Take a walk outside and stop
to smell the flowers. All of the next five projects have one thing
in common, they all use materials from nature in a very new way.
Many craft materials are found naturally such as cork, rubber
and grapevine. Many others are derived from natural components
like plastics from oil, some paints from milk, and dyes from plant
materials. See how you can gather things right in your own backyard
to create "natural" crafts.
106-1 How to Grow a
Crayon: Instead of a craft project, learn the step by step
process for making crayons from soybeans. Looking at soybeans
growing in a field, did you ever imagine they could be used
to make crayons? What could be more natural?
Seed Topiary: Gather
seeds and beans to create a wonderful geometric design in a
clay pot. Learn how to divide and measure a round object the
easy way, using rubber bands.
106-3 Nature Book: Create a personal journal for your
thoughts and ideas. The cover design borrows plants and twigs
from nature along with a fun foiling technique.
106-4 Rock Zoo: Have fun collecting all sorts of rocks
to make a whole zoo of animals. Paints, eyes, and trims complete
106-5 Reflections of Nature: Let these sunglasses reflect
your memories of a favorite outdoor place. Soybean crayons complete
the natural theme.
106-6 Hands-On Project: How do you get ideas for craft
projects that might help someone else? Take a few minutes to
brainstorm on a project you might be able to try.
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