Easy DIY Projects for Creating Stylish Backyard Shade This August

Summer is the perfect time for making upgrades that will boost the functionality of your backyard. Whether they’re major or minor, home improvement projects are a great way to liven up your home and make it look fresh and new. Lacking inspiration? No worries. There are numerous DIY projects that are super easy, don’t cost much, and the impact they make is immense. In this article, we’re sharing a list of four simple DIY backyard projects you can tackle and create the perfect, shade oasis you’ll enjoy this August. Take a look!

A DIY canvas shade sail as a cheap and effective solution

An affordable and unique idea for creating your backyard shade, a canvas shade sail is probably one of the easiest outdoor DIYs you can tackle this summer. A durable and effective shade solution for your patio or outdoor lounge, it’s sure to last for more than a season, and installing it is pretty easy. First, you’ll need to find a proper location and make sure it has four anchor points so it can be installed properly. If there aren’t enough natural anchor points in your outdoor area, don’t worry – you can still improvise and use a wire rope to anchor the shade sail to nearby trees. Tighten the four anchor points to the desired tension, and voila – you’ve got yourself a comfy, DIY outdoor oasis.

A DIY canvas shade sail as a cheap and effective solution

DIY privacy screen as a practical backyard shade

A privacy screen is a great way to add shade to your backyard, but also create a sense of privacy, thus avoiding curious looks of passers-by. It’s also DIY-friendly to build when you’ve got all the materials needed for the project. However, there will be times when you won’t have all the necessary hardware, and that’s when you’ll need to find a good hardware shop. It’s a widely known fact that Australians simply love DIYs and all things renovation, and when they’re tackling any kind of renovation, big or small, Aussies opt for Paddington hardware to ensure they use only the best, high-quality tools and hardware products for their projects. Do the same – find a reliable hardware store like the one mentioned above to ensure you’ve got everything you need for your simple DIY project.

DIY privacy screen as a practical backyard shade

Sheer curtain divider for a romantic backyard

Is there anything more romantic than an outdoor space with sheer materials? See-through materials are becoming more and more popular among homeowners, and it’s easy to see why. The fabric is lightweight which helps create a better flow and ensure a sensual, romantic atmosphere in your outdoor lounge. In addition to that, simply installing a sheer curtain divider will help add a stylish pop to your outdoor space, transforming your backyard into a cozy corner for relaxation after a long day at work. If you’d like some more privacy, opt for outdoor curtains that aren’t as see-through and come in white, gray, or another neutral color, so they can easily blend into your outdoor space.

Sheer curtain divider for a romantic backyard shade

Hanging curtains for a luxurious vibe

If you’re aiming for a more luxurious look instead of casual, there is a shade solution for that too. Depending on your budget as well as the size of your backyard space, you could hang luxurious shade  curtains above each seating area to enhance the visual interest of your outdoor space. For this, you’ll need to select a location that has a couple of trees where you can hang your shade curtains. After you’ve acquired the necessary tools for this DIY project which includes a wire basket, a hook, and a curtain panel, it is time to create your hanging shade curtains. Pull the rope through the bottom of the basket, tie the knot, and hot glue the curtain panels inside the rim of the basket. Finally, mount the screw hook on a tree branch, tie the rope around the hook, and voila – you’ve got the perfect outdoor seating area.

Hanging shade curtains for a luxurious vibe

There you have it – four easy DIY projects you can tackle this August. Use some of these ideas to create the perfect shade in your backyard and design a space that is perfect for unwinding.

Lilly Miller
Lilly Miller
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer, passionate writer and proud auntie. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. “Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws his own portrait.” Jean - Paul Sartre


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