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“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” -Pablo Picasso

You may or may not have neglected your backyard during winter months, but it’s time to bring your outdoor space out of hibernation. After-all what else do you have to do at home in shelter. Backyard projects can be fun and simple. We found a collection of very inspiring projects  from the folks at HGTV that will make any backyard the envy of your neighbors and friends. Check out these easy, DIY updates to get your backyard ready as much as you are for the summer.

Mini Bar

You don’t need to be a skilled craftsman to make a miniature outdoor bar area. Attach a bottle opener and add seating for the ultimate spot for partygoers to lounge.

Concrete Fire Bowl

If you think you don’t have the space for a fire pit, think again. You can make a concrete fire bowl for a backyard of any size.

Screened-In Porch

Keep bugs out and add some privacy by installing screening around your porch.

Install This: Screened-In Porch

Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles

Another way to keep bugs away is citronella candles, but these aren’t your ordinary candles. You’ll want to display these dip-dyed beauties year-round.

Flagstone Pathway

Allow easy access to your backyard with a flagstone pathway. You can lay one in half a day using only a few materials.

Pool Noodle Backyard Bowling

Entertain the kids (and adults, too!) by making a bowling alley from pool noodles.

Patio Lights

Hang patio lights the easy way by using planters and wood posts. This temporary solution is perfect for renters.

Do This: Hang Bistro Lights

DIY Shade

Cool down your backyard by adding shade with a stylish and functional shade sail.

Movie Night

Host a movie night outdoors with drinks, food, comfy seating and a DIY screen made with PVC pipe and a white sheet. As an alternative you can always buy a ready made screen here

Make This: Outdoor Movie Screen

Cozy Backyard Furnishings

Bring color and comfort to your backyard with furnishings like pillows, hammocks, outdoor sofas and a rug. Stick with one color scheme for a cohesive look, and make guests feel at home by creating different lounging zones.

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