Here is a way to combine an adventure outdoors with a fun craft project! Any of these crafts can be modified for any age group so everybody can join in the fun!
1) Nature Tea Light Holder
- Leaves and foliage
- Glass votive holder or jar (can find these cheap at dollar stores)
- White tissue paper
- White craft glue
- Tea light candles
Steps to create:
- Collect small leaves and other foliage from outside. Make sure they aren’t too dry or crumbly.
- Lay leaves in a single layer and place a large book on top to flatten them. Leave for an hour or two.
- Spread a layer of white craft glue on the outside of the votive holder. Stick the leaves to the glue and press into place. Let dry.
- Mix equal parts of water and white craft glue to create a paste.
- Tear tissue paper into squares about one to two inches in size.
- Use a paintbrush to glue the tissue paper over the leaves using the decoupage mixture. Overlap the tissue paper and make sure all of the glass is covered. Carry over the lip of the votive holder as well and be sure that the tissue paper is “painted” against the inside of the glass.
- Allow the jars to dry overnight.
- Place a tea light candle inside each votive holder!
2) Flower Prints
- Fresh flowers
- White drawing paper
- Eight-color set watercolor paints
- Small container of water
- Sheets of scrap paper
Steps to Create:
- Gather the flowers to use for making the flower prints. Flowers that have distinct petals produce the best results.
- Remove the stems from the flowers to help them press flat while making the prints.
- Take a sheet of paper and choose one flower to start. Gently paint, flower side up, with the watercolor paint.
- Flip the flower and position on the paper, painted side down. Place a sheet of scrap paper over the flower and gently press. Remove the scrap paper, lift the flower, and check out the cool print!
3) Rocky Mosaic
- Small rocks or pebbles
- Tempera paints
- Small paint brush
Steps to Create:
1. Take a nature walk and pick up a cup full of small pebbles and rocks.
2. Draw shapes or pictures on the piece of cardboard with a pencil.
3. Label the shapes and/or pictures on the cardboard with the names of each color you will paint the rocks. (This will depend on what color paint you have available!)
4. Paint each rock/pebble the different colors that are labeled on the cardboard.
5. Lay the cardboard on a flat surface. Glue each rock to the area labeled with the matching color.
6. Let the glue dry overnight…the picture mosaic will then be ready to hang up!!