18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

  1. Weekend DIY Picnic Table Project
  2. How to Build a DIY Patio Cooler Cart
  3. Build Frame and Legs
  4. Connect Legs with Side Boards
  5. 2. Make the Grill Cart Storage Bay and Bottom Shelf
  6. Grill Bay Lid
  7. Cooler Box Lid
  8. 4. Install the Cooler Drain & Lower Shelf
  9. 14 Best Backyard Party Ideas for Adults – Summer Entertaining Decor
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  11. 18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}
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Weekend DIY Picnic Table Project

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

See this picnic table? I love eating at this thing almost as much as I loved building it. Detached benches, no visible screws on the top, and a whole lot of AWESOME. The plan took some thought, but not an unreasonable degree of skill, and the result? Well, see for yourself.

My favorite parts?

  • No exposed screws on the top of the table and benches (have I mentioned this yet)
  • Lap joints on the legs of the table and benches
  • The benches aren’t connected to the table, so it’s completely flexible

You can download the Popular Mechanics plan I used here. (At some point that link broke, but I hunted down the plan here on page 86 and 88.) It’s not a step-by-step plan, which is perfect for DIYers that to, well, DIY a little bit of it. I made a couple of modifications, making the table and benches a few inches longer, and using a whole lot more powertools than they suggest.

Here’s my step-by-step look at the project.


  • 5 – 2x6x66″ boards for the top of the table
  • 4 – 2x4x40ish” boards for the table legs
  • 2 – 2x4x29ish” boards for the table cleats
  • 2 – 2x4x29ish” boards for table braces
  • 6 – 2x4x66″ boards for the top of the benches
  • 4- 2x4x12ish” boards for the bench cleats
  • 4- 2x4x12ish” boards for the bench braces
  • 8- 2x4x20ish” boards for the bench legs
  • 1 box 3-1/2″ deck screws (plus a couple of 2″ screws for the ends of the table cleats.
  • 12 – 3/8″ lag bolts with washers and nuts (stainless steel if you can get them, but I can tell you you can’t get them at Lowes. I used hot-dipped.)
  • 6 – 3/8″ Lag screws with washers. (Again with the stainless, again Lowe’s doesn’t carry them.)


  • Miter or circular saw (or both)
  • Drill & bits
  • Sockets and wrench for the lags
  • Chisel & hammer for the laps
  • Level and square
  • Clamps

Step 1: Cuttin’

The table and bench tops are the easiest. 5 2×6’s and 6 2×4’s cut to 66″ in length. Then it gets a little bit trickier. One of the things I loved about the PS plan, was the suggestion to build a template.

Even though I used the miter saw and had the angles all set out for me on the saw, the template was still well worth it to help with visualization. Essentially it meant drawing (or getting an engineer to draw) a 27×28-1/2″ square on some plywood and then drawing in the legs. Made cutting the lap joints in the legs exceptionally accurate.

The table legs were cut with the saw set at 38-degrees.

The bench legs were cut with the saw set at 24-degrees.

The cleats were cut at the same angle so they would be flush with the angle of the legs, and the braces were all cut at 45-degrees.

All of the table pieces: 4 leg pieces, 2 cleats, 2 braces, and 5 boards for the top.

Same for the benches: 4 leg pieces, 2 cleats, 2 braces, and 3 boards for the top each.

Step 2: Lap it up

The lap joints were extra fun and definitely worth it when it came to the final product. I did them two ways.

First, I broke in MysteryMan’s hand saw. I actually don’t own one of these, probably because it doesn’t have a power cord. But still, it was fairly quick, and very easy. I used the template to lay out the joint, and then cut notches 3/4″ deep.

Then I popped them out with the chisel. This one worked because it was what I had, but a wider one would have been ideal.

The other option is to set the depth of a circular saw to 3/4″ and cut the notches that way, which is faster to some degree, but you have to take enough time to be really accurate with the machinery… so really I think its whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Step 3: Assembly
Once all of the pieces are cut, assembly is pretty much a piece of cake. The boards should go right-side-down, and shim them out 1/4″ for the table. 1/2″ for the benches.

