28 small backyard ideas – beautiful designs for small yards

28 small backyard ideas – beautiful designs for small yards

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Setting table (external).

Ideas for small backyard projects
David A. Land

All it takes to decorate an outdoor table is a simple placemat or placemat and voila! It adds a little polish to an outdoor party or even just a nicer-than-usual family dinner.

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Set up a potting station bar

Ideas for small backyard projects
Mike’s garden

Make your own hanging planters

Hanging planters wrapped with scarves with flowers small backyard ideas
Brian Woodcock

If you don’t have the floor space to display potted plants, step up! You can do a DIY hanging plant pot project, wrapping inexpensive planters with vintage scarves.

RELATED: Our favorite spring crafts

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Repurpose groups

Potted flowers in antique potato chip boxes, small backyard ideas
David Tsai

Consider moving some of your most weathered possessions to your backyard. These potato chip boxes are now charming flower pots.

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Hang string lights

String lights hanging over dining table in small backyard ideas
David Tsai

Hang outdoor string lights above your outdoor dining table or seating area to create the perfect mood lighting.

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Store in style

DIY project for small backyard storage
Our handmade life

You can save space by relying on a sturdy bench that can also be used as a spacious storage unit (think toys, gardening tools, and the like).

Get the tutorial at Our Handmade Life.

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Hang herbs along an outside wall

Hanging herb garden DIY small backyard ideas
Inspired by magic

Believe it or not, the hanging file organizer is the unsung hero of outdoor space saving. Compact your herb garden by planting it inside vertical pockets, then attaching it to the side of your porch or garage.

Get the tutorial at Inspired by Charm.

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Make use of the fence space

Ideas for small backyard projects
Saving Dive

If your backyard fence could use some love, improve valuable landscaping and use the area as a canvas for a thriving container garden.

Get the tutorial at Thrift Diving.

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Stay tidy

Garden Tool Storage Small Backyard DIY Ideas
Anderson + Grant

Organize clutter by creating a garden tool organizer. We love that this project uses a metal torch head for easy hanging.

Get the tutorial at Anderson + Grant.

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Reuse an old mailbox

Small backyard mailbox planting ideas
Realistic daydreams

Give an old mailbox some TLC to transform it into a gorgeous outdoor planter. It doesn’t take up any space, but still has a lot of capacity.

Get the tutorial at Reality Daydream.

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Set up a small fountain in the backyard

Small backyard ideas ideas
Courtesy of Target

Try a log planter

Ideas for growing small trunks in the backyard
Courtesy of Three Dogs in the Park

If you have an old tree stump in your backyard, rejoice – they make the most beautiful planters.

Get the tutorial at Three dogs in the park.

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Hang strainer planter

Hanging planter idea small backyard ideas
Brian Woodcock

Hanging your plants leaves extra space below; Additionally, these colorful colanders make the most adorable containers for flowers.

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Make a Murphy bar

Small outdoor backyard ideas
Courtesy of Shades of Blue Interior

No room for a fancy bar? Try installing a Murphy bar outside, which simply folds up into a table when you’re ready to use it! The shelves are perfect for storage, and you can stack beautiful plants on top of them.

Get the tutorial at Shades of Blue Interiors.


Think tiered

Ideas for small backyard plant beds
Courtesy of Decor and Dog

Step planters will maximize the floor space you have available for planters and herb boxes.

Get the tutorial at Decor and the Dog.

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Plant vertically

Ideas for small backyard hanging planters
Courtesy of Making Lemonade

Instead of planting horizontally, plant vertically! Use a wooden trellis, tin cans, and pot hangers from IKEA to recreate this look.

Get the tutorial on making lemonade.


Laying artificial grass

Small backyard bike ideas
Courtesy of Liz Marie’s blog

An artificial grass rug provides the illusion of luscious green grass, and will help make your yard space appear larger than it really is.

Get the tutorial at Liz Marie’s blog.

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Succulent wall art design

Ideas for small backyard projects
Debra Lee Baldwin

Use a rectangular plastic tray divided into planting cells to display a charming succulent garden like this one.

Get the tutorial.

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Reuse coffee cans

Small backyard gardening ideas
Courtesy of Beautiful Mess

We never needed an incentive to drink more coffee, but now we’re glad we have one.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.


Make a mason jar herb garden

Ideas for small backyard projects
Courtesy of Camille Stiles

Use some mason jars to grow a beautiful herb garden that can be displayed inside your kitchen.

Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.

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Janice Mayes is associate editor at the citizens, covering DIY projects, gardening and travel. When she’s not in the kitchen creating a new recipe with farm-fresh ingredients, you can find her on the road heading to a music festival or browsing a local consignment store.

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