Rustic Hay Bale Lounger

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina


Show of hands….who loves a good old fashioned hayride?

Fall is one of the best times of the year: pumpkins, hayrides, cider, colorful leaves.

Our family has been enjoying the crisp autumn days at the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. We usually do the traditional pleasure ride of an open wagon with hay bales and a pair of horses pulling us through the corn fields.

This year the girls came up with their own version of a hayride……

cow style hayride

With smiles on their faces and giggles echoing through the field, the girls buckled their seat belts and bravely took the ride through the corn field all on their own.  I must say it was bittersweet…to see them be independent and willing to do the ride alone. But, I missed the snuggles and hugs that went along with our traditional hayride.

At that moment, the light bulb went on. Why not create the hayride experience at home on our front porch-a place to enjoy the crisp air and snuggles any time we wanted to…..

…..I needed hay bales! It was quite the adventure rounding up the bales for this project. We found a farm selling bales on Craigslist and it ended up being someone my husband knew. So, off we went to the farm to gather these bales. The farm had cattle and it proved to be a fun time for the entire family. The girls chased the kittens, fed the cattle, and got to experience the sights and smells of the barn.

I really enjoyed it as well. Each cow and steer had its own personality. Some cattle were quite shy and reserved. Others were very curious and had no problem munching on my pants or sweatshirt sleeve! If you are interested in seeing a picture of feeding the cattle, please hop over to my Instagram account and follow there for behind-the-scenes photos of what we are up to.

So, I guess you are ready for the tips on how to create the rustic hay bale lounger, hey? (pun intended)

rustic hay bale lounger

Start with purchasing your hay bales. Our bales cost about $2.50 each and we needed 5 bales.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

 Center two hay bales vertically in the area where you would like the lounger to be.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Then place a bale horizontally flanking each of the two vertical bales, as pictured above. Notice the gap in front of the two vertical bales? This is where you will place your last bale for the lounger seat.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Add a warm and cozy throw to the seat area. I used a plaid blanket that adds that rustic and seasonal feel.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Add some accessories to create an inviting seating area. I placed yellow mums wrapped in burlap on the arm rests along with some honey crisp apples we had picked at the orchard.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

I stuffed a few pillow forms inside these cloth feed sacks. It was a great no sew option! I love that the sacks are from Wisconsin businesses.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

I hope you enjoyed how I created this rustic hay bale lounger. I can’t wait to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and get those snuggles from my girls that I missed this weekend. Be sure to get outdoors and have some great family fun this Fall!


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  1. Hi, hopped over from Your time to shine. This hay bale lounger is just too darn cute. I love it!

  2. Love this idea. Think ill use some old colorful pillow case’s for my pillow coverings. The have lots of fall color in them.

  3. Michelle how did you get the bales to stand upright?Did you tie them down some how.
    Love Love this idea

    • Betty, the bales were tied with thick twine around the back of the bales. The twine was tied to the side bales which held the back ones in place so you can sit comfortably without tipping over. Thanks for your question.

    • Tina, the easiest way is to run twine around the back and tie to the side bales. This is how we did it and it works well. Thanks for your question!

      • I was about to ask because you didn’t have that in the directions. I just love this. It makes me miss up north in Ohio so bad. Thank you.

  4. Hi Michelle, I could so cuddle up on that and be so happy. I did a themed ‘booth’ for work last year and needed bales of hay. A girlfriend who lives just outside of Tampa on a farm lent me the hay. All I had to do was return it. My car smelled soooo good! About killed my allergy ridden hubby but happily the smell lingered in the car. If they made a ‘bale of hay’ scented car refresher I’d buy it!!

    Clever idea! and so Cute!

    With a smile from Tampa, FL Carlyn 🙂
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    • Thank you so much Carlyn! My girls loved sitting on it and watching the leaves fall. It was a great spot to drink some hot cocoa as well.

    • Thank you Amber! My kiddos love to drink hot cocoa and walk the leaves fall while sitting on it. It is on our covered front porch, so it lasts for the entire fall season.

  5. What a great idea, it looks rustic and adorable all at the same time.
    Bet it is comfy too, course, you might be sneezing after awhile…….lol

    Love that lil cow ride, so cute………….
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. So warm and cozy! I can picture myself sitting there with a cup of warm apple cider on a crisp fall evening. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!!
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  7. This is such a beautiful and creative way to bring a memory right to the front porch. Can’t wait to try it out.

  8. Michelle, I’ve added your fabulous hay bale lounger to my Wedding Board on Pinterest. My daughter is having an outdoor wedding next summer and these would be perfect for guests during the ceremony!

  9. Michelle,

    You always have the cutest projects and posts! Last week I was dreading fall and this week I am so ready for all the beautiful farm colors! It makes me miss living in a 4 season climate so much! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! We’ll be doing a fall party soon, so I hope you come back and share it again then!

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