Nature Crafts

Inspiration and tutorials for crafts that use bits of nature or about nature.

Poppy Flower Crown from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsPoppy Crown

We did this project a few years ago, but I wanted to reshare it with you, since it was such a cute craft. At the time, I happened to mention something to Sola about daisy chains and daisy crowns. Of course, she was transfixed with the idea and we began trying to collect daisies to make a crown for her. At first, we couldn’t find enough daisies, but once they started blooming, we began to realize that all the wild daisies in our area seem to have tiny little bugs in them. I contemplated buying daisies from a store, but finally settled on using a different flower instead. We have tons of California poppies growing in our backyard right now and I thought I would try making a poppy flower crown instead, as they are also long stemmed.
Poppy Flower Crown from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Braiding Method

I tried splitting the stems of a few poppies to make a “daisy chain”, like I did when I was a child, but I found that the poppy stems were just too slender and fragile to split well. So instead, I used the braiding method shown over at Unecht Ruprecht to make our crown. We had no blades of grass and poppy stems break much more easily than daisy stems, but after a couple of tries, I was able to make a pretty crown.
Poppy Flower Crown from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Turning Things Over to You

Have you ever made a flower crown with your child? What type of flowers did you use? I would love to try this with different flowers!

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May Day Baskets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I have often wished that we could celebrate May Day properly with a May Pole, but every time we have known of a place that was hosting such a celebration, the event was ridiculously crowded. Then May Day became associated with protests and riots in Seattle, so it just started to seem best to stay […]

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How to Make a Calico Corn Necklace | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Calico Corn (sometimes referred to as “Indian Corn”) Calico corn looks gorgeous as an autumn decoration, but can also be used to make a beautiful calico corn necklace for your child. Nothing man made can compare to the striking autumn jewel tones of calico corn. Sola and I made  calico corn necklaces for many years […]

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How to Make Botanical Handmade Paper | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making handmade paper for some time now. I like the idea of being able to recycle my own paper. Plus, this year I am trying a new approach to nature journaling. Instead of buying fancy journals, Sola and I will making our own journals and I thought […]

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Preserving Autumn Leaves With Wax Paper | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Every autumn, we try to preserve the leaves that we find on our many nature explorations. We like to use them for crafts, in nature journals, and on our nature table. I’ve experimented with a lot of methods of preserving leaves and not been super enthusiastic about any of them. I almost didn’t try using […]

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