Creating arts and crafts with nature helps develop creative skills, spending time, and creating an appreciation for the natural world. This crafting subset also encourages crafters to go out. Nature crafts appeal to both children and adults, with some being more sophisticated and others being simple in design. Craftsmanship made from nature allows us to choose our own natural materials and consume less manufactured products. Here are some fun and creative nature craft ideas that you and your kids can try.
Nature crafts for adults and teenagers
These nature craft ideas require the crafter to coordinate and follow instructions well for more detailed finished projects. These natural crafts make great decorations and fun DIY gifts.
ice candle holders
This project is great for cold winter evenings and makes a lovely holiday decor. Ask your child to collect branches and leaves. You can also add glitter or biodegradable beads. For this project you will need round containers – one large and one smaller that fits inside. A smooth can and coffee can work just fine.
Place the small box inside the large box. Fill the large box with water until it reaches just below the rim of the small box. Add the natural decorative elements to the water. Then place it in your freezer or let it freeze outside overnight. When frozen, remove your ice block from the boxes and place a battery operated candle inside to light up the night.
Painted rocks are one of nature’s most accessible and versatile crafts for adults and children. There are endless cave painting ideas for inspiration. Adults can create more detailed and whimsical rock patterns while children can opt for simple, abstract designs. Painted rock themes can include everything from seasonal designs like Easter rocks to games. Kids can paint their rocks as fruits, monsters, eggs or gems, whatever their heart desires.
Consider hiding your painted stones around the community to find them. This activity is a great way to exercise as a family while sharing the joy.
You can also paint rocks to create board games, like checkers or tic-tac-toe. If you have a stump in your garden due to tree removal, you can paint it as a game board. Conversely, wooden slabs cut from the stump can be polished and stored indoors.
bird seed ornaments
Try these easy to make decorations using birdseed and simple ingredients from your pantry! They’re pretty easy to make, and they’re fun to hang outside your windows or in the bushes around your garden. Bitz & Giggles provides a complete tutorial for bird seed ornaments.
Nature crafts for kids
These fun nature crafts are easy, affordable, and nearly mess-free. Try them when you want your kids to hang out and pass the time.
There are several ways to engage in sheet printing. For this project, you will need fabric. Pillowcases and tote bags work exceptionally well. Ask your children to choose leaves and flowers from the garden.
The first approach to leaf printing uses the sun to leave an impression. This craft works best with darker fabrics. Stretch the fabric and place the leaves and flowers where you want the prints. Then leave it flat in the summer sun for an entire day. When it’s done, tuck in the fabric, remove the leaves and wash it. You should have a two-tone piece of fabric with leaf prints.
The other approach crushes the leaves and flowers into the fabric. This craft works best with lighter weight fabrics. Place the leaf or flower under the fabric and use a rock or mallet to gently tap it. When the imprint of the plant becomes visible, remove the debris from the backing of the fabric. Hand wash in cold water and enjoy.
Toilet Paper Roll Seedling Pots
Turn reusing toilet paper rolls into a fun learning experience for kids and teach them how to grow plants at the same time. Kids will love this easy toilet paper roll seedling pot tutorial from The Forked Spoon.
leaf sun catcher
Learn how to make these cute leaf suncatchers with fresh fall leaves, contact paper, and our free printable patterns from The Printable Fairy.
Nature crafts for preschoolers
These creations made with materials from nature are perfect for preschoolers.
Pine cone bird feeders
What better way to celebrate nature than feeding our feathered friends? Have your kids collect pine cones as the base for this project. Then use nut butter to stick the seeds to the cone. You can add ribbon or string around the top and then have your kids hang them from trees around the yard. Pine cone feeders are a great winter craft to help feed birds when food is scarce.
This pine cone bird feeder is a great way for kids to learn about birds. It’s an easy activity that’s perfect for preschoolers and up. Kids will love watching the birds come in for a snack. Two Pink Peonies offers a complete tutorial on pine cone bird feeders.
You can make garlands with berries and popcorn to hang from trees around the yard as an alternative to pine cone feeders.
Who needs Lego when you can create your own stick army? Ask your child to pick up sticks and help break them or cut them into small pieces of roughly equal size. Use acrylic paint and markers to create outfits, hair and faces. Your child can make new friends or make their sticks to look like people they know.
Hope you enjoy these clever and cute nature craft ideas for you and your kids to try. Do you like to tinker with nature? What are your favorite natural materials to use as craft supplies?
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