Some days, you simply have to put the books aside and head outside. These nature crafts are the perfect accompaniment to a stroll in the great outdoors. Pick up the items you need, then make some amazing crafts for play or display!

1. Assemble a one-of-a-kind tree.

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Grab the free printable template at the link, then gather items on a nature walk to create unique trees like no one has ever seen before!

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2. Turn maple seeds into dragonflies.

Even adults will want to get in on nature crafts like this one. Paint the maple seeds or leave them as they are to create these lovely little dragonflies.

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3. Display a bouquet of pine cone roses.

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Pine cones are pretty on their own, but this colorful project makes them even prettier to look at!

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4. Light up nature luminaries.

Use clear contact paper to make these simple luminaries, perfect for a summer evening picnic.

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5. Press flowers and leaves to make bookmarks.

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This is one of those nature crafts that makes perfect gifts. Learn how to make them at the link.

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6. Wear colorful marble acorn necklaces.

How cool are these? Glue colorful marbles (bake them in the oven first to get the crackled appearance) to real acorn tops to make the most incredible necklaces!

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7. Weave with natural objects.

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This nature craft gives kids some excellent fine motor skills practice, with cool results they’ll love to display.

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8. Put together bark owls.

You’re going to want to make a whole flock of these happy little bark owls! Use them for fall decor or turn them into holiday ornaments.

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9. Test your memory.

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Take a nature walk and gather two of every item. Then place them into small boxes with lids, and play a game of memory. So fun!

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10. Play a game of tic-tac-toe with rocks.

Take this beloved game outside when you make a board and playing pieces with items found in nature.

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11. Paint a portrait with leaves and flowers.

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We love the creativity this nature craft encourages. Kids can make their own portraits, or try to capture someone they know and love.

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12. Spin some nature pinwheels.

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Grab some big leaves and turn them into clever little pinwheels! Learn how it’s done at the link.

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13. Make your own nature paintbrushes.

Turn items like pine needles and grasses into paintbrushes you can use to create other cool nature crafts. These are so much fun to experiment with.

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14. Hang pretty nature suncatchers.

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Let the sun shine through your collection of leaves and flowers, all displayed in mason jar rings! Hit the link to find out how to make your own.

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15. Spell your name with yarn-wrapped twigs.

What a fun way to practice your ABCs! Wrap yarn around twigs to create a whole alphabet of letters.

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16. Imprint clay with natural items.

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Press leaves, flowers, twigs, and more into clay to make intricate impressions. When the clay is dry, paint them for the finishing touch. This is another one of those nature crafts that makes great gifts.

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17. Dress up in a nature bracelet.

Some of the best nature crafts are so easy: Simply make a bracelet of masking tape, sticky side facing out. Then, stick flowers, leaves, berries, and more to it to make a stunning nature bracelet!

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18. Print with leaves on rocks.

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Here’s another simple nature craft with cool results. Press leaves into paint, then use them to stamp impressions on flat rocks.

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19. Crown yourself the queen or king of nature.

These nature crowns are perfect for imaginative play! Kids will love wearing them to rule the Tree Kingdom or Creekside Empire.

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20. Play with stick fairies.

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How cute are these? Make a whole family of stick fairies and put on a puppet show about all their adventures.

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21. Build fairy houses from rocks.

Speaking of fairies, those little sprites are going to need a place to live! These adorable little houses will look terrific when scattered around the garden.

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22. Display flowers in a twig vase.

Give a tin can a makeover with this simple nature craft. Just glue twigs around the can to make a unique vase.

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23. Craft pine cone hedgehog friends.

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These colorful hedgies are fun for play or display. Kids will want to make an array!

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24. Find big leaves to make prints.

Head outside and grab the biggest leaves you can find. Then, add a variety of paints to create brilliant multi-hued leaf prints.

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25. Turn leaves into masks.

Here’s another use for big leaves: turn them into the coolest masks! Press and dry them, cut out eye holes, then paint in the details. Awesome!

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