Who doesn’t love the change in seasons? The air, the scenery, the pile of nature crap your kids drag in and dump all over the house like no one has ever seen a rock or leaf before? Calm down, I get it. It is all beautiful, and a new discovery for children who are taking the time to notice it. For most adults, it’s old news, so who cares. I really want to appreciate all these things through their eyes, though, and enjoy the beauty of it in my home. But, I’m not so much on board with crumpled leaves all over the floor, and random rocks (sometimes chunks of concrete because my children are no geologists) laying around the house. So, I decided to do what I do. Allow the crazy, just contain it a bit. I decided we would craft a “NATURE” container for the front hall. All the cool “Look what I found!” items go in here, right on a desk by the front door. When it fills up, we dump and start over.
Tin coffee can with label removed
Tissue paper – in various colors that remind you of nature, but doesn’t look horrible with your decor
Card stock or heavy paper
Cute stickers with a nature theme
We started by ripping the tissue into small pieces, and then crumbling them up a bit.
Next, we used a glue stick to cover the outside of the coffee can with glue. The kids took turns working on a side to attach the crumbled tissue pieces to the can. I then printed off a NATURE sign, cut a couple of different colored pieces of cardstock, and assembled our label. This was attached to the can by me, using the super glue. I know most craft directions give you a bunch of cutesy ways to attach, or acted like a 4-year-old used a glue stick for something like this. Bulls@#*. If you really want to get this part to stick and stay, use the super glue. Lastly, we put the cute stickers around the can. Done!
Our finished project immediately got filled with the last week’s collection of miraculous crap. I really do love it, though! 🙂
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