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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!