Budget & Eco-friendly Decorating Ideas for Your Outdoor Spaces

Guest post by John Stuart

Outdoor spaces are great for unwinding after a long work day, for spending time with family and friends and for playing with your kids. If your backyard doesn’t feel welcoming, these budget and eco-friendly decorating tips will help you beautify it in no time. You don’t have to break the bank to spruce up outdoor spaces. Sometimes, the most striking decorating ideas are the cheapest. If you’re not intimidated by the idea of a DIY, here are 5 hand-picked suggestions for reviving your backyard or patio. 

Image Source: Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons

Image Source: Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons

Image Source: Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons

1. Take a Trip to the Thrift Shop

Thrift shopping is one of the most cost-efficient ways to decorate outdoor spaces. If you’re patient and you don’t mind examining dozens of items, you can find unique vintage pieces that would cost you an arm and a leg in malls. From affordable outdoor furniture to lawn ornaments, big thrift shops usually have it all.

Use your creativity and look for items that you can upcycle or that serve a double purpose. For instance, if you’re good at sewing, look for curtains that you can transform into throw cushions. Keep your eyes peeled for big plant pots that regularly cost hundreds of dollars. You can thrift them for much less and they will instantly elevate any outdoor space.

2. Hang Patio Curtains Drapes

This budget-friendly DIY is not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing. Patio curtains will keep the summer sun at bay, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors without getting sun burns. The easiest way to make no-sew curtains is to fold 2-3 inches of the canvas drop cloth (or the material of your choice) and use clip rings to hang them on a metal conduit.

The beauty of this simple weekend project is that you can easily customize the curtains to suit your preferences. You can experiment with the fabric and patterns. Use a thin fabric if you want some of the sun light to peek through or a thicker fabric for a completely opaque effect.

3. Make Your Own Flower Pots and Stands

No outdoor space is complete without plants and flowers. Greenery adds a warm touch and makes everything look ten times better. If you don’t have a green thumb, choose low-maintenance plants that don’t need a lot of watering and do well outside. Whatever you choose, make a statement with the flower pots and stands. You can upcycle basically anything that will hold some soil. From empty tin cans and decorative vases to old drawers, the sky’s the limit.

You can improvise when it comes to flower stands too. Unused coffee tables, trolleys with deep shelves, wood ladders and flower boxes are just some of the items you can use. These look unique and will reflect your style and personality. You can further personalize them by using spray paint in your favorite color.

4. Add Solar-Powered Fairy Lights

String lights are inexpensive and can make a world of difference to any outdoor space. They can make your patio feel cozy and romantic. Solar-powered fairy lights are eco-friendly and easy to use. Since you don’t have to plug them in, you can hang them wherever you want. There is a plethora of lights to choose from. It all boils down to your taste and the style you’re going after.

Colorful lights are playful and modern. They look beautiful at night and complement small spaces that don’t have many ornaments. Regular, yellow lights are more traditional and stylish. They suit larger spaces that are decorated with bright colors and furniture.

5. Make Your Own Wind Chimes

This is an excellent DIY project if you have kids or if you enjoy crafting on your own. By using materials like driftwood and shells, your handmade wind chime is guaranteed to be eco-friendly and affordable. To complete the item, you will also need some tiny bells, assorted beads and twine. You can add in any small ornaments that you might have collected over the years. Everything that makes a pleasant sound is welcome.

Assembling the wind chimes is easy. All you have to do is thread the beads, attach the bells, shells and other trinkets and tie everything to the piece of driftwood. The wind chime can be as big or as small as you like, depending on the size of the driftwood.