Create simple and beautiful nature art using items collected from the garden at home.
Although we have dabbled in earth art before, creating art with nature is something we don’t do enough of. I love it because it’s simple, fun, free and it gets the kids outside exploring while using their imaginations. Spending time in nature also has numerous mental and physical health benefits for both adults and kids such as lowering stress levels, reducing depression and anxiety, and obviously fresh air and exercise. I know this is true because I personally always feel calmer after spending time in nature, so it makes sense that my kids would too (even if they think they’d prefer to be watching ‘unboxing’ videos on youtube instead!)
You might not have a big or beautiful garden with flowers to pick but that doesn’t mean you can’t create nature art. Go on a walk or visit a park and you’ll be sure to find a lovely assortment of things which can be used creatively together. The sky is the limit so anything goes. Pick a few leaves from shrubs as you pass by and collect any interesting seed pods, feathers or pebbles. Flowers growing on the sidewalk make perfect additions to your collection.
We have a rambling garden overgrown with weeds which includes a few flowers here and there (since I spend such a lot of time crafting our poor garden gets very little attention). After a short walk around the neighbourhood and a quick forage around our own yard we managed to collect quite a variety of different leaves, petals, flowers, pebbles and non-edible berries.
It’s always interesting which items capture the kids’ imagination and what they choose to create with them.
How to create Garden Nature Art:
You will need natural items such as (but not exclusively):
• Small branches of greenery
• Anything else you fancy
Place your nature items in a pile and arrange them in pictures and patterns. There are no rules for what to create, anything goes!
We made fairies, patterns, abstract designs and even a fish.
It’s such a peaceful and relaxing way to spend an hour. What else would you create?
More ideas using nature:
You can find plenty more inspiration on our Nature Crafts board on Pinterest