Summer might be coming to an end in a few weeks, but we’re the kind of people who love to get every drop of sunshine, nice weather, and outdoor time out of our August as humanly possible! That’s why we’re still working on several outdoor projects that we fully intend to use before the cold weather hits. Some of those projects include different pieces of patio furniture and, as you can probably guess, we’re determined to make them ourselves rather than buying them at the store! If you live in an area that is warm all year round, or maybe if you’re just a an outdoorsy person no matter the temperature, then making your own deck or patio furniture is a great way to customize things to get exactly what you want.
We’ve already settled on the designs and styles we want, but there were so many cool ideas and tutorials out there when we were researching that we had a lot of trouble choosing. It took us weeks! Now that we’ve decided, we can’t wait to share the other ideas that we liked and that almost made the cut with other people we know so they can have awesome patios too. Check out these 15 unique outdoor furniture designs that you could can totally make yourself!
1. Rainbow painted palette patio furniture
Have you been considering making yourself some palette furniture for a while now but you’re just not sure that the neutral colour rustic aesthetic that those pieces tend to create is quite the right style for you? Instead of leaving the wood natural when they made their picnic table and stacked chairs, they painted different parts of each piece another bright colour so the overall finished product looks like a cheerful rainbow!
2. DIY pallet patio ice chest
Are you quite experienced in wood working and ready for a bit more of a challenge than just piling some pallets on top of each other? Do you love spending hot weather days on the patio whenever you can, staying out all day to enjoy the sun and the breeze with friends and family? Well, we certainly can’t blame you, because we do exactly the same thing! We always find, though, that we get thirsty after a few hours and going in and out of the house when you’re trying to socialize isn’t convenient, so we wanted to find a way to keep our drinks cold outside instead. That’s why we made ourselves this awesome outdoor wooden crate that has a cooler hidden inside! It lets us keep some drinks cool outside without just plunking an old plastic cooler down in the middle of everything after we’ve dug it out of the garage somewhere. Find out how this version is made on 99 Pallets!
3. Vintage milk jug side table
Do you live in an area that has lots of farm and estate sales out in the country, so you have access to different vintage and old fashioned pieces that you might not find in stores, or at least not ones that look really authentic and stylishly worn? Then you’ve already finished half the battle for this project! Finding an old vintage milk crate is almost all you need to do. The Girl Inspired will teach you how to put the top on to make an awesome outdoor side table.
4. DIY tree branch chair
Have you always been a big fan of wooden pieces, but you like both making, using, and looking at them better when they’re made out of natural branches and trees rather then evenly cut planks? Then you’re going to love this awesome branch chair design from Donald Sawyer! They’ll show you how to make an outdoor seat that that looks perfectly imperfect but still features a seat that sits straight.