Want to update your backyard with DIY projects? Here are a ton of great outdoor woodworking projects to get your yard in shape!
When the weather is nice, having a beautiful – and functional – backyard is such a luxury.
We play in our yard with out small kids every single day.
But, it’s nice to also have an outdoor space to eat, lounge, or entertain.
By building out own outdoor furniture and decor, you can get the exact design and dimensions you are looking for – often for a fraction of the cost compared to buying it.
Let’s chat about outdoor woodworking projects!
Functional Outdoor Woodworking Projects
If you are starting from scratch with your backyard, you are going to want to focus on functional outdoor woodworking projects such as benches, tables, and chairs.
These are the builds that are going to make your yard more usable and, yes, functional.
- Adirondack chairs
- tables (including dining, picnic, or side tables)
Decorative Outdoor Woodworking Projects
Once you have your backyard functioning as you like it, it’s a great time to bring in decor and accent pieces.
Decorative outdoor woodworking projects might include:
- planter boxes
Another way to break up outdoor projects is by difficulty.
If you are new to woodworking, it’s great to start with simple and straightforward outdoor woodworking projects.
Beginner projects generally need less tools, no fancy cuts or skills, and are quicker to make.
Beginner-friendly outdoor projects might include:
- garden stools
- simple benches
If you have more experience and a bit more budget, you can consider tackling more complex outdoor woodworking projects.
Advanced outdoor woodworking projects might include:
- outdoor kitchens
Outdoor woodworking projects
Here are some specific tutorials and woodworking plans for outdoor projects for your yard!
Outdoor woodworking projects for your yard
Want to give your yard or patio a makeover? Here are a TON of DIY outdoor woodworking project ideas!
Here are some functional outdoor furniture pieces that you can build.
Have a canoe? Here's how to build a stand from pallets.
This simple build will satisfy your HOA and help to hide your rolling trash cans on the side of your house.
If you love gardening, a potting bench can really come in handy. This one has hidden storage under the countertop!
This small outdoor sectional is a great way to squeeze in a good amount of seating!
If you have climbing plants (these are blackberries) a wooden trellis can be beautiful and functional!
Lounge in a hammock without any trees by building this hammock pergola.
This dining table has an interesting pattern on the top, but is still straight forward to build.
Build a 2×4 Outdoor Table with Available Plans
This outdoor side table is made from 2x4 lumber - making it pretty cheap and easy to make!
Outdoor Chaise Lounge Chair with Adjustable Back
Lounge in style with these DIY adjustable chaise chairs!
Easy DIY AC Unit Cover with Garbage Can Storage
I love this modern horizontal slatted AC unit cover!
DIY Umbrella Side Table
These DIY side tables are designed to hold an umbrella - perfect for a sunny day!
Modern 2×4 Bench – DIY Tutorial & Plans
This bench is also built from 2x4 lumber and could easily be scaled to fit any specific outdoor space.
DIY Wood Bench
This bench has super sleek, modern lines to it.
8×10 Shed Plans – Build your own Garden or Storage Shed
Would you even build a shed from scratch? This is a big project but doable by following these instructions!
DIY Outdoor Chairs for Porch
Don't buy expensive outdoor chairs - build these instead!
DIY Outdoor Table for a Charming Backyard Oasis
I love the cozy look of this low-to-the-ground outdoor coffee table.
DIY Outdoor Table with Free Plans
This outdoor dining table has a beautiful X design on the tabletop.
Front Porch Privacy Screen
Add privacy to your front porch with this DIY wooden privacy screen.
Here are some decorative accents that you can build for your yard!
This is a super simple build to upgrade your home's address numbers.
This arch is a big build, but it adds mega drama to your gate!
This mini picnic talbe makes a great birdfeeder!
DIY Cornhole Game Board
Corn hole is a great accessory for any yard, especially if you like to host outdoor parties!
Outdoor Scoreboard for Summer Games
Serious about lawn games? How about building a DIY scoreboard!
DIY Outdoor Wall Art For Under $20
Jazz up a boring outdoor wall or fence with this wooden yard art!
Planters & plant stands
Planters are a bit functional and a bit decorative, so I gave them their own category!
These planters are cheap and easy to build using fence pickets.
This plant stand fits perfectly in a porch corner and holds a lot of pots!
Outdoor DIY Table Planter
This slim tiered plant stand has spots for plants and a side table on top!
This plant stand has wheels for easy rolling around the patio.
DIY Pallet Herb Garden
Have a spare pallet? Here's how to turn it into an herb garden!
What are you building for your yard?
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