How To: Create Shady Spaces Around Your Home

Summer is heating up and the out-of-doors is calling your name to come out and play! As we race out into the backyard full of sunshine, there also exists the jockeying for that coveted spot of shade—a respite from the heat and sometimes glaring golden rays. If you are lucky, your yard may include the shade from a mature tree. You know—the one you can climb on or swing from. And if you don’t there are more than just a few ways to create shady spaces around your home. Beyond the typical wood patio cover structure, pergolas or the freestanding umbrella from your local home improvement store, we found some real shady ways, thanks to the Garden Glove Blog, to dress up and cover up in the backyard, using sun protective fabric in clever, contemporary and aesthetically pleasing ways.


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You can’t get a much simpler and shady DIY project than this one! Using an existing wood patio cover structure, the crafty’s at Anything Pretty purchased everyday painter’s canvas, wove it through the wood slats creating a fantastically frugal way to create some shade! Add in a few strands of outdoor lighting making that the punctuation mark on this DIY project! What do you think—clever?


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So you don’t have that already existing patio cover or pergola handy? This idea is a double DIY, easy weekend project. Kind of a modern day teepee where the whole family can gather to create it, then get in it!. You will need to Translate Google for this one from our Dutch neighbors, vtwonen, or just follow along with their great images of the process. The supplies are basic and easily purchased from any home improvement type store. Chickens not included.


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Hang it your way with shade sails! An extremely versatile product that comes in various shapes, sizes and colors. How you hang them is left up to your imagination. They can be hung at varying heights and angles. Try overlapping them for more enhanced aesthetics. No construction necessary, and there are a few tricks of the trade! Luckily the folks at Garden Glove have taken the mystery out of this shady project—just follow along right here with them!


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“Sliding Shades” from HGTV designer Jamie Durie, that will bring a contemporary Asian feel to your backyard oasis! A very clever use of fabric wrapped artist canvas, suspended by wire through eye hooks. Simple and elegant, clean, contemporary with functional flexibility for passing the shade—please! Instructions not included, and we are confident that you are clever enough to figure it out.

Wishing you a summer filled with tons of sunshine and shady spaces!