I'm a DIY pro – the easy backyard projects you can do on the cheap to save you thousands

YOU don't have to spend thousands to spruce up your backyard.

With the help of DIY pros, you can update your backyard area just in time for summer with their cheap DIY projects.

A study has recently revealed that crafting these seven garden accessories can save you over $2,000 when compared with the professional prices.


According to the study, the biggest savings ($2,369.84) were made from creating their own DIY firepit.

As professionally made firepits can cost up to $2,450, a DIY one can cost you just $80.16.

To make your own backyard pit, the experts suggested building a rectangular structure of flagstone retaining wall bricks and then just filling out the bottom with gravel.


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The next money-saver in the study was a six-by-four garden shed.

If professionally built, a garden shed of this size can cost about $3,143.76.

Instead, the DIY experts revealed how to slash 69 percent off that number and make your own about $987, saving you around $2,156.

"By purchasing a shed plan, which provides concise building instructions as well as a complete shopping list of materials, and sourcing materials from Lowe’s, the outcome is a fully handmade shed," they said.

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Lighting up your outdoor space can be costly.

The experts said that an elaborate-looking outdoor hanging light can cost you up to $1,119 if it's done professionally.

Instead, they suggested brightening up your outdoor area with a chandelier and some outdoor solar lights.

"This DIY swap will save $1,061.10 on cost, this is a massive 95% saving," they said.

To create the DIY light fixture, they said to glue the solar panel and bulb components from a regular solar light onto the chandelier candle holders.

"The result is an outdoor light that will make quite a visual impact on summer nights in the backyard, with the bonus that it doesn’t require the additional electricity costs that the professional alternative would incur."


Follow the DIY expert's advice and you can save $234.55 on a shed organizer for your backyard.

"This saving is achieved by sourcing various wooden pegs and wall-hung organizers that will allow for the convenient storage of items such as gardening gloves, shovels, and various other tools," they said.

They revealed that this DIY swap can save you 78% of the professional's price.


"Purchasing a professionally made copper hanging planter can cost up to $250," said the experts.

"But by drilling holes into a copper bowl from Walmart and attaching a hanging basket chain, the cost lowers by 89% to $25.84."

Creating your own copper hanging planter can save your pockets $224.16.


Next, save up to $161.73 by creating your own large DIY wooden planter box.

When professionally made, these boxes can cost $170, so by making your own you can save up to 95% of that price.

"By purchasing wood effect floor or wall tiles and gluing five of these together, the effect is very similar," they said.

"With this DIY project, there is an opportunity to create an even more expensive-looking planter by using large stone or marble effect tiles."

"The box need only be filled with compost, and it is ready to take its place in the backyard."


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Making your own trellis will cost only $13.73, according to the experts, but can cost you relatively nothing if you already have the needed items lying around your house.

"By arranging bamboo landscape steaks in a grid and screwing these in place, savings of 82% can be made."

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