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Spring Edit: Hot Outdoor Decor for Under $30

Welcome back to Spring Edit! After last week’s picnic gear recs, I’m now here to tell you the things to buy to spruce up your outdoor space! These recommendations are for outdoor spaces of any size and scope! Your backyard! Your sideyard! Your stoop! Your porch! Your fire escape! Your garage! Idk! Wherever you spend time outside! And if you have no outside space at all, these products also make perfect gifts for the friend whose yard you frequent. A lot of outdoor decor gets pricey, so I have tried to stick to a specific price point. All items are $30 or less.

Suncatchers ($13)

crystal suncatchers with moon, sun, and star shapes

Etsy is a treasure trove of suncatchers, which can be hung from trees or small shepherd hook plant poles.

Hanging Disco Planter ($16)

a hanging planter shaped like a disco ball

Another thing you can hang from shepherd hook poles! Also fwiw, these make cute indoor decor, too. I want to figure out a way to hang one in my kitchen.

Animal Wind Chimes ($30)

wind chimes shaped like little animals, including a hedgehog, a badger, a sloth, and an octopus


Terracotta Swirl Planter ($20)

a planter with a terracotta swirl pattern

A nice heavy-duty planter in a fun pattern or color does a lot for an outdoor space! Hardware stores and even grocery stores like Publix are also a great place for finding outdoor planters that aren’t going to break the bank! I won’t tell you what plant/tree/etc. to put in it, because it extremely depends on where you live and what your green thumb level is! But my favorite thing in our backyard is our meyer lemon tree.

Wicker Planter ($30)

wicker tabletop planter shaped like a cactus

If you are lucky enough to have a yard with a pool, this tabletop planter would look SO CUTE in a yard with a pool.

String Lights ($13)

pink string lights

They’re a classic for a reason! These Target ones are a little more fun than your typical outdoor string lights, coming in light pink or light blue options for a pop of color.

LED Micro Lights ($15)

LED Micro Lights

For a smaller space like a stoop or fire escape where large string lights won’t work, try some LED battery-operated microlights like these, but just be aware that you might have to move them or cover the battery box if they’re out in the open during inclement weather.

Glow in the Dark Mushroom Plant Pick ($20)

three glowing mushroom plant picks

Ethereal! Moody! Shroomy!

Hanging Citronella Candle ($26)

colorful candles with handles

I need 75 citronella candles around me at all times, because mosquitos simply love my blood. If you too are mosquito bait, then I must urge you to buy the Bug Bite Thing, which yes is the actual name of this weird little plastic suction tool that provides instant bug bite relief!!!!!

Very Large Citronella Candle ($30)

large ceramic candle

So those little colorful hanging ones I linked above are def cute, but if you want a citronella candle that’s really going to get the job done, we’re talking five-wick minimum.

Outdoor Tabletop Torch ($9)

outdoor tabletop tiki torch in blue and white pattern

These are a little more simple than installing full-on tiki torches, and if your space is too small for a fire pit, these provide nice flame vibes without taking up too much space or being a whole production! I found an even cheaper and smaller $5 option for wee outdoor spaces!

Ceramic Side Table ($28)

a ceramic tile side table in yellow, orange, and blue

This is a very good price for something like this!

MINNIDIP Splash Pad ($30)

a minidip splash pad shaped like a palm leaf

I believe these splash pads from the trendy inflatable kiddie pool company MINNIDIP are advertised as being mainly for babies and dogs, but who says they can’t also be for hot girls? I will very soon be setting up my very own splash pad to post up on with a canned bubbly drink and proving my point.

Large Ice/Drink Tub ($19)

a large metal ice tub full of drinks and ice

Always good to have something like this on hand if you do any entertaining in your outdoor space. They’re less cumbersome than a full-size outdoor cooler! And here’s a white oval version if that fits your look better.

Outdoor Floor Mat ($25)

an outdoor rug with a sunrise pattern

Sun rug!!! Quite literally brighten up your space. Or how about this cactus reversible rug!

Outdoor Throw Pillow ($30)

a yellow pillow with suns on it

And how about a bright sun pillow to go with that rug!

Spring Edit is a miniseries all about giving your life a little refresh for warmer weather.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. The way my brain stumbled over “small shepherd hook plant poles”, which was an entirely new combination of words for me, instantly took me back to the internet classic “man door hand hook car door” and I thought it was on purpose for a second.

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