How to Make a Small Cheap Backyard Gazebo

A gazebo is a stylish landscape feature for backyards and gardens, providing a shaded peaceful retreat from the summer sun. Gazebos can shelter hot tubs, picnic or patio furniture or baskets of hanging plants and flowers. Homeowners can install large, elaborate screened gazebos or build small inexpensive backyard structures. With pre-cut wooden parts and some simple tools, you can build a cheap backyard gazebo to enjoy all summer long.

Build an inexpensive backyard gazebo in a weekend.

Measure a 10-foot by 10-foot area and mark the corners.

Dig a hole 2-½ feet deep at each corner with a post hole digger.

Put six inches of gravel into each hole.

Set a landscape post in the center of each hole and fill it in with cement. Brace the posts by nailing or screwing two of the 4-inch pieces of 1-inch by 1-inch wood to each post at the 3-foot mark, horizontally, and on opposite sides of the post. Set the 3-foot lengths of wood firmly against the posts, one end under a 4-inch piece and one end on the ground, and check to make sure the posts are straight and level. Let the cement dry for 24 hours.

Screw the 10-foot long support boards horizontally to the outside of the posts at the bottom and top of the posts to frame the gazebo.

Screw two pieces of lattice to the outside corners of each post.

Lay the last three pieces of lattice on top of the gazebo across the support boards, spaced evenly, and screw them into place.