If you love being outside and are looking for some tried and true backyard hacks, then you’ve come to the right place! I have rounded up 50 Backyard Hacks that might just make your time outside more enjoyable this summer! The hacks are broken down into the following five categories: grilling, gardening, outdoor games, outdoor entertaining, and outdoor hygiene. For more details on each tip, please click the blue links to be taken directly to the source where you’ll find the tutorial, product, or original post. Happy summer!
Grilling & Summer Eating Hacks
How to take your grill from GROSS to GORGEOUS with easily obtainable products. Find it here from Sand & Sisal.
Grilled corn on the cob is delicious in summer salads but removing the corn can be time consuming. This handy gadget is a brilliant way to easily and quickly remove corn kernels from the cob! Find it here. (affiliate link)
Love this table? You can find the conversation here from homeowners who hacked their grills by disassembling them and creating a more user-friendly grill table.
Cut down on your grill cleaning time with his fun hack from Skip to my Lou. Find it here.
Attainable Sustainable has the full tutorial on how to build a rocket stove here. If you’re not familiar with these, do a quick google search. They’re gaining popularity with all things “off the grid.”
No summer cookout out is complete without watermelon! Slice it without the rind using this nifty watermelon slicer found on Amazon here. (affiliate link)
I’m sure everyone who camps regularly knows this little secret, but it’s definitely new to me! Hack your muffin pan and use it to cook breakfast on the grill! Find the recipe here.
10. $2 DIY GRILL
Need a quick and inexpensive charcoal grill? All you need is a dollar store lasagna pan, cooling rack, and some charcoal. Find out how easy it is to make one here.
Gardening & Landscaping Hacks
1. DIY BIRDBATH
This surprisingly simple DIY Bird Bath is perfect for hummingbirds and can be found here via Home Stories A to Z.
2. DIY FIRE PIT
Create a quick and easy backyard fire pit using this tutorial from The Garden Glove.
I’ve tried this method with mixed results. It’s cheaper than landscape paper and provides a good temporary weed barrier and “greener” option!
Adorable way to mark your veggies! Find it here from West Valley Moms Blog.
It is widely circulated that these planters are spray painted with Rustoleum’s Glow in the Dark paint. As amazing as that would be, it simply isn’t true. These are solar powered planters! Find them here.
Kill your weeds with an all-natural solution! Find the full recipe here from Consider Me Inspired.
The kids would love this! Place these plastic tube molds over your veggies as they grow to create heart and star-shaped veggies. Find the molds here on Amazon. (affiliate link)
Find these unique seed starter ideas from Country Living here.
Create a topsy-turvy birdbath and planter in one using a few simple supplies from the home improvement store. Find the full step-by-step tutorial here.
Great tip on how to neutralize the dog urine spots on your lawn so that grass can be resown in the area. To prevent the spots from happening in the first place, water the area immediately after your dog urinates.
Kid Activities and Games
Full tutorial found on Build-Basic! Lots of amazing projects on this site.
Fun twist on this classic game! Find the full tutorial here featured on BHG.
This looks so fun! Find the instructions here.
4. KID CAR WASH
What a cute idea! Full tutorial here from Mom Endeavors.
Adorable! Find this here.
6. MUSIC WALL
This this fun project and more music ideas here.
Kids and adults will both love this game! Find it here.
8. LAWN TWISTER
What a fun game to play outside! One Good Thing by Jillee always has great ideas!
Full tutorial of this DIY Cornhole Board from Home Stories A to Z found here.
10. DIY SPRINKLER
Great way to keep your grass beautiful and have some fun at the same time! Find this project here.
Recycle old tires and create additional outdoor seating for your guests with these DIY Rope Ottomans! Find the details here from Style Me Pretty.
There are LOTS of ideas for this project, but this one is by far the easiest version I’ve found. Find it here.
This is an inexpensive way to create outdoor mood lighting for your guests! Find this project here.
Create your own lawn drink holders with this step-by-step tutorial found here.
Create a beverage station, condiment station, or additional outdoor seating area with this easy build! Find the full tutorial here.
This is a great outdoor seating hack! Find the full tutorial here.
This window turned sign just made me laugh! 🙂 Customize as necessary for your party using a white chalkboard marker.
Impress your kids and guests the next time you make a fire in your outdoor fire pit with these magic fire pouches! Place a pouch on the coals of your fire to create rainbow-colored flames. This product has great reviews on Amazon!
A drink station is a great way for guests to help themselves to drinks during your party! Get creative in repurposing what you have in your home or basement to create extra entertaining space outdoors. This old sewing table and fabric shoe storage make a great beverage station. Find this project here.
Need a quick tabletop speaker outdoors? Place your phone in an empty cup or bowl to create an instant speaker. Find this from HTC via Country Living.
Outdoor Hygiene Hacks
This idea would be great by the back door! Find it here from Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms.
2. WASP TRAP
This folding table hooks up to your garden hose to create an instant sink! This particular table is sold for cleaning game, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work for camping, outdoor entertaining, or as a gardening table! Find it here.
Flies can really ruin your picnic! This is a great tip on how to keep flies away. Find it here.
This is brilliant! Thank you, Mom4real!
6. HAND WASHING STATION HACK
Keep hands clean at your next cookout with this collapsible water cooler hack!
I’m laughing about posting a printed and photographed facebook post, but this has been pinned THOUSANDS of times with rave reviews. And hey, if you frequently sit in your underwear outside at night then you might want to check this out! 😉
Go read which plants are great for repelling mosquitoes here on Home Stories A to Z.
9. OUTDOOR SHOWER HACK
Image credit: REI
Use a hoola hoop, rope, shower curtain, and a battery powered outdoor shower to create a private outdoor showering area.
Throw some dried sage on your fire or charcoal grill to keep unwelcomed pests away. Bugs do not like the smell of sage smoke. You can find the sage bundles here.
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