Goodwill DIY: Porch & Patio Projects

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 6, 2016

This summer we’re celebrating all things DIY (do-it-yourself)—and introducing a new permanent page on our website, our Goodwill DIY page! Throughout the year, it’ll have rotating seasonal themes—right now we’re talking about ways to upcycle Goodwill finds into summer fun.

Our region spans densely urban areas, as well as rural areas. As we were looking at outdoor garden and patio themed DIY projects, we wanted to choose ones that would work well in big and small yards alike—and some that would work for those with no yard at all. Check out our SPEED.I.Y Herb & Succulent Garden created by Gold Standard Workshop, and find some of our favorite patio and garden DIY projects below.


DIY Triangle Gold Foil PlanterGold Standard Workshop
You’ll see some of this project in the video above, but the blog contains some more specific DIY instructions with a list of things you’ll need. Terra cotta pots are an easy find at Goodwill!

DIY Wine Bottle TorchesWhen The Pigs Fly
This project is super easy and quick—and it’ll add light to your porch or patio without adding a whole lot of cost to the décor. You can also take this one a step further by painting the wine bottles to match your color theme!

How to Make a Tabletop Fire PitDunn DIY
This is an excellent step-by-step tutorial that will leave you with a cute little tabletop fire pit! You can find a number of the materials needed—like plastic bowls, buckets, and cutting pliers, at Goodwill.

Prism Candle LightDIY Ready
These easy-to-do prism candle lights add just the right amount of ambient light to your outdoor seating to keep the conversation going as the sun sets. Most of the supplies can be easily found at Goodwill between the housewares and crafting aisles.

Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden BorderThe Greenbacks Gal
Have a garden area, but no border on it? Start saving those wine and beer bottles—and swing by Goodwill for some more. Check out the photos from The Greenbacks Gal to see how to turn glass bottles into your garden border.

Wind Chime ProjectsOutdoor Theme
Be sure to scroll through the photos at the bottom! Make a unique wind chime for your outdoor space with upcycled kitchen utensils, terra cotta pots, or bicycle gears!

DIY Citronella CandlesGarden Therapy
This is a borderline necessity for patios in the PNW—keep the mosquitos at bay! You can easily do this project in unique jars or bowls—and there is almost always an abundance of candles just waiting to be melted down and reworked at Goodwill.

Upcycled Garden Planters – HGTV & DIY Network
The two blogs above have a lot of similar (wonderful) ideas on objects that can be turned into your small-space garden—or an accent in a larger yard. Whoever thought of using a pair of heels as a planter? From birdcages to old chairs—if it can hold dirt (and let water drain), it can be a planter!

We’d love to see some of YOUR summertime DIY projects! Share them with us on Instagram by tagging @SeattleGoodwill and using the hashtag #GoodwillDIY. 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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