14 Fall DIYs Using Finds From Your Backyard
Your backyard’s got the goods.
I think most fall junkies would agree that decorating is one of the best parts of the season, but, unfortunately, it can get really expensive really fast. A wreath here, a centerpiece there and you’ve racked up a quite a price tag for those fall feels. Enter: your backyard and your DIY skills.
Fall is all about embracing the beautiful outdoors, so it’s the perfect time to step outside and collect whatever your backyard offers. Whether it’s leaves, sticks, moss or acorns, we have the perfect project for you. Check out 14 of our favorite fall decor DIYs incorporating backyard finds.
If You Have Leaves:
Fresh Leaf Wreath
This festive wreath is quick and simple to make, and it requires very few supplies other than fresh fallen leaves.
Make It: Colorful Fall Leaf Wreath
Napkins, Coasters and Place Cards
Make a Leaf Tapestry
Decorate your mantle or your favorite wall this autumn with an all natural leaf tapestry. Gather up your favorite fall leaves and press them until they are fully dry. Use removable adhesive to attach your dried, pressed leaves to the wall in overlapping rows. You can create a solid geometric shape, or space your leaves out at the top or bottom to give the illusion that they are falling.
Can you say statement art on the cheap? Gather leaves, and press them until dry. Use removable adhesive to attach them to a wall or permanent adhesive to attach them to a canvas. Arrange them in overlapping rows, and space them out appropriately to create the illusion that they're falling.
Metallic Magnolia Garland
Preserved magnolia leaves and acryllic paint combine to create this bohemian masterpiece.
Make It: Boho Magnolia Garland
Fall Harvest Centerpiece
Build this (reusable!) picket box, and fill it with found foliage and seasonal fruit.
Make It: Fall Centerpiece
If You Have Sticks, Stumps or Vines:
Natural Fall Mobile
Make a Leaf Mobile
Bring a bit of fall into your nursery, or any room that needs a touch of autumn hanging from the ceiling. Use your favorite fall colors to paint thick pieces of paper with washes of watercolor. Use lots of water and let the colors mix together. Once dry, cut leaf shapes out of the paper and poke a hole at one end. Find a beautiful branch and hang the leaves from it with varying lengths of thread. Hang your branch and let the leaves turn in the breeze.
Give your nursery some autumnal cheer with this adorable, DIY mobile. Cut out thick paper leaves and paint them with washes of watercolor. Find an adequately sized branch, and hang the leaves from it using thread.
An Upcycled Pumpkin
Create a beautiful piece of indoor or outdoor decor with a piece of plywood, a pile of sticks and some wood glue. Cut the plywood into a roughly pumpkin shape. Use wood glue to completely cover the plywood with rows of sticks. It's ok if the sticks hang over the edge of the wood a bit. Place weights on the sticks and let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. Trim the edges of the sticks and sand if necessary to create your refined pumpkin shape. Add a fabric leaf and display your pumpkin in your garden, beside your front door, or hang it on the living room wall.
Cut a pumpkin-shaped piece of plywood, and cover it with sticks using wood glue. Place weights on the sticks for 24 hours, and allow the glue to dry. Trim any outlying sticks, and hang or display your masterpiece wherever you please.
Tree Stump Vase
Flynnside Out Productions
Make your fall florals shine with this crafty vase made from a tree stump.
Make It: Organic Tree Stump Vase
If you're lucky enough to have vines growing in your backyard, this one's for you. (If not, you can always buy grapevine wreaths at a craft store.)
Make It: Grapevine Pumpkin
If You Have Moss:
Chartreuse reindeer moss gives this wreath its gorgeous texture and color.
If You Have Acorns or Pinecones:
Giant Decorative Acorns
Craft a Giant Acorn
Create your own giant acorns for extra large fall decorations this season. To create the body of your acorn you will need to find some wooden eggs shapes, or create your own with balloons and paper mache. Once you have the body you can decorate it by painting it, wrapping it with twine, or gilding it with gold leaf or glitter. Create your acorn cap by hot gluing natural elements around the top half of your acorn shape. We used acorn caps and layers of pinecone scales to create ours.
Wooden egg shapes create the bodies of these fun acorns. Gild or paint the wooden eggs for eye-catching acorns, or wrap them in twine for a more natural appearance. Create the giant acorn cap by hot gluing actual acorn caps or pinecone scales on the upper half of the shape.
Foraged Fall Findings Wreath
Found acorns and pinecones make up this ultra-festive, easy-to-make wreath.
Make It: Acorn and Pinecone Wreath
Acorns and Autumn
Create a wall grouping with fall flair by framing fall leaves, autumn-colored paper and sentiments that celebrate the season. You can also add a temporary touch of fall to any flat-fronted frame by hot gluing acorn tops to its surface. Design by Layla Palmer
Brown Paper Blossoms
Create large wall blossoms by cutting petals out of brown paper bags. Use museum putty to attach them to the wall in an organic pattern for a temporary, fun and festive look. Design by Destiny Alfonso
Attach a wooden box to the long side of an old window and fill with pumpkins, moss, fall flowers and berries from the craft store. Change out the floral elements seasonally for different looks. Design by Mandy Stansberry