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Looking for ways to upgrade your backyard without breaking the bank? Like a well-placed patio umbrella, I've got you covered. From clever gadgets to stylish decor, there are plenty of amazing options that will transform your outdoor space into an oasis of comfort and style without sending you into economic ruin. And the best part? Everything on this list is under $35, so you can create the stunning backyard of your dreams on a budget.
Whether you're hosting a barbecue, enjoying a relaxing afternoon, or spending quality time with family and friends, these clever, stylish, and downright useful products will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. With a bit of creativity and these affordable finds, you can create a backyard haven that's both beautiful and practical.
With all the beauty of flickering candles minus the hassle of melting wax and burning flame, these solar lanterns are an affordable and decorative lighting solution that can enhance the ambiance of any outdoor space. With a warm and soft glow, these lanterns are perfect for use on patios, decks, or even outdoor umbrellas. They’re easy to install, come in a pack of four, and feature an automatic on/off function that saves energy during the day and illuminates the area at night.
If your outdoor space needs some personality, try this reversible mat. Versatile and durable, it’s a great way to add a touch of design to your backyard or patio. It’s UV-coated to protect against sun damage and is resistant to weather conditions. It comes in five sizes and four colors.
This turtle statue makes a charming and unique addition to any garden or patio. The figure features a solar-powered succulent plant garden that illuminates at night, providing a colorful, warm glow. Made of durable resin, this statue is weather-resistant and suitable for all seasons. He’s small enough to fit on a tabletop, or you can add him to your garden path so you have someone welcoming you home at night.
Add a pop of color and whimsy to your outdoor living space with this mosaic light. With a unique and eye-catching design, the solar-powered decoration automatically turns on at dusk and can runs for up to 10 hours. It automatically shuts off at dawn, making it an energy-efficient and low-maintenance choice. The weather-resistant, waterproof construction ensures that it can withstand the elements, and the mosaic glass adds a sparkling touch of elegance to any patio or garden.
These jellyfish lights add a unique touch to your outdoor decor and are inspired by fantastical underwater sea creatures with their changing colors and tentacle-like fiber optics. They’re waterproof to handle rain, snow, and sleet and are self-charging and solar-powered. The set comes with three lights and a remote control that allows you to customize the colors and modes.
Thoughtfully designed and hand-tuned to create beautiful harmonies, these wind chimes produce outstanding sound quality in any wind condition, making them a pretty sound investment. Made with thick, rust-resistant aluminum and a beautiful wood base, they come in two sizes: the 28-inch chime produces a gentle soprano sound, while the 38-inch chime creates a deeper and richer alto sound. With an S-hook for easy hanging, these chimes are available in six colors.
These hanging flower pots provide a beautiful and convenient way to add greenery and color to your space. They can be hung indoors and outdoors, with detachable hook handles that make it easy to move the pots around when inspiration (or winter) hits. Convenient drainage holes prevent water from accumulating, keeping the soil drained and well-ventilated. These pots come in a set of 10 with four color options and can be used to display a variety of plants, including flowers, succulents, and herbs.
Grilling at night can be the wurst if you can’t see what you’re doing. Illuminate conditions with these versatile grill lights. The adjustable and flexible gooseneck design allows you to aim the light wherever you need, and the magnetic base ensures easy attachment to any metal surface. Weather-resistant construction makes them suitable for outdoor use, and the battery-powered operation means no cords or wires to worry about. With two ultra-bright LED lights, these grill lights provide ample illumination for any nighttime grilling session.
Designed so you can enjoy your outdoor evenings without worrying about dim lighting, this umbrella light fits most patio umbrellas and is easy to install without any tools. It features multiple brightness modes that can be easily adjusted to meet your needs and will provide up to 75 hours of illumination.
This beautiful and sturdy plant stand can hold up to seven potted plants and support up to 150 pounds. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, it's made of natural wood and has a modern and minimalist style that will fit into any space. It's easy to assemble and disassemble, and the compact size makes it perfect for small spaces like balconies and patios.
Use these lidded glass carafes as an elegant way to serve wine, fruit-infused water, or juice — because they’re a much cuter look than a carton of OJ on your breakfast table. The carafes are made from high-quality glass with narrow necks for easy pouring and have airtight plastic lids to eliminate spills. Get the stylish set and it’ll instantly elevate your al fresco dining game.
This outdoor pergola is perfect for creating a beautiful garden archway. The metal frame is easy to assemble and includes all the necessary hardware. The sturdy construction ensures it will withstand the elements for years. It comes in black, white, green, or gold and is ideal for adding a touch of elegance to your backyard or patio area.
