The heat of the summer is upon us in Texas. This may scare away most from being outdoors but when it cools off in the evenings the real fun begins. Prep your outdoor space to entertain friends and family, make s'mores, camp in the backyard or enjoy the peace and quiet of a summer night. Here's how to create that perfect outdoor living space!
DIY Fire Pit
A fire pit transforms your backyard into a cozy, fire-lit retreat. Before you get started on this project, you'll want to check on the fire codes in your area/neighborhood. Be sure to also build your fire pit at least 10 feet away from buildings, structures, trees, fences and that there are no branches hanging over your fire pit. Thanks to this tutorial, you can build your fire pit in your backyard after following a few steps. Let the s'more roasting begin!
Create a Kid's Corner
Get the whole family outside by trading the cartoons for some creativity. Adding a kid's corner to the backyard will give your little one's the freedom to enjoy themselves in a spot that is made just for them! Check out this tutorial on how to create a kid's corner. An outdoor chalkboard is the perfect addition to a kid-friendly backyard. Follow these steps to building your own outdoor chalkboard. Or try this colorful paver hopscotch!
Lawn Games for Entertaining
Take some of your favorite games and put an outdoor spin on them. Whether its rock tic-tac-toe, lawn twister, or giant checkers, these games will be the hit of your outdoor entertainment space. Check out tutorials for these outdoor lawn games here. A personal favorite of mine is giant jenga!
Light up the Night
When the sun begins to fade be sure to have a plan to keep the party going through the night! These easy lamp posts will add light and style to your patio. Use them to hang your lights from and add some flowers to the pots below, the easiest project you'll do all summer!
Want to really make your outdoor space feel like an indoor space? Add some decor like an outdoor rug, some colorful pillows to your patio furniture, decorative lanterns or take it up a notch with outdoor curtains. These small additions will bring your outdoor space to an indoor level, expanding your style to the backyard. Find some decor inspiration here.
These projects are guaranteed to create an indoor feel to your outdoor space! Spend more time outside making memories with family and friends this summer.