Then, lay out the holes to countersink the screws and attach the cleat to the top. Screws should be countersunk 1-1/4″ deep with a 3/8″bit. Use 3-1/2″ deck screws and don’t power drive them in! You’ll bust right through the top. Not that I would know from experience or anything. Hem.

The legs are only a tiny bit trickier. Make sure the lap joints fit before you start assembling.

Then attach them on the outside of the cleat by drilling a 3/8″ hole all the way through both leg and cleat (make sure you’re aware of where those deck screws are.)
Use a 3/8″ lag bolt, washer, and nut to attach them.

Check for square 11 or 12 times. Then attach the brace with a lag screw through both legs and the brace, and a deck screw from brace to top of table.

Then it’s lather, rinse, and repeat for the benches, as you can see here (if you haven’t already):

DIYdiva: Building a Picnic Table Bench from kitliz on Vimeo.

Step 3: Add cold beer, good friends, and enjoy!

It really is that easy.

Source: http://diydiva.net/2009/07/weekend-diy-picnic-table-project/

How to Build a DIY Patio Cooler Cart

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

  1. Build the cooler base
  2. Make grill storage bay and shelf
  3. Build the patio cooler lid
  4. Install cooler drain and lower shelf
  5. Finish and add hardware

I built the cooler box and grilling station entirely 1×4 cedar.

 My local lumber supplier had 12′ boards that were rough on one side and I was able to get them for half the price of what you would pay at the big box store for the cedar 1x4s.  If this is an option for you then you can save some significant money going this route.

Build Frame and Legs

You’ll start by building the top frame the size of your cooler.  The top of my cooler was 23-3/4″ x 13-1/2″.  If your cooler is a different size then you’ll need to adjust the top frame accordingly and see if you need to adjust the base as well.

First cut 2 boards to 50″ for the long top frame pieces and 3 boards to 13-1/2″ for the short top frame pieces.  Drill pocket holes in the ends of the short pieces and assembly with 1-1/4″ pocket screws.  This will give a 15-3/4″ opening for the grilling storage box.

Next cut 8 boards down to 38-1/4″ long for the legs.  Rip down 4 of these boards to narrow leg pieces at 2-3/4″ wide.  Use a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes in the 2-3/4″ pieces in the top 13″ of the leg and another hole 2″ up from the bottom.

Join the narrow leg pieces to the wide pieces glue and  1-1/4″ pocket hole screws on the top and bottom.  In the gap where there are no pocket holes, use clamps to hold the joints tight.  Make two legs with the narrow pieces on the right side and two with the narrow pieces on the left side.  This lets you have the wide face of the legs showing on the front and back of the patio cooler cart.

Finally, cut 8 pieces of side cladding to 16-1/2″ long.  Use a trim router to route a 1/16″ 45 degree chamfer on the outer edges of each board.  This will give the boards a nice beadboard look when butted together.

Connect Legs with Side Boards

Lay two legs down and starting from the top, attach 4 side cladding pieces to the legs with two 1-1/4″ screws on each side of each board. Repeat this process with the other 2 legs to form 2 side assemblies.

After that, cut 4 pieces of front cladding and 4 pieces of back cladding to 44-1/2″ long, and route a chamfer on the long edges just the side cladding.  Side the side assemblies on edge and starting at the top, attach the front cladding to the sides with 1-1/4″ screws.

Next flip the assembly over and now attach the 4 back cladding pieces to the sides.  Now you have the base of your patio cooler and grill cart combo!

Then cut two 3/4″ x 3/4″ top front cleats 14″ long and one top side cleat 11″ long.  Predrill holes on the bottom for attaching the top frame later.  Secure the 11″ cleat to the middle of the right side flush with the top and secure the 14″ cleats to the front and the back 1-1/2″ away from the right side.

2. Make the Grill Cart Storage Bay and Bottom Shelf

Attach two 1″ wide 14″ long cleats to the inside of the front and back walls, 18″ from the right side.  Cut four 15″ wide storage divider boards and glue and screw them to the cleats to create the storage bay on the DIY cooler box.

