2020 is the year that we’re all getting to spend more time at home and in our gardens, so here’s some DIY garden inspo to keep you busy this weekend – and the children entertained
Take a journey of DIY discovery, and see exactly what’s possible in your garden with a bit of creative flair and elbow grease. We’ve sourced the very best garden design ideas that are creative, fun – and achievable in a weekend!
Give your kids the playhouse of their dreams while indulging your Lord Of The Rings obsession with this quirky hobbit house! This is one project worthy of your time and effort. Plan it right and you can have a daytime play space that transforms into an evening Shire reading nook for adults to enjoy.
2. Rowing boat sandpit
Ahoy mateys! Your little captains will have hours of endless fun traversing the high seas with this unique sandpit. Don’t have an old tender lying about? You can build a simple boat structure from plywood. Just remember to drill holes for drainage.
3. Garden noughts and crosses
The perfect puzzle for low maintenance gardens! All you need is a few pieces of slate and some painted pebble markers. Whether it’s for the kids, grandkids or big kids at heart, this is a great addition to any outdoor space.
4. Mud kitchen
Let your budding chefs loose in the open air with a custom-built mud kitchen! Add as many features as you want and give a good home to all of your disused crockery and pans. Throw in a picnic bench and your mud kitchen becomes a mud café.
5. DIY tyre swing
Give the classic tyre swing an updated look with some brightly coloured suspension rope. Why not give the kids creative license to paint their own designs on the rubber? Add some outdoor cushions for maximum comfort and this will easily become a garden favourite.
6. Outdoor chalkboard
Keep your little artists entertained during the summer months with this fantastic outdoor chalkboard. All you need is some backing boards and chalkboard paint. This terrific feature blends in perfectly with the most tranquil gardens.
7. DIY garden race track
No more matchbox cars lost in the expanse of lawn and bushes! Keep your mini racers on the straight and narrow with a DIY race track. You can even plant a little shrubbery in the grassy centre.
8. Skateboard rope swing
Don’t throw out that broken old skateboard! Remove the wheels and sand it down to create this fun side to side swing. These make a great addition to any custom built jungle gym.
9. Back garden mini golf
Got a crazy golfer on your hands? This mini golf course is fun for all the family and all it takes it some wood to build the frames and some imagination to design the obstacles. Your kids will be busy perfecting their putt all summer long!
10. Sunken trampoline
Less intrusive and not as dominating as its traditional counterpart, a sunken trampoline is the perfect solution for keeping an open feel to your garden. It’s as easy as digging a big hole. What are you waiting for then?
11. DIY Treehouse Ideas
A great treehouse is the ultimate childhood cubby. The best thing about building your own is the total control you have over the design. Keep adding to it over time and you’ll have a luxury tree complex. And you don’t even need a tree to attach it to!
12. Climbing frame ideas
Let your mini explorers burn off steam outdoors with an awesome climbing frame. Slides, swings, monkey bars and rope bridges are popular features. Just remember to lay a good layer of soft bark or rubber tiles to save those little hands and knees.
13. Pebble footprints
A fun weekend craft for the whole family to help with! Toddlers will love trying to find little pebbles to match the size of their feet. Older kids will delight in painting names and designs on the stones. Why not make it a yearly tradition?
14. Garden hopscotch
The old games are the best! Indulge in some childhood nostalgia by creating a hopscotch that will be enjoyed by family and friends for years to come. All you need is some garden pavers and a pot of paint.
About the author
Rachel Brown grew up on a farm in Buntingford, England and loves the outdoors and is a passionate animal enthusiast. These days, her garden is her sanctuary, where anything that can grow, does! It’s wild, yet beautiful. She documents her projects on DIY Garden, a blog with hundreds of ideas and helpful guides on how to improve your garden and outdoor space.