Garden Structures

Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.

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  • How to Build a Garden Arbor

    You can build this stylish, arched garden arbor with a swing in only a couple of days—it’s way easier than it looks.

  • 12 DIY Flower Towers

    Add some color to your patio, garden or deck with a vertical garden. Whether you have a lot of space or just a tiny balcony, here are 12 DIY…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • DIY Butterfly House

    Invite beautiful butterflies to your backyard with this very simple butterfly house project.

  • Build a Garden Archway

    You can make this garden trellis from just $25 of steel rebar. And you won’t have to weld a thing. We’ll show you how to bend the…

  • How to Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden

    Build a unique, natural-looking garden trellis for your climbing flowers and vines using standard copper water pipe. This long-lasting copper…

  • Reader Project: Classic Garden Bench

    Dan Kemper sent us a photo of his version of the Classic Garden Bench, originally published in the April 2016 issue of The Family Handyman.…

  • Red-Hot Workshop

    Here are Illustrations, details and a Materials List for the Red-Hot Workshop project that appeared in the February 2008 issue, page 58, of The…

  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB board) vs. Plywood

    OSB and plywood can both be used for walls, floors and roofs, but there are some differences between them. Here’s a rundown of the…

  • Screen House Plans

    Inspired by classic north woods cabins, this cedar screen house is the perfect summer hangout. Complete plans and detailed how-to photos show…

  • How to Build a Campfire Bench

    This simple, sturdy campfire bench is perfect for the back yard or cabin. Build it with your kids this weekend and it’ll last for their…

  • How to Build an Outdoor Living Room

    Turn your patio or deck into a comfortable, protected outdoor room. This DIY-friendly design features exposed, natural wood beams and…


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