If you have a backyard or yard near your house, you don’t have to go far in search of a refuge. You can make it your calm, cheerful space, especially in the summer when it gets unbearable indoors. And to get you started, we’ve put together a list of 11 creative backyard DIY projects to complete this summer.
1. Add lighting effects to backyard games
For any group of friends or people who play outdoor games, there’s always that one bad loser who can never quite accept that they’ve lost. You can make sure they never ask for another take again by adding battery-powered Christmas lights to gaming props so they light up when someone scores. For example, start adding LEDs to your cornhole or horseshoe backboard, or basketball hoop, to light up when you score. See the detailed guide on Instructables for a list of things you’ll need and all the instructions.
For more lighting fun with LEDs, check out our guide to stunning DIY LED projects to try out this summer.
2. Motion Activated Sprinkler
Are you unable to keep neighbors and passers-by away from your well-maintained backyard? Do deer and other local animals keep pooping in your front yard? If you answered yes to both questions, you need a motion-activated sprinkler in your life. You can always buy one, but building one is more satisfying, not to mention cost effective. And building one doesn’t have to be difficult either, as this Instructable does an excellent job of explaining how to make one.
3. DIY Wind Turbine
Do you have a windy backyard? Take advantage of it by building a wind turbine. It offsets your power costs, or you can even harness the electricity it produces and store it in a battery for use when there’s a power outage. Plus, it’s a unique feature in your backyard and will no doubt fuel conversations about sustainability when your guests come over. This turbine is powered by an upcycled treadmill motor and includes all the parts listed in the Instructables guide.
If you’re looking for other unusual things to make, check out these tech DIY projects you never thought you’d have to try out in 2022.
4. Hi-Tech home for stray cats
If you’re a cat person who can’t adopt all the strays you come across in your neighborhood but would love to help them out, build this hi-tech stray house in your backyard. It houses them during hot summer days and keeps them warm in winter as it comes with a heated cushion and lamp. And you don’t even have to deal with the stray cats as you can place food there from the comfort of your home using an Arduino-powered faucet.
Find out how to complete this project in the well-explained Instructable. While you’re at it, check out more great DIY projects that every pet owner should try.
5. Garden Speakers
Whether you’re entertaining on your lawn or enjoying being alone in your yard, a high-quality outdoor speaker is sure to take the experience to the next level. You can listen to your favorite playlist from any part of the garden because the sound is well distributed, unlike an indoor speaker, and it makes your meditation sessions even more enjoyable.
In fact, you don’t have to spend money on the high-end models because, as shown in this Instructable, building a garden speaker is quite easy. Check out these other unique DIY speaker projects you can build at home.
6. No soldering fireflies
Summer isn’t just about the sun and surf; it’s also about the beautiful fireflies that emerge at the end of the day and light up even the dullest evenings. And if you can’t remember the last time you saw one in your backyard, you can always make some using LED strands and Arduino to bring their magical allure back to your outdoors. If you can’t solder to save your life, don’t worry, because this Instructable has a no-solder, DIY fireflies guide that anyone can try.
7. Arduino Gardening
Are your houseplants dying because you water them too much? Or do you keep forgetting to water them? Whatever your case, you need this Arduino gardening tool as long as you are a plant lover trying to hydrate your green family.
It has a solenoid that senses and opens when the soil moisture drops. It is also coupled with a gravity dependent irrigation system that waters the plant automatically, saving you the effort and keeping your plants alive. Check out the Instructables guide to see how it’s built.
8. Arduino Backyard Cricket Scorer
Do you want to improve your cricket game? This Arduino powered backyard cricket scorer is the perfect accessory for you. Using an infrared remote control, it tracks your runs, overs, stroke duration and running speed. With such scores, you can quickly identify what you need to improve, and vice versa, you stay on top of your game. It is also useful if you are playing with your friends and need to keep score.
See how to build it in the detailed guide on Instructables. Check out these Arduino Uno project ideas to further improve your electronic skills.
9. Automatic Garden Waterer
Regular watering is the secret to a green, healthy garden, but like mowing the lawn, the task can quickly become monotonous and tiring. That’s why it pays to have an automatic garden sprinkler, which will save you the trouble when you need a break or if you are away often but want to keep your garden or lawn healthy.
While there are plenty of commercial options, this DIY, Arduino-powered garden waterer works better. It features a USB port that allows you to connect to any power source and adjust watering intervals. Check out the instructions on how to easily complete this project in the detailed Instructable.
10. Solar Garden Lighting on a Larger Solar System
Do you enjoy spending time in your backyard or garden after sunset during the summer? You are not alone. Most people find it exciting to stay outdoors late when the warmer months begin. And you can make your evenings in the garden more relaxing by adding some mood lighting. Build this DIY solar garden lamp, as shown on Instructables, to perfectly illuminate your outdoor spaces at night, while keeping energy costs and your carbon footprint low.
11. Glowing Garden
Do you want to illuminate your garden or backyard in such a way that your artificial light blends in with the natural plants and creates a magical atmosphere? Check out this Instructables project for a list of supplies and instructions on how to build a glowing garden.
Create a magical backyard
You don’t have to break the bank to create a magical backyard. As proven by the creative backyard DIY projects above, simple tweaks go a long way in transforming a plain-looking lawn into a cozy, intimate lawn. So have fun creating your magical backyard by trying one of the projects described here, or use them as inspiration for your own unique build.