With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to start a new project. It’s always a busy time of year, but there are a ton of DIY projects that can be finished over the course of a weekend, leaving you plenty of time for other sorts of summer fun. A DIY project is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon, and the end result will make you feel accomplished and excited to tackle more projects. Best of all, you’ll have a new piece that adds beauty and function to your home.

Tree Bench

In a few days, you can build a charming sitting area around a tree in your backyard. A tree bench provides a shaded place where you can go and relax, read, or enjoy a snack. It also offers families and neighbors a nice place to gather and talk. As a tree bench is designed in a hexagonal shape, seating is available on all sides. Most tree benches are also built in sections with spaced-out legs to avoid tree roots.

Potting Bench

Working in your garden can be a literal pain in the neck. By building a potting bench, you can avoid having to bend down as much by having all of your gardening tools and supplies within reach. A DIY potting bench can be customized to a size that works best for you. You can also choose to add additional features like shelving, tool storage, or a dry sink. With a solid plan and access to wood, screws, and other basic materials, this project can be made in as little as one day.

Walkway Lights

Landscape lighting can transform the look of your backyard by illuminating walkways and other paths around your home. Installing walkway lights is fairly simple and can add a sense of safety when you’re walking at night. There are many types of fixtures to choose from, ranging from solar-powered lighting with no wiring to low-voltage lighting that can be installed yourself using a basic lighting kit.

Bar Cart

A rolling bar cart is a practical tool for entertaining and convenient during family dinners. When placed on casters, the cart can be easily rolled across your outdoor patio or deck. Shelving underneath can be used to store beverages, snacks, and utensils, while the top surface of the bar is perfect for pouring drinks or chopping fresh fruits and veggies. This project can be constructed, primed, and painted over just a few days.

Planter Boxes

Add a splash of color and texture to your outdoor space with a DIY planter box. Planter boxes can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes to boost your home’s curb appeal. They are also an excellent solution for gardeners who have limited yard space or want to keep quick-spreading plants contained.

Garden Trellis

A trellis can have many functions in the yard and garden. It can be useful for growing flowers and vegetables. If you have limited space in your backyard, it can also be used to train your plants to grow vertically. Building a garden trellis requires a minimal investment and just a few hours of your time. To ensure that your project lasts for many years, use a rot-resistant wood and an exterior-grade paint or stain.