Affordable Backyard Decorating Ideas

Decorating your backyard doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. Follow these simple tips for getting the biggest bang for your buck when looking for backyard decorating ideas.

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Before you spend a cent, first take note and decide how you’ll be using the space. Do you want it to be party central and an entertaining hotspot for friends? Looking for someplace to unwind and relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day? Or are you low-maintenance all the way and just want something easy to maintain without a lot of fuss?

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The List of Backyard Decorating Ideas

Affordable outdoor furniture – Creating outdoor rooms in backyard spaces is popular, and it doesn’t have to cost a bundle. Buy an outdoor sofa or settee. Discount stores have inexpensive selections in the spring. Pick up some old metal garden chairs from the flea market. Pile your seats with colorful cushions. Buying brand new furniture can be pricey. Instead, scourge second-hand stores, yard sales, and of course, Craigslist to see if you can score a sweet deal. Often used furniture just needs a quick update with a can of spray paint and new cushions to make it good as new, but for only a fraction of the cost.

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Light it up – Set the mood with outdoor lighting. Why splurge on wired spotlights when you can easily add a little ambiance by simply re-purposing your outdoor Christmas lights. String under the patio awning, under the table umbrella, or place in shrubs for easy DIY mood lighting. Another way is by using chandelier. Remove the wiring from a flea market chandelier and add some real candles. Hang it from a low-hanging tree branch. Nestle an inexpensive, outdoor table for two beneath it. Light the candles and enjoy a romantic, alfresco dinner.

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Accessorize –  Often you can find fun outdoor decor for a steal at budget home good stores and even dollar stores. Of course planting fresh flowers is an easy way to add color and interest to your space for not a lot of cash. Annual flowers are cheaper to buy upfront, but perennials will keep coming back every year — a worthy investment if you’re a homeowner. Moreover, plants in the backyard don’t have to be rooted in the ground. Add another layer to sparse backyard greenery with a few strategically placed potted plants and trees. Flea market sellers and hardware stores offer inexpensive options in the spring and summer. Use simple clay pots or hunt the flea market for vintage planters. String your potted plants and trees with outdoor lights for a festive feel.

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You also can build a goldfish pond. Dig a free-form hole and line it with flexible black plastic from the hardware store. Install an inexpensive pump to keep the water moving. Stack flat rocks around the perimeter and add a few potted ferns. Recycle and repaint an old bus stop bench, or make one by resting a 1-by-10 painted plank across two clay flower pots.

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Then, you can accessorize your backyard by hanging artwork. Artwork and wall hangings aren’t just for interior walls. Your fence and the exterior of your house serve as your backyard’s walls. Display colorful thrift store plates and platters. Hang them with cheap dollar store wire plate hangers. Hang a large mirror to reflect sunlight. Mount an old iron headboard or fence section as a trellis for climbing vines or just enjoy it for the sculptural shape.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative with your backyard decorating ideas and do something fun with the money you saved.