Arts & Crafts Round-up: Nature crafts

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We’ve reached that time of year where the weather, fingers crossed, seems to be improving and hopefully we’ll all get to spend a bit more time in the great outdoors. It got me thinking about what sort of activities I could do with my kids whilst we’re outside, so I started searching for some nature craft ideas. There is so much you can make with bits and bobs that you’ve picked up outdoors – here are just a few ideas from some brilliant bloggers.

Mark making with nature brushes from Pink Pear Bear – from feathers to leaves and twigs, have a go at painting with a paintbrush which you’ve made from something you have found outside. You’ll get some really cool effects.

Nature Brushes

Jane from Hodgepodge Days has created some dried flower crafts, She’s come up with a candle holder, a pebble paperweight and a really pretty sun catcher all made using pressed flowers. Flowers can be pressed in a flower press or it can be down using some heavy books.

Dried flowers

I love this dandelion wishes keyring made by Jemma at Thimble and Twig. They are really simple to make, you’ll just need a clear keyring case and get creative collecting flowers and dandelion wishes.

Keyring

We often see gall wasp hideouts on our adventures – Craft Invaders have a great tutorial on how to make oak gall ink. Do you know what the Magna Carta, the American Declaration of Independence and Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice all have in common? They were all written in Oak Gall Ink. It’s a really interesting read and something to have a go at. I didn’t even know that ink could be made from these!

Oak galls

Have a go at these great seed bombs from The Mummy Monster. They have put together step by step instructions on how to put these together.  A really simple task that the kids can do.

Seed bombs

Catherine from Growing Family has put together two lovely ideas the first is natural noughts and crosses using twigs and pebbles. This would be great in the garden or even to keep the little ones entertained on a camping trip.

Nought and Crosses

The second nature craft is making a journey stick. A journey stick is essentially a memento of a nature walk featuring items collected whilst on the walk; these might be things like leaves, twigs, flowers, feathers or anything else natural that you find along the way. 

journey sticks

Lastly, Jenny from The Gingerbread House has come up with some Spring blossom sun catchers. These are made using contact paper and flowers and leaves collected from the garden.

Suncatchers

As we’re set for some sunshine this week, get back to nature and give some of these a go. I’m off to find some oak galls!

 

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About Sarah Stockley

Sarah is mum to three children and a plethora of animals (mostly cats) and lives in Surrey. You’ll often find her family exploring the great outdoors, foraging in the woods, camping and visiting festivals. Sarah also loves to upcycle things and will happily turn an old pallet into a rustic shabby chic sign. She studied Art and Design at college and when she’s not blogging at Kippers and Curtains she also likes to make bohemian style dreamcatchers. This mum is also never far from her camera – much to the annoyance of her children.

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