Backyard Hacks can transform you yard to an outdoor oasis. These easy DIY ideas will transform your yard to an outdoor oasis that will make your backyard the envy of your neighbors!

A Pinterest image of DIY backyard hacks

I am a little bit obsessed with Life Hacks. I have talked about Kitchen Hacks, Holiday Hacks, Travel Hacks – you name it, I have hacked it!

As a reminder, life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.

Well, I am moving on up in the world of life hacks – I am moving out of the house and into the BACKYARD!!! Backyard hacks mean that it is time for summer and for me that is some GOOD news!

Me and my family love spending time in our backyard over the summer. We have the whole winter to watch tv or play video games – so when summertime hits – we are all about our backyard. We have been working hard to make our backyard a real oasis – almost like a resort with tons of places to hang out, play games and entertain.

That is why I am always on the lookout for great backyard ideas (check these out – they are fun!)! We also love playing games and I found a ton of great DIY Backyard Games to share as well!

Swedish Torch from Instructables 

Don’t have a firepit – not a problem – all you need is a long and a chainsaw!!

Swedish Torch from Instructables - great backyard hack

Brick Edging from World of Lush Gardens
Now you can get the lawn mower right up to the edge!

Brick edging for your flower beds

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss from Mamma Did It
How fun would this be on the 4th of July!

glow in the dark ring toss

Rinse off your feet in a waterproof box filled with flat stones
This would be great to have right near the backyard door! Get your feet nice and clean and THEN come in the house (if only I could get the kids to do this too!!)

stone box to rinse feet

Make a skateboard swing from Little Bit Funky
This looks like SO much fun…. my boys would be ALL over this one!

make a skateboard swing

DIY Fire Pit from Indulgy
We actually did this one in our backyard and it was SUPER easy and works GREAT. You better keep lots of s’more ingredients on hand!

DIY firepit

Make shapes on your lawn with flour
I cannot wait to try this out for the Fourth of July! The possibilities are endless!

flour stars

Swimsuit and Towel Door from A Turtles Life for Me
This is a MUST do for our pool this year!! I have been looking for a solution for a place to hang all of the towels (AND it’s AH-dorable)

swimsuit towel door

DIY Hand Washing Station
This feeds into two of my OCD problems – washing hands before eating and not trampling in from the pool to wash their hands and tracking water through my house – perfection!

Hand Washing Station

DIY Outdoor Lamp
I just love this!! How nice would it be to sit outside next to the warm glow of a homey lamp! Bring the indoors outdoors! (thank you to my great readers for finding the instructions here on Houzz!!)

DIY Outdoor Lamp

Walkway using picture frame and cement from Refreshing the Home
This is SUCH a great idea!! What a fabulous idea for a walkway!

walkway using picture frame


DIY Concrete Fire Bowl from eHow
I loooovvvee this!! This is great if you want to bring the fire pit onto a wood deck!

DIY firebowl

Did you know your could spray paint old metal chairs in adorable colors? From Kelly’s Moonlight
How did I not know this!?!?

spray paint old chairs


Wondering what to do with that old tree stump? (source unknown)

What to do with an old tree stump! Backyard hacks!

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  1. I am so thankful I stumbled upon your blog via the Outdoor Lamp post. I think you have some wonderful ideas and I cant wait to try them out. Your blog is adorable and looking around on it was an all around wonderful experience! Thankful for bloggers like you Jennifer!

      1. I found the instructions for DIY Outdoor Solar Lamp on Pinterest! On John Lytle…house.

        I have added it to mine, Sarah Barton, Gisborne, New Zealand, it is on my patio board.

        I think you can see it at , but I haven’t checked the link.

      2. I found it at: Very easy to follow instructions and great pictures! I want to give this a try.
        thanks for posting it to give me the idea. Thanks to Sarah Barton, Gisborne, New Zealand for trying to find the instruction. I just searched “instructions for DIY Outdoor Solar Lamp”& found the site above!

  2. Just came across your site and I am in love. Despite the rantings of some (losing sight of the purpose here) there are amazingly simple methods to make the task of being a parent and running a home so much easier and less stressful. I am grateful that you have taken the time to not only find but share these useful hints. Thank you from a sunny South Africa, I will definitely share.

  3. Love it! Solving everyday problems in inspired and ingenious ways. I’m keen to read/visit/learn more, yay! Kia Ora from NZ!

  4. Hi. I love these hacks! Just an idea to the one about stenciling the stars on the grass. Neat idea. You could also use glow in the dark spray paint too. That would look neat at evening parties.

  5. I just think now days , everything is taken too far.. I am almost afraid to day or do or even think anymore.. Someone somewhere will make an issue of it. Why are people so eager to find fault with others. That is why this world is in the state it is.. I think everyone has a tick of some kind .. Don’t throw stones.. One may rebound. See how that works out for you,, that means any one not one person!!! Love the hacks.

  6. I’m glad that this site told me that if I had any creativity I could do these things, but did not tell me HOW to do them, and I don’t have ANY creativity. How do you make some of these things that I now want to do but don’t know how to do?

  7. Hey there. I have OCD….not offended at all. I think the term can be used in a relaxed way and a clinical way. No worries. Keep calm and blog on.