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14 head-turning garden features you can build yourself

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You can really set your garden apart just by adding a couple of stand out features, but don't panic that you'll need to hire professional gardeners or even builders to do this for you.

With a host of online tutorials at your fingertips, finding simple to follow instructions for everything that we're suggesting today will be easier than you think and your garden will definitely thank you for it. From DIY patio furniture to self-hung sun shades, we know you've got the right stuff to see all of these projects through to completion.

Let's see which one you choose!

1. A brick barbecue is a great starter project for garden novices!

2. Simple solar-powered lights are easier to make than you might think

Cracked Log Lamps:  Garden  by Duncan Meerding

3. Pallet furniture is an easy project that can be completed in a weekend (or two)

4. A decked terrace is deceptively simple to lay once you've planned it out

Garden furniture:  Garden  by Lothian Design

5. Water features can be as easy to install as you want them to be, so choose a style

6. Stretched canvas makes adding a little shade to your garden as easy as pie

7. You can upcycle old tables to turn them into outdoor bars. Simply cut a hole in the middle, add a container and you're done!

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler:  Garden  by Garden Trading

8. Wooden planters are super simple to knock up, or you can repurpose old apple boxes

9. An arbour is a perfect garden addition and if you train climbers to grow over it, you don't even need your carpentry to be spot on!

10. Trestle pot holders are ideal for patios and can even be fashioned from old ladders

 Garden  by homify

11. Don't be scared by greenhouses! They usually arrive as a kit, ready to be assembled. Who can't manage a little flat-pack furniture?

Swallow Kingfisher 6x6 Wooden Greenhouse:  Garden  by Greenhouse Stores
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Swallow Kingfisher 6x6 Wooden Greenhouse

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12. Fire pits can, within reason, be made from any fire-proof material you have. So, measure your space and get creative!

rondo firepit:  Garden  by wood-fired oven

13. They are usually a two-person job, but gazebos aren't as difficult to erect as you might think. Just be sure the ground is level

14. Creating a quiet little retreat can be as simple as some garden canes, a seat and some muslin

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 13 Sneaky Gardening Cheats You'll Be glad You Tried.

Which of these are you tempted to try your hand at?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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