How To Make an Astro Turf Outdoor Pillow

INSIDE: How to use astro turf to create a DIY astro turf outdoor pillow. Add faux flowers.

How to make an astro turf outdoor pillowAn 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
– Scissors
– Flat head screwdriver
– Hammer
– Plastic bags
– Optional: Artificial flowers

astro turf outdoor pillow

Step 1:
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.
How to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
Step 2:
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.
How to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
Step 3:
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.
How to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
Step 4:
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…
How to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
Step 5:
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?!)
How to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
Step 6:
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 to make an astro turf outdoor pillow
How’s that for some easy, fun and cheery outdoor decor!

How to make an astro turf pillow

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45 thoughts on “How To Make an Astro Turf Outdoor Pillow

  1. Denise/DIY Crush says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this!! It’s such a great and simple idea with a stunning effect. Never even thought you could do this with artificial turf. Would love to see you at my craft party which is new Thursdays at 7pm EST. We pin every instructional post!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Jessica H. says:

    This idea is so clever and adorable! What a great way to use astro turf and brighten up the outdoor furniture! Thanks so much for sharing this week for Maker’s Mix Up!

  3. Laurie says:

    Very cute and totally unique! Love it! Pinned to share. Appreciate you coming over and sharing your posts and ideas with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. Winnie says:

    What a gorgeous pillow!!
    Great idea with absolutely beautiful result 🙂
    I’ve never seen such a pillow, and I’d loooooooo to have it for myself

  5. Ashleigh says:

    What an interesting idea! I would have never thought of using turf like this! Good stuff!
    Thanks for sharing this on Peace, Love, Linkup! Stop on by tomorrow at 6 and share more great content! : )

  6. creativejewishmom/sara says:

    An astro turf pillow is a brilliant idea, I’m thinking i’d like to make some floor pillows and even some for indoors…..our area is so dusty that i can’t have rugs or really put anything on the floor unless i want to clean it everyday or get people to take their shoes off… astro turf to the rescue! in any case i’ve been wanting to make astro turf rugs for my son’s rooms, so maybe a set would be great. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!c

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thank you! We have lots of dust in Arizona as well so I’m curious to see how these withstand our elements.

  7. Sondra says:

    I absolutely love this pillow! I wish I had seen this a few years ago when I was living in Arizona. It would have made the perfect pool side pop of color. Thanks for sharing this great project!

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