As far as concentrated concrete goes, have you ever witnessed something as drab, industrial, and unexciting as a cinder block? Luckily for the blocks, all it takes is a quick internet search to unearth a generous roster of DIY’s that promise to take your cinder blocks from drab to debonair.  

 

A Super Simple Patio Sofa  

Let’s face it, patio furniture is expensive, and with all the wear-and-tear outdoor furniture is subjected to, it can be hard to justify the buy from summer to summer. Luckily, if you have some basic construction materials on-hand — (namely, cinder blocks and wood planks) — you may not have to. 

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A Multi-level Raised Flowerbed 

I like to think of this idea as a mini condominium for your plants. How you assemble the cinder blocks is highly customizable, and the sturdy nature of the blocks allows the flexibility to build vertically, making it a small-space-friendly idea as well.  

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99 Cent Individual Planters 

If there’s one bright side to the drab concrete, which comprises your average cinder block, it’s that the flat grey does provide an excellent blank canvas to paint on; (meaning you can DIY an army of cute, custom planters, for a low, low price).  

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Step-by-step Garden Pathway 

Lend some literal depth to your yard or garden with this pebble-heavy staircase pathway DIY. Embed the pathway in rocks to reduce the onset of erosion.  

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A Fire/Grill Pit 

One way to transform the atmosphere of your outdoor space, is with a fire pit. The presence of a fire pit lends ambiance, warmth, friendliness, and relaxation to any outdoor space, and DIY-ing one is not nearly as complicated as you might think! 

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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