13 ideas to transform your yard into a relaxing haven

Is your backyard looking kind of blah? Well, you're in luck because we've rounded up 13 seriously amazing ideas that can turn any backyard into an absolute oasis.
These projects will inspire you to turn your backyard into a place you actually want to hang out and everybody else will, too! The only problem is that your friends and neighbors may never want to leave!
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1. Backyard hot cocoa bar (h/t Life on Kaydeross Creek)
Bring the party to your house by building a hot coca bar in your backyard. Your place will be the go-to gathering spot from now on. Hope that's okay!
2. Backyard firepit (h/t Keeping It Simple Crafts)
Instead of going on vacation to the coast, bring a fire pit to you! This tutorial shows you exactly how you can build a fire pit in your own backyard for $60!
3. Garden patio table
Although patio furniture can be expensive, this DIY patio table is made from an old tire and is very cost-effective. If you want to add a functional yet beautiful piece to an outdoor space for the summer, check out the full tutorial here.
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4. Backyard treehouse
This is possibly every kid's dream. Your kids will have the most private place to hang out and play for endless hours! The bonus? It's better than giving them TV or an iPad.
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5. Beautify your privacy fence
A wooden privacy fence can help create a cozy space even in the tiniest of yards. Add some furniture, a cute rug, and some potted plants for your ultimate backyard oasis.
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6. Outdoor kitchen
Bring your entertaining game to a whole new level by building a kitchen outdoors. This will allow enjoy the sunshine with your guests as you prepare food.
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7. Teepee
Make your childhood dreams come true and erect a teepee in your backyard for a shady reading spot.
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8. Giant hammock bed
Hammocks are the ultimate way to relax, but instead of the traditional design that holds one person, make a giant hammock bed for a perfect place to lounge on lazy afternoons. Bonus points for adding a zen pond next to the hammock, like in the picture below.
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9. Outdoor movie theater
With a little DIY magic, you can turn your backyard into a movie theater. Don't forget the popcorn!
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10. Light it up
There's nothing that adds to ambiance quite like the right lighting. String lots of lights from a large tree and create a sitting area beneath the branches for a backyard so dreamy you'll never want to leave.
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11. Gazebo
We imagine this breezy gazebo to be the perfect place to relax in rain or shine. Bring a book and watch the afternoon pass by.
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12. DIY patio makeover (h/t Lovely Indeed)
Not loving how your backyard looks? Make your own patio on the cheap. Style with your favorite lounge chairs and planters.
13. Table for big gatherings (h/t Inspired By This)
We're loving this long and low table complete with blankets and pillows for an outdoor gathering all your friends will remember. Heck, this table setup is so stunning you could even eat your everyday family dinners here!
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