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5 Easy Outdoor DIY Projects to Try This Year

As I write this blog post I am sitting on my back porch enjoying one of the first warm days of Spring. I love when I am able to work on outdoor DIY projects that improve the look of our home while also enjoying the fresh air.

Last year we tackled a bunch of small and easy DIY projects in our backyard that are super simple and budget-friendly, who doesn’t like that?! Here are five of my favorite DIY projects we checked off the last summer. Click the links below for the full tutorial on each project.


1 | Build Charming Brick Border Edging Around a Garden

I think every house we have lived in has a random stack of bricks somewhere in the yard. If the same is true for you, this project is perfect! If you don’t have a stack of random bricks in your backyard, check out Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or even ask friends/family. We used our bricks to build a border around a few of our flower beds and it went perfectly with our English garden design plans.

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Here is the border after it is complete. Once the plants fill in and the bed is filled with mulch, it will look even better.

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Here is that same hydrangea bush one year later! I had to move the hosta on each side because it completely took over this small garden bed. My mother-in-law gave me this hydrangea bush when she was thinning out her own flower beds and I can’t believe how well it did with a major transplant.

Easy outdoor diy project to try at home - charming brick border | Building Bluebird
Easy outdoor diy project to try at home - charming brick border | Building Bluebird
How to install a brick border around your flower bed - easy outdoor DIY | Building Bluebird

BONUS: Try adding a brick border around your pool edge

I recently added a brick border to our concrete pool skirt and it adds so much charm! This outdoor DIY project was affordable and is doable for beginner DIY’ers.

Beginner DIY - install brick paver edge around your pool skirt | Building Bluebird

2 | Camouflage Your Electric Meter with Paint

This outdoor DIY project is so easy. Our electrical meter is right in the middle of our garden and is quite distracting. I used spray paint the same color as our house to camouflage the meter and help it to blend in with the background. I wrote a full post on this quick spray paint DIY that made such an impact in our backyard.

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Our electrical meter is no longer the star of the show. As our plants fill in over the next few years, the meter will become even more camouflaged.

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After just a year of growth, our garden has gotten pretty big! I barely even notice the electrical meter.

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Easy outdoor DIY projects to try this year | Building Bluebird
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3 | Divide and Share Hardy Perennials

Planting a garden doesn’t have to break the bank. Most perennials can easily be transplanted to other areas of your yard and even split in half to double your own plants or share with friends. All of this can be done for free. Check out my favorite perennials to split and share with friends.

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Easy outdoor DIY projects to try this year | Building Bluebird
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Hosta is one of my favorite perennials to add to any garden. They are so hardy and come in a variety of colors. Check out my post on how to plan out your flower beds with gardening expert, Deb Unverferth.

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4 | DIY Compost Station

This outdoor DIY project is affordable and great for beginners who want to start composting! This is the first Spring where we can use our DIY compost station and it is perfect for our vegetable garden.

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We put all of our kitchen scraps, plenty of yard scraps, and even some chicken poop to get the best compost for our garden.

Easy DIY projects to try in our garden this year | Building Bluebird
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5 | Build Your Own English Garden

Last summer we started building our English garden. It was a great distraction as the world went into lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic. I designed the garden layout and included materials and plants generally found in English gardens, like pea gravel and brick edging. Each year I will add more plants and the beds will soon fill in.

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Here is this same garden just one year after creating the flower beds and planting the perennial plants.

Easy outdoor DIY projects to try at home - grow an english garden | Building Bluebird

My friend, Jan, is an incredible gardener and creates the most beautiful English gardens. Below is the garden she created in the front yard of her home, the historic Bosler house. If I could get my backyard garden to look like this, I would be a happy lady!

English garden at the historic Bosler House in Denver CO | Building Bluebird

Bonus Outdoor DIY Projects

Simple Raised Garden Box DIY

We have built three raised garden beds in our backyard and our vegetables do so well! Check out this easy DIY if you want to add a few raised planters to your yard.

DIY tutorial - how to build simple raised garden boxes | Building Bluebird

Favorite Gardening Tools for Beginners

If you are new to the gardening scene, I have compiled a list of my favorite gardening tools that I recommend to all beginner gardeners. I use all of these tools very often throughout the spring and summer!

Gardening tool essentials for beginners | Building Bluebird

How to Paint an In-Ground Pool

Do you own an in-ground pool that needs to be painted every few years? Check out how we saved thousands of dollars by painting our own pool!

Easy DIY project to try this year - how to paint a pool and save thousands | Building Bluebird

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Sharon Walker

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Your garden is truly inspiring!! I’ve always loved the look of an English garden (who wouldn’t!). I also noticed your painted/limestone washed brick exterior. Can you share what products and colors you used? We just bought a 1958 brick home that we’re planning to do sometime similar with. Thank you for your posts!!

lindseymahoney

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Thank you so much! The exterior of our home looked this way when we purchased it, so I cannot take credit for the beautiful limewash. Good luck with your outdoor projects this summer!

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