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10+ Cheap DIY Patio Paver Ideas for Your Backyard

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When the days are longer many of us naturally want to spend more time outdoors with our families and friends. If your backyard is in need of a makeover, these simple paver patio ideas are a great way to add a functional and defined outdoor entertaining, living or dining space.

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DIY Patio Paver Project Benefits

Affordable DIY patio paver ideas for renters and homeowners

A DIY patio paver project offers several benefits, making it a compelling idea for many homeowners. Here’s some of the reasons why you may want to consider upgrading your patio area or patio space with pavers. 

Cost Savings: One of the primary reasons DIY patio paver projects are attractive is the potential for significant cost savings. By sourcing materials smartly and doing the work yourself, you can avoid labor costs associated with hiring professionals.

Additionally, many DIY-friendly materials are less expensive than hiring contractors for custom installations. This also makes sense for small spaces where the cost per square foot can get cost prohibitive for smaller jobs. 

Customization: DIY projects allow for a high degree of customization. You have the freedom to choose the type of pavers, materials, different colors, patterns, and layout that perfectly suit your preferences and the design of your outdoor space.

This level of personalization can be hard to achieve with pre-made or professionally installed options.

Sense of Accomplishment: Completing a DIY patio paver project can be incredibly rewarding. Watching your vision come to life and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor to create an entire patio as the focal point of your backyard enhances your sense of pride and satisfaction in your home. (Plus you’ll save so much money!)

Learning Experience: Engaging in an outdoor living space DIY project is an opportunity to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience. Whether it’s mastering basic construction techniques, honing your patio design abilities, or understanding the principles of landscaping, you can acquire valuable knowledge that can be applied to future projects.

DIY paver patio using bricks and sand

Flexibility: DIY projects offer flexibility in terms of timing and execution and even patio materials. You can work on your patio at your own pace, fitting it around your schedule and budget constraints.

This flexibility allows you to adapt to any unforeseen challenges or changes along the way. I know sometimes for me my focus is on achieving the best results using the cheapest option I can afford, which inevitably results in putting in the elbow grease myself. 

Bonding Opportunity: For families or groups of friends, working together on a DIY patio project can be a fun and bonding experience. It provides an opportunity to spend quality time together while working towards a common goal, fostering a sense of teamwork and camaraderie.

Or if you’re like my husband and I, a DIY project like this would put your marriage to the test.

Increased Property Value: A well-designed and executed patio can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor space, consequently increasing the value of your property. By tackling the project yourself, you can achieve these benefits without the added expense of hiring professionals.

Overall, a DIY patio paver project offers a cost-effective, customizable, and rewarding way to improve your outdoor living area while gaining valuable skills and experiences in the process.

Affordable & Cheap Patio Paver Ideas You Can DIY

Good news: There are so many budget-friendly patio paver ideas that you’re sure to find the right pavers for your backyard or patio space. 

Affordable DIY patio paver ideas for homeowners and renters

Interlocking Patio Tiles (Renter friendly option): Look for interlocking patio tiles made from materials like wood, composite, or plastic. IKEA has a ton of outdoor tile and flooring options at affordable prices.

These tiles snap together without the need for adhesive or tools, creating a stable surface and paver option that can be easily disassembled and taken with you when you move.

This option is perfect for a small lounge area to achieve a modern look on a budget. 

Repurposed Brick Pavers: Hunt for old bricks from demolition sites, salvage yards, or online marketplaces or Facebook gardening groups. Clean them up using a power washer and lay them out in a pattern of your choice.

This method adds a rustic charm to your backyard patio. This method gives the appearance of worn, more natural look or cobblestone pavers at a fraction of the cost.

DIY patio made from wooden pallets

Wooden Pallets: Upcycle wooden pallets by dismantling them and using the planks as individual pavers. Arrange them tightly together and secure them to a sturdy base. Stain or paint the wood for added durability and aesthetics.

Stamped Concrete: This is a time intensive DIY project, but it’s a great way to get the look of natural stone or porcelain pavers at a fraction of the cost. Pour concrete into plastic paver molds and stamp it with a pattern or texture of your liking before it fully sets. 

