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Decorate your yard and garden

High Heel Planter

Decorating is one of the most exciting things about owning a home. But why limit yourself to just adding details to the inside of your house when you can let your personality shine through with your yard and garden decor? Here are a few ways to make every inch of your property feel like home:

Use string lights

String lights are one of the easiest ways to give an outdoor area some added whimsy. Whether you line the ground from the sidewalk to your porch or drape them across your patio, they’re decorative and illuminating. Just make sure you get a set that’s made for the outdoors!

Plant a mini garden

If you don’t have a garden planted or don’t have the space or time for one, plant a mini garden by using a wood pallet leaned up against your home or fence. BrightNest has an easy do-it-yourself project that will be ideal for anyone with a green thumb! You can plant succulents, flowers or even your favorite herbs in a pallet garden.

Build a hangout area

Incorporate outdoor lounge furniture into a casual backyard space that’s perfect for entertaining. If your family likes to cook, be sure to make an area for a grill in this spot too. Decorate the scene with hearty outdoor plants, like some cacti on the table or a hanging basket with a fern. An outdoor sofa also makes a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.

Throw a little shade that everyone will appreciate. This market umbrella casts a cooling shadow by the pool or on the patio.
Market Umbrella

Make a planter

A fun way to show off your personality is to use materials other than traditional pots for the plants on your porch or in your yard. Try planting flowers in a painted tire, an old pair of rain boots or even a vintage metal pail. You can take it to another level by turning an old piece of furniture into a one-of-a-kind planter, like this desk from Pinterest.

High Heel Planter
High Heel Planter

“Try making a wind chime out of antique silverware or skeleton keys.”

Hang wind chimes

If your outdoor area still isn’t whimsical enough after using string lights, hang a wind chime or two. You can purchase these at art fairs and garden stores or a even make one yourself. Try hanging antique silverware or skeleton keys from a piece of driftwood for a pretty porch ornament.

Install a hammock

If you love to get comfy outdoors and read a book or listen to music, try installing a hammock in your backyard. For a totally cozy area, get some outdoor pillows and indoor/outdoor rugs for the spot. When you want to be able to read under the stars, you can even hang battery-powered lanterns in the trees above your lounging spot.

Create a path

You need a pathway to lead from your home to your garden, don’t you? Well, you can get stepping stones from your local garden supply or hardware store, or you can make your own out of mixed and matched rocks you’ve found yourself. You can even paint them so they’re colorful. Either way, the path will keep your shoes from getting dirty and give your garden an ethereal look.

Diamond Pathway Lights
Diamond Pathway Lights

Don’t forget your fence

If you have a plain wooden privacy fence in your backyard, it probably needs a little sprucing up. Rather than paint it, keep the rustic look and simply drill holes in it and pop a transparent colored marble in each opening. Make sure the hole is just a tad smaller than the marble so it fits snug and doesn’t fall out. When the sun shines through, it’ll make your otherwise plain fence look colorful and quirky.

Comments (13)

Kendall Ryder

I think lights can give such a welcoming and comfortable feeling to a backyard. String lights, lanterns, hanging lights, and any light really makes the space look amazing. I am going to be getting some lights soon to add to my patio to give it a little extra comfort!

Midnight Velvet

Sounds like a great idea Kendall! Thanks for the comment!

Helen

I’ve always thought that it is the little things that make a big difference, which is why this list includes string lights, wind chimes, throw pillows, and flowers. Whether you have a big yard or a small apartment patio, you can spruce it up with just a little bit of decor. I love little windmills, or wind machines because they can be almost hypnotic.

Penny Ward

How do you find the price of the high heel planter.

Midnight Velvet

John

These are all great ideas for decorating your yard or garden. Like the article states, decorating your yard allows for a little bit of personality to shine through. Even things as simple as yard accessories can do a lot to improve the overall look of your landscape, and even boost your curb appeal!

Annika Larson

This summer, my husband and I are looking for a way to spruce up the yard. We want to add some decor to our garden. Like you said, maybe we should try using materials other than traditional pots for some plants to put on our porch or in our yard.

Max Jones

I like how you talked about being able to use lanterns near a hammock to be able to read out under the stars! My wife loves candle lanterns, and I think that being able to use them to enjoy a little bit more time outside would be great for us! I’m going to have to see if I can buy candle lanterns online that would go well with our landscaping and see if that provides her with enough light to read outdoors and enjoy our yard!

Derek Dewitt

My wife and I just finished making our garden and are looking for decorations to add to it. I like the idea of hanging wind chimes and even making your own. I think the sound is really fitting for a garden and the outdoors in general. Thanks for the idea!

Midnight Velvet

Great to hear Derek!

Bobby Saint

I totally agree that using string lights for your garden or patio would definitely add appeal to your landscape. You can put dancing lights on top of your tree’s branches or around your pots to illuminate those already vibrant and colorful plants and flowers. This would surely catch the attention of your neighbors and visitors especially at night. If I were to decorate my garden, I would definitely take this into consideration. Thanks.

Elsa Anderson

Wow! I find it interesting when you mentioned that decorating our place in and out can be a fun way to showcase our personality. We are more focused on what stuff to bring inside our houses, without realizing that we can truly showcase our creativity in our homes, starting off on what is outside—our garden. Being a fan of antiques, I love the part when you suggested to put wind chimes for added amusement and vibe to the garden. This is a perfect timing for me, as I am planning to decorate my plain, old grass garden with trinkets and chimes to put a Zen-ish touch to it. I am also in the lookout of some other garden decors in the market and will certainly keep your suggestions in mind to achieve the type of garden that I truly like. Thank you for these!

Emery Jean Chambers

I do like your suggestion of installing a hammock in the garden and adding or hanging a lantern in the trees right above the head if the person loves to read. That is a good idea! After all, I am already considering decorating the entire garden with varying lanterns. I might as well add this because my little brother loves to rest in the garden and read. Surely this addition will thrill him.

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Published on Jul 06 2016

Last Updated on Jul 04 2016

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