5 Craft Projects Using Things From Your Yard


A slew of crafting supplies can be found in nature, including the dried leaves and petals used in potpourri.
A slew of crafting supplies can be found in nature, including the dried leaves and petals used in potpourri.
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Do you ever find yourself frustrated by the changing seasons? Just when it seems like you have gotten your grass to that perfect deep green, the leaves begin to turn and, suddenly, all you see covering your yard are shades of oranges and reds. Then you spend an entire weekend raking the fallen leaves from your yard, only to find a sheet of snow covering it the next morning.

It's true; Mother Nature can bring forth frustration and headaches for many of us. Ten feet of snow, rain for five days straight and gusts of wind raging at 40 mph (64.37 kph) are just some of the not-so-pleasant things nature can bring us. But nature isn't always our enemy.

Think of those wonderful days when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the air is filled with the fragrance of blossoming trees and flowers. It's then that you wish you could gather all that up in your arms and carry it inside to save for a rainy, stormy or snowy day. It turns out that, in a way, you can do just that.

Nature crafts have been common projects for young children for decades. Come on, you're bound to have memories of gathering pinecones, twigs and leaves for a school art project. The teacher added some glue and glitter to the mix and you had a creation you just couldn't wait to take home to show the family. But did you know that nature crafts aren't for elementary school kids only? Art and craft projects created from nature can be sophisticated, decorative elements that can add beauty to any home.

Whether you are in the mood for bright, colorful flowers or prefer the more earthy tones of fall leaves, you will learn to appreciate everything Mother Nature has to offer with these simple craft projects.

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