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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

9 Nature-Inspired Crafts to Bring the Outdoors In

Although the lockdown is slowly being lifted and some sense of normalcy is returning to our lives, many of us are still spending a lot more time inside than we usually would. But where crafters see an issue, they create a solution! These brilliant makes bring a little bit of the beautiful outdoors into your home, so you can enjoy nature while still following social distancing rules and regulations. Take a peek and see if there are any that you fancy crafting!

9 Nature-Inspired Crafts to Bring the Outdoors In

1. Leaf Dreamcatcher

This lovely rustic make is sure to brighten up your walls, and is easy to create; it only requires an embroidery hoop, some leaves and a complementary yarn like Deramores Studio Fir DK Yarn (493649). Why not get creative tying different yarn patterns over the hoop, adding tassels or pom-poms, and decorating the leaves with paint or sprays?

[image credit: delineateyourdwelling.com/leaf-dream-catcher]

2. Pinecone Hedgehogs

It’s nearly pinecone season, and kids will love collecting cones and turning them into fun crafts, like these adorable little critters! To make your own, you only need some felt in different shades of brown, such as those in the Flora Felt Bundle (485992), and googly eyes to add character. Then, all that’s left to do is line your cute little friends up along the mantlepiece.

[image credit: muminthemadhouse.com/pinecone-hedgehogs]

3. Pressed Flower Mandalas

These clever mandalas use contact paper to press and preserve pretty flowers and leaves, and they catch the light brilliantly when stuck on the windows. Gather some beautiful bits of nature on your next trip out and get creative with the arrangement, making intricate patterns and designs. Then, simply sandwich them between two layers of paper.



[image credit: nurturestore.co.uk/flower-mandala-designs-for-children]

4. Lavender Soap

There’s nothing more luxurious than custom-made soaps, bath bombs and candles, and a delightful bar of lavender soap is perfect for bringing the gorgeous scents of the outdoors in. To make your own, you need a soap making kit, lavender oil and some dried lavender, which you can get from our French Dried Lavender (286950).

[image credit: itallstartedwithpaint.com/lavender-soap-diy-recipe]

5. Painted Rocks

Many people have already had a go at painting rocks with uplifting sentiments and pretty rainbows thanking the NHS, but why stop there? You’re sure to find an abundance of nicely shaped rocks outside, making it a cheap, easy activity to enjoy with the kids. You can try painting cute animals, vibrant patterns or meaningful messages, then dot them around your home to enjoy.

[image credit: modpodgerocksblog.com/10-painted-rocks]

6. Nature Bookmarks

Much like in the mandalas, you can use contact paper to press pretty flowers and leaves on cardboard to make charming, long-lasting projects like these bookmarks. Simply arrange patterns of vibrant flowers and simple leaves on the cardboard, and seal with the contact paper. They’re perfect for saving your place in any books that you’ve started over the lockdown.

[image credit: buggyandbuddy.com/bookmark-craft-for-kids-using-pressed-flowers-and-leaves]

7. Terrarium

Homemade terrariums will never go out of fashion – they're super easy to construct and can be made to complement any décor style. Simply gather materials like rocks, crystals, twigs, soil, sand, moss, succulents and small plants (the possibilities really are endless), and set them up in an intricate dome, such as our Large Glass Jar (481897).

[image credit: apieceofrainbow.com/beautiful-diy-terrarium]

8. Faux Crepe Paper Flowers

If you’re unable to go outside, suffer from seasonal allergies or just fancy a long-lasting bouquet, you can create your own natural pieces with pretty crepe paper flowers. The talented Charlie Mumford has put together a handy guide to make paper roses here, so pick up a pack like Craft Buddy Crepe Paper (571085) and get busy!

9. Egg Cup Face Planters

Egg cups make adorable plant pots for tiny sprouts, especially when you draw a little face on them – it makes the growing plant look like their hair! Pick up a set like our Off White Glazed Ceramic Egg Cups (485608) and get the kids involved designing little expressions and clothing for your set of plant hair characters.

[image credit: parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/gifts-kids-can-make]