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If hosting a summer bash in a blah backyard gives you the blues, don't despair. Instead, add some flair and have a little fun with inexpensive DIY summer decor projects that can be crafted by the whole family.

Let It Glow

Candles add instant ambiance to any evening summer soiree. To help keep your family and friends itch-free, use citronella candles to repel hungry mosquitoes. Decide on a theme for your summer decor and incorporate that into your candle holders. Or turn empty tin cans into sparkling luminaries. This easy DIY lantern project from Inhabitat requires cans, a hammer, nails and a few other supplies you may already have on hand. You can decorate them with a spray paint that coordinates with your other outdoor decor and furniture.

Another option is to make themed mason jar candles. For example, you could bring the beach to your backyard by filing a mason jar one-third of the way up with sand and seashells, and placing a tea candle in the middle. Light it up and voila!

Let It Grow

Make a big impact on your outdoor space with container gardens. Colorful annuals such as petunias, begonias and gerbera daisies add a splash of color at eye level. Or treat your guests to dishes made with homegrown, freshly picked herbs.

When it comes to the containers themselves, stay on budget by making your own from recycled materials. Ask your local hardware or home improvement store if it has any wooden pallets it doesn't need. Take them apart and put them back together in new ways. For some inspiring pallet planter ideas, check out HomeLovr. And this article from Midwest Living offers 25 other DIY summer decor tricks for turning household items into garden containers.

Let It Flow

Flowing water can make your outdoor space more soothing. The purling sound of a fountain brings relaxation to any seating area. And believe it or not, fountains make great DIY summer decor projects. Check out these fountain ideas from Country Living: From an easy egg fountain, to a fanciful multi-tiered one using thrift store finds, to a slightly more ambitious cascading wall of water, there's a fountain project for every DIY level.

Tackle one or all these DIY summer decor projects to add sizzle to your outdoor space and wow your summertime guests.

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