Turn your home into an eco-friendly paradise with nifty natural crafts projects that are ideal for kids to make. You may find tons of cute decor in stores, but all of it doesn’t consist of sustainable materials. Maybe you want to try creating decor straight from nature which is a great project to include the kids with for more fun. Your ancestors did it before machine processing and synthetic chemicals existed, and they did an excellent job creating gifts, art, and items to sell.
Connecting to nature allows you to appreciate the environment in all its aspects, which is great to pass on to your children. Materials like wood, rock, and mineral serve varied purposes, but they all create beautiful DIY masterpieces. Feel free to explore your local area or even send the kids out to explore the garden. Experiment with a range of diverse natural materials and see the wonders you produce. Here are 10 ideas for your kid’s next environmentally based nature craft.
10 Natural Crafts That Are Fantastically Fun For Children
Seashell Candles Are A Fun Nature Craft Project
Experience a glimpse of the ocean on your coffee table with a seashell candle. You’ll need wax candle flakes and tea lights — use soy wax or beeswax for eco-friendly options. Buy seashells from a craft store or use some from a recent beach trip that the kids collected. Melt candle wax in a pot and remove the wick from the tea light to use for your seashell candle. Pour the melted wax into the seashells and let it set — don’t be afraid to add essential oils for relaxing scents.
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Nature Craft #2 Tree Branch Organizer
Use a sturdy tree limb from your backyard to hang up your cookware, coats or even jewelry. The size you choose depends on what you use it for — naturally, pots and pans will require a thicker and stronger branch. Cover it with a non-toxic, VOC-free varnish before use to keep the bark from peeling away.
Years ago, Claire created a gorgeous hanging bauble decoration from a branch to adorn her walls during the festive season. It was a perfect idea to incorporate nature crafts into the festive season and if you have kids, I know they would love to go and explore to try and find the biggest, strongest branch they can. There are a lot of wonderful ways to incorporate mindfulness, kids and nature together and it still be considered something that is family fun time.
Leaf Wreath (Add Flowers If You Love Them)
Place an inviting wreath on your door to ring in the holidays. There are countless ways to make a wreath — you won’t go wrong with whichever method you choose. Use glycerin and water to craft minimal but long-lasting wreaths from ferns and leaves.
Create a cinnamon-scented wreath featuring pinecones, cinnamon sticks, acorns, and autumn-colored maple leaves. Include the kids and let them fall in love with the process of creating fun crafts projects from nature. You will soon notice them adding more and more items to their little collection of nature supplies for crafts.
Bamboo Plant Trellis For Flowers To Stand Tall!
Grow your plants in style by substituting the typical vinyl trellis for bamboo. Bamboo provides incredible sturdiness to keep your plants safe, and it preserves the organic look of your green space. Plants like tomatoes and morning glories need trellises to keep them upright — lean one against your home or mount it into the ground. If you want to add a creeping plant to your garden, construct a bamboo trellis to give them space to spread their lovely limbs.
Stone Bath Mat – Feel Nature Through Your Feet
Want a stone bath mat but can’t swing it on your monthly budget? Create one with pebbles from your garden or a nearby rocky area. Enjoy the luxury spa experience with homemade — but fancy — stone mats. If the rocks in your yard aren’t smooth enough, buy some from a craft store. Glue them onto a bath rug in your preferred formation and let it dry before using it.
Easy Mineral Cabinet Knobs With Items From Nature
Give your kitchen a unique look by replacing boring conventional knobs with colorful geodes. Use a strong glue for this project — like E-6000 — to secure the rocks onto the front of the knobs. Let the finished pieces dry for 24 hours before sticking them back on your cabinets. Try this idea with stones from your garden or buy geodes like amethyst, agate, and quartz.
7th Of The Nature Crafts; Pine Needle Art
You want new art for your walls but can’t find anything endearing in the local stores. Never fear — create your own acrylic masterpieces with pine needles and canvases. Send the kids out to start collecting needles for your fun art project together. Kids love ideas like these because it incorporates nature in a way that gets them incredibly focused. It’s a wonderful mindfulness exercise for kids to take part in and they end up having fun out on family walks.
Experiment with different ways to transfer the paint using your pine needle “brush.” Use individual ones for smaller details, or bunch them together for bold, bright and messy looks. Making your brush can be done with a twig, some string, and pine needles.
You can let the kids make art and experiment with other materials from nature. Ask them if they have any ideas for ‘natural paintbrushes’ and let them experiment with their ideas to make some art. That should make for some much needed quiet time during the holiday season.
Wood Coasters (Less friendly for Children)
Create a set of wood coasters by cutting slices from a log or buying some from a craft store. Use VOC-free paint (regular water-based craft paints work well) and a non-water-based varnish to decorate them and seal them once the paint dries. Freehand it if you’re a great artist, or use stencils if you prefer the convenience. Allow the kids to get creative with their art scenes and after. They can then make it into a crafts project by gluing corkboard on the bottom to prevent your creations from scratching up your table.
Tree Ornaments (Children Love These!)
Christmas is around the corner — celebrate it sustainably with wooden tree ornaments. Similar to the coasters, cut out wood slices or buy some. Now you can get the kids involved, paint the slices or cut circles of festive wrapping paper to glue to the front. Drill a hole at the top, and hang them from the tree with ribbons or twine! It’s art, fun, and kids together in one nature crafts project.
The Last Nature Craft From This List; Burlap Pillow
Decorate your couch with endearing burlap pillows. Cut the pieces to match the size you want your pillow to be and sew them together. Leave an opening for the zipper and use batting to fill it out. Opt for wool, recycled polyester or bamboo for eco-conscious alternatives to cotton.
Make These Perfect Nature Crafts the Next Big Trend & Encourage Kids To Explore
Implementing these fab nature crafts ideas will cause guests to marvel at your design sense and congratulate the kids for being little geniuses when it comes to nature crafts. You don’t have to spend thousands on resource-intensive materials to make your space look great, simply keep your eyes open when you’re in nature.
Think of potential nature crafts and with each appropriate season you can start picking leaves to add to your collection of fun nature crafts supplies. Break out the sketchbook, and breathe life into these projects for any area of your home.
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