Cut and install two 17-1/4″ cleats to the front and back of the storage bay.  Put them 3/4″ up from the bottom of the bay then attach five 15″ storage bay bottom pieces to the cleats with screws from underneath.  The middle board will need to be trimmed to fit since it’s smaller than the others.

Now attach the top frame to the base with pocket hole screws on the cooler side and with 1-1/4″ screws through the cleats in the storage bay.  Use glue on all the top surfaces for a good hold.

Cut two 46″ long 1″ wide shelf stretchers and eleven 16-1/2″ shelf slats.  Attach the slats to the stretchers with glue and a brad nailer.  For consistent spacing start with the outer slats and then secure the middle slat.  From there fill in the gaps spacing the slats ~3/4″ apart.

Test fit your cooler in the opening and remove the cooler drain plug since you’ll need it later.  Then reach a marker through the cooler drain and mark a spot on the left side of the patio cooler.  Drill a 1-1/4″ hole in the side for the plumbing fittings.

Flip the grill cart combo over and put the cooler in place.  Secure the cooler by installing three 15″ cooler supports into the front and back with 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

Grill Bay Lid

Flip the DIY patio cooler back over and cut four 15-3/4″ long storage bay lid pieces.  Put a chamfer on the boards with the trim router the body cladding.  Drill a 1″ hole  in the middle of one board and chamfer the top edge of the hole.

Next cut two 13-1/2″ by 1″ wide lid battens.  Then line the lid boards up and fasten the boards together using the battens, glue and 1-1/4″ screws.

Make 4 small 1-1/2″ x 2″ storage lid tabs.  Round one corner of the tabs and install them in the top corners of the storage bay with glue and brad nails into the top corners of the storage bay.

Cooler Box Lid

Build the frame around the cooler lid your own cooler measurements.  The sides should be 3/4″ taller than your lid.  I cut two lid front/back pieces to 25-1/4″ by 2″ and two side piece 13-1/2″ by 2″.  Join the frame with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut 3 lid support cleats to 13-1/2″ by 1″ and attach them to the front and back with pocket holes.  Place the outer cleats so they are directly over the side ridges on your lid that mate with the cooler body.  You’ll be screwing into the lid later and don’t want the screws to pop through the underside of the lid.

Then make 5 lid top pieces 25-1/4″ boards.  Route the 45 degree chamfers on these boards just as the others.  Layout the boards on the top and cut the center piece to width to fit.  Use super glue and temporarily affix the full size boards to the edges of the frame.

Flip the lid over and permanently attach the lid boards to the cleats with 1-1/4″  screws.

Flip the lid over again on top of the cooler.  Now secure the top to the cooler lid with 1-1/4″ screws through the outer cleats into the lid.

 Attach the center board with wood glue on the center cleats and super glue on the outer edges.  The super glue will bond quickly and the wood glue will give a long lasting hold.

 Assembling the lid this way give you a super clean look with no nail or screw holes…SCORE!

4. Install the Cooler Drain & Lower Shelf

Remove the drain from your cooler and keep the washer on the inside.  Get two 1/2″ PVC male threaded adapters, a length of 1/2″ PVC, a 1/2″ nut and a hose bib for the outside of the cooler.

The length of the PVC pipe will vary per installation.  Cut a hose bib mounting block to 3-1/2″ by 3-1/2″ and drill a 1″ hole through it for the male adapter.  Glue up the final PVC parts and install them on the hose bib and mounting block.  Then install them into the cooler box and lock in place using the nut in the cooler.

Sand everything down to 150 grit and apply your finish at this point.  I used a Spar Urethane made for outdoors so it will wear well.

After the finish is dry, install the lower shelf so the bottom is 2-1/2″ up from the floor.  I would recommend turning the patio cooler on it’s top to do this vs. laying it on its back I did

Source: https://fixthisbuildthat.com/diy-patio-cooler-grill-cart-combo-plans/

14 Best Backyard Party Ideas for Adults – Summer Entertaining Decor

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

What you never see on Pinterest: the tired and possibly broke woman who threw that elaborate soiree for 50. Do it the laid-back way and you won't even break a sweat (until you start dancing, that is).

