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

Learn how to turn those fallen leaves into a glorious wreath celebrating the arrival of Autumn.

DIY: Colorful Fall Leaf Wreath

Learn how to turn those fallen leaves into a glorious wreath celebrating the arrival of Autumn.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

This festive wreath is quick and simple to make, and it requires very few supplies other than fresh fallen leaves.

Napkins, Coasters and Place Cards

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Leaf Tapestry

fall leaf tapestry

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

Magnolia Leaves Hanging From Homemade Garland

DIY Fall Magnolia Garland

With nature as your inspiration, create this pretty, slightly bohemian magnolia garland to soften up any outdoor living space.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Preserved magnolia leaves and acryllic paint combine to create this bohemian masterpiece.

Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Bring some fall flair to your table with this easy centerpiece.

Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Bring some fall flair to your table with this easy 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

leaf 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.

Stick Pumpkin

pumpkin art

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

DIY Tree Stump Vase

DIY Tree Stump Vase

This crafty, organic vase is a lovely way to take your floral arrangements to the next level.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Make your fall florals shine with this crafty vase made from a tree stump.

Grapevine Pumpkin


twiggy pumpkin

twiggy pumpkin

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.)

If You Have Moss:

Mossy Wreath

Chartreuse reindeer moss gives this wreath its gorgeous texture and color.

If You Have Acorns or Pinecones:

Giant Decorative Acorns

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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

It only took 5 items to make this simple fall wreath. Take a peek and see how you can make your own.

Fall Findings Wreath

It only took 5 items to make this simple fall wreath. Take a peek and see how you can make your own.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Found acorns and pinecones make up this ultra-festive, easy-to-make wreath.

Next Up

Go Boho With a Metallic Magnolia Garland for Fall

With nature as your inspiration, create this beautiful, bohemian magnolia garland to soften up any outdoor living space during the autumnal months.

How to Make a Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat

Ready to spruce up your front porch for fall? Get creative with this DIY doormat. It's fun to make, and your design options are endless.

Bring a Modern Touch to a Dried Corn Wreath

Add a modern twist to a traditional, fall grapevine wreath with felted ball stems, an abstract yarn pattern and classic flint corn.

Make a Pom-Pom Wreath in Fall's Hottest Hues

Who doesn't love a pretty DIY wreath? This oversized pom-pom wreath is easy to make and looks so good you'll want to keep it up year-round.

Turn a Wooden Stool Into a Party Beverage Station

This easy, DIY beverage station is not only cute and functional, it's upcycling genius.

6 Simple + Pretty Garden Projects to Tackle This Fall

Cool temps and gardening: a match made in heaven. 

DIY Trash Pumpkin: Turn Your Garbage Into This Unique Farmhouse-Style Decoration

This pumpkin is giving major cottagecore and farmhouse vibes, but it’s actually made from your trash! Save a plastic bag from the landfill and turn it into this rustic Halloween or Thanksgiving DIY trash pumpkin.

Creative Ways to Decorate With Branches and Leaves This Fall

Embrace a more rustic approach with your seasonal decor.

6 YouTube Videos to Watch If You Can't Get Enough Fall

Grab your #PSL and step inside these decked-out fall homes -- virtually!

Our Favorite Sheepskin Decor for Fall

As far as we're concerned, you can never have too much sheepskin in your life.

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