DIY Outdoor Spaces and a Giveaway

Hey guys! There is no doubt about it – I LOVE SUMMER! Especially right at the start. I have so many plans for entertaining and hanging out with my family, which of course leads to project ideas! Whitney and I have been members of Ryobi Nation for 4 years now. We contribute our projects to the site but we also love to go there and see what everyone else is up to and get inspired ourselves! Our friends at Ryobi asked us to share some of our favorite DIY outdoor spaces that Nation members have shared on their site and while it was hard to narrow them down, we did find 7 projects that we are so excited to share with you!

DIY #1 – GIANT Connect Four Game


This spoke to my heart 🙂 I LOVE Connect Four and to have a giant game of it and made from wood – OH MY! I may just have to tackle this for my backyard soon 🙂 Way to go on this one, Missy!


DIY #2 – Tree Bench


I don’t have a tree in the right spot for this BUT, as I’m writing this, my hubby just walked in and said “Hey that’s a cool tree bench”! And now, he is planning on where to plant the right tree and he has added building a bench to HIS to-do list. Wow, I couldn’t have planned that any better 😉

DIY #3 – Covered Sandbox with Seating


And yet another project on my to-do list now 🙂 This sandbox is AMAZING! The top flips open and converts to bench seats!

DIY #4 – Grill Pergola


Michael built this grill pergola for his back patio and it is such a smart idea! Building a covered patio is a huge undertaking and can be expensive. I love this little pergola that specifically covers the grilling area. It is a beautiful accent to their outdoor space and it provides shade for the “griller” 😉

DIY #5 – Bar Height Adirondack Chair


This cutie might look familiar 🙂 I built this for our patio two summers ago and it is still a favorite! It is the most fought after chair on the back patio, it’s super comfy AND it has a cup/wine glass holder! You can get the FREE Plans in the link above the pic!

DIY #6 – Corn Hole Game


Who doesn’t love a game of Corn Hole? This set was built by our friends from Crates and Pallets! This is definitely a beginner project and I’m tempted to build a set for my kids to play with in the yard. Maybe I can convince them to build them with me 😉

DIY #7 – Swing with Stand


This is such a fantastic idea! If you don’t have room for a swing under your porch, don’t have a porch or want to build a swing for the yard, this is the perfect solution! Tyler built a swing and a stand for the swing to hang from – genius! Way to go Tyler!


How is that for some inspiration to kick off your summer project planning?! Do you have an awesome outdoor project that you would like to share with Nation members? If so, you can load your project images to the site and that will automatically enter you to win $500 in Ryobi tools! You can enter HERE!

As if that isn’t enough fun for the day, our friends at Ryobi want to offer THREE of our Shanty readers a second giveaway right here!

The Ryobi prize pack will include:


One Ryobi Ultimate Combo Kit


One Ryobi Workshop Light


And, one Ryobi Dual Powered Stereo (this is one of our favorite accessories in our shops – it’s bluetooth and it charges your phone)!

How do you enter?

Just follow the instructions in the box below to get entered! There is only one mandatory step to enter and a few bonus entries to up your chances 🙂

Good luck and Happy Building!!
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  1. Brain Sharpey on February 11, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    What’s up, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s truly fine, keep up writing.

  2. Trang on June 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I love Ryobi tools and am slowly trying to collect them.

  3. Jen on June 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    We want to build a couple of raised beds for gardening.

  4. Taylor Closet on June 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

    My hubby and I would tackle our old deck.

  5. Familia Dubon on June 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    My husband and I would love to build a sandbox for our 3 kids! We love working with wood, even though we don’t have all the tools we need, we’ve been building things in our house and it’s fun!!

  6. Stacie Knudson Laursen on June 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

    The kids would love the outdoor games.

  7. Gina M (Wild Orchid) on June 7, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I would love to use them to repair some old boards on my deck.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  8. Rachel on June 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    This would be great!

  9. Suzanne on June 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm


  10. Stephanie Grant on June 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I would use my new tools to create the front deck I’ve always wanted!

  11. Jessica w on June 6, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I would use it to build a small deck around the base of a tree with TONS of roots that we have so the space can be used and enjoyed.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  12. Brenda Hayes on June 6, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I have also pinned the giant connect 4 outdoor game. My grandkids would love this. This is the “first” thing I would make if I win the tools.

  13. Ali Celestino on June 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Would love to make a bench and picnic table and a few extra chairs for entertaining on the patio.

  14. Vanessa on June 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I would love to build an outdoor rolling console table

  15. Lisa Geitz May on June 6, 2016 at 6:31 am

    A covering over our patio.

