It seems like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for flowers to bloom! The reason for my excitement is twofold. First, I like to look at them because what kind of human doesn’t!? Second, there are so many great nature crafts you can do with flowers! I’ve got a stockpile of ideas I want to try out, and these wood slab necklaces were one of them!
I love nature crafts, especially those that actually have a purpose once you’re finished making them. This is something that your kids will actually want to keep and continue to wear afterward! And if you have boys who may not be keen on making necklaces, fret not!
You don’t necessarily have to use flowers; any kind of foliage will do! And rather than a necklace, these can be made into key chains or attached to a backpack with a carabiner. Nature crafts like this one make amazing gifts! Perhaps something for grandma on mother’s day, handmade by junior!
If you’d like to create some floral necklaces of your own, follow along below!
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Gather your supplies.
Here’s everything you’ll need from your house for this nature craft:
- modge podge
- small foam paint brushes
- small wood slices with pre-drilled holes
- 10 mm jump rings
Head outside and gather your nature materials.
One of my favorite things about nature nature crafts is that you get to go outside and hunt for materials! Head outside with some scissors and a collecting bag of some sort. Let the kids snip whatever intrigues them.
Keep in mind the size of the wood slices as you do do. Aim for smaller, flatter flowers and other pieces of foliage as those will fit better and be more likely to stay in place. Also, it never hurts to grab more than you think you’ll need in case some of things you gather don’t work out.
Press the flowers flat.
If you happen to have a flower press, great! This is a wonderful time to use it. Otherwise, a few heavy books should do the trick. Get a couple pieces of paper to press your flowers between so they don’t stain the pages of the book. Lay one piece of paper on top of a page inside the book, then arrange your nature pieces on top. Place the second piece of paper on top and gently close the book.
Place a few more heavy books on top and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. You can wait even longer if you have the patience, but I found that half an hour was good enough for me.
Glue the flowers onto the wood slices!
Now that everything is ready to go, it’s time to start gluing! Don’t be afraid to use too much modge podge for this step! In this case, kid’s tendency to glop things on too thick really isn’t a bad thing. It’ll dry clear, and it’ll help hold things in place, especially if you have some thicker items.
First, paint a layer of modge podge on your wood slab. Then arrange your flowers and foliage on top. That first layer will help things stick in place. Don’t be afraid to do more than one thing on each slab and play around with overlapping. Once everything is where you want it, paint your second layer of modge podge on top of the flowers.
Assemble the necklace.
Let them sit long enough to dry, then trim off any overhanging edges. There should be a nice, clear finish over top of the flowers. Now it’s time to attach the jump rings onto the wood slices. Chances are, the modge podge dried on top of the hole on the wood slice, so you might need to get a needle to poke the hole open again.
Use some needle-nose pliers to open to jump rings, place them through the hole on the wood slabs, and close them back up. Next, measure the cord and trim off a length that can easily be pulled on and off your child’s head once it’s tied. Thread the cord though the jump ring and tie it off with a tight knot.
That’s it! Your kiddos now have their very own handmade necklaces to wear around proudly or give as a gift! This is one of my favorite nature craft ideas that I’ve tried thus far! Admittedly, my own three-year-old boy wasn’t a great test subject for this one. But I tried it with a friend’s girls who are a little older and they absolutely loved it!
Have fun creating your own masterpieces!
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