Creating beautiful crafts for home does not have to cost you a thing. In fact, nature provides us with lots of resources that we can use to create innovative crafts that beautify our homes. Here are 15 simple, nature-inspired craft ideas that you try at home:
- You can make a wooden plaque using a slice of wood as the ‘canvas’ and glue pinecones and twigs to form a floral design.
- Framed leaves – For an artful craft, gather some leaves from a tree near you (such as oak or fig leaves) and press them on cardstock with double-sided tape. You can pre-print the leaf name on the cardstock. Make a frame by attaching twigs to the cardstock’s edges using crafts glue.
- Acorn frame – Add visual interest and texture to a picture frame by fastening the caps of acorns on the wood border using hot glue.
- Hanger frames – Convert your old hangers into frames. Paint them with bright colors and add images on the back, such as your favorite magazine photos or wrapping paper.
- Create a flower wreath using dried flowers such as dahlias.
- Collect leaves of different colors during the fall season. Dip them in melted beeswax and then thread when dry. Attach the other end of the string to a branch using hot glue and hang across your window or the patio.
Centerpieces and Displays
- Create a natural centerpiece using acorns:- You will need gold-colored paint and gold glitter. Mix the paint and glitter, then coat the caps of the acorn. Arrange them in a glass bowl for that ‘wow’ centerpiece or hang them on your Christmas tree.
- Pinecone flowers: Gather twigs and attach small pinecones using glue. Stand the twigs in a glass vase for a beautiful visual effect. You can add more pinecones to the vase to support the twigs.
- Embellished your baskets or vases with acorn caps. Collect acorn caps and attach them to the rim of the basket or vase using a hot-glue gun. Add mini pinecones on the rim to create texture.
- Reuse used jars – Wash the jars and place shells, pebbles, and sand inside. You can also use twine or raffia to wrap the neck/body of the jar for some visual interest. You can turn the jar into a time capsule by adding a postcard or photo and elements from a trip and seal the jar.
- Embellish your napkin rings with faux berries. Paint the berries and sprinkle with glitter. Once dry, use hot glue to fasten them onto the napkin rings.
- Gather driftwood, thread, and some shells. Drill holes through the driftwood and thread the string all the way through. On one end, tie a knot and tie the shells on the other end
Natural Dyes and Prints
13. Create natural dyes from plants. You can use scraps from fruits, seeds, berries, roots, and leaves.
- Use hibiscus leaves to create a purple dye, lavender leaves for gray and mint leaves for yellow dye.
- A quick tip – Use soya milk to bind the color pigments to the fabric.
- Clothes from animal fibers such as wool, cashmere, and silk absorb these plant-based dyes much better than plant fibers such as cotton and linen.
- Add twigs and leaves to the folded fabric before dyeing to create texture and a visual ‘printed’ effect on the fabric.
- Print leaves and flowers on paper or clothes: Collect the petals and leaves when fresh and place then between paper and then apply pressure using a flower press or a block of heavy books. Leave the press/books in place for 2-3 weeks.
- You can also press the paper with a dry iron on a low setting.