Porches can make or break a home’s curb appeal because they are the first thing that guests see. And, if done right, porches can make your home inviting and welcoming. There are tons of ways to improve and renovate your front porch, but I’ve gathered a few of my favorite DIY porch projects together in this post. Most of these can be done in only a few hours–it’s time to start DIYing!
15 DIY Porch Projects
Tiny Sidekick posted instructions for making a lovely outdoor chandelier. It actually started as an indoor chandelier but with a coat of paint and candles instead of light bulbs, no one would ever know! Hang near furniture set to make your porch a little cozier.
Adding greenery to your porch is always a good idea, and a water feature is even better! Whats Ur Home Story posted instructions for making a two-in-one container water garden. Just imagine how great it would be to sit on your porch and list to the sound of the water.
You probably never thought you could fit a fire pit on your porch, but The Blue Eyed Dove came up with the perfect item to make your dreams come true. With their tutorial, you can turn a flower pot into a pint-sized fire-pit perfect for entertaining (and quick marshmallow roasting) during the summer months.
If you love sitting on your porch, but the bugs or weather keep you from doing it as often as you like, you might want to consider screening it in. House Logic did just this and posted all about the renovation. It may be a time-intensive DIY project, but it would be totally worth it in the summer months. A project like this is bound to add tons of home value, too!
Building a corner bench is a great way to utilize space. Make your own by building a frame out of pallets in the corner of your porch. Top it off with a comfy pad and tons of throw pillows and you have super easy outdoor seating. This is a super easy but amazing DIY porch project.
Tiny Sidekick posted detailed instructions for making a set of beautiful outdoor curtains for a porch. The curtains are cheap and easy to make, and they add a sense of privacy if you find your neighbors are more intrusive then you would like. Even better, they’re waterproof!
If your porch is short on floor space, it’s time to utilize that vertical space instead! To take advantage of your porch’s vertical space, you could build a shelf rack like this one from Making It in the Mountains. It’s the perfect size for displaying plants and other trinkets.
Using small pots and containers, create your own porch herb garden. Many herbs grow great in containers and it’s nice to have easy access to things like this for cooking. Nothing flavors dinner like home-grown herbs.
DIY on the Cheap posted instructions for turning a boring outdoor rug into something very beautiful. All you need is a little paint and a stencil. Just imagine how this will liven up a space.
Make a rustic outdoor chandelier with a thick tree branch and some wooden Christmas balls (the ones that light up). Tie the Christmas balls to the tree branch so they are hanging off of it. Repeat so there are five to six balls hanging from the branch. Hang this from the side of your porch for a fun light-up accessory.
If you’re going for a rustic or vintage look for your porch, you’ve got to make this DIY wood chair from Funky Junky Interiors. I just love this look of it! The comfy chair is made out of pallet wood and grain sacks–it’s totally recycled and totally cool looking.
I love chalkboards–probably because I like writing notes so much. This chalkboard from Home Talk would be a great addition to a porch–you can invite your guest in, make them feel welcome, and politely invite them to take off their shoes or knock. Plus, you can change up the message just as often as you see fit!
Princess Pinky Girl posted a tutorial for an awesome lamp that would be really great for a porch. The lamp is solar charged, so just as long as it gets sunshine during the day, it will light up at night. You don’t even have to remember to turn it on. I love this idea so much!
If you love to entertain but you don’t have quite enough seating on your porch, you can buy the ugly metal folding chairs and then paint them with spray paint. Paint each a different color so you have an entire rainbow. Think about how cute a rainbow coloring of folding chairs would be on the Fourth of July! This is one of my favorite DIY porch projects!
Eddie & Steph built a standing ice chest and saved so much money! These things can cost a fortune, but the DIY version is just as good or better!Use pallet wood and recycled metal to built it–so environmentally friendly!