Replace the light bulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch.
You’ll have gorgeous outdoor lighting without having to provide electricity.
Turn an old chair into a swing.
Place scraps of yarn in a suet feeder and birds will use them to make their nests.
Make a giant outdoor water bed for the kids.
Use glow necklaces and glow bracelets for a few rounds of night time ring toss.
Break glow sticks into bottles of water for some nighttime lawn bowling action.
Plant some ornamental Kochia Scoparia grass.
It’s a a hardy and drought-tolerant foliage plant that germinates super fast. They start out green but turn a pretty red color once it starts to get colder.
Having a party? Tie vases to the fence and fill with plants or flowers.
Spray paint metal folding chairs for entertaining in the backyard.
Don’t own a grill? This camping grill is a more inexpensive way to have a BBQ.
Opt for a splash pad instead of a pool.
They start at about $2-3k, which isn’t exactly cheap, but they are significantly cheaper than a pool. And safer, too, because there’s less risk of drowning.
But actually, this DIY splash pad made from a tarp is even cheaper.
Reuse your empty wine bottles by making mosquito-combating tiki torches with them.
Fill ‘em with citronella oil.
Plant lemongrass as a natural way to keep mosquitoes away.
Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. When you get it home, trim the tops of the plant and remove any dead parts. Plant it in a clear jar of water and place on a sunny windowsill. Within a few weeks, it will develop roots and can be transplanted to your garden.
Rinse your dirty feet off in a waterproof frame filled with flat stones.
The flat stones will feel so good on your feet!
The sedum sarmentosum plant makes a fast-growing ground cover.
In June, it grows tiny yellow flowers!
Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting.
Put mirrors up on your fence to make the yard look bigger.
Toilet paper makes the best, cheapest seed paper.
It can be difficult to space out small seeds like carrots.
Repurpose your tree stumps.
Turn one into a table, a planter, or just cover it in moss and flowers to make it look pretty.
Enlist the kids to help you make stepping stones out of cement, cereal boxes, and glass stones.
Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.
Set up pool noodles for a game of kickball croquet.