Crafty Outdoor Art Ideas

Get out and enjoy nature with these two easy crafts that bring your little ones closer to the great outdoors. Here’s how you make a toilet paper bird watcher and a pressed flower bookmark.

Bird Watchers

Binoculars are great for getting up close to nature but they can be expensive and not always suitable for little hands prone to dropping expensive items.

So why not make your own bird watching binoculars using toilet paper rolls and a few bits and pieces from the craft drawers?

What you Need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Yarn or string
  • Coloured washi tape and masking tape
  • Scissors, glue and a hole punch

How to Make:

Tape down the end of the yarn and wrap it around the TP roll and tape the other end. Glue the two rolls of TP together and secure with a piece of masking tape. Punch two holes on either side of the TP rolls and tie a long piece of yarn through the holes.

Pressed Flower Bookmarks

The simple joy of making a personalised bookmark is often lost on today’s iDevice-loving generation. Bring books back with these clever bookmarks, which also make a great handmade gift from the kids.

What you Need:

  • Decorative paper/card
  • Dried pressed flowers and leaves
  • Contact paper
  • Tassel or ribbon
  • Scissors, a hole punch and glue

How to Make

Cut your card into a bookmark shape. Arrange the dried flowers on the bookmark and glue. Add a piece of contact paper to the front and back of the bookmark to secure everything. Punch a hole in the top and add a tassel or ribbon.
Thanks to for the Bird Watcher idea.



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