Foraging outside for items to craft with is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. Not only does it get you out in the fresh air, exploring the natural world around you, but nature also provides many wonderful, free resources with which to create. Here are 12 fabulous craft tutorials to inspire you to get making with materials you might find in your garden, or out on a walk.
1. Sticky Nature Cards
Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest nature craft activity to set up ever! They are super portable, and a great way to record a day outside, or even the changing seasons. You really can get the kids going on this in under a minute.
2. Living Garden Sculpture
This wonderful Living Garden Sculpture is made from chicken wire, moss and succulents. This simple tutorial will show you how to build your own living toadstool sculpture in minutes, bringing an enchanted look to any garden.
3. 3D Nature Pictures
Create fabulous 3D nature pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks – we made dragonflies out of seeds and owls out of bark!
5. Air Dried Clay Leaves
Use leaves you have collected to make these beautiful little Air Dried Clay Leaves. Great, simple, fun craft for kids.
6. Birch Bark Covered Flowerpot
Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift
7. Decoupage with Autumn Leaves
Did you know you can decoupage with beautiful autumn leaves from your garden? This simple tutorial shows you how. This is the perfect fall craft!
8. Gourd Fairy House
We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature fairy house for one in a kettle gourd.
9. Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles
This tutorial shows you how to press autumn leaves and then easily apply them to a candle with beautiful results. Perfect craft for families and makes a fabulous gift.
10. Hammered Flower Prints
In our house, it can take a bit of imagination to make any activity seem more enticing than screen time. Telling the kids they can make pictures by bashing flowers with a hammer, usually works a treat!
11. Wild Art in Wild Places
Why not leave some wild art in a wild place for others to find – this is a great activity for the whole family!
12. Simple Willow Wreath
In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.