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By Alesandra Dubin

You don’t need a sprawling backyard to have space that feels like a tranquil sanctuary. From super simple to more advanced, these five projects offer creative ideas for transforming your small outdoor area — even a deck or patio! — on a budget.

Tiered herb garden

Decor and the Dog

A tiered garden is ideal for a small space, and planting herbs allows your little garden to double as a fragrant source for recipe ingredients, too. "Décor and the Dog" has the tutorial.

Outdoor coffee table

A Place to Nest

Some lumber and a large metal bucket is all you need to DIY your own outdoor coffee table. The tutorial from "A Place to Nest" is simple, affordable, and a perfect starting point for a comfy backyard seating group. Find the tutorial here.

Small fire pit

Blue Eyed Dove

Imagine s’mores or late-night chats around a petite, conversation-starting fire pit you made yourself! The "Blue Eyed Dove’s" how-to starts with a flower pot — so choose one as minimalist or decorative as you like. Learn how to create one here.

Raised cedar garden beds

Ana White

For just about $10 and with a 20-minute investment, a competent DIY-er can create a raised cedar bed with Ana White’s how-to.

Pondless waterfall

All Things Heart and Home

A backyard waterfall is a multi-sensory pleasure: pretty to look at, and so soothing to hear. "All Things Heart and Home" created one using mainly readily available supplies from a big-box retailer. Check out the tutorial here.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of the lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.