Creating your dream backyard shouldn’t break the bank. With a few of these ideas, you can have an outdoor space that’s comfortable, looks great and is perfect for entertainment. Get your backyard summer ready with these thrifty ways to build a backyard oasis.

Get creative with lighting

You can create a different atmosphere just by adding a few lights. Grab some mason jars or other glass jars, add LED battery-operated lights and hang from trees or together using rope.

Privacy garden

For an affordable and space-efficient idea for building your backyard oasis, create a vertical garden. Having a vertical garden not only can help with privacy from neighbors but can also provide a nice transition between your oasis and your yard.

Add an area rug

You easily can create a cozy outdoor space on a budget with an outdoor rug. Adding an area rug is a quick way to show off your style, pull the outdoor room together, all with the added benefit of covering cracks or unpleasant stains.


You can find tons of entertainment items at your local Goodwill, from books to entertain yourself to games to turn your backyard into a rec center that entertains all ages. One idea is to find a large white sheet and a projector and have a movie night.


If you are fortunate to find outdoor furniture at your local Goodwill, grab it. Like most furniture, outdoor offerings sell fast. No matter what you find, even weathered pieces can be refinished or restored by adding a fresh coat of paint and some cushions.

Seating space

You’d be surprised at how much pops of color can change the entire look of your backyard. Grab some bright pillows to swap out with the seasons.

Building your backyard oasis can be easy and affordable when you shop Goodwill. Don’t worry if you can’t find everything you need for your perfect backyard; we put out thousands of new items at each location daily so check back often.