Rustic Outdoor Decor Ideas

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of rustic decor.  After all, that is what this blog is all about!  That is why, I had so much fun putting together a  clipboard of outdoor rustic decor ideas for Hometalk.

Hometalk is the largest home and garden information site on the web.  It’s a community of home enthusiasts and professionals who share ideas, advice and tutorials with it’s members.

A clipboard is very similar to a pinboard on Pinterest, where favorite posts get saved or clipped to a category board.

It was easy to find several rustic decor ideas for the outside since there are so many talented members of Hometalk!

I picked twenty of my favorite posts that I am sure you are going to like.  Just click on the image below, which will take you right to my Rustic Outdoor Decor Ideas board, where you can get all the details on each individual post.

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You can check out my other boards and member posts that I like.  Find more amazing diy projects, decorating ideas, household tips and crafts of all kinds!

Happy Decorating!

DIY Outdoor Projects

When you think of outdoor projects, what immediately comes to mind is all of that maintenance stuff like lawn care, power washing the deck, or fixing the broken fence.  That is NOT what this post is about!

It is all about the fun and creative side of things, like building outdoor furniture and accessories.  I don’t know about you, but I love to decorate the outside just as much ….almost….as the inside of the house.

Some projects take some time and effort to build and others are quite a bit more simple.  We build things in a very rustic style at our cabin……

We had picked up this great vintage swing at an antique store.  Instead of hanging it somewhere, we decided to simply screw it to a couple of large logs that were cut nice and level.  We then made a quick coffee table with another couple of logs and a leftover piece of tempered glass from our deck rail.  You can see more pictures here.  You really can’t get much easier than that for a diy project!

This one from Funky Junk Interiors takes a little more effort but is not bad at all and can be practically free:

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It is made from pallets so how cool is that?  Check out the easy tutorial on this one!

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Mushroom stools by Twig and Toadstool

This next project, by Twig and Toadstool, is so so adorable!  It’s another project using logs and……old wooden salad bowls – I love that!  Now I want to make a sitting area full of mushroom stools.

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Wood planter from a plastic barrel by Instructables

I love this gorgeous multi colored wood planter that is actually made from a plastic barrel.  More upcycling here!  The barrel gives a great base to work from making this another project that is easy to do.  Check out the tutorial from Instructables.

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Branch ladder by Ashbee Designs

I know that I am a little bit biased when it comes to making things with logs and branches…….I just can’t stop myself!  But, I just love this idea by Ashbee Design for making a branch ladder to hang potted flowers from.  Is there really a better way to decorate a corner space like that?  I think not!

Do you have any outdoor projects planned for this year?

Happy Decorating!

Garden Art Inspiration

I don’t know about you but for me, at the first part of May, my focus begins to change from interior decorating to sprucing up the outdoors….at least for a couple of weeks.

When that first bit of warm weather hits……which in Michigan that is a huge deal!….I get very excited to be outside.   And, around here a lot of work needs to be done.  The deck needs to be power washed…and the back of the house actually, new bark has to be put down, flowers planted, outdoor furniture put back out…..ay yiy yiy!!

My favorite part is in the little details.  The planters and bird houses and flower pots to pretty things up.

So….to get myself warmed up, I did a little “shopping” on Etsy today and came up with my picks for some of my favorite garden art.  Here is the inspiration board, I put together, under my shop name, Rustic Attic:

