The outdoor space is, for most of us, the favorite place to spend time during the hot summer days. It’s a place where we like to relax, drink tea or coffee, read or just hang out with our friends and family.
Whether it’s a balcony or porch or garden, it’s nice when you give it a bit of personal touch. You really don’t have to be limited by stock furniture and accessories and it feels a lot better when your outdoor space is personalized.
Here are some of the creative ways to decorate your outdoor space and make it more enjoyable.
Start with the floor
If your balcony or porch’s floor is just simple concrete, you might want to cover it up to give it a nicer look and cozier feel. The simplest way to do this is to cover the floor with wooden dock tiles.
You can find the interlocking deck tiles in any hardware store and they come in many different patterns and designs. The installation of these is really a piece of cake and it takes no time, but the result is a nice looking, warm wooden floor.
If you don’t like the wood, you can buy an outdoor rug, but the outdoor rugs tend to be very expensive. Instead of buying one, you can make one by treating a table cloth with water-based polyurethane. It might not be as durable as the expensive outdoor rugs, but it will do the trick.
Turn crates into seating
The hardware and craft stores usually sell very cheap wooden crates. These crates can be very useful and you can turn them into many things. By simply putting them on the side and maybe screwing them together if they feel unstable, and putting the blanket and few pillows on the top of them, you created a nice cozy seating.
They look nice and you can store the magazines inside of them. Just make sure that they are water-resistant or treat them with a waterproof stain since they will be outside.
Use the crates to make end tables
Same crates can be used to make end tables. It’s extremely simple. Just paint them any color you like, turn them on their end and put them next to a seating place. That’s all you have to do. And with crates you always get some extra storage place for magazines or something you’ll need for relaxation time in your outdoor space.
Make a cinder block bench
You can make very simple but practical bench for your garden or backyard out of two cinder blocks and four 4’’x4’’x8’ pieces of wood.
All you have to do is coat the wood in the water-resistant paint to protect it from elements, and when the paint is dry, just put the four pieces of wood through the top holes on the cinder blocks that you put on the side. That’s it, you have a nice bench.
Make your space a bit more private
If you want to hide from your neighbors while you relax on your porch you can create a nice looking privacy screen. You’ll need a piece of cloth that will cover the part of the porch you want to cover, some grommets and some hanging hooks.
If you like, you can paint some pattern on the cloth to give it more personal touch. After the paint is dry, just put the grommets on the edge of the cloth and hang your privacy screen from the hanging hooks you screwed into the porch ceiling earlier.
Make a less invasive privacy screen with hanging pots of herbs
This way it will not be so obvious that ou are trying to hide from your neighbors but you will still have some privacy. The simplest way to do this is to take old soup cans and use them instead of the clay pots because they are a lot lighter than the clay pots.
All you have to do is take the cans and paint them any color you like and drill some holes on the top edges. Use some strong rope to put it through the holes and tie it into a knot and then hang the other side of the rope from the hanging hooks you screwed into the ceiling of your porch.
Build a cinder block mini-garden
If you have a balcony and you can’t hang things you can always make a mini garden out of cinder blocks. All you need are few cinder block and some paint. Simply put the cinder blocks in one corner of the balcony and build them in any shape you like, get creative. After you built your mini garden, paint it any way you like and put some soil into the cinder block holes and plant your herbs.
Build a herb garden coffee table
The simplest way to build this beautiful coffee table is to take any old coffee table you have laying around and modify it. It’s much easier than building the table from scratch.
Basically, all you need to do is to make a hole in the center of the table with a jigsaw. Make sure that you measure the pot you are going to place in the hole before you start cutting. After the hole is made, just place the pot in it, put some soil in and plant your herbs.
Make nice globe lights out of ping pong balls and Christmas decoration lights
Instead of normal lighting, you have on your porch, you can make very nice looking globe lights very easily. All you need is a set of white Christmas lights and a bunch of ping pong balls. Use a scalpel and carefully cut a small X in every ping pong ball. After that, just push the light through the X as far as it will go.
Now, you only need to hang these beautiful lights and light up the night.
Create mini fire pit
For the mini fire pit, you’ll need a sturdy clay pot, a metal fuel container, and some river rocks. First of all, spray paint the pot. Then put in some river rocks and even them out to get the flat surface. Place the fuel container on the rocks but make sure that it’s a bit higher than the top edge of the pot. Now evenly place the rest of the rocks around the fuel container. Place some fuel into the container and light it up carefully.
This post is contributed by Jenna Jamieson from Mattressify.com