Seed Mosaic Heart

Creating a seed mosaic is a creative and relaxing activity.  Firstly create a template so children can draw around it on a piece of cardboard (an old cardboard box is perfect). I’ve used a heart in this instance, but you could choose any shape you like.

Children then cut out the cardboard shape with scissors, and use a hole punch to make a hole at the top.

An assortment of colourful seeds (beans, peas, rice, lentils etc.) can be glued on with PVA glue to make a pattern.

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This is a great use for seeds which are past their use-by date, or weevil infected.  Once dry, a piece of string or ribbon can be tied through the hole so the heart can be hung.

This is a fun, inexpensive, nature craft activity for a whole class.  It is also a great way to start a conversation about the diversity of seeds, and can lead to discussion about the need to preserve heirloom seeds.  For more information check out the The Seed Savers Network.

More examples of seed mosaics can be found on page 14 of my book Nature Crafts with Common Plants.

Insect Nature Craft Collage

This collage has been created using an assortment of pressed leaves, sticks and a couple of acorn caps for it’s eyes.  They’ve all been glued onto a black piece of paper which makes the bug really stand out.

wooden-flower-leaf-pressLeaves can be easily pressed in old books, or in a flower press like this, made from two pieces of wood joined with screws and wingnuts.

The leaves are sandwiched between layers of paper and cardboard for a few weeks to dry out before use.

For more inspiration, check out the stunning work of Canadian artist Rakou Inoue.

 

Nature Craft Dinosaur

To make this cool, nature craft dinosaur, you first have to go on a hunt outside for materials. (This is just as much fun as the making!)

Find a large pinecone to use for the body.

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And a bunch of Jacaranda pods.  Jacarandas are commonly found in many cities, and their weird, woody pods are great for crafting!

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Find a couple of acorns and acorn caps to use as eyes.

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And a stick for the tail.  The legs can be made using acorns, small gumnuts, or small sticks – whatever you can find.

Use a low-melt glue gun to attach the pieces together.  (Don’t touch the hot glue!)  Glue two acorns into their caps and stick them onto a Jacaranda pod head.

Attach the head to the pinecone body, then break some of the Jacaranda pods in half and attach them along the body.  Glue on the stick as a tail and attach four legs.

Take it outside and listen to it ROAR!!!  Maybe it needs you to make it a friend?!

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(This dinosaur sneaks onto page 2 of my book Nature Crafts with Common Plants)

Gumnut Christmas Angels

Large gumnuts are found on a variety of Eucalypts, and are fantastic for crafting.  These little Christmas Angels have large gumnuts for their bodies, and bow-tie pasta wings.  The Angel on the left has a sheoak head and gumnut cap hat, while the one on the right has an acorn head and acorn cap hat.  Alternatively, you could use wooden beads for the heads.  Little plastic eyes finish them off, and the pieces are glued together using a low-melt glue gun.

Twig Christmas Tree Ornament

This little Christmas craft is featured in my book, Nature Crafts with Common Plants.  It’s a really simple but fun (& cheap!) craft to do with a class or group of kids, or your own child.  The trunk of the tree is a pop stick and I’ve collected some different sized twigs to use for branches.  While you could use a larger twig as the trunk, the flatness of a pop stick makes it easier to stick the twig branches on.  PVA or any other craft glue works fine.  I’ve added a string so it can be hung up, and I’ve glued on a Crepe Myrtle pod as a star on top.

Halloween Nature Craft Spider

This rather spooky spider was made using a sheoak pod for the body and gumnuts glued on as eyes.  Pipecleaner legs and fangs made from a hakea pod finish him off.  Happy Halloween!

Seedpod Critters

Seedpod Critters

This gorgeous echidna was made by a 9 year old boy named Charlie.  It’s body is a beautiful big dried banksia flower.

I met Charlie and lots of other lovely kids and families at my local Australian Plants Society sale in Adelaide over the weekend.  We had loads of native seedpods to choose from, and it was fabulous to see so many children (and some adults!) completely engaged with creating their own unique seedpod creatures using their imaginations and a trusty low-melt glue gun! Head outside, collect some bits and pieces and have a go yourself!

Here are some other creations:

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Spider
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Chicken
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Not sure what this is!

 

 

New Nature Craft book – Nature Crafts with Common Plants

My new book has arrived!  The cover features some of my favorite creations, some owls made from Liquidamber pods, with acorn cap eyes and Golden Rain tree wings.  These materials are featured in the second half of the book, along with lots of other common plants, many of which are street trees found in cities around the world.

The book is available now from Yourbooksonline and will gradually make its way to other retailers.

Nature Craft Swan Collage

Nature Craft Swan Collage

This nature craft is super easy, so great for a class of really young kids.  You can make a template of the swan shape for them to draw around, then cut out.

Use a black texta to draw on an eye and colour in the beak.

Glue on leaves for feathers, using whatever leaves you have around. Done!

 Paper plate swan