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Backyard Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

The great outdoors beckons you and in this article you will find backyard decorating ideas on a budget! Even if we are strapped for money, most of us try to transform our backyards into a paradise where we can rest, relax, and rejuvenate in the company of our loved ones and friends. The yearning to transform the outdoor living spaces into something lush and beautiful is very strong in homeowners, but money always poses an obstacle.

The best way to save money on doing up your outdoor living space is laboring in the backyard yourself. Even if you are new to the world of gardening, don’t worry. You can easily decorate your garden without burning a hole in your pocket.

Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a tiny one, these budget-friendly backyard decorating ideas will help you transform the space into an oasis within no time.

Listen to the Music of the Fountains

There is something magical about hearing water fall. The musical sound of water is soothing and relaxing. Why spend money on custom made fountains when you can purchase small fountain kits online or in garden supply stores?

If you want to add that water element in your garden, a fountain kit is the best option. It is not expensive and the hardware with easy-to-follow instructions is part and parcel of the kit. To create a focal point, position the fountain in the center of your garden. You also can place it in an area that is surrounded by vibrantly colored flowers.

Upcycle Old Car Tires

Most homes will have a few car tires lying around in their garage. Instead of letting the tires occupy valuable space in your garage and making it look untidy and disorganized, use the tires to create unique and beautiful planters.


Position the tires on top of the other. Stop at two tires. Now fill the center with potting soil and plant inexpensive flowers, such as geraniums and marigold. You can paint the tires in vibrant colors and if you or any other family member is artistically inclined, let them go berserk with the tires. Make sure you place the tire planters strategically to showcase the unique planters and also enhance the look of your garden.

Rock Your World with a Rock Garden

Traditionally, rock gardens are inspired by Zen gardens, but you don’t have to follow this trend if you don’t want to. Select a shaded area in the garden to create your unique rock garden.

Buy plenty of gravel bags from the local garden store and cover the selected spot with gravel. Look around your yard for large rocks. If you can’t find any, ask friends and family for rocks. Use the rocks to create a pattern around the gravel and place a few smaller rocks strategically on the gravel. All the succulent plants you have, the ones in small pots, place them in a decorative manner on the gravel. And, your budget rock garden is done!

Light Up Your Backyard

There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than lounging in your backyard in the evening. But the darkness may prevent you. You can instantly create a magical fairyland with your pots and planters. Here’s how to do it.

Paint the pots and planters with glow-in-the-dark paint and before you know it these will softly illuminate your backyard without causing your electricity bill to skyrocket!

Create an Entertainment Space

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a space in your backyard for family and friends. Invest in an affordable DIY pergola kit and you have a space to host barbecues, birthday parties, and cocktail evenings for family and friends. It also creates a focal point in the garden that you can decorate with flowering potted plants and outdoor furniture.


Make sure you opt for 100 percent Western Red Cedar pergola kit, as it is renowned for its durability, natural resistance to pests, beauty, and strength. The kit comes with the necessary hardware and illustrated instructions that are easy to follow. Above all, the cedar pieces are precut, so you just need to follow the instructions to erect your very own pergola.

Bottle Up the Flower Beds

Forget about using bricks to create borders for your flowerbeds. Keep those colored bottles until you have a whole stack of them. You will need them to make a creative and colorful border for your flowerbeds.

Plant the bottles upside down around the flowerbed to create a unique border. Not only will it demarcate the flowerbeds, the colors will make your garden stand out. Truly ingenious and creative!

These are some budget-friendly ways to decorate your garden and extend your living space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful and unique garden. Look for things in your home that you can re-purpose and use in the garden. It is a fantastic way to let your personality shine through your garden and also reduce the burden on landfills by up-cycling items from your home that you no longer use or want.


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