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DIY outdoor projects to support playful children


Creating your own projects can be so much fun! Purchasing items for the backyard can get pricey especially the 10 or 12 foot trampoline. That’s why doing projects yourself can be so money-saving and practical. Not only that, but you can make it a bonding experience with your family. All it takes is a quick trip to the arts & crafts store, some time, and patience!

If you have a big backyard and you’re looking to take it up a notch– follow along for some awesome DIY ideas that you and your kids will be sure to enjoy!

Garden Path

This is an extremely simple, interactive DIY. Mulch, gravel, or brick are all great options for a garden path. Around the edges, where the plants or garden starts, you can add some colored rocks or different styled bricks. Whatever your preference is, it’s your time to get creative.

Get the kids involved by panting rocks! Look for rocks around your neighborhood– preferably ones that are flat or easy to paint. It is best to use acrylic paint on rocks. You may also want to paint several coats and let the rock dry between layers. Let your children have fun with it and they will feel like they are contributing to a beautiful backyard. Once finished, you can place them along your garden path along the edges.

Tree swing

It’s not fair! Why do kids have so much energy? Without having to go to a playground or park, you could set up your very own swing. If you have rope, a board, and some free time– you have the perfect recipe for a tree swing! Create this by drilling a couple of holes in a sanded down plank of wood. Secure it with a rope– we recommend rope that is comfortable to hold on to and not too frayed. Use a ladder to reach a branch that is higher and loop a chain over the branch. Yay! Now you have the perfect tree swing for you and your family to enjoy.

Bird Feeder

The thumb sucking days are over–no thumb buster needed here! Instead, involve your children in fun projects like building a bird feeder. This is especially fun for observant children who love animals– as the feeder should draw in more birds!

Best part is, you can make your own bird feeder from nearly anything. Whether it’s recycled plastic bottles, cans, or pinecones. There is an awesome recipe for one that uses spoons and a soda bottle. You can purchase bird food from your local pet store and even add in some seeds to attract more birds. Final step for the feeder is to hang it on your favorite tree or branch!

Raised Garden Bed

If you have your own backyard, why not create your own garden too. It is good for the environment and so much fun! You can grow some delicious vegetables or herbs of choice for your cooking needs. Additionally, children love to witness a sprout growing into something bigger– it will give them a sense of accomplishment.

The best raised garden beds are about three to four feet wide to make it easy for gardening. You’ll want to add cheap materials to the bottom of the bed, such as cardboard or newspaper. After you have everything together, you should add a second layer of composted horse manure and then soil over that. Finally, don’t forget the seeds!

Fire Pit

Building a firepit means more s’mores and marshmallow roasting! The perfect addition for summer nights after the beach or pool– your kids will love you! There are a few different ways to create a backyard fire pit. The best material to use is retaining wall blocks and fire brick. You’ll have to plan the layout and position beforehand, but a circle that is wide enough to host a fire is perfect!


If you’re feeling up for it a treehouse is such a fun addition to a backyard! It can be your children’s little getaway without actually getting away. You don’t even have to make the treehouse too complex, by adding the bottom flooring and securing it to a tree, you’re halfway there. You can make a treehouse any style you like!

Madison Hall
With a background in Engineering from Stanford University, Madison Hall brings a unique perspective to the DIY world. With 15 years of experience in both engineering and DIY projects, she started contributing to our website in 2022. Her approach combines technical knowledge with experience, making her articles informative and accessible. Before joining us, Madison worked in a leading engineering firm focusing on sustainable building practices. She enjoys woodworking and exploring the latest tech gadgets in her leisure time.

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