Naturally Crafty

The best craft store may be right outside your door. This summer, take time in the cool mornings to gather together pieces of nature to work into craft projects in the afternoons. That way you’ll have a remembrance of summer to keep all year long. Rocks can become patterned pictures. Leaves can make delicate prints. Everything in nature can inspire your arts and crafts.

Check out these books and Web sites for craft project ideas that will bring you something of the outdoors inside your house all year long:
Recycle materials to make unusual crafts, and learn more about kids who succeed with ecological projects.
Not just crafts but a book to get kids and their parents gardening together.
Crafts for every season! Step-by-step illustrations make this one very kid-friendly. Sample projects: weaving a twig hat and making decorative bricks. Some activities may require serious tools and adult supervision.

Nature's Art Box - From T-shirts to Twig Baskets: 65 Cool Projects for Crafty Kids to Make With Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere by Laura C. Martin
More than 60 projects made from natural materials that are available almost anywhere.

“Children will learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and voyage through the backyard to find tiny insects and creatures. Activities include invigorating games, natural crafts, and lively adventures, all of which are organized by season.”
Everything’s natural about these crafts. Kids will make their own glue, paints, and play clay from organic materials to complete the projects.

Outdoor Crafts: Lots of Fun Things to Make and Do Outside
Have fun crafting using plants from the garden.

Super Simple Leaf Projects by Kelly Doudna
Learn how to preserve leaves and use them to make leaf imprint coasters, placemats, notecards and more.

On the Web

Something for the birds and butterfly friends in your craft circle. Pots and pine cones, sticks and stones—there is much fun to be had with objects from the outdoors.

Make prints and collages from natural materials, try an easy weaving project, make crafts from pinecones and flowers, and more.