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Don't forget to pin these ideas for your next back yard bash! 

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Build a S'mores Bar

Is an outdoor bash really an outdoor bash without s'mores? Find some marshmallow sticks and place them in a cute display. And if you really want to save yourself some time, set up a s'mores bar complete with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. Since things get sticky, don't forget to have some hand wipes nearby, too.

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Take Your Party to the Ground

Why not throw a picnic-style party? What looks a fancy set-up will only take you minutes to put together. Use some crates as a table and set out a blanket and some pillows and everyone will be nice and cozy while they eat their dinner.

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Light Up Your Trees

One of the easiest ways you can make your backyard party look better than ever is to buy some string lights and wrap them around your trees. It won't take long to set everything up, and they'll be shining all night long.

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Get crafty with your table

Take a roll of brown kraft paper and run it the length of your table: Not only does it have a rustic-chic appeal, it's also cheap and can go straight into the recycling bin when you're done.

If you've got time (or want to keep the kids your hair with a craft project), “paint on it,” suggests style expert Robert Verdi. “Do something simple polka dots or go all out and trace the place settings. You can even write out guests' names or initials in lieu of place cards.

But don't worry about being perfect — it's supposed to look handmade.”

Steal from the garden. Huge floral arrangements can look luxe, but you'll get the same bang for zero bucks by using greens clipped from your backyard.

“I hosted a small dinner party and didn't have a lot of time or money to spend,” says Becca Gorski, an event planner and the blogger behind Cake Events & Design.

“So I cut a few branches from each of the different trees in our yard and laid them down the middle of my table as a centerpiece.”

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Decorate above the table

To create the easiest bunting in the world, simply fold bandanas in half diagonally, connect them by knotting the corners together, and hang.

Have fun mixing and matching colors and prints; there are tons of styles available online for about $1 a pop — we found cute ones at orientaltrading.com.

(After the party's over, give them to the kids for their cowboy and stagecoach-robber costumes.)

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Snack on your centerpiece

Chop up vibrant veggies and put them in a tight grouping of pretty jars, bowls, or glass vases of varying sizes and heights. They'll look so lovely and bring the healthy.

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Create a warm glow

There's nothing kiddie-party about helium balloons if they light up the night. Buy mini LEDs from party-supply stores  partycity.com — they cost less than a buck each and last about eight hours — and pop one in the bottom of each balloon when you blow it up. Group a few together to maximize the starlit effect.

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Go for the gift wrap

Add a pop of pattern to your table by spreading a strip of wrapping paper down the center a runner. “It's super-easy and you won't care if your guests spill on it,” points out New York City-based wedding planner Sarah Pease.

Plant some great decor. Buy a flat of annuals from your hardware store, use fabric or thick ribbon to cover up the plastic edge of the container, and plop it right down on the table. What we love about this trick is that nothing goes to waste: After the party, you can plant them in your garden.

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Let Chef Curtis Stone bartend

Batch his cocktails in advance, so you can enjoy the party.

Watermelon refresher. Prep time: 5 minutes.

In a blender, combine 6 cups peeled seedless watermelon (about 4½ lb, or 1 small melon), ? cup lime juice, ¼ cup mint leaves, and 1 Tbsp sugar; puree until mixture is smooth and only flecks of mint remain.

Add ? cup white rum, stir to combine, and cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice. (The watermelon mixture — before you add the rum — can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Refrigerate until serving.) Makes 6 cocktails.

Summer's sangria. Prep time: 10 minutes, plus at least 2 hours chilling time. Combine 1 (750-ml) bottle sauvignon blanc or another dry white wine, ¼ cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and 1 Tbsp sugar; stir to dissolve sugar.

Add 1 ripe plum (cut into thin wedges), 1 peach (scrubbed to remove fuzz and cut into thin wedges), ½ lb strawberries (hulled and halved), 6 oz raspberries, 2 (3-inch) strips lemon zest, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Serve over ice. Makes 6 cocktails.

