Spring has finally, actually, seriously sprung. I thought this winter would never end. The kids went Easter egg hunting in our backyard donning snowsuits and boots. In April, we got another 12 inches of snow. But, Mother Nature has finally decided to get with the program, and we’re all soaking up these 60 degree days as though we’re in the tropics.

Now that all of that snow is melted, I can see my backyard again. A makeover is long overdue. I have been searching for all kinds of pretty, functional backyard patio decor ideas. I want this yard and patio area to look like an oasis in the middle of Minnesota. I want to lounge, read, swing, and laze the days away all season. And I don’t want to spend a ton of money on backyard patio furniture or landscaping.

That’s where these 12 DIY backyard patio ideas come in. These clever patio decor ideas will go a long way to spruce up your outdoor space—whether you’re dealing with a big or small area.  Keep reading to let these backyard patio ideas inspire you, too.