14 DIY Project Materials Hiding in Your Backyard

Sometimes you don’t need to go much farther than your back door to find the supplies you need for your DIY projects. Check out these ingenious creations for the home and garden that utilize raw materials from your very own backyard.

  1. Painted Stone Garden Markers

    Garden markers

    Etsy via DellaBeDesigns

    A bit of paint and a dollop of artistry can turn ordinary rocks into charming plant markers for your garden. This project is so simple and quick, you can easily paint one for every variety of vegetable in your garden.

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  2. Rock Art Cacti

    Rock art cacti

    Etsy via Customizedboxes

    Cacti are already pretty low maintenance plants, but painted rock cacti require even less care, and they won’t prick you with spines! Paint a few appropriately shaped backyard rocks to look like cacti, then place them in containers to create arrangements that will look great and last for years. 

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  3. Brick Bookends

    Brick bookends


    Bricks are the perfect size and weight for bookends. If their natural color doesn't match your decor, dip the ends in paint, and they'll suddenly look like they were made expressly for the space.

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  4. Terra-Cotta Pot Heaters

    Terra cotta heaters

    youtube.com via Ben Galt

    If you have some extra terra-cotta pots in your backyard, you have almost everything you need to make DIY space heaters. Add some nuts and bolts and ordinary tea lights, and you can generate heat for hours.

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  5. Leaf Print Stepping Stones

    Leaf print stepping stones


    Concrete stepping stones are easy garden DIY projects. Decorate them with natural imprints by laying large leaves on top of your concrete mold, then weighing them down with stones to add pressure as the concrete cures. Once the concrete is set, remove the leaves to reveal a truly organic design.

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  6. Leaf-Stamped Cards

    Leaf stamped card

    Etsy via DebraMakes

    There's something about fallen leaves that just exudes rustic warmth. You can harness that warmth and add a touch of texture to handmade cards by stamping them with leaves.

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  7. Dandelion Fabric Dye

    Dandelion dye


    While you may not like to see dandelions popping up on your lawn or in your flower beds, they do give you a chance to take advantage of the weeds' DIY potential. Their bright yellow flower heads can be turned into a natural dye for fabric.

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  8. Feathers for Marbleizing

    Feathers marble


    Marbleizing painting techniques can give you the look of stone countertops without the price tag. Feathers are best for adding delicate marble lines to your faux finishing project. And you can often find them just outside your door, especially during spring and fall, when birds are migrating.

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  9. Pine Cone Garlands

    Pinecone garland

    Etsy via ClubBotanic

    Pine cones add a natural, rustic texture to seasonal home decor and offer a low-cost alternative to the traditional evergreen garland. When making your own from pine cones in your backyard, be sure to briefly bake the cones in a warm oven to kill any bugs before they can take up residence in your home.

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  10. Twigged Picture Frames

    Twig frame

    Etsy via DellaBeDesigns

    Add some twigs from the backyard to a picture frame to make a beautiful and budget-friendly decorative item. For a more rustic look, leave the twigs bare and natural, or give them a quick coat of paint so they'll match your room's color scheme.

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  11. Stump Stools and Side Tables

    Tree stump tables

    Etsy via bamboobg

    If you’ve cut down some landscaping trees, don’t chip up the stumps just yet! That valuable wood can be repurposed for stools and tables, both in the house and outside.

    Related: The Best (and Weirdest) Things You Can Do with a Tree Stump

  12. Log Planter

    Log planter


    Logs, both large and small, can be hollowed out and used as planters. Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or other greenery, you'll create a focal point and a conversation piece all at once.

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  13. Pebble Mosaic

    Pebble mosaic


    Pebbles have been used in mosaics for thousands of years. Take a page from the ancients' playbook and create your own mosaic with pebbles you’ve found on your property. Whether you make something practical or purely decorative, a pebble mosaic will be a unique and artful addition to your indoor or outdoor spaces.

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  14. Evergreen Wreath

    Evergreen wreath


    Want a wintertime wreath without a trip to the Christmas tree farm? Head out after Thanksgiving dinner to do a bit of pruning on your evergreens. Fix the branches to a wreath form with floral wire (both available at most craft stores), and you’ll have a handcrafted seasonal wreath for your door.

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