Gravel patios are easy to construct, and they are an inexpensive way to create an outdoor space. It is a good idea to first decide on the size of the patio and the shape you want. Make sure it is big enough for all your furniture. Measure and mark the boundary on the lawn with spray paint.
Pick a material you want to use for edging and set aside; brick works well, but the choices are limitless. If there are any shrubs or plants you want to save, transplant them. Dig out any stones and cut any roots that are in the way. Dig down 2½ inches (the thickness of the brick; the depth will be a factor of what you want to use for edging) and level the dirt with the back of a rake.
Weed Barrier Cloth
Weed barrier cloth is available at home improvement and hardware stores and will keep unwanted plants from springing up. Cover the entire area, being careful not to rip the material. Install the edging. Then pour pea gravel, small round stones, also found at home improvement stores, into the area and spread evenly. Tamp down using the back of a shovel. Install your patio furniture and enjoy.