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Nature Crafts – Terrariums

A fun way to bring the beauty of nature indoors and decorate your home, office, etc., is to make a terrarium. You can get very creative using various natural items to make cute little terrariums, and they are very easy and you can even get the kids involved in these fun projects. Below are some examples and ideas to give you some inspiration.

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Lets Craft: Terrific Terrariums – Modern Mom


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Terrarium Craft – This Mama Loves


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Lightbulb Terrarium – The Hipster Home


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Make an Indoor Terrarium for Kids – She Knows


Nature Crafts – Botanical Bookmarks

It’s great to have a pretty and creative bookmark to keep your place in your favorite book.  Now that Spring is here and flowers and herbs are lush, you can use your creativity to make a lovely bookmark using nature’s bounty.  It’s very simple and fun and if you have kids, they’ll enjoy getting into the project too.


So if you’re an herb and flower lover, here are some easy DIY bookmark projects to inspire you.


















Spring/Summer DIY Wreath Ideas

Wreaths are lovely decorations that can be made with materials from the garden.  The Spring and Summer seasons provide so many natural materials that can be creatively used to make beautiful wreaths to decorate doors and windows and yards.  Below are some wonderful DIY wreath ideas and tutorials to give you inspiration.






















Fragrant Spice Sachet



You can make a cute and fragrant decorative little sachet using a simple muslin bag and spices that are probably already in your kitchen.  Spices such as whole allspice, cloves, and anise stars all have their individual wonderful and strong fragrances and when they are all combined, you will have an amazing rich and robust spicy fragrance.  


These little bags are so cute and aromatic and so easy to make. Fill your muslin bag with your spices and you can further decorate it by tying cinnamon sticks to the drawstrings and attaching decorations to it.  For my sachet above, I made a little tissue paper flower and appliqued it onto the bag. Tissue paper flowers are fun to make and they are adorable little decorations for lots of crafts. Click the link below for simple instructions to make tissue paper flowers.





Simmer Potpourri



This is a simmer potpourri recipe to make your house smell wonderful. In a large pot of water, combine these ingredients and let it simmer on the stove top:

– Rind of one large orange (you can use lemon and limes too)

– 1/4 cup of cloves

– 1/4 cup of anise seeds

– 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks

– 3 or 4 bay leaves

You can adjust the amounts depending on your personal preference.

Be sure to use caution and keep an eye on the pot while the heat is on. The water will begin to evaporate as it simmers, make sure that the pot does not dry out You can add more water and let the potpourri continue to simmer for as long as you like.



Layered Spice Jar


You can create lovely jar crafts with fragrant and pretty spices and dried botanicals. You can gather brightly colored botanicals and layer them across or even tilt your jar and create swirly layers.  When you’re layering your jar, make sure to use the bulkier and heavier botanicals and spices as the bottom layers and the lighter ones on the top. Also, after you’ve placed the bottom layer and you’re working on the middle, make sure not to shake your jar to even it out because you’re going to accidentally force some of the middle layer botanicals to fall into and mix in with the bottom layer. You can even out the middle and top layers by gently straightening them out with a spoon.

For the jar above, I used a bottom layer of dried hawthorne berries. They are hard and bulky, a little smaller than dried rosehips, and add a deep rich reddish brown color to whatever crafts you use them on.



For the middle layer, I used dried citrus peels which are chopped into small chunks. They are very fragrant and add a nice deep orange color.



For the top layer, I used crushed dried bay leaves.  If you have dried whole bay leaves, you can crush them with a mortar and pestle or even with your hands. They are also very fragrant and add a wonderful olive green color to the jar.



You can use whatever botanicals and spices you like, there are so many wonderful colors and fragrances that you can combine and get really creative with.  You can create as many layers as you want, depending on the size of your jar. You can also decorate your jars and give them as pretty and fragrant gifts.



Fragrant Decorating Idea – Bay Leaves


Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold, is a great addition to soap, bath, and beauty products like bath salts and body scrubs. In addition to moisturizing dry skin, it has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and it helps wounds to heal by stimulating collagen. These qualities make it effective in balms and salves for rashes, irritated skin, and wounds. The bright golden petals also make great additions to fragrant potpourri blends displayed in decorative dishes and jars.



Decorate a Plain White Frosted Cake for Christmas


You can really pretty up a plain white frosted cake and make a wonderful Christmas display. It’s almost too pretty to eat and it’s very easy and fun to make. You can get very creative and crafty with your cake with just a few ingredients. For this cake I used:

– Sugar Ice Cream Cones – the V-shaped ones

– 1 Pkg Green Soft Jelly Sugar Candies

– 1 Container Plain White Frosting

– Green Food Coloring

– Powdered Sugar


In order to make the pine trees, add green food coloring to your white frosting until you achieve the shade you want. Invert an ice cream cone and hold it with your index finger placed inside of it and with your other hand, frost it with the green frosting using a butter knife, leaving the tip undone. When you’re done frosting most of the cone, grip it by the un-frosted tip and place it upside-down onto your cake. Make sure you don’t go too close to the edge. If the frosting on the cake is already dried you can spread a little fresh frosting in the spot where you’re going to place the cone so that it will hold it firmly once it dries. Once your cone is placed on the cake, carefully finish frosting the tip and while the frosting is still soft, sprinkle the cone with powdered sugar to create a snowy look. Repeat with process with more cones but make sure you don’t overcrowd your cake.


When you’re done with your cones in the center, place the green sugar candies around them to create the look of snowy bushes.  In the center, I put two little Christmas carolers, I cut out the bottom of a plastic cup and secured them on top of it with soft frosting and placed that on the cake, because the carolers would tip over if placed directly on the cake without the plastic piece. You don’t have to necessarily use carolers, you can place whatever you want in the center, whatever your creativity desires. You can also make little snowmen out of marshmallows to put in the center.

Decorating this cake is a fun creative process and you end up with a very beautiful result. The only problem is that you don’t want to cut into it. 🙂

How to Tea Stain Paper


A great way to give paper an aged antique look is to tea stain it. Simply by using tea you can give a nice unique antique look to your crafts projects (especially shabby chic and country primitives) and it can be used for all kinds of paper crafts like art journaling and altered art. Tea staining also looks great on labels, hangtags, and stationary.

Tea staining is a very easy and inexpensive way to give a vintage look to your paper crafts. Follow the links below for easy instructions and tips for perfect tea staining.






* The teacup graphic above is from my Tea and Candles Clipart Collection. Do not take this graphic from this post.