7 DIY garden hacks to instantly brighten the backyard for summer

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to smarten up the yard. Try these hacks for a breezy make-over.

Balmy nights and weekends spent outdoors are some of the best parts of summer.

Making the most of your yard from December through February is key – but you don’t have to be a landscape artist to create something inviting, fun, and functional.

Broaden your backyard horizon beyond just outdoor furniture – and think cinema under the stars, upcycled planters, creative fairy lights, even a simple fire pit.

Here are our top ten to brighten up the backyard for summer.

The simple backyard cinema

While there are a whole host of fun, pop-up outdoor cinemas across the country during summer - imagine creating your own version, where you can pick the entertainment, snacks, and drift off without a care in the comfort of your own backyard. 

It’s best to invest in a good projector and proper screen – though a big white sheet fixed to a frame should suffice. Get creative with your popcorn recipes, and create comfort with big cushions and coloured throws. Ensure your lawn is trim for the evening too – a brushless lawn mower will get the job done quickly with quality results.

Upcycled planter boxes

Get crafty and spend an afternoon creating flowerbeds out of disused items. The wheelbarrow is a classic idea, but there are endless possibilities. Think bicycle baskets, bath tubs, old drawers, or plastic bottles.  

A painted patio

Word is that citrus colours – tangerines and butter yellows – are in for the season. Why not dress up your pavers with a splash of colour. Get them ready for a slick of paint with this pressure washer kit.

Live the dream in your own hammock

Surely the hammock is the epitome of backyard relaxation – and if you’ve got the space, you can create your own with sturdy fabric and a few pieces of rope. You’ll need two strong trees or columns to swing between too!

Beautiful garden borders 

Create intriguing and colourful edging for your garden beds with empty wine bottles, old plates, or painted stones.

A blazing (but safe) homemade fire pit

Spend long evenings outdoors by the flickering fire – even in warmer weather, a fire is great to roast marshmallows or use the blaze for a makeshift barbeque. Make sure you pick a spot for your pit that’s at least 25 feet away from structures or overhanging trees, and trim any nearby hedges or danlging branches

To build your fire pit you’ll need sand or gravel for the centre, and a set of stone pavers to create a wall about 12 inches high.

Dreamy lighting

Fairly lights add charm and a little romance to any setting - but there are so many ways to be a bit more creative. Why not wrap a branch in tiny lights for a table centrepiece, or create coloured lanterns using plastic cups. 

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