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Easy Outdoor Crafts for Kids


Cattail Place Mats

Native Americans used cattails in many ways, and so can your kids in this easy outdoor craft. If cattails grow abundantly near your home, pull some up. You can use the fresh leaves to make these pretty cattail place mats.

What You'll Need:

  • A place to gather fresh cattails
  • Large piece of corrugated cardboard
  • Thumbtacks
  • Safe scissors
  • Glue

How to Make Cattail Place Mats:

Step 1: Lay some long leaves side by side on a large sheet of cardboard.

Step 2: Thumbtack one end of each leaf to the cardboard to hold it in place.

Step 3: Weave more leaves in and out. Trim the leaves.

Step 4: When you finish weaving, trim the ends with scissors and let the mat dry. Dab glue under each cut end. This will hold the mat together.

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

Recycled Container Instruments by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.

Cattail Place Mats by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.


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