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.
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!
Great to see Nature Crafts with Common Plants featuring in the September 2017 Gardening Australia Magazine (page 11).
A run of cold nights has brought out some brilliant autumn colour in my garden. My Japanese maple is looking spectacular, and the different shades inspired this pretty spiral. This type of nature craft, when laid out on the ground is sometimes called Land Art. It’s easy, satisfying, free and fun to do with kids!
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.
“Gumnut Babies” originated in the creative mind of iconic English-Australian author & illustrator May Gibbs. “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” are her most famous characters.
These are my version, made using large gumnuts for the bodies, sheoak pods for the heads, and fresh gum blossom for the hats. The little one on the left has a gumnut cap with wattle glued around it.
I’ve added little plastic eyes, and put them together using a handy dandy low melt glue gun. Easy!
Coral Gum (Eucalyptus torquata) is a native of Western Australia and used as a hardy street tree in dry climates. Look on the ground under them when in blossom and you’ll find hundreds of dainty little flower caps.
Collect some caps, dry them out for a couple of days, then snap or cut off the tips. Thread them like beads to create a bracelet or necklace. This is a lovely mindful nature craft activity for kids, which adults enjoy it too!