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Furnishing your outdoor space and your home can be really pricey. Believe me, I know. When we moved into our home, we only had enough furniture for a couple of rooms and no budget to create an outdoor living space. I wish I had found these cinder block ideas and projects then! Whether you are looking to save money or simply change up your current outdoor space, these beautiful, creative, functional, and budget-friendly cinder block DIY projects are a great start for furnishing your outdoor space!

There are so many different ways to use cinder blocks I bet you've never thought of before.

Simple Cinder Block Ideas and Projects for the Home

1. Awesome Cinder Block Bench

“Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.” –Torrie T. Asai

If you put your mind to it, you could probably create darn near anything out of cinder blocks. I love this cinder block furniture project for its simplicity. It’s so creative and colorful! Add a simple outdoor bench to your garden. There’s no need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on patio furniture when you can create fun, practical pieces with cinder blocks and wooden posts. The bright and bold colors they chose for this one are fantastic. It livens up space (great for your side or front porch) and you really don’t pay much attention to what the bench is actually made from unless you really look. I also love how you use the cinder blocks to hold things like plants. How fun!

This colorful and creative cinder block bench is amazing.

2. Crafty Cinder Block Solid Bench

Here’s a home decor, some cool cinder block garden ideas for the thrifty mom. If you don’t have the extra posts laying around, or perhaps just have an extra-large number of cinder blocks,  try this concrete block bench that was built for only $30! The cushion is quite simple to make and you could get fabric in any color or style as long as it’s an outdoor fabric. The cinder block portion could be painted to blend into the surroundings or stand out if you didn’t want to leave them their natural color.

This crazy fun and inexpensive bench idea is great if you don't have much to work with.

3. Build Your Outdoor Kitchen

Fact. You can create an entire outdoor kitchen for under $1,000 by setting up a huge eating area with cinder blocks or cement blocks. The cool part about this is you can put it together one way and if you don’t like it you can simply rearrange it. it’s extremely easier than paying a contractor to come and remodel your permanent outdoor kitchen. This also makes it great if you need to reconfigure your space for parties or events in your yard. Again, the building materials such as paint (you may use spray paints) could be added, and you could liven up the kitchen with fun decor and your favorite wood table tops.

This cinder block outdoor bar is a great DIY project that is budget friendly.

4. Amazing Cinder Clock Patio Planters

Ok, this tutorial is now on my list! Creative blogger Kristin made a concrete succulent planter that also doubles as a bar. Talk about multi-functional! And the plants really soften up the look of the concrete so that it’s not overly industrial. The dimension the block design adds to space is great, and again, it could be painted and your flower choices are so variating the possibilities are endless. Use cinder blocks as vase, outdoor bar, or cute garden walls!

These cinder block planters are amazing, adding not only a creative place to put your patio plants but also a table ledge space.

5. Inexpensive Outdoor Fire Pit

Who needs a cinder block fire pit this summer? That’s a trick question, everyone does. Put two rows of cinder blocks over a platform of pavers, and you’ve got yourself a DIY fire pit that’s perfect for your summer outdoor fireplace bonfires. The cool part to using cinder blocks is how you can make it as large or small as you’d like. If you have a larger family, make a larger pit. If your area is smaller, no problem. Customize it how you like.

This cinder block fire pit is a clever way to have a fun inexpensive space outside.

6. Homemade Cinder Block Side Table

In college, this would have been a go-to, cheap solution to furniture when living on a budget, but now this modern industrial look is actually making a name for itself in the design world. Stack two cinder blocks vertically and one horizontally to create this simple DIY nightstand for your bedroom. The open spaces of the cinder blocks make great cubbies for storing books and the top is the perfect height.

This is a fantastic home made cinder block side table idea.

7. Brilliant Bed Frame Idea

Isn’t this concrete block bed frame genius? Think of all the under-bed storage you’ll have! Like I mentioned before, this industrial look is really turning heads nowadays. You can easily increase or decrease the size of the bed frame to fit the needs of the bed you have. The only problem you may have with this project is trying not to stub your toes in the middle of the night.

This is a great DIY cinder block bed frame idea, you can build it to fit any bed size.

