn’t help but share!
DIY Outdoor Marquee Light
I don’t have to tell you, this Outdoor Marquees Light by Tatertots & Jello is SO fabulous!!! I am definitely going to have to make one of these for our outdoor space!
It’s not summer until you’re baking with rhubarb … I can’t wait to try this Rhubarb Custard Pie by Krafted Koch!!!
Back Porch Headboard Swing
This charming Headboard Porch Swing by Rustic Pig Designs is just SO lovely! Such a creative way to re-purpose an old headboard!!!
DIY Pallet Sign for Summer
This DIY Weathered Summer Pallet Sign by Kristi at I Should be Mopping the Floor would be the perfect addition to any outdoor space! Super quick, super bright and super cute!!!
Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
This Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade from Sypsie Designs looks SO refreshing! Would be perfect for all of these hot summer days we’ve got coming to us!
DIY Bench
This DIY Bench by My Daily Randomness is absolutely stunning!!! I really LOVE the planters at either end!
Lemon Cheescake Bars
Lemon AND cheesecake? Really, what could be more perfect than my two favorites rolled into one?! I CANNOT wait to try these Lemon Cheesecake Bars by Tanya at Twelve O Eight!
DIY Pottery Barn Rustic Lantern
This DIY Pottery Barn Lantern by Amy Krist would be perfect for any space, outdoors or in!
Strawberry Wine Slush
Doesn’t this Strawberry White Wine Slush look scrumptious?! I’m a sucker for a slushy drink and this one sounds absolutely delicious!!!
Succulent Planter Tutorial
This Succulent Planter Tutorial by Erica at Dwell Beautiful is SO lovely! I would love to see this on my dining table indoors and out!
Outdoor Sofa from a cast iron bathtub
This Outdoor Sofa made from a Cast Iron Bathtub by One Krieger Chick has to be THE MOST CREATIVE use of an old tub that I have ever seen!!! I just looks so unique and inviting!!!

I have made this Macaroni Salad more than a few times since discovering it a couple of months ago and it is SUPER yummy! A quick and easy recipe perfect for a backyard BBQ!
Outdoor Games and DIY Projects
Speaking of BBQ’s, here are 15 Great Ideas for Outdoor Games to play with family and friends! We especially enjoy the ladder golf game!!!
Turkey burgers with roasted cherries and brie
These Turkey Burgers with Roasted Cherries and Brie sound and look absolutely delish! I CANNOT WAIT to try them at our next BBQ!
DIY Outdoor Curtains
Another great find from Tiny Sidekick, these DIY Outdoor Curtains were made from drop cloths for less than $10 a panel! Brilliant!!!
DIY Planter Box
This DIY Planter Box is a super simple project with a big impact! I LOVE the idea of mixing old and new to make a custom piece for any space!
DIY Plant Stand
This Plant Stand Makeover by Jenn at Clean and Scentsible, is the perfect example of how much you can really transform something with just a bit of paint!
Ana White Sofa
We all know how much I love Ana White, so I couldn’t help but share these gorgeous DIY Sofa plans! I can see making a big sectional with these for our backyard patio next year!!!
Outdoor Storage Bench
This Outdoor Storage Bench is next on our DIY list for our space. Such a super cute way to keep all of our pretty cushions and accessories dry when we’re not using them!

I am totally swooning over these DIY Hanging Jar Lanterns!!! They just look SO pretty!
Head on over to Meet the B’s to see what she’s featured as her favorites for the Summer! And of course, you can see ALL of our favorites on Pinterest.

Wishing you all SUCH a lovely weekend!!!
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56 thoughts on “25 Outdoor DIY Projects and Recipes You MUST try this Summer

  1. What a gorgeous round-up of projects and recipes! Looove all the fun drink recipes – I’ll have to try them! Thanks so much again for featuring my succulent planter! 🙂

  2. Cool collection. I especially liked the converted bathtub including the fun fabric adorning it. Want to make the hanging lanterns. I’ve seen them before but this reminded me how much I liked them. Thanks. Found you on SITS

    1. Thank you Patti! I LOVE that bathtub too … it’s got to be one of the most creative things I’ve ever seen! I’d love to tackle some of those lanterns too – I think it would be a great rainy day project 🙂

  3. What a fabulous line up of summer DIY!!! I want to try some of the recipes and love the mason jar lights! Thanks Kristi for linking up at our party on Monday these past few weeks 🙂 Would love to see you back with this great list of projects or any other DIY! Have a great Saturday!

  4. What a great selection of ideas! I don’t know where to begin – except maybe to delegate some to my hubby . . .

    1. Thank you Mary Beth!!! There are SO many fabulous Summer projects that I couldn’t help but share a few … I’m sure you’ve come across more than a few yourself! 😉

  5. This is such a great roundup of outdoor projects! That marquee letter is amazing! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  6. Stopping by from enchanted inspiration link party. Thanks for the great list. A few of these I am going to have to make. We need some benches outside for our chair cushions and pool toys. I also love the headboard swing. Great list.

    1. Thanks AmieJo! There are SO many fabulous Summer projects out there, I couldn’t help but share some! I love that storage bench too – we could definitely use one of those on our deck as well!

    1. Thanks Carrie!!! I know – my to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer! Do you think 25 projects is too many to get through in 1/2 a summer? 😉

  7. Great roundup. I actually have a lot of it already pinned. The one that I really loved and didn’t have yet was the outdoor planter bench from My Daily Randomness and pinned it. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Are you planning on making any of these?

  8. Such a great round up of ideas! So many projects… so little time! lol! Thanks so much for including my planter makeover. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn 🙂

  9. Wow, finally had a chance to check this blog out–I love it!! May even use that excellent Hanging Jar Lantern idea for our wedding! 😀

  10. Thank you SO much for including my Lemon Cheesecake recipe in such an amazing group of talent and ideas!! I hope you are having a fabulous week Kristi!!

    xo, Tanya

    1. Thank you SO much Tanya!!! LOVED your lemon cheesecake recipe and I absolutely CANNOT wait to try it! Wishing you a fabulous weekend too!!!

  11. I am new to pinterest and found your boards via Stumbleupon. I cannot believe what I have been missing out on! Thanks for this awesome collection Kristi, I only wish I would have discovered this sooner so I could have begun work on all of these fun projects. I look forward to your future DIY posts and discoveries!

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