Vase out of sticks

Do you hate heading to the craft store every time you find a DIY project you love? Are you trying to find ways to work with what you have and bring a bit of nature inside? Take a nature hike or just spend some time in your own backyard.

Bringing nature indoors

These five, inspiring Pinterest projects use things you can find right outside your door to create gorgeous and functional crafts that cost next to nothing!

The options are endless when it comes to decorating your living space. There is no need to go out and search for the perfect artwork, knickknacks or table decor. You can make almost anything yourself and sometimes the materials are right outside your door. Take a walk around your yard or a long nature hike and gather what you need to make these gorgeous products we found on Pinterest.

Vase out of sticks

This vase is simply gorgeous. It's amazing what a little bit of nature, a simple glass and a bit of creativity can do. Besides being beautiful, this project can be altered to fit the materials you have at home, which makes it that much more doable. Creating your own is easy if you follow these instructions from The Wonder Forest. (original pin)

Photo credit: The Wonder Forest

Wall art

Wall art

Who would have thought that sticks and a pretty frame could turn into such a gorgeous addition to any mantel or wall in your home? The amazingly creative minds behind Cleverly Inspired dreamed up this piece to bring the outside in and add a bit of a rustic feel to your home. Take a morning hike, collect a few sticks and follow the instructions on how to make one of your very own. (original pin)

Photo credit: Cleverly Inspired

River stone trivets

River stone trivets

Bring a cottage feel to your kitchen with these gorgeous river stone trivets. Smooth stones create a tranquil look, perfect to set your kettle on. Serve your tea and let your guests "ooh" and "aah" over the gorgeous piece you've found to keep your kettle warm and protect your table top. You can find these trivets and many other nature-inspired ideas at Viva Terra. (original pin)

Photo credit: Viva Terra

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Grass heads

Grass heads

If you are looking for ways to bring science indoors, this kid's craft is perfect. We can't help but smile at the goofy faces created by Red Ted Art with these grass heads. Your children will delight in creating them and watching them grow every day. You can even incorporate lessons on taking care of nature as they trim and nurture their growing grass each day. (original pin)

Photo credit: Red Ted Art

Rock art

Rock art

Such gorgeous art can come from the simplest of things. We love the creativity that these rocks can bring out in people of all ages. Take a long walk, find the perfect stones and gather the materials suggested by Magamerlina and start creating. Before you know it, you will have a gorgeous addition to your decor that can be used as anything from paperweights, table centerpieces or coffee table embellishments. (original pin)

Photo credit: Magamerlina

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Comments on "Pinterest projects with natural elements"

Yi-Fan July 17, 2012 | 10:25 AM

I like these ideas of how to make the craft arts. I'm also trying to do a craft art from using flower. Great advice, and love it so much!

Erica July 09, 2012 | 9:25 AM

The rock art is great. That's something I'd love to try myself!

Tiffany July 08, 2012 | 11:19 AM

I love this, and completely agree that I HATE having to go to the craft store every time I find a DIY project. Sometimes the projects end up costing me MORE than if I just bought the finished project itself! I really like the sticks in a frame, it's cute and original...and free! Thanks!

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