Nature Crafts

Sometimes when you are out and about with the kids you "collect" all sorts of interesting objects. When you get home, why not put them to good use by having a go at some of our nature crafts? They are great for celebrating the different seasons, too.

Apple Prints

Apple Prints

Instead of potato printing with your kids, why not try your hand at these apple prints? Experiment with different types of apple and you might find some surprises: did you know that in some apples a star shape is formed when you cut through the centre of the apple perpendicular to the core?

Autumn Collage

Autumn Collage

Here's an excuse to go outside and collect some autumn leaves! Even the youngest children can make a pretty autumn collage that you will be proud to display... 

Autumn Window Picture

Autumn Window Picture

This window picture looks beautiful on display and really captures all that's best about autumn - especially when the sun shines through it!

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Beach Sculptures

Beach Sculptures

Next time you visit the beach, comb the shores with your children to gather supplies for your own spectacular beach sculptures! Please note that very strong glue is needed to make these sculptures, which, for safety, should only be handled by adults.

Bird Cake

Bird Cake

Make sure that the birds stay fed and happy this autumn / winter by making them this bird cake, and attract some interesting wildlife into your garden.

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Conker Jack O' Lanterns

Conker Jack O' Lanterns

This super craft combines a bit of nature rummaging outdoors with some indoor painting fun. And who doesn't love miniature crafts like these?

Conker Painting

Conker Painting

Conkers are such a part of the British autumn that we thought we'd find a slightly different use for our conker collection! Younger children will enjoy the randomness of this painting activity, and rolling the conkers around is fun!

Cute Hedgehog Craft

Cute Hedgehog Craft

Here's a fun way to use up those empty horse chestnut shells. Watch out for the prickles!

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Eggshell Mosaics

Eggshell Mosaics

Next time you bake a cake don'’t throw away the egg shells - use them to create a lovely eggshell mosaic picture! Perfect as an Easter or spring craft.

Ghost Leaf Prints

Ghost Leaf Prints

Get outdoors and collect some interesting leaves - and then turn them into some even more interesting ghosts with the help of lots of white paint! A perfect Halloween craft for younger children...

Glittery Pinecone Decorations

Glittery Pinecone Decorations

These pinecone decorations are a quick and easy craft which children of all ages - even the youngest - will enjoy. My son made one of these when he was two year's old and we still proudly put it on the tree every year now that he is eighteen.

Grow A Grass Head Monster

Grow A Grass Head Monster

This is a brilliant nature craft for kids, who will love creating their own grass head monster and watching him sprout hair!

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Hanging Leaves Garland

Hanging Leaves Garland

This Hanging Leaves Garland makes a really super display for Harvest Festival, Autumn or Thanksgiving, and offers the benefit of the fun of leaf collecting and rubbing too!

Leaf People

Leaf People

Here's a fun project for those interesting leaves and twigs that you've collected on an autumn walk!

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Leaf Rubbing Fairy

Leaf Rubbing Fairy

Autumn is a fantastic time to take leaf rubbings and this craft is a lovely way to use them. Maybe it could be used to record a special walk?

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Make A Garden Plaque

Make A Garden Plaque

Here is a clever craft idea for summer. Kids can make this garden plaque extra special with all their treasures and display it in the garden to admire - or give it as a very special gift!

Make An Indoor Garden

Make An Indoor Garden

We used bits and pieces from our junk cupboard as well as scraps of fabric and found objects from the garden to make this miniature indoor garden - a great project for a rainy afternoon, to being the outdoors inside!

Painted Pumpkin

Painted Pumpkin

This painted pumpkin or Jack-o-lantern is a fun alternative to carved pumpkins when there are young kids who want to get involved, and it lasts longer too.

Pebble Bumblebee Craft

Pebble Bumblebee Craft

Turn a pebble into something special with a bit of paint and imagination! Our pebble bumblebee craft is great for kids of all ages.

Pebble Ladybug Craft

Pebble Ladybug Craft

Turn a simple pebble into a ladybug - just follow our easy painting instructions and your children will be proud of the result! Even preschoolers can create a recognisable ladybird ... and as a paperweight it makes a great gift for mums, dads, or teachers.

Pine Cone Mouse

Pine Cone Mouse

Our pine cone mouse makes a cute little craft for kids - especially in the autumn when pine cones are plentiful.

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Pinecone Bird Feeder

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Feed the birds this autumn / winter with this pinecone bird feeder - fun to make with your kids!

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Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft

This pinecone Christmas tree craft is a super Christmas craft for children, who will enjoy painting the pinecone and sticking on the decorations! The finished craft makes a very cute miniature tree to display. You could make for each place setting at the Christmas table...

Potato Man

Potato Man

These make a super Thanksgiving or Harvest decoration, or are a fun craft for a "healthy eating" study or just for a rainy afternoon!

Potato Print Tractor

Potato Print Tractor

This potato print tractor is a fun painting activity all year round, although perhaps particularly appropriate at Harvest or Thanksgiving. It also provides a good opportunity to talk about shapes and sizes with young children.

Pumpkin Seed Jack O' Lantern Mosaic

Pumpkin Seed Jack O' Lantern Mosaic

Here is an unusual mosaic idea! Use the seeds of a pumpkin to make a mosaic of the pumpkin itself - but make it as sinister as you can for Halloween!

Pumpkin Seed Necklace

Pumpkin Seed Necklace

This pumpkin seed necklace, done in Halloween colours, makes a great accessory for Halloween and perfect for a witch's costume! Alternatively, paint in more autumnal colours and make it as an autumn/fall craft.

Salt Dough Apple Wreath and Name Card Holder

Salt Dough Apple Wreath

This salt dough apple wreath and its matching place card holders look very pretty displayed on a Thanksgiving or Harvest table, are sure to be brought out year after year. You could of course adapt the craft for other fruit and vegetables. Make sure you apply varnish if you want them to last!

Sandcastle Collage

Sandcastle Collage

Next time you visit the beach, bring home the supplies to make this Sandcastle Collage with your kids! Collect a little sand in a resealable bag or a small plastic food container or tub, and find some small, flat shells too.

Shell Photo Frame

Shell Photo Frame

Take advantage of a trip to the beach to collect shells for this pretty shell photo frame - it makes a sweet gift which the kids can make themselves, too.

Stamped Leaf Tree

Stamped Leaf Tree

Use a lovely leaf and some twigs collected when out walking and turn them into a picture of an autumn tree with this fun stamping craft. Scroll down to see what the leaf looks like when it is ready to make the print - such fun!

Strawberry Necklace

Strawberry Necklace

Our Strawberry Necklace is an original summer craft for kids to make - with the added benefit that they can wear it proudly!

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Twig Fairy Craft

Twig Fairy

Here's a fun craft to do with the bits and pieces you collect on a nature work.

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Twigs Dry leaves Seeds Playdough

Twig Frame

Twig Frame

Kids will enjoy making this twig frame to display their artwork this Autumn!

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Weave an autumn loom

Weave An Autumn Loom

Why not weave an autumn loom to show off the treasures you collect on your walks during the season? We've also seen them referred to as "fairy looms" and they look fantastic on display in the garden.

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