INSIDE: How to use astro turf to create a DIY astro turf outdoor pillow. Add faux flowers.
An astro turf pillow? Yep, you heard right.
I got a wild idea to make some durable outdoor pillows to survive our intense Arizona sun. And what is more durable than some fake grass?! If burly football guys and fast-moving soccer players can play all day on it, then these decorative pillows should definitely be able to withstand my three active kids who are seemingly unphased by our insane heat.
Check out how I “faked” my way to fun, summery outdoor decor using faux grass and simple tools!
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How to Make an Astro Turf Outdoor Pillow
If you have ever sewn a throw pillow, this idea is very similar. Except instead of thread, you have a staple gun and in place of a sewing machine, you must rely on some upper body strength. So down a quick protein shake and “fake” your way to some unique outdoor decor.
– Astro turf (can be purchased online or at your local hardware store)
– Staple gun (I used something like this)
– 1/2″ length staples
– Flat head screwdriver
– Plastic bags
– Optional: Artificial flowers
astro turf outdoor pillow
This is a messy project so if you can work outside, it’ll save you from having to add ‘vacuum’ to your To Do list.
Lay the astro turf out. Since my came in a roll, I folded one end over so the turf sides were facing. Just like when sewing a pillow – right sides together. Determine how large you want the pillow to be and cut the turf with scissors.
Grab your staple gun (make sure there are staples inside!) and a cardboard box. You need a surface for the staples to plunge into. Begin stapling the pillow, one side at a time.
After stapling one side, gently pull it out from the cardboard box and turn in over so the open staples are facing you.
Using a flat head screwdriver, bend the staples downward. Once down, hammer the staples flat. This is best done on a hard surface.
Once all sides are securely stapled, begin to turn down the pillow so the right sides are facing out. Since astro turf is stiff, this is easiest done by rolling it down from the top. Push out the corners. You should end up with something that looks like a grass bag…
Since this is an outdoor pillow, I opted to stuff mine with plastic bags. I stuffed it about halfway before adding the flower stems.
how to add flower stems
To add the stems, use the end of the scissors and poke it through. Thread the flower stem through. Curl/bend the stem so it fits within the pillow. (Looks like a bunch of weird worms, doesn’t it?!)
Finish stuffing the pillow with plastic bags. Time to close up the pillow. Fold down the raw edges so turf sides are facing each other. Repeat the above process of stapling the pillow together.
How’s that for some easy, fun and cheery outdoor decor!
Other fun summertime ideas you may like:
- DIY swim t-shirts
- Turn a canvas tote bag into a waterproof beach bag
- Use paper goodie bags to make a patriotic USA banner
- Paint chips from the hardware store into DIY beach art
- $5 outdoor movie blanket from bedsheet