Archives for nature crafts

The Nature Tree

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I love trees of all sorts and decided to create a Nature tree in the corner of the dining room last year.  I have previously made one in the entrance hall using parts of an old Christmas tree, but it was a little crowded when more than one person came at a time, especially when winter coats, boots, and packages were involved. I cut some branches from the garden and formed them into an inside tree instead of using parts of the old Christmas tree.  I gathered up all the little felt birds that I made a few years
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Wooden Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

You can easily make yourself some wood disc snowflakes. You need: some branches, about 7 cm or 3 inches wide, a wood burning tool, a saw to cut them a drill to add the holes your imagination for the images Before it got too cold and snowy I went to the back of the garden where we keep lots of brush and sorted out some branches and bought them inside to be sure they were dry before cutting. The first job after drying was to cut the wooden discs, about 2 cm or half inch thick. It was a challenge
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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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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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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 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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How to Make a Gate Tree

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

How do you turn an old gate into a conversation piece for the garden?  Just add some branches and some rocks and turn it into a gate tree. I originally made a small rock tree on a piece of wood.  This one measured about 23 cm x 41 cm, which was the size of the piece of wood I used. But I was thinking bigger and decided to use the old gate that was saved when the deck was replaced several years ago.  This is about 1.3 meters tall Now it was time to put all the planning and visualizing from
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How to Make a Driftwood Spinner

Categories: Garden Projects, Nature Crafts, and Whimsy.

Turn bits of driftwood collected from the beach into a pretty wind spinner for the garden in a few easy step. It was fun to have the grandkids collect bits of driftwood when we visited the various beaches on our trip to British Columbia in July 2015. I had seen a lot of driftwood strung together in a window of a store right before we went away and decided that was another project I wanted to do with the grandkids.  French Beach is one of the many beaches that we visited the the kids would happily find all sorts of
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