Budget Friendly Ways to Decorate With Nature

Save money, use sticks and stones and other natural elements to give your home décor that trendy natural look.

By: Joanne Palmisano
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Clematis Ladder

Driftwood and twine are all you need to create a charming trellis for your climbing plants to ascend. Tie each piece of wood separately to keep the ladder from twisting.

Stick Vase

A walk in the woods will never be the same after you make a vase from all the twigs you collected. Cut the twigs to similar height and then paint them white. Hot glue the twigs to a glass or plastic jar. The glue may not hold for long, so once you have the twigs where you want them, wrap twine or rope around the whole thing for a more permanent hold, and a adorable touch.

Pencil Holder

A tree stump full of colored pencils makes an eye-catching display. Use a drill bit slightly larger than the pencils. Apply a little spray sealer to the top and bottom of the stump to help preserve it.

Patriotic Wreath

On your next shoreline stroll, collect as much driftwood as possible so you can make this star-spangled wreath. Take a look at the step-by-step instructions >>

Key Rack

Never lose your keys again with this birch-branch wall frame. Create a simple wooden frame with some 1x2 pine boards or use a store-bought shadowbox. Measure and cut some branches to size and then use a finish nail at the top and bottom of the frame to hold the branches in place.

Log Slice Coffee Table

This pair of accent tables was made using rough-cut lumber and old metal chair legs. If you’re using found lumber, you’ll have to let it dry out for a while, maybe up to a few months (they may crack, and that is okay). Use that time to locate some cool table bases like these old office chair legs. When the logs are sufficiently dried out, sand them smooth and apply a coat or two of wax.

Rock Out a Place Setting

Put your rock painting skills to use by making pretty place cards for your next dinner party. Use a paint marker to write each guests’ name and then add some flowers. You will need to go over it a few times or seal the stone first with polyurethane or shellac so the paint won’t seep in.

Driftwood Coat Rack

Turn a sturdy piece of driftwood into a bohemian-style coat rack. Use rope to create straps and then drill into the top of the wood to sink in some large S hooks. This rack is perfect for the mudroom or in the bathroom.

Hollow Log Planter

Create a unique planter or flower container with a log slice that has gone rotten on the inside. Clean the slice well with a bleach and water solution to get rid of any critters or bugs. Let it completely dry. Add a round piece of plywood to the bottom and screw in place. Then insert a plant in its container. You can also add rocks underneath the log to act as feet.

Birch Bark Wreath

Perfect for every season, this wreath was made from birch bark that was collected from already fallen trees. Do not take bark off live trees, or if you don’t have birch trees in your area, you can buy the bark online. The bark easily attaches to a round wooden wreath form with hot glue. Start on the outer edge and work your way in.

A Heart With Sticking Power

Bring some outdoor love inside by creating a driftwood heart. Cut a piece of foam board into a heart shape; make it a couple inches thick on top and narrow it down to about one inch on the bottom. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere the driftwood onto the foam board. Try a variety of shapes; a fish, a boat or even a whale would lend a nautical touch to your decor.

Birch Table Base

Save some of those gorgeous pieces of birch logs from your wood pile and create your very own Adirondack-style glass-top coffee or side table. Cut the all the logs to equal size and then wrap them in leather twine. If there is a wobbly spot or two, add felt pads to the bottom of the logs.

Acorn Heart

Make an ornament, a gift tag or a window hanging with some acorn tops. Drill a small hole in the top of each one and string stiff wire through the hole and bend it to the shape you want. Then hang a pretty ribbon and away you go.

Wood Slice Magnets

Mini slices of wood are the perfect size for refrigerator magnets. Also, they are lightweight and can easily hold a magnet on the back. You can slice fallen branches or find them at a craft store. Dab the wood with a circle of paint, let dry and then use a marker to add a letter to create word art. Use self-adhesive magnets or adhere magnets to the back of the wood with hot glue.