It’s time to embrace nature! A.K.A., it’s spring, and now is the time to look for crafting materials in nature. Some of the materials in this guide do not associate with spring, I must admit that, but most of them are easiest to get during spring and summer, so I thought it was a good time to write about them. Here goes!
Going to the beach:
Have you ever picked up a pretty piece of glass at the beach? If it’s all rounded and milky, chances are you found yourself some seaglass! The prettier the piece, the rarer it is, and although it’s not really a material made by nature, it sure was perfected by the waves. These tiny treasures can be used for decoration, and look especially well together with seashells, which you can also pick up while walking along the beach. Both seaglass and seashells need to be boiled before usage though, so beware that the shells are empty! Don’t kill animals while shelling! While seaglass can be used in jewelry when wired or by drilling a tiny hole in it, there’s a lot more you can do with seashells. Paint them, turn them into angels, use them in jewelry, or whatever you want to! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for driftwood, which can also be very decorative in crafts, or just as is.
Going to the forest (or anywhere with vegetation):
Not everyone lives near a beach, but chances are there’s a nice forest nearby, where you can also find beautiful treasures for crafting. Pick some pretty flowers to dry or collect pinecones during autumn, to use as decorations in your home. Don’t know how to properly dry flowers? It’s easy! Take the flowers you’ve gathered, and put them inside a book to be pressed. Make sure you have some sort of paper (tissues will do) to put between the pages before you press the flowers though, as the water from the flowers can damage the book. Make sure you put something heavy on top of the book, and let the flowers dry while being pressed for at least 2-3 months. The bigger the flowers, the longer it takes. You can use them to decorate cards or bookmarks, and of course leaves also look pretty when dried!
Other things to look out for:
No matter where you go, chances are you might find some pretty rocks. Don’t laugh! I actually have a little collection of all black rocks, and they look awesome! Beach sand can also be very decorative, especially when used in a glass with a candle standing in it, or as sprinkle in crafts, giving that maritime feeling. If you have a good camera, take some pictures when you’re out in the open, and use those as wallpapers, prints, or other decorations. Nature looks good in a frame too!
Of course, there is so much more you can collect out there, but these are the things I look for myself, and can recommend. Nature’s own materials cost you no money, and when creating something with them, you can be sure that it’s 100% unique! So get out there and collect! Paint some beautiful shells, create some stunning jewelry, craft some cards for summer to send while on vacation, or impress your friends with a photo of that magnificent sunset you saw after a long day. Let your imagination fuel your ideas!
And the most important thing; have fun! 🙂
Need quick inspiration? Here are some photos from my Instagram account: