For us, crafting with nature really helps us connect with the wild world around us. It makes us stop and really look at things - their shape, colour and texture, and we love nothing more than to go foraging for interesting shaped stones, shells, seeds and leaves for our craft projects.
As with any sort of foraging, be mindful of what you are picking and where you are collecting from. Ensure you are not causing lasting damage to living plants, and always gain permission before foraging on private land. It may only be a pine-cone, but technically it still belongs to the person who's land it is on! Here are 3 great craft projects to make with leaves collected on a wild walk or from your garden.
Did you know you can decoupage with the beautiful leaves you collect while you are out exploring? This simple tutorial shows you how to apply them to a plain notepad for a spectacular look.
This is a super easy craft project that you do in two parts; Firstly you collect your foliage and set it pressing, then a couple of weeks later when your leaves are pressed, you can come back and use them in a craft project. Here we have used them to decorate some plain candles by pressing them into the wax (no glue needed!).
This project is a great way to get you looking at leaves properly; their shape, thickness, colour and most importantly their structure and texture. We used the leaves we gathered both to make prints on our clay, and also as templates to make little leaf dishes.
We'd love to hear about the ideas you have for crafting with leaves, please let us know in the comments below.