20 Outdoor DIY Projects That Will Make Your Backyard the Coolest Backyard in Nashville

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by Jake Hill, Chief of Backyards
May 17, 2018

I have a question for you, Nashville: What is a backyard?

Google says it’s a “yard behind a house or other building, typically surrounded by a fence.” Obviously, you know what a backyard is… but do you know what a backyard should be?

Google clearly doesn’t.

(Don’t you worry, I already wrote Google a very stern Feedback report regarding their poor choice of definition. I encourage everyone reading this to do the same.)

A backyard should be... Nirvana. A Modern Utopia. A family’s Private Paradise. Your very own Sovereign State. A backyard should be where it goes down. What goes down? Everything goes down. Barbecues, birthday parties, family reunions, second marriage bachelor parties─you get the point.

The backyard is special. An American pastime. And it very well should be.

But Nashville backyards are even more special. Mostly because Nashville is just so cool I imagine only cool things happening in them.

If you’re the type of person who wants a cool backyard and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty to make it happen, then check out these 20 inventive Outdoor DIY Projects that will make your backyard the coolest backyard in Nash.

Editor's Note: These creative and resourceful bloggers work very hard to supply us with quality DIY projects. So please show them some love and send in photos of your completed project in your super cool backyard.

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The Patio Party Table

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Photo: Kruse's Workshop

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by aCreativeTraveler

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Photo: Tater Tots and Jello

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by Southern Hospitality

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Photo: Southern Hospitality

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by Jenna Burger

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DIY Pergola with Trellis Screens

by Pretty Handy Girl

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DIY Camp Treehouse

by The Lettered Cottage

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Photo: The Lettered Cottage

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Oversized Spring Garden Tulip Crate Flower Bed

by Funky Junk Interiors

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Photo: Funky Junk Interiors

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by Ana White

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Photo: Ana White

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DIY Dog Bed

by DIY Showoff

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Photo: DIY Showoff

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DIY AC Unit Cover

by Design, Dining + Diapers

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Photo: Design, Dining + Diapers

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DIY Outdoor Theater in Your Garden

by The Horticult

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Photo: The Horticult

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Recycled Tractor Tire Pond

by Dream Garden 101

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Photo: Dream Garden 101

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DIY Pallet Fence

by Bless My Weeds

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Photo: Bless My Weeds

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DIY Pallet Swing Bed

by Grillo Designs

DIY Pallet Swing Bed

Photo: A Grillo Designs

Or a fancy swing bed…

The summer sun may be getting hotter, but hopefully after reading this article your backyard will be that much cooler.

Editor's Note: Thank you to all the members of the landscape designer community. We appreciate the hard work that you do. If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you.

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