6 Outdoor DIY Projects That Helped Me Bond With My Son

6 Outdoor DIY Projects That Helped Me Bond With My Son

Gareth MoorelandGareth Mooreland
Writer | Blogger | Father

Now that the worst of winter is over, it’s time to leave the comfort of the warmer indoors. Time to head outside for some fun with your family. What better way to bond than with some DIY garden furniture that the entire family can enjoy?

I’ve always been inclined to work on new projects and build something tangible. Luckily, my son shares my rudimentary DIY skills, so we tried some of these projects over the past year. It’s been a great way to get some fresh air, spend time getting to know my son better, and challenge myself.

Here’s a list of some of the most fun and useful outdoor DIY projects you can try with your children:

1.    Table and Chair Set

With the right selection of outdoor furniture, you can define your backyard. A simple chair and table set is one of the easiest outdoor DIY projects to get started with.

It may seem a daunting challenge at first, but you might end up surprising yourself and your family. If you have younger children, they can get involved by assisting. Older kids can help you hammer those nails down with some guidance and supervision.

The feeling of satisfaction you and your child will have when you spend the hot days lounging around on your homemade chairs, makes this DIY project more than worthwhile.

2.    Treehouse

6 Outdoor DIY Projects

There’s no better place to create childhood memories than a humble treehouse. If you’ve got a solid tree in the backyard and a child who’s up for some DIY fun, launch this ambitious project together right away.

It could be weeks before the treehouse is ready, but it’s an excellent way to bond with your children and teach them some valuable DIY skills. What’s more, your kids will love having a secret den to hang out in – and this should help keep them from spending too much time staring at digital screens. Win win!

3.    Outdoor Garage

Considering you’re reading an article about outdoor DIY projects, you’ve probably got some tools lying around. Why not go all the way and create an outdoor garage or storage space, to store all those tools and equipment?

With a shed outside you can keep the house clutter-free and indulge in your DIY hobbies more conveniently. Depending on how many things you have to store, you might even have room for a playden for your kid.

4.    Wooden Playset

Your kids will always appreciate a solid wooden playset in their backyard.

If you plan on creating a basic playset with a swing, slide, and forts, you’ll have to source of pick up some lumber from your local home center or lumber yard.

Building a playset will take more planning and technical skills than most of the other projects on this list. However, once you see the look on your child’s face when it’s complete, it will be worth it.

5.    Barrel BBQ Smoker

If you love to barbeque with your kids, try this simple project. It creates a permanent fixture for your backyard which can be used for barbeque season time and time again.

All you need is a steel barrel and some rudimentary plumbing gear to get started.

This is a project to benefit all your family and friends. As well as this, it’s a great excuse for garden parties once the weather gets warmer.

6.    Vertical Garden

This is a fun way to make your house a lot greener and your back wall a lot more interesting. This is a great project if your child is a bit of a conservationist or environmentally conscious. Going green never goes out of style.

If you’ve got a plain wall outside, drill a few holes and fix up wooden units for the plants. It’s easy to build an ‘epic’ vertical garden. It does take ongoing effort to maintain it all year long.

Each of these projects takes a while to complete, but when you’re spending this time with your child you’ll get to teach them a few skills, observe them in action, and build a closer relationship. Never waste an opportunity to bond with your child. In my opinion, the best way to bond is over a shared passion project you can both get deeply involved in.


Gareth MoorelandAbout Gareth Mooreland

Gareth is a full-time writer and a content marketing expert who previously worked for technology companies in the US, UK and Australia. He loves to write about technology, cars, and travel. When not writing, he enjoys taking landscape photos around the world. His lifetime ambition is to visit every country in the world, only 128 to go!

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6 Comments on “6 Outdoor DIY Projects That Helped Me Bond With My Son”

  1. Great idea! I’m thinking we might try the vertical garden, my kids would really like to help with that project.

  2. This was such a great article. I’m planning on building the bbq and the vertical garden w my son!

  3. I think I’d like to try the garden. I think the kiddos would really have fun playing in the dirt.

  4. Thanks for sharing all these neat ideas and tips,I can’t wait to get outside and start planting

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