12/01/2007

Winter Garden Crafts

Do you ever just get in the mood to craft?

On these days I often end up roaming the isles of Hobby Lobby or AC Moore. Usually I can find inspiration a new baggie of beads for making a necklace or a decorative piece of wood to paint and decorate. Browsing through a craft store can be as addictive for me as a seed catalog or bookstore.

But today I had a new idea- look to nature for my inspiration! Why not combine two of my favorite hobbies? And if listen to some good music while I complete these projects, and write about it at the same time, I'll cover pretty much be doing all my favorite things at once. Bliss!

If you have any ideas, please share! Here's a couple I have in mind:

1. Make a "winter boquet" of dried stems, evergreen leaves, dried grasses, or whatever else I can find outdoors.

2. Press some colored leaves between wax paper and iron to preserve some of the last remnants of fall color.

3. Make some Christmas ornaments by painting pinecones

4. Try making a candle with leaf imprints.

6 comments:

Heavy Petal said...

Yes, I do! Although my usual crafts tend towards yarn and paper, nature certainly inspires. I like making pinecone birdfeeders (roll pinecones in peanut butter and then in seeds)... decorating dormant planters with cut boughs, etc...

I think the possibilities are truly endless.

Tina said...

Oh yes! Inspiration is everywhere. I just tried making seedpaper/pressed flower/ rubberstamped/christmas cards. lol, a mouthful. They were so much fun that I think I'll turn it into a yearly tradition. I like doing birdseed wreaths too, and...and...
:) Of course, if I can't get my hands on a craft, baking will do.

Anita said...

How about a wreath of dried flowers.

Ocha said...

Reminds me of days past when I use to make so many beaded items. My dad still has a hat band with his name that I made him from seed beads. And gardening and the outdoors does provide lots of inspiration. All you have to do is open your senses and take it all in. The leaves of fall are simply breath taking. Talking about pinecone birdfeeders, I've never made any but I do have enough that I could make a whole grocery store.

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Nelumbo said...

Yes, there's so much inspiration and so little time :)

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