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40 Beautiful Exterior DIY Projects for Your House and Yard

FORTY awesome DIY outdoor projects for your home exterior and backyard!

I’m back with 40 more awesome outdoor DIY projects today. I put the call out to my blog friends and they answered with a TON of great ideas for outside. 

You can find the first 20 DIY outside project ideas here if you missed them! Both lists include tons of ideas for do-it-yourself outdoor decor, lighting tutorials, gardening ideas, exterior furniture builds and a bunch more easy outdoor projects.

The weather is warming up and I have a BIG list of outdoor projects I want to tackle this year. Until then, I mixed in some of my favorite past exterior projects in this list as well. 

But it would also look great out back — it could double as a drink or food holder as well. Or even a side table or nightstand inside! 

Rachel’s home was beautiful before but now it’s simply stunning with the painted brick
painted colonial
I don’t always love a painted brick makeover, but this one is a stunner and made such a big difference. 
raised garden beds with wood and pea gravel

I love the sound of walking on pea gravel. It’s so soothing to me. 🙂

DIY cedar potting bench
These DIY outdoor drapes are made with a different material than I’ve seen used before, and I love the dark trim accent!: 
DIY outdoor drapes using sheets
DIY wood solar lanterns

They’d look great hanging from a fence or pergola, or just sitting around a patio!

Outdoor playhouse with plans

I mean…I wouldn’t say no to it. 😂 My dream would be to have a little potting shed one day!

Decorating planters with napkins
This modern exterior sofa build could be changed up to fit any outdoor decor with stain or paint: 
Modern wood DIY outdoor sofa
Raised outdoor garden with stone

These stone raised gardens have softer, more organic lines.

If you’re looking for big planters at a good price…well, good luck. Ha! This is a great idea using buckets to create outdoor planters:

bucket outdoor planter

Do you have a big empty wall on the outside of your home? Diane’s modern wood slat wall is super sharp:

modern DIY outdoor wood slat wall

Saying “sharp” makes me feel like my mother. 😂

This is another one I may try — putting permanent poles in the ground for a hammock:

DIY hammock stand in ground

We have a metal stand that falls apart when we move it so this would work so much better!

I’m a hydrangea NUT (go here to see my tips on growing hydrangea plants) and last year I started planting them in our patio planters — yes, you can do that!:

grow hydrangea in planters

Keep in mind they need more water in planters than in the ground — and I plant mine in the ground in the fall instead of bringing them in.

Because we don’t have any mature trees around the patio, we used cement filled planters to hold our outdoor string lights:

DIY heavy patio light containers

But we added a secondary method of securing them so they hold the heavy string lights! The bonus is you can still use these as flower planters.

I love this little stair step flower planter idea that would be great for herbs as well:

stair step wood planter

What a great knock off for this concrete outdoor side table — for a TON less!:

Knock off Abbot outdoor table

If you have a brick house you’re thinking of painting, this is a great brick limewash tutorial:

lime wash brick white paint

There’s something about a white porch with black accents…I love it!

Cassie’s DIY chicken coop was too cute not to share:

DIY chicken coop

Just look at their bright blue house! Love it! This makes me want chickens.

Adding outdoor landscape lighting sounds a lot more difficult than it actually is. I shared the simple tutorial that I’ve used many times: 
landscape lighting aroung hostas
If your outdoor space is limited, go up with your garden! This vertical wall of pots is so fun: 

Modern planter wall outside

Fill them with wave petunias that will spill out with tons of color. This is another great way to grow herbs.

side yard garden hosta

outdoor paver patio

I adore the purple floral accents — red and purple have always been a favorite combo of mine when it comes to plants.

colorful patio updates

Love her use of bright, fun colors!

I’m always intrigued at what’s going on at Kammy’s house. They uncovered a root cellar and landscaped around it:

root cellar with landscaping

And now I want a root cellar! This turned into such a lovely spot! (You have to see the before pics to see how far it’s come.)

I LOVE Breann’s DIY driveway sign:

DIY driveway sign

She shares all the steps for the structure and the sign in the post. 

The view from Kim’s new screened porch is unbelievable:

DIY screened in porch

I mean, come ON! Check out her post for more photos and the materials they used.

Sonya’s shed is such a great little space! It was truly transformed with paint — she painted (literally) everything and what a difference it made:

She shed all white makeover

What a great space to get away or for the kids to hang out. It feels like a little cabin in her backyard!

Karah took advantage of a gorgeous view on their rooftop deck and created a comfy pallet bed:

DIY pallet bed

Oh my goodness, can you imagine? How cool is that?

I LOVE Heather’s back porch reveal

striped rug deck

She had me at twinkling lights at dusk.

I thought this outdoor idea was SO SMART – Marie used some old louvered doors to hide their trash cans: 

bifold door DIY privacy screen

Awesome, right? And I love her little added touch of the bird houses at the top of each post. 🙂 This would also be a great way to camouflage the air conditioner unit.

Pam gives a great tutorial on this Pottery Barn-inspired outdoor table:

Pottery Barn DIY picnic table

Gardens are on my mind and I loved Laura’s raised garden bed:

screened raised garden

We have lots of critters that grab my veggies — I’ll wait till a tomato is just about ready to pick and go out and it will be gone. 🙂 I love this idea of the doors to keep them out!

colorful garden inspiration

Have you tried any of these at your house? Be sure to check out the first 20 exterior projects here!

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