  16. Leslie on June 6, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I would finally be able to save my lil old cabin from falling. It is about 39 years old and the floor and joists were cut when a person tried really hard to get water into the cabin. They were never able to get water in there. But this left the cabin without support and exposed to Alaskans harsh elements for a very long time. Everyone says to tear it down. I am determined to save it. My four little ones were homeless not long ago. If that lil broken cabin was offered to us. We would never had to spend half of a winter in a pop up inside a closed campground. So, I would use the rye I tools to save this small cabin. In case another mom happens to be in the situation we were, she will have a place to call home to!

  17. Deb Yoder on June 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Awesome Giveaway!

  18. Rana Jeree on June 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    i would tackle the giant connect four. thats fun for all my guest while i grill .

  19. Alyissa Eklund on June 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I would build a swing for my patio, a garden box, and a fire pit area. I’ve been wanting to really create a fun and beautiful area for my family to spend time outdoors at.

  20. Haleigh on June 5, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I would build the tree bench!! love it!

  21. Jenna O on June 5, 2016 at 4:57 am

    I woyuld build a garden table!

  22. Matthew McClimon on June 4, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I would love to build that swing!

  23. Anna Pry on June 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I would love to build my kids that sandbox if I won

  24. Gloria Kressin on June 4, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    We want to create a built-in look for our grill. Now I want to add a pergola too!

  25. Jessica Arriaga on June 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I would build furniture for my house.

  26. Susan on June 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I would create a herb garden box that is on long legs so no bending necessary.

  27. Elle on June 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’d make some cute flower boxes.

  28. Ashley C on June 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    We’re planning to build a fire pit with some adirondack chairs!


  29. Erin Young on June 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

    picnic table benches :))

  30. Heather on June 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I love all of these ideas! I think it’s about time to finally build your awesome bar height Adirondack chair- been eyeing that one for a long time 🙂 My husband has been using all my Ryobi tools- I’d love to give him his own set!

  31. Sallie on June 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I also love the tree bench. I have seen several different types and I would love to try one.

  32. Jessica N on June 4, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I would love to make an awesome plant stand for my deck.

  33. Maria on June 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Id build a covered deck!

  34. Anika on June 4, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Such great projects here!!! My favorite is the covered sandbox with seating! So genius!

  35. Ronda on June 4, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Window boxes and planters for patio. New desk for computer area.

  36. Roger Jewell on June 3, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I love the bar height chair and the tree bench.

  37. Christina Aubin on June 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I am building some outdoor furniture for my covered deck.

  38. Amanda Walden on June 3, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I would most definitely build the bar height chair. It looks like a great addition for a backyard patio!

  39. brian ingram on June 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’d build that tree bench, or at least something like it!

  40. Jennifer D. on June 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I would love to make some flower boxes!

  41. Jessica Quinn on June 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I have a whole list of projects but I really want to build some outdoors seating in my garden area!

  42. Dora Mollere on June 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Would ♡ this for Father’s Day!

  43. Anne Fleetwood on June 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve been wanting to repurpose a head and foot board into a garden bench!

  44. Shauna L. on June 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    My kiddo would flip over that connect four game!

  45. Shawn Coenen on June 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Seating around the new fire pit and a pergola for the front of the house

  46. Trudi McDaniel on June 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve had my eye on the big Connect Four game before. That would be my project for sure!

  47. Michelle on June 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Building planters!

  48. Kris on June 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    My husband and I are planning on building a wood holder for our firepit

  49. Tiffany Turpin Johnson on June 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    A raised garden bed! My plants tend to drown and get attacked by pests. 🙁

  50. Nathalie Berube on June 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I would build a raised garden bed. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. Rust on June 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Shelving for the garage.

  52. Liz on June 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

    A pergola for sure

  53. Denise Downs on June 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I have a long list of projects…besides furniture for inside my house, I plan to build a backyard pergola, and some benches for sitting around a firepit. I would also like to build the shanty-2-chic patio table for my backyard patio…the list goes on and on…if only there were more hours in the day! ????

  54. Angie on June 3, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I would build wooden window boxes!

  55. DJohnson on June 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I would build some new raised garden beds.

  56. Susie Justus Eastwood on June 3, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I love the connect four game. I would use the new Ryobi Tool Pak to make my self a game and a few games for friends!

  57. Tonya Camerer on June 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    With the Ryobi tools I would make the “cool tree bench”, corn hole game & possibly the pergola for our grill (I’ve been wanting to do this one since we moved into our house 3 years ago).

