We all have one. The neighbor on the block who has all of the cute yard decor. She has the colorful patio set, fun planters and flower pots, yard sculptures, and all of the makings of a fun and decorative space that is a joy to be in. Sure she spends an arm and a leg to buy these beautiful items, but it is worth it right? Wrong! You know better! There are plenty of ways to decorate your yard on a dime. You can still have fun and colorful accents, purposeful seating areas, and bright yet functional flowers pots while still staying within your budget. So how do you do this? Well it just takes a little creativity and planning. Below, you will find five simple ways to decorate your yard on a budget. You might just make the neighbors envious and wondering how you did it!
Five Ways to Decorate Your Yard on a Budget:
1. Find a Make and Take Clinic
Many home improvement stores offer free make and take clinics for kids and even adults during the summer months. Call your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc. and see if they are offering any. You will get the chance to make bird feeders, water gauges, and other outdoor items that are decorative and purposeful. The best part? These clinics are FREE!
2. Consider second hand sales.
Thrift stores, garage sales, and summer time estate sales are perfect for finding outdoor furniture pieces for a song. You can find a cute bistro set or picnic table perfect for your yard and for eating evening meals at. Just grab a Mr. Clean Eraser and give anything you find a good scrub and you are ready to go! Since it is exposed to the elements, there is no need to buy new. You can even toss some inexpensive outdoor pillows on them for comfort, color, and charm.
3. See what a can of spray paint can do.
Are you tired of your old pots and planters? Lay down some newspaper and give them a coat of paint! Choose a fun and bright color that will really pop! You can also give a fresh spray of paint to your mailbox or yard furniture while you are at it. Paint makes anything look clean and new, and a can of spray can run you as low as $1.50.
4. Visit the local dollar store.
Dollar stores are great for fun and whimsical yard picks, flags, and other yard decor. Don’t over due it, just find a few colorful pieces you can tuck in amongst your flower beds and at your driveway entrance. A little pop of color will go a long way. You can also find seeds, pots, and other yard and garden accessories for less.
5. Let the kids in on the action.
Invest in an inexpensive concrete hand print kit and make custom stepping stones for they yard. Most crafts stores carry these kits for around $10.00 (Hobby Lobby), and you can get them even less if you print out your 40% off coupon before you go! Place them amongst your flower beds or on your porch for some customized charm.
And one more for the road…
Get creative with your planters.
Why not use an old yet colorful pair of boots, or a vintage suitcase or canister set to plant your blooms in? Plant in an old tub, bread box, or wheel barrow. Anything that is unique is fun and sure to look great. Plus, all of these items can be found right in your own garage or basement. Once you start planting, put flowers in unexpected places. For example, we put planters over our mailbox for an unexpected cascade of color.
How easy is that? For pennies you can decorate your yard into a fun and colorful outdoor haven you will want to relax in. You don’t have to go overboard and spend a lot. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time. You just need to have fun, get creative, and the rest falls into place.