We love creating with nature and it’s awesome to have an idea then head outside and find something we can use. This time we decided to create a nature diary or journal and then collect a range of items we find. When we brought them back inside we started planning some activities with them. It’s a great way to get the kids thinking creatively, and they sure do come up with some awesome ideas.

Nature craft is fun, cheap and is a great way to connect kids with the outdoors. Search for the unusual, the unique and the brightly coloured, and you’ll be encouraging kids to look beyond the normal and expand their imagination. So this is what we used to make our nature craft journals.

The best bit about this project is it costs next to nothing.

Garden Craft Journal

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Posted by Family Garden Life on Monday, 21 January 2019

Garden Diary

Materials

    • Brown paper sandwich bags
    • Stapler
    • Hole punch
    • Tape for binding
    • String or ribbon
    • Printouts (download the PDF templates below)
    • Glue
    • Scissors

Steps for making your diary

      • Take 6 brown paper sandwich bags and top to tail them. So start with an open-end then a closed-end and so on.
      • Next, fold them in half to make 12 pages.
      • Keeping them folder, a staple along the fold in 3 places. Now your journal is one piece.
      • Add some binding tape over the fold and cover the staples on both the back and front of your journal.

Garden Diary - brown bags Garden diary - printouts

garden diary - gluing down pages Garden dairy girls glueing pages down

      • Using the hole punch, add 2 holes to the front and back pages only. Make sure they line up.
      • Cut 2 pieces of string or ribbon and tie one piece of string to both holes on the same side. Repeat on the other side. Then cut both pieces in the middle. Now you should have 4 even pieces of string tied to each hole.
      • Print and cut your front page and internal pages and glue down.
      • Now it’s time to start collecting some nature. Head outside and see what you can find. Get the kids to think about what they can create with the items they collect.

Garden diary - nature finds 3 Garden diary - nature finds

Garden diary - holding up leaves Garden diary - nature finds

      • Bring them inside and start working on craft projects by mapping out the types of craft they can create with the nature items they find.
      • Don’t forget to colour in the front cover. They can always add their name as well (download the templates above)
      • They can use the pockets to store their collections.

Garden diary - writing up the ideas Garden diary - colouring in the front cover