Using nature in craft is one of our favourite activities. Who needs pom poms and felt, when you can have leaves, gumnuts, and bark!
While on another bush walk, we found a paper bark tree. I knew this would come in handy, so I collected some bark that had fallen off the trunk and folded it up in my carry bag. Paper bark is perfect material for craft because it comes off the tree in long, thick pieces and it’s quite flexible.
While on our bush walk, we also collected beautiful pieces of nature including gumnut flowers, pretty mottled leaves, and fern fronds. It was lovely searching for nature treasures and adding them to our bag of goodies.
Don’t have paper bark? Try this GORGEOUS leaf crown instead!
Making this nature crown builds:
- nature appreciation
- colour recognition
- fine motor skills
- scissor skills
What you need to make a paper bark nature crown:
- Nature treasures
- Paper bark (or bark from a tree that rips off in big flexible pieces)
- Paper clips
How to make the paper bark nature crown
- Spread the natural materials you’ve collected with your children on the table.
- Let your children glue whatever they choose on to their piece of paper bark.
- Twist the paper bark around and measure it against the head.
- Use paperclips to secure the two ends with the right head measurement.
- Add them to your child’s head and let them go and look at their creation in the mirror.
Have you used nature in your craft activities lately?
I love your crowns – they are gorgeous! We recently made pet rock flies with leaves and seed pods. I agree – it is so much fun to craft with nature.
Thanks so much Jody! They’ve held up well too. Still going strong. I wonder how long they’ll last?
Love these 🙂
Planning to make some on the weekend. Thank you.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Tricia. I hope they enjoyed making them. Did you manage to find paper bark around where you live?
How beautiful! My kids love any kind of crown but these are extra special 🙂
I think they are too Hannah. Nature always make things look more special I think 😉
What beautiful crowns! I love them. Pinning & sharing 🙂
I adore these! I have pinned and shared them and can’t wait to have a go at making some.
Danya Banya says
These are so lovely. They would make great fairy or elf roleplaying props. We’ve started using found natural items in our play too. Lots of fun!
Oh so cute
I can imagine these would be great for imaginative outdoor play
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Fantastic as always Penny! Have already pinned these a few times as they are so darned cute! we have so much paperbark here I am always trying to think of things to do with it so thank you!!
Kate_Laughing Kids Learn says
What a gorgeous idea Penny! Well done. I think children would love these and it’s great they can use nature to decorate them too. Such a fun little project for children.
I wish we had a paper bark tree or some other tree with appropriate bark… your have inspired me to think of all these cool things we could do with those lovely sheets of bark!
How lovely!!!!!! They turned out so beautiful 🙂
I.LOVE.THIS!! So glad I’m not the only mama that goes on a bush walk and carts back a bag full of found natural treasures!
Kate_Laughing Kids Learn says
I adore this. Thanks for linking up to ‘Share It Saturday’. I would love to feature this activity. Thanks again. Kate (Laughing Kids Learn).
Love this idea!! so great! my kids will absolutely love making these!!
Natasha @ Serenity You
Penny Whitehouse says
Thanks Natasha. So glad you like them. I hop you kids will too. 🙂