If you're itching to get outside this summer (seriously, who isn't?), help bridge the time between nature walks by bringing the most beautiful parts of the outdoors inside. With a little DIY inspiration, garden blooms turn into wall hangings, a slice from a fallen tree becomes a side table, collected leaves transform into art. Grab a few basics from the crafts supply store and finds provided by Mother Nature—and your home will look like a nature sanctuary in one afternoon.
When you're not using this tropical tray to serve up pina coladas, let it brighten your kitchen counter. I Spy DIY cleverly embedded monstera leaves in resin to liven up a plain white tray.
If you prefer rose petals to palm leaves, embellish a tray using plucked petals and a similar process to the one above, following the tutorial on Say Yes.
You won't need a fancy leaf press to make the framed beauties above. Alana Jones-Mann sandwiched leaves between tissue paper and pressed them inside a big book.
There's no need to wait for a special occasion to drape a dried flower garland around the house. The one above was spotted in Shane Power's beautiful book Bring the Outdoors In, and you can get a similar look by stringing botanicals found at DriedDecor.com and crafts supply stores.
Fill these minimalist wooden frames from Fine Little Day with leaves and flowers collected during summertime hikes or walks in the park. When you're done arranging, perch them on window panes so light can shine through.
The terrarium trend may have come and gone, but these wall-mounted circular planters are forever. At just over $200, these gorgeous ones from Kim Fisher Designs are an investment, or you can try DIY-ing miniature versions using magnetic metal tins, following the how-to on Ruffled.
Even the smallest of apartments has room for a couple tiny succulents in egg-cup planters. Teri from Sugar & Cloth added a little more character to the plain egg cups by drawing faces with porcelain paint pens.
Create a mini indoor water garden in a glass vessel so you can peek into pond life any time you want a nature retreat. HGTV added fish to theirs, but I'd love to build my own personal lily pond.
If you want your home to feel more connected to nature, but don't want the responsibility of caring for a living plant, this tree-slice side table from Burkatron is for you.
Pick leaves and blooms that preserve well—like eucalyptus, roses, lavender, and yarrow—and this fresh flower garland from the Mrs. Meyer's blog can be left up year-round.
Re-edited from a post originally published 7/25/2016 - AL