Spending time in your backyard often means exposure — to the sun certainly, and often the curious gaze of your neighbors. Beat the heat and find some privacy with these DIY canopies, awnings and sun shades.
Sometimes it's as easy as stringing fabric from a couple of trees. This Bohemian shade from Frugal Living Adventures was dyed before it was strung, which adds to the project time, but creates a great relaxed summer feel.
Triangular shades are always a great option if you have the space for poles. HGTV added some style with a brightly colored border.
Patio umbrellas can be moved around as the sun moves across the sky. Sugar & Cloth added fringe for a retro feel that looks spectacular.
For right around $200 you can make this super stylish and functional awning structure for your backyard or patio, from VT Wonen. Here come a ton of outdoor meals!
If you have an outdoor structure already —like this pergola from A Beautiful Mess — add some DIY curtains on rods or cable wire to block the sun.