Autumn is here already and with it comes the gorgeous yellows, reds and oranges of fallen leaves, their crisp crunch under foot and the familiar musky damp smell that comes with the colder, wetter weather. We love the textures and colours that autumn brings with it and to celebrate we are sharing nine lovely nature crafts that an autumnal bounty is perfect for.
Crown yourself as King or Queen of the land and make yourself a beautiful leaf crown. Grab a piece of card large enough to fit around your head then cut it into a thick strip. Place it around your head to get the right size and then staple the join together (obviously not while it is still round your head!). Then get outdoors and collect as many beautiful coloured leaves you can find and staple them onto the card to make your crown suitably royal. If you want to mix it up a bit then add other treasures to your crown such as feathers and berries.
Make your very own miniature people. Use whatever you can find from sticks to acorns for the body and then add a hat, a cloak and anything else that will make your find into a little person of their own. Once you have the people then why not build them a house too, heck, you could build your own little village of people if you wanted too. This activity could lead to some great story telling and imaginative play scenarios.
Create some textured art. Grab some crayons and some paper, head outside and choose any texture that you like the look and feel of. Place the paper over the item and then colour over the top with the long side of the crayon. Try it with different leaves and flowers and have fun experimenting.
Try some apple printing. Find a local apple tree and forage some fruit, chop them in half, dip them in paint and print onto paper, cotton, cardboard or anything else you fancy. Combine the prints with your own drawings or pick some flowers or seed heads and add flower prints to your art. Get creative and see where it takes you.
Create a tree sculpture. Choose a tree and use whatever you can find to decorate it or build a sculpture around it. Try wedging sticks in between branches or hanging leaves from the trunk using ivy as twine. Leave something special for a passer-by to enjoy, maybe you will inspire them to make their own tree sculpture.
Make yourself a journey stick. Grab some wool or string and cut into lengths then head on out to find yourself a stick. Once you have your stick, preferably of walking stick size then tie the string onto the top end. Take your stick along on a wonderful adventure and collect items as you go that will remind you of your adventure, remind you of other important things in your life or that you simply like the look, smell, feel of. By the time you have finished your adventure you will have a lovely reminder of the fun you had. The lovely thing about journey sticks is that you can make a new one for every adventure you have.
Make some natural mandalas. This is a great activity for exploring shapes and colours as well as sorting. Collect items of similar colours and shapes to create each layer of your mandala, use different items working from inside to outside. See how large you can make your mandala or concentrate on making one with lots of different shades of the same colour. Be warned though, you might be there all day, it is an easy activity to get lost in.
Make your own nature animals. Create dragonflies out of sticks, stones and colourful leaves, make hedgehogs out of pinecones or create your very own creature. Being the first to discover this new beast you can also think up an amazing name for it. How about a Stinky Stomp or a Squishy Squelcher?
Make leaves your canvas instead of your paint. Metallic coloured pens work really well for this, as do fluorescent ones (although highlighters don’t work so well). Create beautiful patterns or draw an item or creature on each one and use them like story stones. Hang your pretty works of art from a stick using twine and you will have yourself a lovely leaf mobile.
What are your favourite autumnal nature crafts? We would love to hear about them. Share your pictures on our facebook page or tweet us @adventuretogs with the hashtag #adventurebugs