Summer has nearly arrived and now is the time to start those DIY projects you’ve bookmarked for warmer weather. Here are our project picks to help you "deck out" your deck in time for outdoor gatherings.

Upgrades to make guests more comfortable

From adding outdoor seating to building a tiki bar, these projects will be excellent upgrades to your outdoor space before your guests arrive!

DIY Wood Picnic Table

Picnic tables aren’t just for the park—you can have one at home, too! With this beautiful yet sturdy picnic table, you’ll have a great setting for your outdoor barbecues, birthday parties, or quiet times in nature. 

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DIY Tiki Bar for Added Refreshments

Have you ever wanted to play bartender and look the part? This tiki bar is a fun DIY project to up your bartending game. It’s easy to move around to fit your layout and creates a tropical vibe your guests will love. 

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Easy DIY Outdoor Side Table

Sometimes, finding a side table to match your new outdoor chairs is easier said than done—which is exactly the kind of challenge we love to take on at Dunn DIY. Take a swing at this easy DIY outdoor side table that complements your decor. 

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DIY Patio Cooler Stand for Quick Refills

A summer barbecue isn’t complete without a cold drink in your hand. Instead of running inside whenever someone needs a drink, use this DIY patio cooler stand to store your drinks. Built around an actual cooler, and designed with storage space in mind, this cooler stand keeps refreshments chilled and ready to go the next time your guests come over!

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DIY All-Terrain Beverage Cart

If you’re looking for a more mobile option for your beverage station, this DIY all-terrain beverage cart will keep the party rolling! Equipped with sturdy wheels, you can easily move this cart from one location to another—wherever the party is, this is sure to follow!

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Step up your outdoor cooking game

It’s easy to get caught up with making guests comfortable, but sometimes the host needs help, too! These DIY projects will make you an even better host and grab your guests’ attention.

How To Hide a Propane Tank

Have you ever looked around your backyard and felt pleased with everything—until you saw the not-so-pretty gas tank? This propane tank cover is an easy, beginner-friendly DIY solution to make your outdoor living space look cohesive! 

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How To Make a DIY Grill Station

Barbecue season is almost here, and what better way to prepare than upgrading your grill space? Designed around a charcoal grill, you can build this DIY grill station to fit any space and customize with hooks, a bottle opener—you name it!

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How To Build a DIY Outdoor Cook Station

Summer weather is meant to be enjoyed, so limit your time over a hot stove with this DIY outdoor cook station. It’s perfect for soaking up the summer sun and spending more time around your guests so you don’t miss a thing.

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For more DIY projects and inspiration, check out our exterior project archive!