  58. Joanna on June 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I would make a swing set for the back yard and comfy chairs for my front porch!!! And then a shoe rack. ;D

  59. Beth on June 3, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I would use my new tools to build a coffee table for my patio.

  60. Jo Ashley on June 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Love that tree bench and the sandbox

  61. Shari Carder on June 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love your designs

  62. deirdre on June 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I would definitely make some raised flower beds, and, then maybe picnic table/benches!

  63. Julie on June 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

    It is so hard to decide, but I would either do the Connect Four game or the chair.

  64. Megan on June 3, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I love the swing!!

  65. Susan Heuer Rees on June 3, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Too many choices! Let’s make them all!

  66. Sherry Fram on June 3, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Spruce up our fire pit area with some new benches!!

  67. Aleane Bocconcelli on June 3, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Great inspiring ideas! The corn hole game and giant Connect 4 outside games would be fun to make. Love Ryobi tools for projects big and small!

  68. Mary Ann on June 3, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Can’t wait to build the corn hold game boards!

  69. deb rhoads on June 3, 2016 at 6:56 am

    our yard is need of so much! we are getting a new grill tonight and that pergola would be great for keeping the SW desert sun off of us!

  70. wanda on June 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

    A planter box, a porch bench and a step for my hottub!!

  71. Katina on June 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

    We just moved in to our new house so the list is endless. The first project I would love to tackle is raised beds. I miss my garden already!

  72. Taylor on June 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

    My daughter would LOVE that sandbox!

  73. JILL NELSON on June 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I’ve wanted a porch swing for awhile!

  74. Mary on June 3, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Would love to make the s as ndbox and the connect four.

  75. Becky on June 3, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I would love to make the sandbox for my kids. If I have time!

  76. Carla on June 3, 2016 at 6:15 am

    The swing and stand definitely. Love that and don’t have a porch.

  77. Jody Pelzel on June 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I love the cornhole set! I am definitely making that. Thanks for the plans!????

  78. Ginny Jones on June 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

    My outdoor build list is too long. I’m going to start with some planter boxes. I always find inspiration from your site and Ryobi Nation. Thank you for sharing your talent and for getting me hooked on Ryobi tools. I love their tools.

  79. Mullens Home on June 3, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Love all of this!

  80. queenopearls . on June 3, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Oh my stars, I have a HUGE project of repairing the fence. It’s getting old and has a whole lot of possibilities. 🙂 LOVE this package and definitely a winner in my house!! :))))

  81. Melissa on June 3, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I would definitely build that swing. Love the Ryobi set. Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. Debora Cadene on June 3, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I have tools, but they are super heavy, making it awkward at times to use them. I’ve used Ryobi and absolutely love the feel of them in my hands. It was like they were designed just for me. Those summer projects would be extra fun to build with these.

  83. Sarah Thomas on June 3, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Wow, that Ryobi set is amazing! I’d love to have my own set so I wouldn’t have to borrow my husband’s tools! I would definitely use the tools to tackle re-doing our deck. The railings are all wobbly and it was built very poorly. I know I can do better!
    And probably the cornhole game…so cute and fun!

  84. Tonya Stewart on June 3, 2016 at 4:57 am

    We would tackle the seesaw we would like to make for the kids and were going to do when the reciprocating saw motor went out. That giant connect four game looks awesome too!

  85. Rachel Chasse on June 3, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I’d build the swing- it would be the perfect addition to our fire pit!

  86. Mishann Lepley on June 3, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Window boxes & planter boxes are on my to-do list.

  87. Mishann Lepley on June 3, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Window boxes and anger boxes are on my to-do list.

  88. Kristen on June 3, 2016 at 4:44 am

    So many! To start several window boxes and then garden hose holders. After that, likely outdoor table and seating. Maybe a pergola!

  89. Dragonfly_Journeys on June 3, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Farmhouse table with bench seating for an outdoor eating space:)

  90. Andrea Price on June 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I would love to build an outdoor seating/dining area, so that we can have all of the family over. My ultimate backyard dream is a large greenhouse with a work table, shelves and raised garden beds.

  91. monee2000 on June 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Awesome projects! Especially love the outdoor games! And maybe one day I’ll get brave enough to do my pergola myself…

  92. ColleenB. on June 3, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity. Your projects are awesome. I so enjoy your blog and seeing all your wonderful projects.
    I would build a storage unit and maybe some window boxes and then maybe mo9ve onto making a picnic table for our daughter and SIL

  93. Elise on June 3, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I love these projects…and this giveaway…and you guys!

