Beautify your balcony cheaply - 6 creative ideas for the small budget

With the right ideas, your balcony becomes an outdoor living room. You can do that even with little money. You just have to be a little creative.

Anyone who has an apartment in the city usually longs for a small patch of green where they can really relax and enjoy the sun. Unfortunately, not everyone can count themselves lucky to own a garden. You can be really happy when your own apartment has a balcony. Here you can also let the sun shine on your nose and enjoy the warm temperatures.

Of course, it only works with feeling good and relaxing when the balcony is comfortably furnished. But that doesn't mean that you have to buy expensive lounge furniture and extravagant decorative items to make it comfortable on the balcony. You don't actually have to invest a lot of money. If you are a little talented in craftsmanship, you can conjure up a beautiful living room outdoors with little money. Here are a few ideas and suggestions.

You can do it all yourself

❶ Balcony furniture made from Euro pallets

Assembled quickly for little money Anyone who thinks that balcony furniture is always made of poly rattan or aluminum and must therefore be bought accordingly is extremely wrong. You can also easily make balcony furniture yourself - for example from wooden pallets. At the moment that is absolutely the trend anyway. Not only because garden furniture made from wooden pallets has something very special, but also because they are also cheap to manufacture.

In principle, you only need a few screws, foam and pillow cases. You can also sew the covers yourself. In this video you can see how the whole thing is assembled.

❷ Privacy protection

Protection from prying eyes If you want to keep prying eyes away from the street, you have to disguise the balcony railing. This works best, e.g. with bamboo mats. You can get 1.5 x 4 meters at Amazon e.g. for just 14.95 euros. If you like it more natural, you can also plant taller flowers or shrubs in pots and then put them on the ground.

If the balcony railing consists of a kind of grid, you can of course also use trellis plants such as Use the pipe winch. Here are more ideas for privacy screens for the balcony.

❸ mini pond

Conveniently designed mini pond for the balcony In summer it's the nicest thing to sit by the water. If you can't always do it in time, you can bring the water home. In the form of a mini pond for the balcony. You don't even need much for that. Just a mason bucket, gravel, stones, pond pots and aquatic plants.

  1. Take the mason bucket and fill a layer of gravel on the bottom. Then come on white pebbles, because they look particularly beautiful.
  2. Now pick up pond pots and fill them on the bottom with the white stones. Then put the pond plants on top and fill the rest with the stones. So the pond plants stay in place.
  3. Now you can position the pond plants in the bucket and then fill them with water. The mini pond is ready.
  4. If you like, you can still place plants around the pond, so that it is not immediately visible that it is a mason bucket. You can also dress it up with a cut bamboo mat or jute fabric.

Alternatively, you can create a mini pond in the barrel. You can find out how to do this here.

❹ Fruit crate shelf

Combine and vary yourself! Next time you go shopping, keep an eye out for wooden fruit boxes. These are usually thrown away. So just ask if you could have it. The same applies to wine boxes. Then you can stack them on a wall of the balcony and you have created a great wall shelf. You can also screw individual fruit boxes onto the wall. If you like, you can color the boxes beforehand.

❺ Canned flower pots

Create your own flower pots with little money Of course you don't have to buy flower pots either. You can easily make them yourself from cans. Wash out cans, dry well and then paint or spray with paint. There are no limits to your imagination in the design. With small means it is quickly and easily possible to make your balcony or terrace cozy and still cheap.

❻ Canned lanterns / mason jars

Simple but decorative: lanterns made of mason jars You can also conjure lanterns out of the cans. To do this, you need to use a cordless screwdriver and drill holes or a pattern in the cans. Then design in color and the lanterns are ready. You can find out exactly how the whole thing is done here.

You can also use mason jars and turn them into lanterns. Simply decorate the glasses with napkin technology, paint or ice spray. You can also cover them with shells or artificial flowers. Just let your imagination run wild.


As you can see, you don't need a lot of money to comfortably furnish the balcony. You just have to be a little creative. Then you can even design a complete garden with little money or bring it back into shape. After winter there is always a lot to do here. You can find a few ideas for little money that you can use to make your green oasis fit for the spring season here, for example, compiled by the smava editorial team. On the other hand, you can find many creative ideas on how to make garden decorations yourself on Pinterest.