8. Best Cinder Garden Bed Project

Cinder blocks are pretty perfect for creating a raised garden bed wherever you need one, in any size you’d like or need. You not only have the space inside the garden bed but the holes in the blocks can be used to plant as well. Paint the blocks, if you’d like, to brighten up your garden. These DIY conder block planter and flower beds are so cool!

Customize your garden beds by using this great cinder block idea as your planter boxes.

9. Fun and Functional Home Entertainment Center

The cinder block entertainment center is gorgeous! We love that it’s versatile enough that you can make it as big or as small as you’d like, and you can customize your storage containers based on the size. The wood complements the industrial feel of the brick, and you could add as many shelves as you’d like, with spacing for nearly everything.

What a way to upcycle cinder blocks into a wood and rock looking entertainment center.

10. Backyard Decorative Planters

What better way to display your patriotism for the 4th of July or all year round than with this stars and stripes planter? This would be a fantastic project for the kids. You could make several sets of these and place them around your patio or yard. They add a fun bit of character to your landscaping. I love that you could plant flowers or veggies in these and they would still look amazing.

These colorful red, white, and blue painted cinder blocks are a festive way to reuse your blocks for the holidays.

11. Backyard Cinder Block Bird Home

A cinder block birdhouse is a great addition to your yard or garden if you want to attract some pretty birds for birdwatching. This project is perfect because you can either hang it or stick it up high on a post or tree. The weight of the cinder block allows it to stay where you put it. You can paint this little project and really add whatever character you’d like to it. Sprinkle a little birdseed and watch your new songbird tenants start to arrive.

Who knew you could DIY a creative an easy birdhouse out of a cinder clock.

12. Perfect Patio Decor

Create a stackable sculpture that you can change out according to the seasons. Isn’t it beautiful staged with the pumpkins? When it’s not a holiday, or if you just want to change things up, you could put plants or lanterns in place of festive decor. If you are having a party, this would be a great area to decorate according to a theme. What I really love about this one is that if you don’t have much outdoor lighting, the candle idea they use here is great to add that soft lighting to your atmosphere. I could see this bringing just the right ambiance to a date night on the patio.

This cinder block fixture is a clever way to add some soft lighting to your patio area with you don't have lights.

13. Genius Backyard BBQ

No budget for a big grill? No problem! Make a concrete block grill on the fly anywhere you need to for only $3. You read that right, $3! Sure a fancy grill that can do 100 different things and cook your steak in 15 different ways at once is pretty awesome. But, when it comes down to it, getting the job done doesn’t have to be a huge project! Simple and tasty!

Check out this awesome alternative to an outside grill, using cinder blocks.

14. Creative Planter Stand and Storage

Looking for a way to show off your potted plants? I always feel like I have more plants than ground space to stick them. Make a quick planter stand to display and store your potted plants with cinder blocks.  These blocks are great for withstanding the elements, they fit just about anywhere, and they come in so many designs and sizes they can look good just by themselves. If you like a little color or flare though, jazz it up by painting each level a different color!

Cinder Blocks make great storage cubbies and planter stands for your outdoor space.

15. Custom Kitchen Table Design

Cinder blocks and some wooden planks nailed together to make a functional and gorgeous dining room table. What a terrific solution for those with limited space for a table. (Photo uploaded by Pinterest user Heather Toledo.) The joy in this design is that it is kind of a one-size-all deal. You can build the table to suit your space, or simply disassemble it to make more space if needed. You could always paint the blocks or keep them their original tones, whichever suits you best. We can already imagine what a conversation starter this will be next time you have friends over. Watch out though, they may want your help making them one.

How clever is this cinder block table leg idea? Easily use decorative cinder blocks to stick under a custom table top in your kitchen.

So are you as excited as we are to go out and find some cinderblocks to use at your house as we are? You really can get as creative as you want with these, that is what makes using them so great. Which of these fun projects are you going to jump at trying first, because we know you can’t just do one of them.

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College of different ways to use cinderblocks around the house, such as the kitchen table, bed frame, and entertainment center.

Which of these DIY cinder block ideas have you tried in your home?