From T-shirts to Twig Baskets, 65 Cool Projects for Crafty Kids to Make with Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere
Nature’s Art Box is a 224-page treasure trove of fun projects children will love to make, using materials from their own backyards!
The author explains how to use shells, moss, seedpods, and cones to decorate objects; how to embellish picture frames, birdhouses, and keepsake boxes with forest treasures; how to make inks and from plants and flowers; how to build fairy-sized furniture; and how to dig clay, weave vines, and make natural dyes to decorate T-shirts.
This book starts with the premise that nature is full of art materials. Whether it’s a city park, a suburban backyard, a farm field, or a sandy beach, it’s all at your fingertips. With just a few inexpensive store-bought items, such as string, glue and wire, you are on your way to creating beautiful, natural works of art.
The introduction and appendix contain helpful information on gathering materials and other crafts supplies you’ll need.
Projects vary in complexity from very simple to those that require adult supervision.
Here’s a sampling of projects:
- Dried-Flower Fairy
- Leaf Rubbing Gift Wrap
- Okra Pod Canoe and People
- Sand Painting
- Shell Buttons
- Homemade Natural Paint
- Bark and Moss House
- Angel Ornament
- Fern Print
Along the way, the author is careful to teach respect for what the earth offers, helping children learn to be good stewards of the earth’s resources as well as artists.
This book is a great resource for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers.
Recommended for ages 9 and up
8.5" x 11"