5 garden bar ideas to make home feel like a holiday this weekend

Get the ultimate staycation set up with these easy tips for creating a DIY garden bar

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Looking for garden bar ideas, to spruce up the bargain outdoor bar you have picked up or DIYed this summer? Everyone seems to have really jumped on the creating a holiday at home, 'Who needs a bar in the Med when I can pretend I am on holiday stood under a tarpaulin in my garden?' set up. So we thought, we would share with you some really quick and easy  ways to create that outdoor bar feel in your garden – whether you manage to pick up the super popular Aldi model or not.

For more gorgeous garden ideas, head over to our feature next. 

1. Build your own bar 

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Don't have a garden bar yet? No problem you can build one next weekend! Wickes have a DIY bar for just £350, and any novice can put it together with a bit of patience. It's really easy to paint too so you can make it your own with just a can of paint. Use our guide to find out how to build this home bar.

2. Or upcycle a pallet to create an outdoor bar

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Building your own bar sound too complicated? Well, we have a very lazy hack for you, turn a pallet into a bar. Our Art Editor, Emily, gave it a go and look at the results! So cool and easy, all she needed to do was add shelves, paint and drill to the wall. Oh and fill with gin too of course... 

3. Decorate your garden bar 

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Key to making a garden bar feel more like a few planks of wood nailed together (or as is the case with the bar above, an old cable reel) is accessorising. Bring out your nicest glasses, barware and prettiest bottles to add colour and personality to your outdoor bar. You could get really fancy and add a spirits optic too so you feel like a proper pro making drinks. We love these metal letters from Not on the Highstreet and those pink bar stools are super cute too!

4. Go for a cosy boho feel to create a garden bar 

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You can create an outdoor bar vibe in your garden without having to invest in an actual bar by going to town on the whole outdoor living room look. We love the garden above and we think G&T in hand on a warm even you would definitely get that beach bar feel. The key is lots of outdoor cushions, rugs, throws and of course plenty of glowing lights. 

These candles are actually LED candles from Lights4fun so you don't need to worry about safety or leaving them unattended. 

5. String up aaaalllll the fairy lights 

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Speaking of glowy lights, no garden bar is complete without plenty of fairy lights. You could turn the cheapest of gazebos into a magical space with just a few fairy lights. For us, the best kind are festoon lights, they are just so effortlessly cool aren't they?! 

For more of the best outdoor fairy lights, make sure you check out our buying guide. 

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