Tipsy tee. Prep time: 10 minutes. Combine 3 cups lemonade, 1 cup bourbon, 1 small lemon (thinly sliced), and 1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced, about ½ cup). Stir well to blend flavors. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add to a dispenser and top with 2 (12-oz) bottles chilled ginger ale. Makes 6 cocktails.

Rock the buffet table. Grab some flat stones from your yard (or get the nice ones at a garden supply store), give them a quick cleaning, and write a menu item on each with a white paint pen. You can also use them as place cards or napkin weights on a breezy day.

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Save the best for last

Ice-cold bubbly is heavenly on a hot night, and blogger Kelly Lyden of The Party Dress suggests turning it into the most delish grown-up dessert: Chill well and pour over a scoop of your favorite sorbet. (Here we used raspberry and mango.) “Be sure to serve it with a spoon,” she says, “so guests can enjoy every sip and bite.”

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Use berries as “ice”

“Snazz up store-bought lemonade by adding frozen blueberries or strawberries to each glass,” says event planner Dabney Lee. “They're prettier than ice cubes and add great flavor without watering down your drink.”

Flag your straws. Take a small piece of washi tape, double it over a straw, and you've got a colorful accent in less than a minute. “They're adorable and help guests keep track of their drinks,” says blogger Helena Schaeder Söderberg of Craft and Creativity.

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Serve a ginormous burger

Chef Chiarello adheres to one rule when it comes to cooking for a crowd: “Less is more. Stick to one main idea and let that be the big event. Guests would rather have a single great main dish than a mediocre six-course meal.” When he's got a backyard crowd at his house, he makes a giant four-pound burger.

Have your butcher at the supermarket prepare two ground-beef patties, two pounds each, for you (or shape them yourself in two round cake tins). Place each in a grill basket and cook over high heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 125°F for medium rare — 8 to 9 minutes per side.

Remove from grill and place cheese and whatever other fillings you'd (Chiarello suggests caramelized onions) on top of each; let rest for 15 minutes. Sandwich the patties together and place them on a one-pound, hollowed-out loaf of round artisanal bread.

Slice into wedges as you would a cake using a serrated knife, and serve with all the usual burger condiments. Find the complete recipe here.

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Spice up chips

Serve gourmet chips without hiring a fancy caterer: Just warm plain packaged Kettle Chips or Cape Cod Potato Chips in the oven to release their oils, then toss with your favorite seasonings. Food Network star Michael Chiarello s smoked paprika and chipotle powder.

Brown-bag it. Serve snacks in paper lunch bags. Snip off the tops and (if you want to get fancy) wrap them with colorful butcher's twine, then fill with chips or fresh fruit. “They're easy to grab and walk around with,” says New York City-based event planner and blogger Amy Atlas. “Plus, it's one less dish you have to do.”

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Go for adorable partyware

It doesn't cost much to spruce up your table. By picking up some cute paper plates and napkins, everything will instantly become more festive. (Plates: $2.90 for 8; partycity.com. Napkins: $2.49 for 16; orientaltrading.com.)

Source: https://www.redbookmag.com/food-recipes/entertaining/advice/g794/backyard-party-ideas-and-decor/

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18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

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Putting together a stylish-yet-comfortable living room doesn’t have to be overly complicated—especially if you have a home-run centerpiece that brings the whole room together. Enter the sofa.

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Whether you’re planning to serve a classic multi-tiered confection or a rustic drip cake, or have a dessert table to cover every taste (wedding pie, anyone?), you want your goodies to look as amazing as the rest of your celebration.

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A tiki torch is traditionally a bamboo torch that originated in Tiki culture but increased in popularity and spread to other places where it is a popular party decoration and can create a tropical island aesthetic to outdoor decorations. Today a tiki torch can be made of various bottles and jars and used not only for decor but also for bug protection. Continue reading “Cool DIY Tiki Torches For Your Outdoor Spaces” »

With the onset of college, you ly ditched your tried-and-true backpack for a chic carry-all or satchel to tote your everyday essentials. But with the backpack having made a major comeback over the last couple of years, there’s no better time than now to revert back to the classic sac.

