Sometimes enjoying nature outside isn’t enough, we want to bring it inside! In the age of DIY and crafting results fit for HGTV, easy to make nature craft ideas have never been more accessible. Whether you want something small and straightforward, or a statement piece for your living room, here are some incredibly easy but highly impressive nature crafts for you to try.
Stone Garden Markers
Stone garden markers are perhaps the most straightforward, quickest, but most useful craft on this list. Whether you’re a flower planter, a vegetable grower, or both, stone garden markers are a much more appealing way to label your plants than flimsy paper signs. This project is pretty straight forward: take time to wander around your yard, the beach, or go on a hike and collect stones in the size and shape that appeals to you. Ideally, one side needs to be smooth enough to write on. When you’ve accumulated your collection, choose your favorite colors, and paint away! Let the stones dry, and then take a permanent marker or paint pen to write the label, or decorate however you want with flowers or ladybugs Place them around your garden and enjoy the simplicity of it all.
Pressed Leaf Art
This nature craft is perfect for kids, adults, and anyone wanting to stretch their creative wings. Best done in fall when leaves are falling and a wide range of colors, but you can do it any time of the year, this craft is a chance to get outside and use your imagination! Start by finding a unique leaf- it can be whole or broken, or decomposing- anything goes. Then, gently paste it on a piece of paper and use the leaf as a starting point. Try and incorporate the leaf into a drawing of a person, a piece of scenery, or anything that your imagination comes up with. Finish it by using a glaze to preserve it and place it in a frame for display!
For a rustic spin on flower vases, try going out and collecting around 20 twigs, of any color and type that you want. Glue them around a jar (it can be glass or plastic), so they cover the whole surface. Tie a bow around the center and place your favorite flowers inside, and you have a unique, personal, and original vase for your table, mantle, or window.
Are you tired of the same old candle jars? Hate how they look so plain around the house? No problem! On your next beach, river, or lake trip, take time to walk the shore and collect your favorite seashells. Make sure they’re able to sit with the open end up. Bring them home, find your favorite scented wax (this can be from a real candle or a new one, and melt the wax. Take a small wick and place it in the shell with a tiny amount of glue on the bottom to hold it upright. Pour the wax into the shell and let it cool and set. That’s all there is to it!
A huge statement piece, mobiles are not just for a crib! Nature mobiles allow you to combine different elements, colors, and textures into something truly unique. What you’ll need is a sturdy branch or twig, between 1 and 3 feet long, depending on how big you want the mobile to be. The number of branches you collect is the number of mobile branches you want, so it’s completely up to you!. Then collect pinecones, leaves, or seashells. Drill or poke holes in your mobile elements, thread string or twine through the features and connect to the branches. Hang your mobile with more cord from the ceiling or wherever you want a bit of whimsy.