When my kids were little, we had a trail near us that we liked to hike, and they always seemed to turn it into a scavenger hunt. We started saving empty egg cartons, and I would paint each cup a different color. During our hike, they had to find something from nature that matched their colors.
They LOVED it!! And my husband and I loved it too, because it kept them focused and there was no whining about being tired.
Now that they’re a little older, their styles have matured, but their love of nature and its beauty remains. Thank goodness!!
I was so excited to get my hands on my friend Amy’s new book, Crafting with Nature! Amy blogs at A Nest for All Seasons, which has pretty much been my go-to source for the last few years for all things gardening and learning how to appreciate the nature that surrounds us.
The book is filled with beautiful photographs (that Amy took herself), and ideas for all seasons and climates. She even sent some lavender and beet seeds! So sweet!
The first night I received the book, I sat down and read it like a novel. The second day, I showed it to my 12 year-old daughter and asked her to pick something that we could work on together.
We were both drawn to the wood-burned wood slices. In the book, Amy made hers into buttons and magnets, but we decided to try our hand at a wood slice necklace.
It was perfect timing, because we had just had a large tree come down in a storm. My husband was busy cutting it up while my daughter and I were searching for the straightest branches we could find.
Once we had a branch cut off, I carefully cut it into smaller slices using a table saw. We cut some straight up and down and some at a 45 degree angle.
Then I used a small drillbit to drill a hole in the top for the chain.
We used our palm sander to get it nice and smooth and then came the fun part! You can wood burn your initials, a pattern, a special date, a shape… whatever your nature-loving heart desires!
So easy, so fast and aside from the chain, it is completely free because you’re using items found in nature!
Crafting with Nature contains dozens more simple crafts, recipes, gardening tips, homemade gifts and more! You can purchase it HERE.