The fashion-forward options are endless, so you can scoop up a style you’ll use for years to come. But the real kicker is that they boast plenty of space for your laptop, whatever the size, so you can make sore shoulders (a common problem with shoulder bags) a thing of the past.

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Over the years, your mom has never failed you – every birthday, every Christmas, she has made it as magical and as special as it could be. Now it’s your turn to return the favor.

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18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

My favorite part of summer is sitting outdoors. We entertain quite a bit during the warmer months and love spending time outside with family and friends.

I recently thought about adding a picnic table to my outdoor seating, for extra seats and just because a picnic table is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

So, instead of buying one, by the way, you’re going to spend a couple of hundred dollars on a good wooden picnic table, I thought that maybe I could build a DIY picnic table.

I found 18 easy DIY picnic tables that are perfect for your summer entertaining. These are all so simple to build and much cheaper than buying one already made – they’re a lot sturdier than some of those premade ones, too.

From toddler picnic tables to tables for two, you will find the perfect picnic table for your outdoor entertaining this season. Note that you will want to use pressure treated wood to build these if you are planning to leave them out in the weather. Even with that, you’re going to save a fortune building one yourself.

And if you really love building your own outdoor structures, be sure to check out these 26 DIY swings to turn your backyard into a playground.

If you want a truly easy DIY picnic table, you definitely want to check these out. There are small, large and even roofed picnic tables that are perfect for keeping the sun, and rain, off of you while you enjoy the outdoors.

Just add a grill and you have a great start to a fabulous summer! And, if you love grilling, I have a list of 10 awesome DIY barbecue grills that you just have to see.

I hope you love these DIY picnic tables as much as I do and I hope that they help you to have the best summer ever!

1. Easy 2X6 Picnic Table

This 2X6 traditional picnic table is as easy to DIY as they come. This is the perfect table for your backyard. It has plenty of room to seat up to six people and you can easily build it in just a weekend. You need quite a bit of lumber for this one and since it’s going to be outside, be sure to use pressure treated lumber unless you plan to keep it on a covered porch or deck.

Tutorial/Plans: mycarpentry

2. Adorable DIY Toddler Picnic Table

Toddlers don’t really fit up to a traditional picnic table without a booster seat. If you want to forgo the booster, just build them their own little DIY picnic table.

This one is the perfect size and height for your tiny little ones and it’s a really easy picnic table to build.

You can finish this one in just an afternoon or two and put it right there next to your full sized DIY picnic table.

Tutorial/Plans: lowes

3. Convertible Bench To Picnic Table

If you want a DIY picnic table that doesn’t take up space when you aren’t using it, this convertible version is perfect. The bench folds down when not in use so you can easily store this one in even the tiniest space. This is a really easy one to build, too and you could make an extra bench to go with it that also provides extra seating on the patio when you’re not using the table.

Tutorial/Plans: buildeazy

4. DIY Farmhouse Picnic Table

If you really want a rustic look, you just have to check out this DIY farmhouse picnic table.

Farmhouse tables have a picnic table quality anyway and if you use pressure treated wood to build this one, it is perfect for your backyard.

If you are looking to build some DIY farmhouse furniture for your outdoors, this one is a must. If you prefer to buy as opposed to DIY, I found this gorgeous farmhouse picnic table on Etsy for just over $600.

Tutorial/Plans: Etsy.com

5. DIY Picnic Table With Detached Benches

This DIY picnic table has benches that are not actually attached to the table. That means that you can move the table around as needed and even store it when you don’t need it. You can still use the detached benches as extra seating around a firepit or just out in the yard for those warm summer evenings. It’s a pretty easy one to build and you can have it finished in a weekend.

Tutorial/Plans: instructables

6. Gorgeous DIY Hexagon Picnic Table

If you don’t the traditional rectangle shape of a picnic table, try out this hexagon shaped one. It’s just as easy to build as a traditionally shaped DIY picnic table and it has that lovely rounded look that takes up less space and gives it a great decorative appearance. The benches go all of the way around the table so there is plenty of room for everyone to sit.

