5 Things to Do with… Straw Bales

Straw bales aren’t just for horses and hayrides anymore! This perennial sign of fall has become decorating and gardening chic.

For about $5 you can pick up a bale of straw at your local hardware store or nursery. That means you can have a lot of fun without threshing your wallet. Once your bale has served its purpose, it can be broken up and strewn to protect your planting beds during winter.

Here are just five fabulous and festive things you can do with a bale of straw.

 

1.  FRONT PORCH DECOR

Straw Bale DIY - Decor

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Talk about curb appeal, the straw bales lining this entryway lead guests into this home in such an inviting way. A sense of warmth and harvest fills the air. Who wouldn’t want to come inside?

 

2. STRAW BALE SEATING

Straw Bale DIY - Seating

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Don’t have enough chairs for your next outdoor autumn event? Pick up a few straw bales at your local nursery, and you are in business.

 

3. STRAW BALE PLANTER

Straw Bale DIY - Planter

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This garden planter was made by grouping a few straw bales together and filling in the middle with dirt. It’s a beautiful natural look, and as the straw decomposes, it will add great compost to the bed.

 

4. STRAW BALE GARDENING

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If you want to take the straw bale planter to the next level, you can actually plant your garden within straw bales. Straw bale gardening is great for those with poor soil or limited space, or even those who have physical limitations that make gardening at ground level a challenge. It’s a low-cost and flexible method for gardening and can be attempted by gardeners at all levels of experience.

 

5. STRAW BALE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

Straw Bale DIY - Holidays

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Once those straw bales have been used for Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities, they can be repurposed for holiday decor. Red tulle turns these bales into a rustic and creative display of presents for everyone to enjoy.

 

For more DIY ideas, consider:

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