‘Garden Art’ by RusticAttic

Home and garden - French typography (Cafes & Vegetables) -  Country Cottage Chic - Flower terra cotta pot - center piece - OnionSkinDesigns Rusted Flower Garden Art - Garden Stake Decor - metalgardenart Spoon Fish Wind Chimes - Antique and Unique - nevastarr Cherry and Walnut Wood Turned Bird House - Decorative - Wood Turning - Home Deco - JLWoodTurning
Bird Feeder with Bamboo - cherylwolffgarden Mason Jar Planters - RusticWoodHomeDesign Mint  spring green   pitcher creamer planter  stoneware home garden decor   cottage chic - RoniDanYuval Steel Planters - Engrain
Vintage Industrial Rotary Hoe - Industrial Decor - RusticAttic Recycle Pallet Planters - 20" cubed - UrbanGardenCenter Mandarin Orange Hand Blown Glass Bird Bath Garden Art Sculpture Ornament Outdoor Decoration - alisglassdesigns Weather Vane - Handcarved Blue Heron - honeystreasures
Love Birds Garden Art Plant Stake Sculpture - EarthStudioMetalArt Pottery planter in turquoise glaze, flower, herb plant stoneware - Hodakapottery Garden Art  Agate Suncatcher, Window or Garden Ornament with Gemstone such as Agate, Hematite, Pewter, Goldstone & Unakite - WindyHillJewelry Trespassers will be Composted hand stamped Spoon Garden Art - VintageGardenArt

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

You can use this board as inspiration for coming up with ideas for your own outdoor space.  However, at the time I created this garden art board, all of the items were available for sale.  To see pricing and detailed information on any specific item, simply click on that item and you will be taken directly to the appropriate Etsy shop.

What time of year do you like to start working on your outdoor space?  What area do you live in?

4th Of July Ideas For Outdoor Decorating

Summer holidays are a great time to do some outdoor entertaining.  Decorating for these outdoor festivities can be either elaborate or simply understated.  For the 4th of July, the ideas can be fairly simple.  Stars and stripes and red, white and blue, combined in various arrangements, are all that is really needed.

It was easy to add some patriotic flair to my little bistro table.  A lantern with blue glass is set off nicely with some red berry garland.  A perfect place to sit and have my morning coffee in my stars and stripes mug!

I came up with a collection of more  4th of July ideas that will definitely set a patriotic mood to your outdoor decorating.

Round-up Of 4th Of July Ideas:

A patriotic picnic table by Lookiloos.

I want to be invited to this party!  The whole menu and display is completely festive for the 4th of July.  I love how the glass vases are wound with ribbon or string to coordinate with the decor.

Simple red and white stripes by Country Living.

Here is an example of some rustic understated simplicity.  The red and white stripes make quite a statement with the flag hanging on the barn wood.  Of course the red bench and truck add quite a bit to the setting too!

Rustic 4th of July wreath by The Romantic Vineyard.

This unique rustic wreath with red, white and blue embellishments is a nice way to welcome guests in to your outdoor party.

Patriotic drink serving idea by Party City.

A perfect way to decorate and entertain is to serve your drinks in festive stemware!  A blue ice bucket and some star fruit are perfect additions.

4th of July mason jar luminaries by Four Flights Of Fancy.

Happy 4th Of July Decorating!

Rustic Outdoor Spaces

Now that Spring is here, you may be thinking about getting the outside ready for gathering with friends and family.  Or, if you already live in a warm climate, you might just be in the mood for a little sprucing up.

I love to make the outdoors an extension of the inside with some fun rustic accessories and welcome seating where you can just sit and relax after a long day.

One fun example is the rustic seating area I made around our bird garden up North at our cabin.  It’s very rustic with log bases for the bench and glass table.

It is the perfect place to sit and have a glass of wine and watch a little wildlife action!  Click on the link to see the whole seating area.

For more inspiration, I found some fun outdoor space ideas that are rustic and relaxed.

Here are some of my favorites:


This is all that I would need!  A swinging bed which even has some under bed storage for books and magazines!  I can picture this hanging from the underside of our deck over the walkout basement….oh yeah!!


I love this covered rustic bench overlooking the small pond.  What a restful place to stop and sit a while!


Some very creative design went into this rustic and colorful fence.  It looks to be made from several different sections of recycled tin.


Would you have thought of putting an old iron bed on your porch?  It works great repurposed as a comfortable little bench!

Collect an old faucet, a rusty bucket, and a teardrop glass bead to make this fun rustic accent to decorate your outdoor space.


Umm…..yes please!  This can go right along side that swinging bed….then I would definitely be all set!  This is what I call really extending that living space.


And, yet another use for those old pallets.  These provide a great base for a rustic walking path!

Happy Decorating!