Cool Backyard Design Ideas on a Budget

Add Inexpensive Lighting

If you want your backyard to become a place you can spend your summer evenings, you’ll need lighting. Start by using what you have: Grab those outdoor lights that you string along your front porch during the holidays and weave them into bushes or on trellises for a sparkling nighttime glow. If you’re buying new, look for LED outdoor lights (which may be more expensive at first, but will save you money in the long run) or build your own lanterns from baby food jars, wine bottles, or other reclaimed (aka: free) materials.