Nature crafts for kids are a favorite of ours for a couple of reasons, first, they inspire young minds to look differently at the world; a child might see a stick as a sword or a magic wand, not trash, so encourage that imagination! The second reason to love nature crafts for kids is that they are low-cost and often free; yes, it’s true, nature supplies the most brilliant art materials right to your door! In the case of today’s project a very large and intricate branch fell off our persimmon tree one day and I decided it would be the perfect miniature tree, all it needed was a little paint. And who better to paint it with me than the kids! We dubbed this project our “Rainbow Tree.”
Now I’m pretty sure my family was rolling their eyes when I first ran out into the yard and saved this branch before anyone tossed it; I imagined their thoughts, “Who in their right mind would stick a branch into a bucketful of sand?” or “Why are you planting a dead tree limb?” Thankfully no one uttered such words and after a couple of weeks sitting on the back porch we finally got around to decorating our tree. As she painted it, my daughter said, and I quote, “I’m an artist.” After hearing that I knew that no matter what happened next the project was a success!
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- Tree branch
- Acrylic Paint
- Step One Save a branch! The next time you have a windstorm, go outside and pick up a few interesting looking branches.
- Step Two Select one branch for your tree. Fill a bucket or pot with sand. Pack it down or add a little water which will help solidify the sand once it dries out.
- Step Three Now sink your branch into the sand and pack around it to make it stand up.
- Step Four Get out the paints! Acrylic paints will be longer lasting so if you plan on keeping your Rainbow Tree outside where it will be exposed to the elements use acrylics. Otherwise you can use poster paints.
- Step Five Paint your tree! I painted the upper branches and let the kids paint the lower ones.
- Step Six Let dry and move to a celebrated location in your yard or home. You’re done!
How easy of a kid’s craft project was that? And what a sweet little way to add some design flair to your porch. I’m going to try hanging white lights from it soon….So the next time you’re out and about in nature, look around for some “art materials” to bring home and have fun with; your child’s imagination thanks you.
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