After this popular post about craft materials you can replace with nature, I’m really excited to announce a series of posts I’ll be writing called Made with Nature.
In order for you to reduce your regular craft materials, that cost you money and aren’t all necessarily good for the environment, this series aims to encourage you to craft more with nature. I’ll be taking regular craft items I’ve seen made throughout the web and showing you how to make them with nature instead. I’m looking forward to the challenge!
The first craft that I couldn’t wait to try and recreate was this gorgeous gold paper crown. I followed the gold crown tutorial as best as I could but changed the materials to nature. It was much easier than I expected and it turned out to be the most glorious fairy crown for my daughters!
How to make the nature crown
What you’ll need:
- Nice big leaves (preferably two colours green and yellow)
- A good quality craft glue
- Paper clips or pegs
How to make the nature Crown
- The best part about using nature to create this crown was that I didn’t need to be pedantic about the size of each square. Nature looks just as good when it’s not perfect. I roughly measured a square from a green leaf and used that leaf template to cut out 9- 10 squares the same size from the other green leaves.
- Next, using the same template, I cut out 4-5 squares using the golden coloured leaves. I then cut those squares in half to make triangles.
- This is where it did get a little tricky using nature. Leaves don’t like to fold nicely like paper. I gently folded the green leaved squares (to make triangles) but stopped before the leaf ripped. They will hold better once the glue is on and it’s dried.
- Overlap the green creased leaves, add a golden triangle leaf in between them and then add glue so that they will stick together in that join (see image below). You will need to attach a peg or paper clip to keep them held them together until the glue dries.
- Do step four with the remainder of the leaves but check the size of your child’s head as you go. You don’t want it to be too big!
- Once you get to the size of the head, that’s when you’ll need to overlap the two green leaves together and add the last golden leafed triangle to finish the circle. If you’ve used pegs to secure the glued leaves, you can balance the crown on the pegs to dry, or if you’ve used paper clips, you can sit it on the base of the crown, sitting upright.
- Give it a good hour to dry. Then, take off the pegs and paper clips and sit it on your child’s head.
The fairy nature crown looks divine!
It’s a shame nature doesn’t last forever but nature play does have some fantastic advantages. I think this crown made with nature would perfectly suit your child’s little fairy head.
What have you made with nature lately?