Monday, June 2

Our Backyard (Mini) Makeover

Our backyard has been in some serious need of TLC since the weather has warmed up.  I was very focused on our garden and cleaning up the front part of the house last year, and I haven't even really made it to the backyard.  Sure, we have some play things and a little fire pit, but it isn't the type of area that makes you want to throw a party or have a BBQ.  Little by little, I've been cleaning up, raking leaves, and finding little pieces of furniture here and there to make it a little more cozy.  Today I'm teaming up with Scotch Duct Tape to show you how I dressed up a little corner of our backyard.

Let's start with a before photo, shall we?

Nothing special here.  Our backyard is super shady because of the large old trees that cover it entirely, so even when the sun is at its highest point, the yard is shady and nice.  I really like that part about it (even though it makes growing grass somewhat tricky).  The trees do love to spread their leaves when the seasons change, though, and as you can see, I still had a bit of raking to go.

Johnny helped me hang three strands of outdoor lights from Target.  We don't have outside power, so we just run an extra long extension cord into the house for power.  I snagged a really cute old iron bench off of Craigslist for a good price, so we popped that right under our cozy mood lighting.

Now for the part that really wowed the kiddos: pinwheels!  I knew color was important for this space, so the Duct Tape I used was Sunshine Yellow, Blue Turquoise, Tangerine Orange, Green Apple, Hot Pink, and Rainbow Scales.  Here's how:
Start with a paper square.  It can be as large or as small as you want.  My square was about 7"x7". Wrap a layer of Duct Tape all the way around.  You want to seal the paper inside the tape completely. Once you have covered the paper entirely, add a contrasting color to the back of the square.

Now, fold one corner in half to the other corner.  Repeat.  These are your cutting guidelines.  Cut along each line toward the center, but do not cut all the way to the center.  You want it to stay together!

You now have mostly detached triangles.  In the top left corner of each triangle, punch a hole with a hole punch.  In order going clockwise, bring each punched corner to the center and secure with a brad.

When you're all finished, nail these into a tree or attach to a fence!  While I was nailing, I found it was easiest to take the brad out, nail through the center and reattach the brad.  If your nail head is large enough, you can remove the brad entirely and just let the nail hold the whole thing in place!

Hope said the pinwheels make it feel like we're having a party everyday and I couldn't agree more!  The bamboo along the fence was there when we moved in, so we added an extra panel of behind the bench for more privacy.  It's super dreamy out there at night-- now we just need to add a little extra seating and have some guests over!  xo.

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch® Duct Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.


  1. This is such a cute and quick way to spruce up a backyard and the pin wheels are a great craft for the kids! However, I am a little sad that poor tree got so many nails into it :(

  2. the pinwheels are so cute! and i love that bench!


  3. Gorgeous idea. I love how it adds a punch of color to the yard. I'm guessing rain isn't a problem because of the type of material the tape is made out of? I love the bench you scored, did you repaint it? White is such a gorgeous color. I have so many projects for my backyard I don't even know where to start, lol. Mind you that's true for just about everything in my life, I never lack ideas!

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  4. I love the white bench! I have always wanted something like that.

  5. Oh gosh, this is awesome. Those DIY pinwheels -- genius!

    And man oh man how I love globe lights. I bought two strings from Target with no idea of what to do with them or where to put them. I still haven't figured it out. But they are a fave.

    Love this little makeover -- perfect example of what I call the DIY Trifecta: cheap, easy, and quick.

  6. This is darling! What a creative way to use duct tape! Great post and update, girly!

  7. Those pinwheels are so whimsical! Love it :)

  8. That's really cool! Love the colorful touch, very pretty and fun!
    Gosh when i see this i wish i had a garden or at least a small terrace, anything! Just a small outside spot to enjoy fresh air from my home and decorate! Haha!
    Congrats it's a beautiful little spot for your family!

  9. Oooh fun! I love pinwheels.

  10. I LOVE those twinkle lights! They make that corner look so special and intimate.
    Just a thought.... some family friends had a funky, no grass growth area that they turned into a mulched patio. It was fairly inexpensive and totally freshened the space, making it way more inviting. (Not to mention that it helped tame weeds!) Anyways, since you already have that cute retaining wall it made me think that it would be perfect for a mulch patio.

  11. What a great use for duct tape. Do the pinwheels spin? Do you think they would if they were attached to a straw or a stick?

  12. wow, it's completely transformed with just a few things! those pinwheels are such a great idea, and the lights are lovely.
    Rebecca @

  13. Love the DIY pinwheels it's always fun to have a bit of whimsy every day :)

  14. I love the idea of pinwheels on the tree, it really adds some easy whimsy & color... I may have to borrow this idea for my own yard makeover. :)

    Have a nice day! xx

  15. I love the pinwheels and the twinkle lights! They are so whimsical.

  16. Oh goodness, those pinwheels have nicked my heart with their sharp points and adorableness and what not. Loooooove the makeover!

  17. Oh, loving the coloured duct tape, we only have it in silver here in sweden...

  18. This is so cute ! Such a great idea

  19. This is so cute ! Such a great idea