homemade playdough with essential oils

five easy nature crafts

sustainable, natural, simple crafts

We are taking the current times as a chance to slow down, to connect with the things we have around us, with nature, to do the things we always say we’d like to but never actually do. Less doing, more being. Letting go of control and just being.

There is something so satisfying about using natural resources and you either probably have most of the ingredients below, or can source fairly easily. 

Plant bee friendly seeds in naturally dyed egg shells

You need  egg shells, soil, bee friendly seeds, one or more dye materials – turmeric powder, beetroot, blueberries, spinach, avocado stones, acai powder, spirulina powder.
  1. Choose your natural dyes. So far we have used avocado stone for pink, turmeric powerfor yellow, acai powder for a deep purple, beetroot for a blue/purple and spirulina for green. I would like to try blueberries, also meant to be good. We also did spinach for green, though it is a very soft pale.
  2. Drop your dye material in some simmering water, add the egg shells and leave them to bubble gently until you are happy with the colour. We found that the colours faded after they dried so if in doubt, go for longer. 
  3. Marvel at the colours of your egg shells.
  4. Fill your egg shells with soil, water lightly, and then add the seeds. Add a very thin layer of soil over the seeds and water a little.
  5. Leave your eggs on a windowsill. When the seeds look like they might be outgrowing the shells, plant them in the garden. We cracked the shells slightly before putting them in so the roots could make their way out.

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH, with essential oils

You need  flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, water. Optional – food colouring and essential oils.

  1. Mix together….2 cups of white flour, 1 cup of salt, 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil. 
  2. Carefully mix in 2 cups of boiling water. 
  3. Add food colouring and doTERRA essential oils, if you have/want to. We used peppermint (uplifitng and supports focus) and wild orange (smells insanely good, uplifting and grounding). We also added some gemstones, our ecoglitter, petals…I left pine cones out for the kids to use, sticks….any natural resources are amazing as “tools”. 
  4. Store in a glass jar – we put bakewell paper over the top to prevent the air drying the playdough out.

eco glitter

You need  flowers, a sharp knife. 

  1. Collect lots and lots of the dropped blossom flowers in a hat or similar. Our local park was FULL of beautiful blossom last week. Other flowers work well too – tulips are great, sunflowers, roses – you can try pretty much anything.
  2. You can press them between two sheets of paper, under heavy books. Once dried and pressed the flowers are gorgeous for crafts and will last till you need them. Or pull the petals off, discard the stamen and leave to dry. Separate the petals a little if you can, though this isn’t essential, and leave them to dry on the table or on a tray.
  3. Our blossom foraging gave us a gorgeous selection of pale and darker pink and have cut them up into tiny pieces to make ecoglitter!
  4. If you want to, chop the dried petals into very fine pieces to use like glitter. We have a selection of dried petals, pressed flowers and finely chopped petals. 
  5. If you have flowers that you are about to get rid off just strip the petals and leave them out to dry. On a tray, on the table. Just separate the petals, if you can though this isn’t essential. Then chop finely and enjoy! 

Homemade watercolour paints

You need  bicarb of soda, vinegar, honey, cornflour or tapioca. Optional – mud. Thank you to the amazing @muddly_puddly for the recipe for this one and the image at the top. 

  1. Mix 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and 1 tablespoons of vinegar until it stops fizzing. 
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of cornflour or tapioca and 1 tablespoon of mud (or more cornflour/tapioca if you prefer a less grainy, brighter paint).
  3. Scoop into the wells of a muffin tin. 
  4. Add 6-8 drops of food colouring to each well. The mixture should be very thick so add more flour if it seems a bit runny.
  5. If you have flowers that you are about to get rid off just strip the petals and leave them out to dry. On a tray, on the table. Just separate the petals, if you can though this isn’t essential. Then chop finely and enjoy!
  6. Add natural treasures to your paints and leave them to dry. Then use like watercolours!

journey stickS

You need  sticks, treasures from your walk.
  1. Choose a chunky-ish stick 
  2. Wrap some string round the stick, all the way from the top to the bottom. Loose enough to feed flowers into, but tight enough to hold them in. 
  3. Collect natural treasures on your walk! Stick them in your stick and enjoy all the magical treasures you collect on your adventure. 

mindful moment

Take a moment to notice the materials you are using. The smell, the feel, the look of the flowers and ingredients. 

Little seed breathing 

Start curled up in a ball, in child’s pose, and notice your breath. Allow yourself to feel comfortable and cosy here, like a little seed beneath the earth, ready to pop out and grow. As you breathe in, rise up, reach your upper body up high and stretch your arms out wide. With each breath you take, allow the movement to get taller and wider, growing like a beautiful flower. 

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