This steel watering can is a functional and stylish addition to any gardening toolkit. It has a large 1-gallon capacity and removable rosette diffuser that makes it easy to water plants of all sizes, while the galvanized steel construction ensures durability and longevity. You can even use it as a flowerpot if you want; the farmhouse-style design adds a decorative touch to any garden or indoor space.
If you’re looking for a versatile and stylish solution for keeping cool in the summer, invest in one or more of these sun shades. Suitable for use over patios, gardens, pools, and more, they’re made from high-density breathable fabric that provides 95% UV block while allowing air and light to pass through. They’re available in several colors and sizes, and the package comes with four 5-foot ropes and an instruction sheet for easy installation.
These outdoor string lights are a great way to add a magical and festive touch to your backyard, patio, or garden. They are powered by solar energy, so they’re energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. They’re also waterproof so that they can withstand all kinds of weather conditions. You can choose from eight lighting modes, including steady on, flashing, and fading, and they come in 12 color variations, perfect for decorating your yard for the holidays.
Protect your patio chairs from the elements with these waterproof outdoor chair covers. Made from heavy-duty fabric with PVC backing and a UV coating, these covers will keep your chairs safe from rain, snow, sun, and wind. They are easy to install with adjustable straps and have air vents to prevent condensation and mildew from building up. The covers come in a set of two and will fit most standard patio chairs.
Protect outdoor tables from heat and condensation damage and rest your well-deserved cup of coffee on one of these silicone coasters. Their deep hem and double-sided grooved design help catch any overflow and the nonslip material keeps them securely in place. The set is available in multiple fun colors and comes with a handy holder to neatly stack the coasters in one spot.
Add a layer of cozy and pull your outdoor space together with this stylish braided accent rug that comes in multiple colors. It’s designed with resilience in mind and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, plus it’s easy to clean when needed. The braided construction adds great texture and subtle pattern and if you’re looking for a way to finish your seating arrangement, this rug is it.
Install this clever magnetic screen door in your home and enjoy the fresh air without inviting all the annoying bugs inside. This heavy-duty mesh screen features a central opening that’s self-sealing thanks to 30 strong magnets. You can easily attach it to a door frame using the provided hook and loop strips and push pins, then walk in and out using the hands-free opening.
Make a charming first impression while protecting your home from dirty shoes with this durable and stylish doormat. Made of 100% coconut coir, it’s durable and water-resistant, so it can withstand harsh outdoor elements while maintaining its attractive appearance. Its nonslip rubber backing stays securely in place, reducing the risk of slips and falls, and it’s easy to clean, to boot.
This grill caddy features a convenient carrying strap and multiple compartments to store and organize all your grill accessories, spices, and condiments. With a front pouch, large mesh pockets, four removable dividers, and a paper towel holder, there is ample storage space to keep everything you need within easy reach. Made of water-resistant polyester fabric with a reinforced hard plastic base and added support around the sides, this caddy is durable and can withstand any spill or bump. The ultimate accessory, it’s perfect for picnics, camping, and outdoor dinners.
This collapsible solar lantern will provide up to 10 hours of light, whether you’re experiencing a power outage or you’re camping in the backyard. Its weatherproof design gives it durability and the light has three modes — high, low, and emergency SOS — to choose from. You can fully charge it in just four hours and as an added bonus, the lantern doubles as a portable USB charger.
Take your outdoor entertaining up a notch with this sleek ice bucket that comes with a lid, tongs, a scoop, and a strainer. The lidded bucket keeps ice colder for longer and chills bottles faster thanks to its double-wall design. Its stainless steel construction ensures durability for years — and therefore tons of parties — to come, because it’s dent, rust, and scratchproof.
If you’ve ever found yourself slipping into a chasm between two shifting rattan furniture pieces, you need these outdoor furniture clips. They are designed to keep your sectional furniture pieces securely connected and ensure a more stable and comfortable seating experience. Made of durable and weather-resistant plastic, they’re suitable for use in any outdoor setting; simply slide the clips over the sectional furniture and fasten them together. The package includes 10 clips, providing ample coverage for larger sectional furniture sets.
If unwanted buzzy visitors are ruining your summer evenings, try what one reviewer calls a "Beautiful way to keep the mosquitos away:” this citronella candle. Made from 100% natural citronella oil extraction and pure soy wax with three lead-free cotton wicks, it can burn for approximately 30 hours. Smokeless and dripless, it burns clean and evenly. Van Gogh's painting style inspires the beautiful tin decor, making it a beautiful centerpiece for any table.
