Ready to give your outdoor living area an upgrade this spring? A backyard makeover doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes, just by adding new lighting, patio furniture or trying your hand with a DIY project you can transform your backyard into a dreamy oasis on a budget. Check out this list of ten creative ways to spruce up your backyard this spring.


Create a Stone Pathway

With a few materials like mulch, bricks and stones you can create a beautiful pathway from your house to the playhouse in your backyard. Spice it up a bit by adding decorative rocks, flowers or path lights.


Lay Down an Outdoor Rug

An outdoor area rug is a great way to add a pop of color to your outdoor living space. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to add flair and decor to your current patio.


Invest in a Fountain

Fountains are a great addition no matter how big or small your outdoor area is. These water features are perfect in a small garden or tucked in the corner of your patio deck.


Hang String Lighting

Drape string lights across your outdoor living space to set the mood while also providing great lighting at nighttime. Consider lining your pergola, fence or trellis with lights for a starry-night vibe.


Create a Space for Outdoor Dining

If you have frequent family gatherings or host events during those warm summer months, then a table is essential for your outdoor area. Of course you can purchase outdoor furniture, but you can also build your own using wooden boards and other natural materials.


Enhance Your Landscaping

There are many ways to enhance your landscaping, but first it’s important to clear up what you already have in your yard. Trim your trees, pull weeds and give your yard a good overall cleanup. A few quick and easy landscaping ideas are adding mulch or stones around your trees, create a flower bed with annual flowers, add a few lawn ornaments or even plant a few trees.


Set Up Comfy Seating

Creating comfy, cozy seating whether you use large outdoor pillows, benches or rocking chairs are great pieces to add to create a comfortable space for you and your guests to sit back and relax in the nature of the great outdoors.


Build a Fire Pit

One of the best backyard upgrades that you can build yourself is a backyard fire pit. You can use a variety of stones or bricks, just be sure to provide ample seating for fireside chats and roasting marshmallows.


Add a Hammock

A hammock is a fun backyard idea for people of all ages. Suspend a hammock between two trees or if a sturdy tree isn’t available, you can purchase a hammock stand for an affordable price. Hammocks provide a quaint space for relaxation so adding one to your backyard oasis is always a great idea!


Design an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens provide the ultimate spot for entertaining family and friends. There are several ways to build an outdoor kitchen that fits within your budget. Add a grill and portable bar for a more simple look or go all out with a kitchen island, sink, grill and refrigerator.