DIY Pool Ideas – Pool and Backyard Decorating Ideas

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Decorating your pool and backyard is a fun activity. Thinking about all the fun that you are planning on having with your family and friends will motivate you to make your pool and backyard everyone’s favorite hangout spot.  You do not need to spend a lot of money to make this happen. Just exercise some creativity, resourcefulness and a DIY attitude!

To help you with your decorating project, here are some DIY ideas for decorating your pool and backyard:

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Poolside Chairs

Take those white plastic pool chairs to the next level by taking the legs off and painting them in bold, summery colors! This simple modification will add pops of color to your poolside while giving you a comfortable area to lounge in after your swim.

Place these chairs next to the pool, and dangle your feet on the water to cool off during a hot summer day.

Terracotta Pot Tables

Did you know that terracotta pots are not just for your plants? They can also be used as DIY tables for your backyard!

All you need to do is turn a terracotta pot upside down, place a terracotta tray on top of it and splash some paint on it to get your very own DIY side tables! These terracotta pot tables add pops of color to your backyard while providing storage as well. Place them beside reclining chairs, and you have the perfect lounge area!

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Patio Umbrellas

Transform your backyard into your very own private beach club with bright and colorful patio umbrellas. Patio umbrellas around your pool area provide a perfect accent to your poolside design.

They are also easy to take on as a DIY project. You can use old and plain backyard umbrellas. Just make sure that they are made from high-quality materials so that they can withstand various weather conditions. Feel free to get creative, and revamp your umbrella with some paint and interesting design patterns.

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Floating Flower Arrangements

Floating flower arrangements are gorgeous design pieces that will elevate your backyard’s overall design without you needing to spend a lot of money on it.

To create your floating flower arrangement, use flowers that are wider rather than longer. You don’t need long-stemmed daisies for this. Daisies would be a better choice for this DIY project. Place your flowers on a shallow bowl or terrarium filled with water so that they can freely spread out. Make sure to choose a variety of flowers that come in different sizes and textures.

Before you place your flowers on the bowl, cut round-shaped pieces of bubble wrap and hide it under each flower. Make sure that there’s a small hole in the middle when you create these little bubble wrap skirts for the flowers. These pieces of bubble wrap are the secret behind flowers floating magically on the water.

Once your bowl is full of floating flowers, set it on your backyard table or near the poolside area.

PVC Towel Rack

You can never go wrong with a towel rack along your pool area so that you can quickly dry off after taking a swim. While you can always buy a towel rack, why not try making your own towel rack made of PVC?

PVC towel racks are easy to make and come in various sizes and variations. Making a PVC towel rack is similar to playing with legos. It’s all about assembling. Instead of playing with lego bricks, you will be assembling PVC connectors, elbows, and pipes to make your own towel rack. Check out video tutorials online if you’re ready to start a DIY PVC towel rack project.

Glow in the Dark Planters

Enjoy looking at your favorite flowers even at night with glow in the dark planters. These glowing planters will make you feel that your backyard has become a magical place.

Glow in the dark planters is incredibly easy to make. All you need are planters and glow in the dark paint which won’t cost that much. Make sure to place them all around your pool, so that you can easily see your plants. These will light up your swimming pool as well.

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Floating Pool Lights

Create the perfect romantic evening with floating lights on your swimming pool. All you need are battery-powered tea lights and pool noodles to create this quaint swimming pool decoration.

Try also placing your floating lights onto your pool just as the sun sets to create another beautiful sight.

Outdoor Home Theater

What is better than enjoying a movie night in your garden? It’s having your own theater by the poolside! Whether it’s in a garden or by the poolside area, an outdoor home theater is a fantastic DIY project!

Depending on how much your budget is, how much effort you are willing to put into it and how often you plan to use it, you can build your outdoor theater according to whatever you want.

If you want to go for quaint and simple, hang a plain white cloth to serve as your screen, set up your LCD projector and speakers, throw in some pillows onto lounge chairs, and you’re ready! You now have the perfect theater setup for watching rom-com movies with your friends on summer evenings. Try hanging additional fairy lights and lanterns to make your theater prettier.

Keep in mind that the size of your space and how many people will be watching are essential considerations when choosing your screen size and the specifications of your LCD projector and speakers.

Utilize Solar Power

Of course, you can use solar strips to keep your pool warm, but water if you harness the power of the sun for solar lamps as well? They’re not the brightest, but they emit a lovely, warm glow that really can improve the atmosphere of your pool.

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Finding cracks in your backyard’s stepping stones naturally happen over time. Instead of filling in these cracks with mulch or letting weeds grow through them, fill it with glow in the dark pebbles and create your own Milky Way galaxy in your yard!

You can easily make these by buying pebbles from your local home improvement store and covering them with glow in the dark paint. The sunlight during the day will make these pebbles glow for a longer time at night.

Flip-flop Signs

Do not throw away your mismatched flip-flops! Turn them into summer-themed signs and hang them around your poolside area.

Let your creative juices flow when doing this DIY project. Use different paint colors to decorate your flip-flops. Combine the flip flops and create signs with words such as, “Summer’s here!” or “Pool party that way!” You will instantly get in a summer mood with these decorations!

Written by Liz Buckley

Liz Buckley is part of the content team at Land of Rugs. Liz has worked as a freelance writer since graduating from university. When not writing, Liz can be found researching new travel locations.

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