How to Make Sticky Nature Cards – Best Kids Craft Ever!

by Sarah - Craft Invaders


Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

Sticky nature cards are the simplest kids craft to set up ever!

They’re portable, and a great way to record a day outside. You really can get the kids going on this in under a minute. In fact, if you prepare a few sticky nature cards at once, I’d go as far as saying that the kids can be up and running in under 10 secs!

That’s got to be time well spent, and, as if that wasn’t reason enough to give it a go, it also ticks the creative and educational boxes too!

 

All you need for your sticky nature cards is a piece of card and some double-sided sticky tape (Amazon affiliate link).

Here I used 50mm tape and whiteboard. If you are feeling ultra-creative, you could, of course, go for a pattern, but a stripe worked well for us.

This is a great kids craft activity to have prepared in your bag for when you are out and about.

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

When you are ready to start the sticky nature activity, simply peel off the backing.

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

Then walk (or rush madly if you are my kids) around an outside space and stick anything that takes your fancy to your nature card. Remind children to only pick tiny pieces of growing plants so not to damage them.

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

You can set the themes such as leaf colours, different types of seeds, or just let them freestyle.

I also have a no creature rule just in case temptation comes their way!

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

We collected in our neighbouring field for one card and then in our garden for the other. It is a great visual aid to show the kids the difference in cultivated flowers versus wild flowers.

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

 

Each season and habitat will give you a very different sticky nature card. It’s a great way to record the changing seasons and colours. There is also no reason why you couldn’t adapt this activity to include different objects.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, you might also like our How to make unique eco prints using a steamer and Air Dried Clay Leaves which are two other lovely kids crafts inspired by nature.

 

Sticky Nature Cards are the simplest and best kids craft ever. They're the perfect, portable nature craft that take less than a minute to set up.

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34 comments

Debbie August 31, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Hi Sarah, what a creative idea and I love the differences in the cards you made. It will be interesting to see how they change as the petals dry. I think the no living creature rule is probably justified when it comes to children bring outside and creative!

xx

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 12, 2016 - 12:34 pm

Thanks Debbie, yep I find it best to outline rules clearly with my kids to avoid any misunderstandings!

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Karen May 5, 2016 - 10:52 pm

Ha ha, I love the no creature rule! I hope that sticks! This is a brilliant idea. One to be saved for the future me thinks. All these fab ideas and I’m alone with a 10 month old! Lol, I am savouring the baby days honest, but I’m looking forward to the olders days too! Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 10:13 pm

It is fun when they get older and you can do more with them = although of course you lose them to school just as they get interesting 🙂

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An imperfect mum (Catie) May 5, 2016 - 4:13 pm

Why have I never thought of or seen this before? What a brilliant idea. I will definitely be using this is school when we are investigating seasons! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #FamilyFun ⭐️ Just Brilliant – looks so effective!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 6, 2016 - 10:07 pm

It is such a simple thing to do – be perfect way to record things at school 🙂

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How To Sunday #29 - Monkey and Mouse April 23, 2016 - 11:37 pm

[…] week I loved Craft Invader’s Sticky Nature Cards.  They are a fabulous idea to get out in nature and create something at the same […]

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 25, 2016 - 11:33 am

Thanks so much for featuring us on #HowtoSunday – we love linking up and seeing everyone’s fab ideas 🙂

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse April 23, 2016 - 11:29 pm

I love these, we’ll be making some when there are more flowers out in summer, such pretty cards. We also like to wrap masking tape wrong-way-around our wrists and make nature bracelets. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 25, 2016 - 11:32 am

Nature bracelets are fab too, Jenny. Thanks for having us x

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Midgie April 17, 2016 - 8:34 pm

This is a lovely activity and is always part of our woodland activities at work throughout the year – its so lovely to see the colours and textures change and the kids LOVE being able to just stick stuff everywhere and make art without pencils or brushes!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2016 - 11:05 pm

It’s lovely isn’t it, and the simplest thing ever to have to hand – we love it 🙂

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Kerry April 17, 2016 - 7:55 pm

This is a great idea, need to find myself some sticky back plastic! #HowtoSunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2016 - 11:05 pm

It’s a great activity to have on hand Kerry, I can keep my kids doing these for ages 🙂

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Angela / Only Crumbs Remain April 17, 2016 - 9:46 am

What a great activity Sarah, so interesting to see the differences between the two boards you made. #How to Sundays
Angela x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2016 - 11:06 pm

The contrast is amazing isn’t it. It is a great way to record the seasons as well 🙂

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Trista, Domesticated Momster September 3, 2015 - 5:00 am

What a fabulous idea and I will be doing this with my kiddos as I am looking for fun stuff to decorate their rooms with. Thank you for linking up with #momsterslink. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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Sarah September 3, 2015 - 7:08 am

They’ll look lovely in their bedrooms. Looking forward to linking up again 🙂

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Chloe August 30, 2015 - 9:27 pm

This is amazing! What a creative idea and so inexpensive. I’m definitely going to do this on our next outing. You can make so many pictures and have a keepsake of a great day out at the same time! 😀 You’ve got some really beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather x

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Sarah August 30, 2015 - 9:54 pm

It is a lovely way to record a day out or the changing seasons. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

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Jenny Eaves August 27, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I love this! Such a great way to keep the kids entertained and to make something pretty as well! I can see lot of nature birthday cards being made!
Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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Sarah August 27, 2015 - 3:06 pm

It is such a quick and simple thing to do and keeps them occupied for ages. We recently did it with letters at a festival and the kids made a banner for our tents! Thanks for having me on #Whatevertheweather x

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Let kids be kids August 14, 2015 - 3:35 pm

what a fab idea. A great way to get the children looking at nature and being creative. I bet it was fun.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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Sarah August 14, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Even my 10yr old son and his friends love doing this, which makes a change from the xbox and pokemon cards! Thanks for visiting x

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Meg August 13, 2015 - 1:06 pm

This is great! My daughter is nearly two, and she collects everything she can find on our walks. The basket of our buggy is full of leaves and sticks at the moment. I was trying to think of something to do with the leaves, and this would work really well. Thank you! 🙂

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Sarah August 13, 2015 - 4:34 pm

I still find random sticks in my bag, and mine are 7 and 10! Hope your daughter enjoys trying this, and thanks for visiting x

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Coombe Mill July 20, 2015 - 11:42 am

What a great idea, these make some great eye-catching artwork too. These would look fab as homemade birthday cards too. They look so bright and natural it’s fab. I hope you link this up with Trash 2 Treasure too, a great little crafty post. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

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Sarah July 20, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Hadn’t thought of linking it with #trash2treasure, but I will thanks 🙂

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Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) July 19, 2015 - 3:50 pm

This is amazing! I am looking for ways to make my son not be bored this vacation and I will try this! #countrykids

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Sarah July 19, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Thanks for your comment – my kids love this activity 🙂

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Jenny Eaves July 19, 2015 - 12:43 pm

I love this idea! So simple but very effective! I might even have to make my own too! 🙂 x

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Sarah July 19, 2015 - 6:39 pm

It really is a simple way to keep kids entertained – thanks for visiting 🙂

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Donna @ Little Lilypad Co July 18, 2015 - 9:18 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing.
Found you on Country Kids!

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Sarah July 18, 2015 - 9:52 pm

Thanks for visiting and your kind comment x

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