This elegant and durable bamboo table is made from eco-friendly Moso bamboo and has a spike at the bottom that can be inserted directly into grass, rocky terrain, or sand. The sturdy frame and table top can hold up to 50 pounds, and the complete picnic set includes four serving utensils, six glass holders, and a wine opener; plus, it's easy to assemble and disassemble.
This ingenious flower vase is an easy and fun way to add beauty to your patio table. It fits almost any standard umbrella hole, making it easy to decorate with your favorite flowers. The product is dishwasher-safe and available in bronze, black, or white. It's especially perfect for windy days when your umbrella can't be up.
Keep thieving ants and flies off your food with these pop-up picnic covers. With a double-layer flap design, they boast 100% protection from hungry insects, acting as an umbrella-like mesh force field. They come in a set of three with a convenient carrying case and fold down easily for storage when not in use. Spills and drips are no concern, as the covers are easy to clean with soap and water.
Crank up the tunes or set an ambient vibe for an outdoor dinner party with this Bluetooth speaker that works all day long — literally, because it has a 24-hour battery life. It’s waterproof and lightweight, which makes it great for outdoor use, and it delivers amazingly clear sound, even at high volumes. It connects to devices up to 66 feet away and can easily be set up with your phone or tablet.
Whether you’re serving full-blown breakfasts or keeping it simple with some coffee and toast, this bamboo tray will make it easy to carry, serve, and eat your meal in bed. It features two wide handles on each side, a generous lip around the edge to keep contents from sliding off, and measures over 16 inches long and 10 inches wide to fit all your favorites.
Not only is this hummingbird feeder a beautiful decorative addition to any space, but it also has a capacity of 26 ounces, four flower-shaped feeding ports, and comes with a detachable lid for easy cleaning and filling. The feeder comes with a free brush designed for cleaning out the tiny feeding holes.
If you’re tripping over rakes, mops, and brooms, this garden tool organizer is the space-saving solution you need. The wall-mounted holder features five slots and six hooks to hold household items off the floor securely, and the durable material can support up to 11 pounds. The self-adhesive backing ensures easy installation on smooth surfaces. This holder can be installed in the garage, laundry room, or pantry to keep cleaning supplies organized and easily accessible.
A magic forcefield in a can, this scotch guard spray can help you protect your backyard furniture, cushions, and umbrellas from rain, snow, and other water damage. It repels moisture, making fabrics more resistant to mold and mildew growth, and it can even help prevent fading due to sun exposure by blocking out harmful UVB/UVA rays.
With an endless number of uses, these sturdy metal hooks are great for hanging everything from plants to lights and your favorite backyard decor. The pack of two rust-resistant hooks comes with screws and anchors for a secure installation, can hold up to 50 pounds each, and come in three colors to match your space.
These solar-powered fence lights are waterproof, can be set to one of seven colors, and made of durable ABS material so that they can operate under all weather conditions. They’re incredibly easy to install, with no wiring or tools required, and because they’re solar-powered, you just have to switch them on; they’ll automatically charge during the day and turn on at night. Incredibly energy-efficient, they can operate on a single charge for up to 10 hours. They come in a pack of eight and are a very easy way to keep your walkways and patio well-lit at night.
Not only do these helpful watering stakes keep your plants hydrated while you’re away, but they also help prevent over or under-watering by keeping the soil consistently moist. Simply place the stake into the soil and run the attached silicone tube into an elevated basin of water. The water will gradually flow through the tube and into the soil as it needs it.
Treat your feathered friends to a daily spa day with this bird bath that effortlessly mounts to your deck and won’t take up extra space in your yard. The lightweight bath has a detachable water basin for easy cleaning and is made of a durable resin with a raised lip design that allows birds to perch or bathe on the edges.
This faux ivy garland has a plethora of uses and is great for adding a touch of year-round greenery to your space. Wrap it around a fence or pergola posts, create maintenance-free hanging plants, or even use it to provide a little extra privacy from neighbors. Each pack includes 12 strands that measure about 7 feet long and feature silk ivy leaves.
Keep your extension cords and hoses wrapped up nicely with these sturdy cord holders with clips on the ends for convenient hanging. Each one is made of durable nylon material, can hold up to 50 pounds, and has an adjustable hook and loop closure to secure cords up to 100 feet long and garden hoses up to 35 feet long.
Place these whimsical mason jar lights around your outdoor space to create a cozy glow in the evening hours. Each one is solar-powered so they don’t need to be plugged in and they have a waterproof construction to withstand rain. They’ll turn on automatically when it gets dark and stay on for up to eight hours, depending on how much sun they receive throughout the day.
This article was originally published on May 14, 2023Bimini Wright