I've got to be honest:  I don't think I would try a single one of these ideas myself, even though they are pretty creative.  While researching a different topic, I recently found a list of ways to think outside the box and re purpose items you already have around the house.  This list of more than 50 backyard "life hacks" features something for everyone:  from kids to entertaining, gardening to landscaping.

Whether or not you actually use any of these ideas, the list itself can be a useful idea starter for your own backyard.

If you try something on this list and like it - comment below.  Or, feel free to add your own ideas to the list.