Nature Inspired DIY Ideas for the Home

P1340161When it comes to home decor, I love to create a serene, nature inspired space– natural wood, zen-like rocks, and outdoor inspired decor is my favorite. I also love DIY projects, and I’ve been pinning away on my Pintrest boards for the past two years while I’ve been abroad, waiting for the opportunity to have my own space so that I can flex my DIY muscles. Now that Scott and I have finally moved into our own place (yay!!), I get to begin trying some of these DIY projects I’ve gathered over the past few years!

Of course, since it’s the holiday season, I haven’t had too much time to try these projects out, but I still wanted to share them with you. I plan to do each of these DIY’s in the future, so I’ll update this post as I do. In the meantime, I hope this provides you with some inspiration! You can always follow me on Pintrest to see all my ideas (and trust me, there’s a lot!).

1. Use river rocks to create a zen bathmat

stone bath mat diy
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I love this idea– use smoothed river rocks to create a bathmat or welcome mat for outside. You can use this DIY to create your own, all you’ll need is a rubber mat, river rocks, and adhesive. I’ll probably use a sealer over the top of my mat to protect the stones a bit more.

While you’re at it, why not create more, like these stone hot pads?

river rock diy

2. Use sticks and twigs to make unique home decor

I love the simplicity of these wall hangings. You can collect sticks and twigs on a hike and use them to create beautiful one-of-a-kind wall hangings like these:

sticks welcome sign
Learn to make this welcome frame on remade simple blog

diy branch wall art

twig art
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You can even use the branches to create something functional, like a coat rack…

twig coat rack
DIY by Ali Does It

… or candle holders

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3. Make a bowl using sand

How awesome is this bowl?! There’s no official DIY for this project that I could find, but this article has lots of ideas in the comment section. I’ll update when I try it myself!

sand bowl

4. Design some pallet furniture

After seeing some inspiration photos on Pintrest and stumbling upon the website 101 Pallet Ideas, I knew I HAD to make some pallet furniture. Not only does it have a cool, natural vibe, but pallets are FREE! What’s not to love about some free furniture?!

Scott and I (okay, mostly Scott) made our new bed using this inspiration photo:

pallet bed

And here’s what we came up with:

pallet bed

The best part of this bed is that we get tons of added storage with it. We put it a little higher than the original so that we could fit storage containers underneath on top of the additional storage between the pallets.


5. Make art using leaves

I love the idea of creating artwork using leaves- they’re always unique and sometimes can remind you of a special place. I plan on pressing some leaves I collected in Japan to make a wall hanging like this:

pressing leaves
See the DIY on Wit and Whistle

You could also use leaves with interesting shapes in the following way to create one-of-a-kind wall hangings:


6. Turn your bedroom into a mountain paradise

How amazing are these walls?! And believe it or not, I don’t think this project is too hard to acheive- it’s something I do on canvas paintings often. Unfortunately, I won’t know until I own my own place instead of renting, but maybe you want to do this in your own space? Maybe a nature-inspired bedroom or nursery?

mountain walls
Get the DIY from Apartment Therapy

Have you tried any of these ideas? Let me know what you think! If you’d like to see more, follow me on Pintrest for more ideas and inspiration!

2 thoughts on “Nature Inspired DIY Ideas for the Home”

  1. I love these DIY ideas for home. I like everything that you have done. I am totally inspired with your work. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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