Most everyone enjoys spending time outdoors, relaxing in the back yard or on the patio. During the last couple of years, we have truly embraced outdoor socializing, and it is probably here to stay! To create a homey feeling that reflects your style and personality, and to save a bit of money, try your hand at making one or more of these awesome DIY outdoor furniture ideas. With something for every skill level, you’re sure to find the perfect project for your next free weekend.

When you take the time to create a masterpiece, you want it to withstand the elements. So before diving into creating your own outdoor furniture, let’s talk about material choices and their finishes.

Some types of wood are naturally resistant to decay. The best options for outdoor wood furniture are: cedar, white oak, redwood, cypress, and teak.

Simple Side Table 

Create a basic simple side table with three 2”x2”x8’ lengths of wood and a 16”x16” patio paver. To brighten your porch and make the table an economical option, choose inexpensive pine and paint it. Give the table a finishing touch by stenciling a design on the top.

DIY outdoor chair 

Your bright new table needs a chair. Make one to match using six lengths of 2”x2”x8’ framing lumber and two lengths of 1”x3”x8’. Add some pre-made outdoor cushions, and you have the perfect place to get cozy with a book.

Rope and tire ottoman 

Prop your feet up and rest a spell with a unique and totally upcycled ottoman. All you need is an old tire and some rope. If you can wield a glue gun, you’ll have no trouble creating this hassock that’ll keep your feet happy and provide additional seating on your deck.

Game table 

Add some fun and games to your front porch with an easy game table. Use an urn-style planter as your base, and it can double as storage for game pieces. You can paint a game board (tic-tac-toe is a simple design and a classic game) on one side of the wooden top and leave the other side plain for general use.

Mobile grill cart and prep table 

Why not style a DIY grill cart that is so roomy it can double as a prep table? Include casters so you can move it where you want it, a pull handle that can be used for hanging towels, and a lower shelf to store your BBQ essentials. If you don’t plan to keep it covered, choose a moisture-resistant wood or finish pine with an exterior paint or stain.

Easy outdoor dining table 

Serve amazing BBQ to your friends on this super easy-to-make DIY outdoor dining table. All you need are 2”x4”s, paint, stain, and screws to create this modern table in an afternoon. And, if you have a little more time and wood, make a few benches to match.

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