Wanting to cultivate a customized backyard you can enjoy, but do not have endless finances? You are not alone; many of us in the USA face the same problem. Believe it or not, there are many backyard ideas on a budget you can get started on today. All it takes are a few small changes to create the backyard of your dreams.  

While it may seem like a backyard renovation might be expensive, there are many ways to utilize DIY methods or add some inexpensive touches to make a world of difference. Map out your ideal final product of what you want your backyard to look like, use these backyard ideas on a budget, and you'll be on your way to your own outdoor oasis. Read the list below for 15 awesome backyard ideas on a budget.




It does not take much to spruce up your backyard, and it is probably less expensive than you originally thought. Simply adding a few more pieces will bring your backyard to life. You can enjoy relaxing in a space that you created and customized yourself.

1. Add Torches


Torches are an inexpensive way to add a bit of life and light to your backyard. At night, they will provide a beautiful dim light wherever you place them. Create a path using stones that will lead to your patio, fort, or any other space; use the torches to line the path. The softly lit path will create a relaxing atmosphere when spending time outside at night.

2. Backyard Fort


Want a fun place for your kids to hang out in the backyard? Why not build a fort! You can make a DIY fort for less than you might think. Build it on the ground or in the tree as a treehouse. Your kids and their friends will love spending time in there!

3. Swings


The DIY possibilities with swings are practically endless! Swings are so much fun, whether you are an adult or a child, and can be a creative way to add seating to your backyard. To get started, all you need is a rope, a tree, and something for the seat. Tires, planks of wood, or even a skateboard make a great seat for a backyard swing.

4. DIY Fire Pit


The most beautifully designed backyards will have a fire pit, and there are so many ways that you can create your own for your backyard. You can easily find and use re-purposed items to create a custom, DIY fire pit. Just make sure that your fire pit is not near anything flammable, such as low hanging tree limbs. After it is finished, add lots of seating for sitting around the fire.

5. Planters and Plants


Plants always add character to a backyard and most of them cost very little. You can make your own inexpensive planter and add as many plants as you want to it. If you are not looking to take the DIY route, keep your eye out for low-cost pots, plants, and planters that will compliment your space.  If you are up for the work, you could even create a garden in your backyard to save on your grocery bill. It's a win-win.

6. Build a Pond


A backyard pond with lots of rocks, plants, and fish can take a boring space to beautiful and unique. Believe it or not, building a pond is easier and more cost-effective than you might think. Take some time to choose a spot in your backyard that you think would be good for a pond, create a waterproof lining, and then fill with water. Add rocks, plants, and fish to your pond to make it an outdoor work of art.

7. Mosaic Dog Bar


Don't leave out your pets when building your backyard. If you have a dog, consider making an easy DIY dog bar. This will not only look elegant, but your furry friend will appreciate having water readily available when running around outside.

8. Bench Swing


If you are looking for a creative way to add seating to your backyard, you should consider creating a bench swing. This may sound like a difficult project to pursue, but it is probably easier than you think! There are easy DIY tutorials for this, so look around until you find one that suits your needs. You and your guests will love relaxing on it!

9. DIY Swimming Pool


Want a swimming pool but aren't looking to drop your life savings on it just yet? You can actually use a livestock tank as a swimming pool in your backyard for an easy, inexpensive backyard pool. You could dig a hole to place it in or leave it above ground. If you want to take it up a notch, you can build a small deck around it.

10. Patio Chairs


Making your own patio chairs will save you money, which will allow you to add even more seating to your backyard. You can create them separately or even create a side-by-side patio chair set with a small table in-between. Some of the DIY tutorials are so easy that all you need is a weekend to get them built.

11. Raise Bees


Raising bees has become a popular hobby for a reason. If you decide to have a garden or plants in your backyard, bees will help them thrive! Not only that, but you also get the added benefit of having fresh and organic honey. While beekeeping typically takes about the same amount of effort as gardening, make sure to take time to look into it so you know what you are in for before you begin.

12. Hammock Swing


Looking for a place to relax after a hard day at work? A hammock swing is one of the best places you can unwind outdoors, and you can easily create your own DIY hammock swing and stand. Most people love hanging out in hammocks, so your guests will love coming over to spend time outside.

13. Build a Tree Bench


If you have a large tree in your backyard, consider building a tree bench around it. These look gorgeous and do not have to cost very much to create. Imagine relaxing in the shade from the tree on your DIY bench while reading a good book or spending time with your friends and family.

14. Outdoor Pallet Table


Looking for an inexpensive and easy to build table for your backyard? Pallets are a great budget-friendly tool you can easily work with, especially when making your own table. Use a DIY tutorial to get started and customize with the wood paint color of your choosing. Once you add seating, you have the perfect space for a picnic!

15. Flagstone Patio


Installing a flagstone patio or path to your patio can greatly improve your backyard environment. Flagstone is inexpensive to work with, and the design possibilities are endless. You can have fun with it because laying the flagstone is like building a puzzle. Use it to create a beautiful and personalized backyard patio or an impressive path to it.




If you are planning on using these backyard ideas on a budget, you will likely see the added benefit of a higher valued home. A home that has landscaping can have significantly more value than one that does not. This is especially true if you have a well-planned backyard space. The most important thing to consider when creating your backyard is the design. You should have this in mind before beginning. Planting things and building things randomly will likely cause your backyard to look messy, which is going to be less desirable when you sell your house. Before you start doing anything, get started putting your plan of action together.

Creating a Plan

Many homeowners get so excited about creating their own backyard area that they just get started adding things right away. They plant a tree here, and then some flowers there, then throw in a pond and so on. The end result looks messy and chaotic. While it is an option to hire someone to help you plan your backyard, you may not want to due to the money involved. If you choose to go alone using a few of the backyard ideas on a budget listed above, create a blueprint of what you want the final result of your backyard to look like. Determine what you will start with and when you will be able to continue adding to it. Research the price of the different pieces you plan to add. Knowing all of this ahead of time will save you a lot of headache down the road.


Using these backyard ideas on a budget will not only make your backyard look amazing, but can ultimately increase the value of your home. A well-landscaped home will sell for more than a home with no landscaping. While all the ideas listed above will make your backyard look and feel elegant, it is important to create your plan before getting started. Determine the price of each project, and plan accordingly. The easiest way to begin is to have a rough blueprint of your final result. You can create a beautiful backyard complete with benches, pool, fire pit and more that do not break the bank with these backyard ideas on a budget.