Archives for Nature Crafts

Bleached Pinecones & Fall Wreaths

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Nature Crafts.

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! The Fall decorations have been slowly coming out now it is September and the weather is changing. I found this older post on bleaching pinecones and updated it to my new WordPress format, updated some photos and links to other posts. From the pinecone collection I chose a variety of sizes, and they went from this …. to this, in a few easy steps. I had seen the almost white pinecones in various stores and displays and did some research on how to
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The Fisguard Lighthouse

Categories: British Columbia, Crafty's Projects, and Nature Crafts.

The Fisguard Lighthouse is a favourite place to visit on our trips to British Columbia. I can’t believe that I haven’t shared photos from this place. As I just completed a craft of a photo of the lighthouse decoupaged onto a shell, this is the perfect time to share both. A few years ago our granddaughter said this was the place she wanted to visit with us. So on a foggy September day off we went to climb the stairs leading up to the lighthouse and then to climb the circular stairs inside. Naturally we had to count the stairs
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Decoupage Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

The latest project I’m working on is decoupage rocks. I did a lot of rock painting which was lots of fun but I wanted to change it up a little bit. This craft is fantastic for those that say they can’t paint on rocks. All you have to do is paint the whole rock one colour and then add some photos. My inspiration for this craft came from my mother in law many years ago when she gave us some rocks she had decoupaged. She was a crafter just like me. Unfortunately after about 35 years the flowers on this
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Making a Shell Wreath

Categories: Collections, Crafty's Projects, and Nature Crafts.

~ I’m a collector of many things and one of those things is shells.  I can’t resist picking up shells when we are visiting British Columbia.  Over the years I’ve collected so many in different shapes, sizes and varieties.  Usually they are just stored in a basket on the deck.  But after awhile even the basket gets full and you can’t appreciate the shells.  This year I decided to make a shell wreath out of them. The first task was to sort the shells in different types and sizes. I’ve got mussels, scallops, clams, periwinkles, hornshells, mudflat snails, limpets, oysters
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Nuts and Pinecones for Decorating

Categories: Christmas and Nature Crafts.

~ We are into November and the days are getting chillier and shorter so it is time to get into crafting mode.  Besure to visit the Christmas page from the drop down menu to see all my ideas.  I recently shared  some craf-tea ideas.  Nuts and pinecones are the theme for this post.  I”m a collector of items from Nature and they can be used for some lovely Christmas crafts. The first is a pinecone and candle centre piece.  The base is a wicker plate with a candle in the middle and decorated with pinecones and small ornaments.  Small pieces of
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The Sea Glass Critters

Categories: British Columbia, Crafty's Projects, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

~ Collecting sea glass was so much fun on our last trip to British Columbia.  I bought back lots and lots in various colours and sizes.  The smallest pieces got sorted and displayed in some cute little jars, the smallest is just under 4 cm. high.  But what to do with all the rest of it was a challenge. The first project was to make a sea glass candle that I loved burning on the dark winter evenings.  I showed how I made the smaller one and used the same idea when I made a larger one.  We recently just
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A Family of Log Gnomes

Categories: Nature Crafts and Whimsy.

How do you spend a wintery day?  Why working on some new garden whimsy, of course.  It all started with a log Santa that I got at Christmas. It was a simple project that just required some logs and some paint.  Thank goodness we have had some mild days when I’ve gone sorting through the brush pile at the very back of the garden to find some logs. The logs had to come inside and dry out before cutting and painting could happen.  Can you see the inspiration log Santa in the lower left photo?  The logs were cut on various
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How to make a Sea Glass Candle

Categories: Collections, Crafty's Projects, and Nature Crafts.

It was so much fun collecting sea glass at the various beaches while in British Columbia.  I now have quite a collection of different colours and sizes.  I wanted to make something fairly quickly to have out as a reminder of our fantastic trip.  The first project I opted to make was a sea glass candle. You can make this with an empty candle jar with a tight lid, a small glass votive jar, a candle and some sea glass. Place the votive glass holder inside the larger jar. I didn’t worry too much that the glass votive came just
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How to Make Shell Candles

Categories: Collections, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

Who can resist picking up shells while at the beach?  I know I can’t and have accumulated quite a lot over the years of collecting.   Then comes the question of what to do with them? On our numerous visits to British Columbia I’ve been a shell collector while walking along the gorgeous beaches.  The shells in the top left photo didn’t come from BC but were either from garage sales or from gifts from friends from their vacations.  The broken ones get tossed back and only the whole ones get saved. This year I’m trying to use the shells
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Making a Pinecone Feeder

Categories: Birds, Garden Projects, and Nature Crafts.

Here is a quick and easy bird feeder for the kids and grandkids to make. You need a pinecone, string, lard, peanut butter, and some bird seed.  The bigger the pinecone the better as you will be able to get more food all over it. This is a good way to use up those not so perfect pinecones you collected.  Tie the string, I use butcher cord, around each pinecone and knot tightly.  Be sure to use a longer piece of string so that it can be joined at the end to form a loop to hang over the tree
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