I love the modern geometric look of this particular mold:

Concrete mold for DIY patio pavers

Rubber Pavers: Purchase recycled rubber pavers, which are lightweight, durable, and affordable. They come in various colors and styles, offering a budget-friendly alternative to traditional materials.

If you have a big area to cover, I’d recommend trying to find large pavers so that the scale matches the overall footprint of your patio space. This is also a great option if you expect heavy traffic or use of the space since it’s simple to hose off or use a leaf blower. 

Mulch and stepping stone patio near outdoor pool

Mulch and Stepping Stones: Lay down a base of weed barrier fabric to slow down weed growth and cover it with inexpensive mulch. Place stepping stones of different shapes strategically within the mulch to create a pathway effect. This option is simple, natural, and easy to customize.

Cinder Block Patio: Arrange cinder blocks in a grid pattern to form a sturdy base for your patio. Fill the hollow cores with gravel or soil for stability, and top them with inexpensive patio pavers, bricks, or even wood for a unique look.

Quarry Tile Patio: Quarry tiles and flagstone pavers are often inexpensive and come in various colors and sizes. Lay them directly onto a bed of sand or mortar for a classic and budget-friendly patio surface.

Pea gravel patio with firepit

Gravel Patio: Create a patio using a compacted gravel base and edge it with inexpensive plastic or metal landscape edging. This low-cost pea gravel option provides a casual and relaxed outdoor space– I’d recommend adding some string lighting poles (or tiki torches) as a finishing touch to help define and anchor the space.

Bonus: you have a paver base in the future if you want to add stepping stones to it or upgrade it further. 

DIY Concrete Pavers: Create your own concrete pavers using paver stone molds. Mix and pour concrete into the molds, and once cured, arrange them to form your patio. Customize the color and shape to suit your preferences. I love this flagstone concrete mold for a super high-end, custom natural stone look or this quatrefoil mold for a mediterranean vibe.

DIY Paver Pathway: Instead of creating a full patio, consider installing a DIY paver pathway using stepping stones or individual pavers. This allows you to enjoy a defined walkway in your outdoor space without making permanent alterations to the property. You can easily remove the pavers and fill in the gaps when you leave.

Decor Ideas for Enhancing Your DIY Paver Patio 

Once your patio is done, it’s time to enjoy your hardwork. Here’s some design ideas for adding style, function and visual appeal to your new outdoor space. 

Pea gravel patio with outdoor cafe string lights

Outdoor Torches: A Tiki Torch is a great way to add outdoor ambiance and lighting without the need for any electricity and you can also use bitefighter torch oil to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. You can also opt for solar torch lights if you’d prefer to not deal with needing torch fluid.

String lights: I love a good set of outdoor cafe style lights for a Parisian vibe! If you have electricity near your patio, I highly recommend these affordable weatherproof, commercial grade string lights. I also ADORE these solar powered outdoor cafe string lights, which we have and use near our hot tub.

outdoor cushion covers at an affordable price: black and white

Throw Pillows: add fun, colorful outdoor throw pillows or chair cushions to your seating for extra comfort and a pop of color. Make sure that whatever you buy has a waterproof fabric so you can enjoy for many seasons. 

If you have any cushions from Target, I highly recommend these outdoor cushion covers. They withstand our hot, humid Texas climate without too much care.

Coffee Table or Fire Pit: make sure you have a place for people to rest their food, drink or feet while enjoying your outdoor space. I love a fire pit that can double as a coffee table, like this affordable option

Flower Beds: if your space and budget allows, planting a few flower beds around your patio will add year round interest if you select flowers or plants native to your planting zone. I’d recommend evergreen or native perennials (which can help pollinators!) so that you don’t end up with sad vegetation in the winter. 

Side Tables: small spaces will benefit from side tables versus larger pieces like a coffee or dining table. I’d recommend using garden stools which easily stand-up to even the harshest of climates and can also be used as plant stands in a pinch. 

container garden ideas for a patio

Container Plants: I love a collection of container plants in matching or coordinating pots or planters. What if you don’t have a green thumb? I’d recommend getting some succulent arrangements or plants that are climate appropriate for a stress-free, low maintenance container garden.