A sail shade is among the easiest DIY sun-blockers you can make. All it takes is a triangular-cut piece of fabric with eyelets punched in the corners. Use strong twine or rope to attach the shade to poles, the side of the house, or nearby trees.
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Piece of Paradise
Motorized retractable awnings are pricey. Rather than splurging on this amenity, opt for a screen that you can easily adjust yourself.
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Lovely Lattice Light
Just because you're seeking some shade in your backyard, doesn't mean you want your entire patio covered. This DIY from The Created Home shades just a corner of the yard or patio and creates a romantic setting for some mood lighting—and it's budget friendly.
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You don’t need to invest in expensive outdoor curtains to add a little shade to your pergola. Kate, from Centsational Style, shares an easy DIY using canvas tarps for sturdy shades. Simple, affordable, and still attractive—just what everyone wants.
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Simple DIY Shade
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