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20 DIY Picnic Table Ideas to Build this Summer

Build your own outdoor living space with one of these creative DIY picnic table ideas!

20 DIY Picnic Table Ideas

Nothing says summer quite like a picnic in the backyard! We've been using a cheap IKEA dining table and chairs on our deck for years, but it might not survive the whole season. I've been researching unique picnic table ideas, so I'll be ready to build when our current table bites the dust!

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I was surprised by how many different styles of picnic tables there are out there! There's the traditional one-piece set, or you can make detached benches instead. Mix up the base depending on your skill level, then make a miniature version for the kids!

One benefit of building your own picnic table is that you can customize the size to fit your space perfectly, just by altering the length of the top. Many of these tutorials include free woodworking plans so you can print them off, adjust the cut list to suit, and get right to work!

DIY Picnic Table Ideas

Mini Picnic Tables

Don't forget about the kids! Make them a pint size picnic table for eating, drawing and playing outdoors. This is a great opportunity to add a fun pop of color to the backyard with bright colors that you normally wouldn't see in a larger set.

I've even found travel sized picnic tables that can be used on a blanket in the grass, or a tiny picnic tables for squirrels!

Which one of these DIY picnic tables is your favorite? Mention it below in the comments to help me decide which one to choose!

collage of four DIY picnic tables


Saturday 25th of July 2020

All DIY ideas are amazing and this squirrel picnic table is really very cute.


Monday 2nd of July 2018

OMG, I love these picnic tables, they are fabulous. Hard to say which I love best.

Jann Olson

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

So many fun picnic tables! My favorite is the white washed farmhouse one. Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Sunday 10th of June 2018

So glad I saw this post on the Dream Create Inspire Link up this week. We are looking for a new table for our screen porch and you included some great finds.

Marie | DIY Adulation

Friday 8th of June 2018

I love all of these. I don't know how I'll pick which one to make. Each one is awesome in its own way. I can totally get away with making 2 if one is for the kiddos, right? Lol! Thanks for sharing your round up with us at Merry Monday this week!

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