Tutorial/Plans: ana-white

7. Repurposed Suitcase Picnic Table For Two

An old suitcase can be turned into an adorable little picnic table for two and this one comes complete with an amazing speaker system so you can blast your music during your romantic picnic.

This is a really simple DIY picnic table and it’s a wonderful way to make good use an old suitcase. Don’t have an old suitcase to use? Head out to your local thrift store.

You can get them at Goodwill for less than $5 each!

Tutorial/Plans: instructables

8. Small Wooden Picnic Table For Two

If you just need a small picnic table for two, this DIY wooden picnic table is perfect. You make this from wood and it’s a really simple DIY project. You can have this finished in just an afternoon or two and it is perfect for those romantic evenings with just the two of you. Just add your DIY benches or a couple of patio chairs and you’re all set.

Tutorial/Plans: blackanddecker

9. DIY Traditional A Frame Picnic Table

If you love the traditional look of A framed picnic tables, this one is for you. These are super easy to build and you can have this one completely finished in just a weekend or so, depending on how much time you spend on it each day. When it’s done, you can paint or stain it however you want or just leave it plain for a more rustic look in the backyard.

Tutorial/Plans: sticksite

10. DIY Picnic Table With Attached Cooler

How cool is this DIY picnic table? It has a little cooler build right into the center so you can have your drinks right there on ice where all of your guests can easily reach them. This is a really simple one to build.

You just start with a traditional picnic table plan and then adjust it to add the cooler. This one is perfect if you tend to entertain a lot during the summer.

You could keep your drinks or even condiments right there in the center of the table.

Tutorial/Plans: yellawood

11. Reclaimed Wood Picnic Table

Not only does this DIY picnic table has a section in the center that you can use as a planter, it is a great reclaimed wood project.

You could use any number of wood pieces to build this one and if they are all different colors or shades, that just adds to the beauty.

If you have some old pallets, old shelves or even some old cabinets on hand, that would be perfect for building this DIY reclaimed wood picnic table.

Tutorial/Plans: instructables

12. Adorable DIY Kids’ Pirate Picnic Table

If you want something just for the little ones, this DIY pirate picnic table for kids is perfect.

It’s really easy to build and it is so much fun for your kids! They are going to adore the pirate theme and this gives them their own little space for those summer cookouts or for just playing outside.

They can use their pirate table for sand or water play or any number of other outdoor activities.

Tutorial/Plans: howtospecialist

13. Repurposed Door Picnic Table

This DIY picnic table is made from an old repurposed door and it is fabulous. It actually hangs! You just attach rope and hang it from a tree and then add your patio chairs or some DIY garden benches for seating. This one is so unique and so perfect if you don’t really have the space for a more traditional picnic table in the backyard. It’s super easy to build, too.

Tutorial/Plans: greenweddingshoes

14. Colorful Repurposed Pallet Picnic Table

Those old pallets that you have stacked up in the yard just waiting for the perfect DIY project will be perfect for building this colorful DIY picnic table.

This one is made from all pallets and it is a really easy one to build. It’s also really colorful, which you could skip if you prefer a more traditional look.

If you want something fun for the backyard, I highly recommend that you check this one out!

Tutorial/Plans: diycozyhome

15. 12 Foot DIY Picnic Table With Roof

Do you need an extra long picnic table? This DIY 12 foot picnic table is perfect for larger gatherings and it even has a roof! You won’t have to worry about too much sun or rain on your party when you build this one and it’s just as easy as any of the others to DIY. It does take a bit more lumber, since it’s so much longer. If you have a large family or tend to host large summer get togethers, this one is a must!

Tutorial/Plans: myoutdoorplans

16. DIY Plumbing Pipe Picnic Table

There is no rule that says your DIY picnic table has to be made all wood. This one uses plumbing pipes for the legs, and it is on wheels so you can move it wherever you need it to go with ease. The top is wood, and you can use pallets or reclaimed wood to build it, and the legs are made from repurposed plumbing pipe – or new plumbing pipe which is really cheap at any hardware store.

