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Outdoor Living

Decks, pergolas, fire pits and paving stones... here are ideas and products for your backyard, patio or porch. Create the outdoor space of your dreams.

A fire pit can adds several weeks of enjoyment to your deck or backyard when the weather gets chilly. They're great for roasting marshmallows in the warmer months, too. This fire pit features a natural slate top complete with copper inlays for a sophisticated look.

This steel leaf rake is strong enough to handle the toughest jobs... and the toughest handling: "[It's] sturdy and survived rough use by teenagers. This was purchased for a Scout project to re-landscape a garden at the church. I was unsure if the rake would survive their enthusiastic (brutal!) force, but it surely did." -Home Depot customer who goes by the handle "safe"

Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Rake-2915200 at The Home Depot

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These plastic lights have a color-changing LED in each that automatically light up at night. The LED bulbs will never need to be replaced and will remain cool to the touch. These solar lights gather energy from the sun during the day, and then automatically come on at dusk to provide outdoor lighting exactly where you want it.

Here's a fun take on volleyball suitable for hot summer days in the backyard. It's "water volleyball," a fun outdoor game thought up by Michelle Hinckley of 4 Men 1 Lady. Click through for the tutorial for this PVC project (and two others) on The Home Depot Blog. || @Michelle (4 Men 1 Lady) (www.4men1Lady.com)

This adorable kids' playhouse started out as an old tool shed in bad disrepair. The transformation is simply amazing. Click through to see how Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay created this magical space for her little girls. || @Joni Lay / Lay Baby Lay

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

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Check out the DIY Macrame Badminton Net next to the lovely backyard lounging area-- by Rayan Turner || @Rayan Turner / The Design Confidential

A Cool Outdoor Game DIY with a Twist - The Home Depot

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This is a brilliant DIY project! It's an outdoor mosaic top table that converts to a checkers table. Click through for the tutorial by Ashley Phipps of Simply Designing. || @Simply Designing {Ashley Phipps}

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table - The Home Depot

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What a fun new twist on cornhole! Blogger Liz Marie calls it Simon Says Cornhole. It would be great for family time in the backyard or a fun game to play while tailgating. See more on The Home Depot Blog. || @Lizmarieblog.com

Backyard Game DIY: A New Way to Play Cornhole - The Home Depot

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We love this DIY backyard Quidditch game designed by Summer Hogan of Simple Stylings. It's a simplified version of the Harry Potter game for your little wizards when they're home from Hogwarts. See it on The Home Depot Blog. || @Simple Stylings

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for Little Muggles - The Home Depot

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Check out this fun DIY-- Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe.

DIY Outdoor Games: Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

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There's nothing more to love than bocce ball and metallic flamingos! See how to complete the look from Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior. || @Kristin Jackson | the Hunted Interior

How to Build a Bocce Ball Court - The Home Depot

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Garden planters are a great way to add visual interest to an outdoor space. See how to make your own with instructions from Centsational Girl

DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters - Centsational Girl

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Add texture and color to your walls with a pocket planter. Gloribel of I Don't Know How She Does It shares her method for creating this charming succulent project.

I don't know how she does it : Pocket wall planter

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Yum! Who can resist a sweet treat in the summer heat? Your guests will appreciate a bowl of ripe strawberries. Click through for outdoor entertaining ideas from Carrie Waller. || @Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY

Patio Decor for Easy Outdoor Entertaining - The Home Depot

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Who would have thought to add a bocce ball court to her backyard? Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior would! See more of this amazing backyard on The Home Depot Blog.

A Gorgeous Backyard Makeover With an Interior Designer's Touch

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Look at all the delicious color on this beautiful backyard deck! We love that DIY outdoor bench, too. Click through for the full description on The Home Depot Blog.

DIY Ideas for a Loud, Laid-Back Patio Makeover - The Home Depot

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Encourage outdoor activity with a playhouse! Kids love imaginary play. This playhouse comes complete with three functional windows and a half-Dutch door.

Design blogger Anna Lisemeyer brought new life to her wicker lounger… and added color to her backyard with bright blue spray paint. See more of her outdoor decorating ideas on The Home Depot Blog.

Simple Patio Decorating Ideas: Throw Pillows and Spray Paint

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Make your deck a great space for the whole family. Click through to see more of Lesley Graham's family-friendly deck makeover.