Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bean Adorned Frames



Head on over to the CBC Parents site to see how to make your own bean adorned frames! 
They have magnets on the back so you can stick them on your fridge. 
Sweet, easy and totally inexpensive!

Happy Crafting

Maureen

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Acorn Mobile


Tis the season for acorn gathering! 
We decided to create this easy acorn mobile from our acorn harvest.  
This craft whipped up super quick and looks quite lovely hanging in the home.
Pop on over to CBC to see how to make one.

In Autumn Bliss,


Shanti

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bat Luminaries



Head on over to the CBC Parents site to see how to make these super simple Bat Luminaries!
(took literally minutes to make, and are a sweet and easy decoration for Halloween).

Happy Haunting!

Maureen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pine Cone Bats




Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. There is such immense beauty and so many wonderful nature crafting supplies to be gathered. We decided use some of the bits of nature we found on a Autumn woodland walk and craft up some bats. Perfect for setting the scene for Halloween!

Pop on over to CBC to see how we created these!

Happy Autumn nature crafting!


Shanti

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Thanksgiving Thanking Tree!




Head on over to the CBC Parents site for the FULL tutorial on
how to make our Thanksgiving Thanking tree!
This weekend in Canada is Thanksgiving…
there is so very much to be thankful for!!

Gratitude to you all


Maureen

Friday, October 3, 2014

Acorn Cap Necklaces




Head on over to the CBC Parents site to see how to make your own
Acorn Cap necklaces!
These would make fantastic gifts and were easy to put together.


Maureen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pinecone Owls


Happy Autumn!!


Gathering natural craft supplies is an Autumn tradition at my house.  We head outside with baskets and bags and go on a pinecone and acorn hunt.
Of course this gathering time always inspires a nature craft or two.


Today we decided to make some pinecone owls out of our bounty!

To make your own you will need:
pinecones, (various sizes, shapes)
pumpkin seeds
paint and paintbrush
glue gun and glue stick
branches


To start we painted "bellies" on our pinecones.  
(basically these were upside down triangles)


Then we added little spots to their bellies.


Paint the pumpkin seed beaks orange


Then using a glue gun glue on the pumpkin seed beaks and googly eyes.


Finally glue onto your branch and admire!  

What a simple and adorable craft to begin the Autumn craft season!


Maureen



Monday, September 15, 2014

Milkweed Pod Fairies

With autumn just around the corner, we thought we would create a fairy from nature using one of our favorite crafting supplies... milkweed pods!


Pop on over to CBC to see how she came to life!

In fairy love, 

Shanti

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cattail Birds



The ditches along the highway are FULL of cattails this time of year.  
It's the perfect time to harvest them before they burst open.
I remember as a child my mother would collect them and spray paint them silver…they were in vases all over our house at Christmas time.

I came across this goodie of a craft in an old nature craft book, (aptly named Nature Crafts)

To make your own you will need:
cattails
scissors
glue, (glue gun or white glue)
feathers
paint 


Enlist the help of a pint sized helper…
get on your rubber boots and go on a cattail pickin' adventure!
(oh, and be sure to show them that if you rub off the outer layer, 
the inside bursts open in a cloud of fluff)!!


We trimmed off the ends...


Painted on eyes and painted the beak orange.
If you want to paint your cattails different colours, go for it…we painted one of ours blue.


Get out your glue gun and feathers…


We put a dab of glue on the end of each feather and stuck it into our "bird".


Tie a length of string around the middle of your bird, hang and enjoy!  
My daughters thought this would also make for a really cool cat toy.

Nature crafting at its best.


Maureen










Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Allure of a Sunflower Field...



In the next town over we spotted this…
(if I had a field of my own I think I would do the very same thing.)


Of course we had to stop to take pictures…
sunflowers are, perhaps, the happiest flowers of all.


Eldest informed me that Goldenrod is a sure sign that the seasons are about to change.


Here's to celebrating the end of summer in full bloom!

Maureen

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