Beautiful Backyard Building Projects You Can Start and Finish Over the Holiday Weekend


Go outside and get to work on these gorgeous garden structures that you can enjoy all season long. TOH brings you detailed step-by-step instructions, shopping lists, and tool lists to do it all yourself.

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1. Fire Pit
Outdoor fires are so hot right now. Seriously. Mankind has called the hearth home for the centuries, it's true, but these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from stone-walled pits set into the earth. If you really want to light up right, do it in style. Take a few days to build your very own ring of fire.

See How to Build a Fire Pit for full step-by-step instructions.


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2. Garden Tool Shed

Your garden tools need a clean, dry, and accessible locale to keep safe from natures elements. A smart option is to build a handsome wood lean-to shed against the house near the patio or garden. If it's made from cedar, a naturally rot-resistant wood, it will weather nicely while protecting your goods from precipitation and insects alike. You can make one in a weekend out of off-the-shelf lumber or buy a panelized kit that screws ­together in under an hour.

See How to Build a Garden Tool Shed for full step-by-step instructions.

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3. Garden Arbor
A well-placed arbor is your garden's ultimate multitasker: It can serve as an entryway to an outdoor spot; frame a focal point, like a flowering shrub or garden shed; and, of course, take your beloved climbers to new heights. The go-to material for this project is rot-resistant cedar, though you can also make it from treated lumber. Whether left unfinished or given a coat of paint, you'll love how this piece adds personality to your outdoor space.

See How to Build a Garden Arbor for full step-by-step instructions.

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4. Weather-Proof Planter
Whether big or small, used in pairs or on their own, planter boxes are a cheery way to flank an entry, break up an expansive patio, or simply add a splash of color to a small yard. This roomy, rectangular version gives you plenty of space for your favorite bloomers. It is built from cellular PVC, which is easy to cut, holds up well, and won't rot. Beadboard detailing and a bright coat of paint add extra charm during those inevitable showers, too.

See How to Build a Weather-Proof Planter for full step-by-step instructions.

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5. Grill Caddy
Burgers, steaks, veggies-or whatever your go-to backyard party-fare is-it ought to be done on the grill. If you're the grill-master all summer, you will need a proper cart that stores all the necessary tools and platters.

See How to Build a Grill Caddy for full step-by-step instructions.

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