Summer is here and we’re all enjoying the sunshine, so let’s talk about some outdoor projects! As a renter, having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean it can’t be fabulous. Sometimes a fun do-it-yourself project is all it takes to encourage you to spend more time outside, even if your outdoor space consists of just a small balcony.

Here are some DIY ideas for your balcony or patio this summer that are sure to make your space more inviting without having to invest a lot of money sprucing it up. Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box!

1. Make an Outdoor Centerpiece

Via DIY on the Cheap

This scrap wood and mason jar centerpiece is a great way to use up any extra pieces of wood you have lying around, plus, who doesn’t love mason jars? All you need are some scrap pieces of wood, stain of your choice, a few basic tools, and mason jars.

Read More: 3 East Mason Jar Crafts

2. Build or Spruce Up a Side Table

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This DIY color block umbrella table would be a really fun project, plus it makes entertaining easy! You could build your own or simply use this technique on a wooden table you already own. Just add an umbrella and a pair of chairs for the perfect balcony or patio seating arrangement.

3. Create a Water Feature

Via That’s What Che Said

Everyone loves a water feature! You could create a DIY Garden Fountain to add a little ambiance to your outdoor space. Creating your own water feature may sound a little intimidating or complicated, but this tutorial breaks it down for you and makes it easy. Plus, the end result is beautiful!

4. Make Pretty Candle Holders

Via Uncommon Designs

These outdoor terra cotta candle holders are a great way to upcycle materials, plus it’s an inexpensive project that can add a beautiful accent to your balcony. Customize it with any paint color you choose, and add a candle (LED are great for outdoors too!).

5. Make your own Citronella Candles

Via Cherished Bliss

Speaking of candles, why not make your own? I don’t know about you, but here in the South the mosquitoes are out in full force. It’s hard to enjoy an evening outdoors when you’re getting bitten by pesky bugs! Make your balcony or patio more enjoyable by whipping up some citronella candles to keep the bugs away. You can also make a a tiki torch out of a wine bottle. Learn how: Wine Bottle Tiki Touch

6. Make a Plant Stand

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An outdoor space isn’t complete without plants! Make this DIY mini plant stand–perfect for a small space! Bring life to your balcony with a few cute little potted plants situated on a stand.

Read More: How to Create a Small Apartment Garden

7. Create a Hanging Planter

Via DIY on the Cheap

Transform an old, dated pendant light into a pretty hanging planter! This is a fun way to upcycle something that might otherwise have been thrown away, plus old light fixtures are easy to find at thrift stores or yard sales.

There are so many creative and inexpensive ways you can turn your balcony (or patio) into an outdoor oasis. It doesn’t matter how small your space may be, there are solutions out there for you. These ideas are just a starting point for you, but the possibilities are endless! Enjoy the outdoors this summer by getting creative.