Tutorial/Plans: 4men1lady

17. Easy Hidden Trough Picnic Table

This picnic table has a trough in the center for use as a cooler but it’s a hidden trough so when you don’t need it, you just cover it up. This is great if you need the extra table space. You just put the covers over the trough and it looks an all wooden picnic table. This would be really easy to build, or you can check out this premade one that I found on Etsy for less than $400.

Tutorial/Plans: etsy.com

18. Easy Weekend DIY Picnic Table

You can easily build this DIY picnic table in just one weekend and the benches are detached so it’s a really easy one to store, too. Also, the plans for this one make it easy for you to hide away the screws so you don’t have to worry about catching clothing or skin on those exposed screws. Once you have all of your wood pieces cut, this is a really easy one to put together.

Tutorial/Plans: diydiva

Source: https://www.diyncrafts.com/39445/woodworking/18-rustic-diy-picnic-tables-for-an-entertaining-summer-free-plans

32 DIY Outdoor Bars that are Easy to Create

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

Summer is just around the corner, which means that if you have a backyard, you will want to start entertaining guests outside.

One of the issues with the summer heat is keeping drinks cold while you are waiting for dinner to be prepared on the grill.

DIY outdoor bars are a great solution to this issue, but it can also be difficult to come up with DIY outdoor bar ideas that fit your existing décor.

32 DIY Outdoor Bar Ideas to Make Your Patio Sing

You can create something with a cabin type of feel that is made from wood, or you can make it more detailed by adding a lot of tile and intricate designs to your new outdoor bar. I have found that creating an outdoor bar that incorporates part or your home into the design is easier than I first anticipated.

The first step to creating this outdoor space is deciding on the type of bar that you want. Do you need a large bar for weekend parties that you are going to throw, or are you going to need something that is smaller to accommodate your relaxation needs after a long day at the office?

This guide is designed to help you find DIY outdoor bars that you would to have in your backyard and help you make them your own.

9. A Dual-Level Shelf for a Vineyard

DIY Project Details: alifedesigned.blogspot.com

14. An Ice Box Lined with Driftwood

DIY Project Details: diyprojects.ideas2live4.com

15. A Wooden Bar Cart with Storage Galore

DIY Project Details: thatsmyletter.blogspot.com

17. A Fold Away Surface for Outdoor Meals

DIY Project Details: theownerbuildernetwork.co

18. An Old Stand with a Bucket Cooler

DIY Project Details: ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com

23. A Bar of Pallets for Your Garden

DIY Project Details: stackeddesign.blogspot.hu

27. A Full Bar with S-Shaped Metal Accents

DIY Project Details: sweetpea-labellavie.blogspot.com

28. A Soft Wooden Bar for a Cabin

DIY Project Details: thecreativityexchange.com

32. An Icy Wheelbarrow to Keep You Cool

DIY Project Details: stylemepretty.com

Source: https://homebnc.com/best-diy-outdoor-bar-ideas/

Rustic Outdoor Dining Space Reveal

18 Rustic DIY Picnic Tables for an Entertaining Summer {Free Plans}

Ok, so “rustic outdoor dining space” probably sounds a little over-glorified for a leaf-strewn patch of grass that formerly housed a chicken coop and a dog run… but I can’t tell you how magical it feels in person.

Creating an Outdoor Dining Space

much of the Texas hill country, the terrain out at Little Pax Ranch is mostly small scrub oaks and junipers. This little grove near the house and driveway caught our attention immediately because of the number of oak trees that grew in two adjacent circles.

We dreamed of using the larger circle a living room – for corn hole and horseshoes and other outdoor games, while filling the smaller circle with picnic tables and lots of good food and drinks.

But first, two things had to happen: we had to clear out the dilapidated chicken coop and dog run left by the previous owners, and we had to clear a couple of small junipers that were springing up in the center of the clearing.

Once those were done, we got to work on the two main ingredients to our outdoor dining area: rustic farmhouse dining tables (aka enormous picnic tables

Source: https://www.maisondepax.com/rustic-outdoor-dining-space-reveal/