I am pretty ordinary when it comes to craft. I can’t knit, crochet or paint (well), so I’ve fallen back on a bit of free styling when it comes to craft with my oldest. We were at a birthday party last Sunday after a late afternoon Saturday storm and lots of branches had fallen off the trees. Little blooms and seeds scattered the path so in between jumping on the jumping castle, getting your face painted and getting stuck into the icing we were scanning the ground for what we call ‘bush treasures’. So for those peeps overseas the ‘bush’ is like the forest, a bit of scrub or a collection of trees (to our 2 year old). We did look a bit strange going home with handfuls of seeds and blooms but a mum with a stick never looks too out of place.
This time we came across some pretty cool designs purely by accident. We made a lovely bat and banksia man and my little fella did his own design too. I’ve written down the ingredients and instructions to create a nature play craft characters but it is all about what you find and how you make it work so don’t be too rigid with materials or design.
Glue – We used a glue gun we bought for $7.00 at a craft store but Im sure wood glue or something better than Clad would do the trick
Nature craft materials
Dried Banksia – Looks like a hairy brush when they are on the tree and then when the brush falls off it looks like a blistered stick.
Gumnuts – Looks like little cups. Small ones are great for eyes or feet.
Dried Bottle brush – The seed pods look like a mouth or if you split them in two, mouse or bats ears.
Flowering Eucalypt – Great for an ‘on trend ‘racing hat’
For this Nature Play craft we needed a dried banksia, flowering eucalypt and gumnuts
Here we were using the glue gun to glue the Eucalyptus Hat to the Banksia. Please watch the glue gun. It’s like hot wax, once it gets stuck to your hands you are in big trouble!
In the background of this pic my little boy is developing his own plane based on a few of our nature play ingredients.
Then on the right we split the bottle brush seed pod and attached them as ears.
Next we attached the wings to the gumnut and before we let them dry we played around with the right angle
This little Craft Bat has clocked up some serious air miles. It has been a huge hit and we will definitely be making some again soon.
We love a bit of Nature Play Craft. Check out our other Blog Post on our crafty Banksia Bandit