A pergola is one of the very best ways to incorporate shade wherever needed into your yard. Though they require quite a bit of time to install, they’ll provide your family members with shade all year long. To make a DIY pergola like the one pictured below, head to Bless My Weeds for a full tutorial. Her tutorial is the only one I used when building my own pergola, and the results turned out fantastic. When your pergola is finished, simply string sheets, drop cloths, or other materials through the rafters for some much-needed backyard shade. This is one of my favorite DIY backyard shade screens!