  94. RebTarMa on June 3, 2016 at 1:19 am

    I would use them to create outdoor planter boxes

  95. Mike Niederdorfer on June 3, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Hi! I´m following your projects since long and I´m fascinated by the great designing AND practical skills you show us here.
    With the RYOBI tools I would build the outdoor sofas for my newly built patio – a lot of work ahead with the need of great tools 🙂

  96. Annette on June 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I have so much work to do on the back of my house including tearing down an old storage room attached to the house. I will have to replace rotton wood back there, too.

  97. Danielle Carbajal on June 2, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I would love to win tools! I need to build a storage shed for my kids bikes and helmets!

  98. Sandy C. on June 2, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I need to build a new table and benches. Can’t wait. I’ve gotten quite a few good ideas from your site. Thanks.

  99. Michael Mann on June 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Getting our very first house in July. Definitely want to build a picnic table for the kids and all their cousins!

  100. mjmoore on June 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I’d build some raised planters!

  101. Bianca Munoz on June 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Our front and back yard!

  102. Alissa Jenne on June 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I would build a Murphy table for outdoor entertaining. And I would love to build a sectional for seating as well.

  103. Brandi Mueller on June 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    A new front deck with pergola at my son’s house. His first home away from home.. Bittersweet.

  104. 1froglegs on June 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    We have been planning a redo of our fence for the last few years. The drill would make that much easier.

  105. Megan Luna on June 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I would build Ashley’s lovely lounge chairs. I am new to the building world so getting a chance to possibly win these tools is really cool. Thank you!

  106. Charles on June 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    First would be a hammock stand, then an epic treehouse.

  107. Colleen Boudreau on June 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I would build a shed.

  108. Pam Ballard on June 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I would finish my church pew so I could add it to my deck.. Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  109. Mandy DeTurk on June 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I would build a pergola for deck

  110. Abby Hodge on June 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I would LOVE to build a new dog house for my super sweet puppy, Trooper!!

  111. JennW on June 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Love the connect four!

  112. Anne Marie on June 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I would love to build some wooden planters.

  113. Gretchen Braun on June 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I just bought a new house, so there are SO many projects that I would love to do! I think I would start out with some seating first!

  114. Courtney Weston on June 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I would build a hanging mini-planter for small succulents to bring a big impact to my bathroom!

  115. omotet on June 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting to build a swing for quite some time now – winning these (totally awesome) tools would sure give me a leg up on this project!

  116. Heather S on June 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I would build cedar planter boxes for my porch and deck! 🙂

  117. Ingrid on June 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Love all these ideas and would love to win!

  118. Christin on June 2, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I love the swing idea – already know where I’d put that!

  119. Jessica Brennan on June 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

    We’ve been wanting a deck for years! Would love to get started on that.

  120. Austin on June 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I need to build a new shed since my current one is falling apart. I would use any new tools to help with that.

  121. Amy on June 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I’d start with the cornhole game, then a bench for the front porch!

  122. Kaitlin Boles on June 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Oh how I have so many projects to do being that we are building a new home. I want to make an outdoor table for our covered patio, a fire pit, a ladder to hang plants on, some planters, and the list goes on and on!

  123. Brek Ball Noice on June 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I just found your blog recently and my project list keeps growing. I gotta say though that giant connect four game could keep my four kids from driving me crazy this summer with their ‘I’m bored’ness.

  124. Ally Arts on June 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

    My dad and I built an awesome “crooked playhouse” a few years back. It’s still my favorite thing to date.

  125. Lynn on June 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Some cute chairs for my front porch!

  126. Lindsay on June 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I don’t know about outdoor projects, but I have lots of indoor projects to tackle!

  127. Tonya Kuper on June 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    My hubs and I are just starting to try woodworking/building. We’ll definitely be building the corner hole game after we tackle a garage drop zone. Thanks for the inspiration!

  128. Kayla Wiechecki on June 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I would probably tackle the giant connect four or the corn hole game for my mom’s upcoming wedding. Her and her fiancee love outdoor games with their friends.

  129. Alison on June 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I would work on a pergola for shade on our back porch

  130. Stacey on June 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I would love these tools! I already have several, based on your recommendations, and would love to build the swing!

  131. Kristin Friesen on June 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Love these! Our big project right now is removing an old deck and hot tub so we have room for new projects like a patio with pergola and privacy plank wall!

  132. RustedOlive on June 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Love the pergola, we are looking to build one this year!

  133. Lisa Brown on June 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    My husband would tackle building the bench and table in our back yard.

  134. Brandon Patterson on June 2, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Wow, great giveaway and great post! We are building a deck on our house so we will have lots of outdoor projects in our future! I think my first may be some Adirondack chairs. 🙂

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