Article Written By: Allie Holcomb King
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:
1. Fresh Leaf Wreath
This festive wreath is quick and simple to make, and it requires very few supplies other than fresh fallen leaves.
2. Leaf Tapestry
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.
3.Metallic Magnolia Garland
Preserved magnolia leaves and acryllic paint combine to create this bohemian masterpiece.
4. Fall Harvest Centerpiece
Build this (reusable!) picket box, and fill it with found foliage and seasonal fruit.
If You Have Sticks, Stumps or Vines:
5.Natural Fall Mobile
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.
6. Stick Pumpkin
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.
7. Tree Stump Vase
Make your fall florals shine with this crafty vase made from a tree stump.
8. Grapevine 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 Acorns or Pinecones:
9. Giant Decorative Acorns
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.
10. Foraged Fall Findings Wreath
Found acorns and pinecones make up this ultra-festive, easy-to-make wreath