6 easy DIY garden ideas for the Bank Holiday Weekend

These DIY garden ideas can update your outdoor space, whatever the size in just a weekend

6 easy DIY garden ideas for the Bank Holiday Weekend
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These DIY garden ideas are perfect for the Bank Holiday Weekend! The weather is looking to be amazing so, of course, we are going to be spending the whole time in our gardens, in our back yards, on our balconies, simply enjoying whatever outdoor space we have. And in between sipping Aperol spritz it would be nice to give your outdoor space a little spruce up, so we have come up with these really easy garden updates.

Most of these garden projects will only require items you'll likely already have in house too, so no need to queue outside the DIY stores and waste your precious time in the sun. So get scrolling for loads of fun, easy projects and if you are after more garden ideas head over to our hub page. 

1. Get creative with outdoor paint 

Little Greene exterior paints

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Do you have side return with a seating area or a patio with a pergola? You can make that space feel even more like a separate, zoned off part of your garden by painting the surrounding walls. You could obviously just add some colour by painting your back fence too!

This teal green (Mid-Azure Green by Little Green) is so dreamy and looks gorgeous with an outdoor rug and printed cushions. It's all very Mediterranean but you could definitely make it work in your garden too.  

For the best exterior paint head over to our buying guide. 

2. Or add pops of colour by painting your garden furniture

Little Greene exterior paints

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Painting your garden furniture is a really easy way to give it a new lease of life, but if you want to use it to just add a hint of colour to your garden this is a really easy hack – just paint sections of your furniture.

Here just the base of a table has been painted and it adds a pop of really vibrant colour but still keeps it subtle – the colour is Little Green's Smalt. Obviously this would also work on chairs too – just head to our guide to painting garden furniture

3. Give your decking a new lease of life

Decking painting essentials

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Get that suncream on and top up your tan while you give your decking a fresh coat of paint. Warm dry weather is perfect for the job too, and if you get it out of the way Saturday morning, or even Friday night you could be enjoying your clean new set up for the rest of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

For the best decking paints check out the picks in our buying guide. 

4. Building your own 'living wall'

Ikea gardening hacks

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If you aren't green fingered or just want some guaranteed all year round greenery this is a fab DIY garden idea – build a green wall just with fake flowers. This one has been made using a combination of artificial lilies, monstera leaves and Ikea's very handy faux plant wall panels

5. Get into container gardening 

Container garden with pots

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Container gardening is fab because you can create a gorgeous mini-garden no matter what size your plot. You can also basically use anything you have lying around the house or garden that will hold a plant. 

Recreate this eclectic, seemingly effortless container garden by grouping together plants in pots of different textures – stone, terracotta, tin. Layering up different materials will add depth and interest to your arrangement. 

Top tip: Want new terracotta pots to quickly get that aged, mossy, 'I've been in this garden for centuries' look? Lightly brush over your pots with some plain yoghurt and like nature do its thing. Sounds gross but works a treat. 

You can still order plat pots online at Crocus, Harrod Horticultural and Garden Trading

Find more advice on container gardening in our guide. 

6. Create an outdoor cinema 

Outdoor cinema

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Technically, for an outdoor cinema all you really need is a sheet, or a white wall and an outdoor projector, but we think it's the extras that make it all the more special. So once you have picked out the best outdoor projector, it's just about stringing up the fairy lights, throwing down some rugs and cushions, and whack on your fave film. The perfect Bank Holiday activity. 

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