There’s no doubt that the natural environment is teeming with inspiration, and this is even more so when it comes to DIY home decor. Sticks, stones, sand, wood and even organic matter can all be used to make your home even more welcoming. And best of all, you don’t have to be a drill-wielding DIY home decor super star to try these projects.
Interior Decorating Ideas Inspired by Nature
Ready to get your DIY on? Here are some of the nature-inspired projects that have been making their way onto my project bucket list lately…
1. Hammered Flower and Leaf Prints. Make amazing cards and artwork using the natural dyes found in leaves and flowers, with this great tutorial from Build/Make/Craft/Bake. All you need to get going is kitchen towel, decent paper, a smallish hammer and a selection of brightly coloured plants from the garden.
2. Natural Citrus Candles. As seen on a candle making hub by Corrinna Johnson, oranges, lemons and even grapefruits can be used to create divinely scented candles that burn in the hollowed out peel. Being a huge fan of citrus scents myself, I am looking forward to putting a few of these beauties in the bathroom for some added bliss.
3. Sand Bowls. I actually came across this idea via Pinterest some time ago, and it fascinated me so much that I had to include it in this round-up of ideas. Basically, sand is mixed with glue (quantities in the link) and then poured over a plastic covered, round shaped bowl. Each layer is allowed to harden before the next is added, resulting in an amazingly detailed effect. This would be lovely for displaying on a table or sideboard.
4. Tree Branch Lamp. Got a bunch of branches and a bit of time? You can make your very own branch lamp that provides light (and more than a bit of style) to any room. This project may require some DIY experience, and sadly the post I found was short on detailed instructions. You could also get a similar effect using fairy lights, like this pretty branch lamp.
5. Rustic Log Slice Coasters. If you have larger branches or big trees that need a good prune, not to mention a saw or other type of wood cutting thingymajig, you can make these awesome log slice coasters. The key is to cut them all as close to the same size as possible, and then give them a thorough sanding after cutting. You can finish off with a coat of varnish to protect them from splashes.
6. Stone Bath Mat. To be more concise, a bath mat made from stones. Unless you have really (really) tough feet, it’s best to find smooth pebbles that won’t hurt when standing on the mat. Follow the instructions in the link to see how to make the wooden frame, prepare it with mesh and add the stones.
What natural DIY home decor projects have you tried lately? Share your ideas below in the comments and tell me what is inspiring YOU at the moment.