Whether it''s a city park, a suburban backyard, a farmer''s field,
or the sandy seashore, there''s a treasure trove of natural art
materials out there. Twigs, vines, pinecones, flowers, leaves,
rocks, shells, moss, feathers - they''re all gifts of the earth.
Add just a few inexpensive store-bought items, such as glue,
string, and wire, and anyone can create beautiful, natural works of
In Nature''s Art Box, writer, gardener, and
nature-crafter Laura Martin offers 65 fun projects kids will
love to make, using materials they can find just about anywhere.
She explains how to make paints and inks from flowers and other
plants; how to use shells, moss, seedpods, and cones to embellish
large objects; how to build elf-sized furniture; how to decorate
picture frames, birdhouses, and keepsake boxes with woodland
treasures; and how to dig clay, weave vines, and make natural dyes
to color T-shirts.
While Martin teaches kids to see the possibilities of the
natural world, she also teaches them to respect what the earth
offers. She warns them against stripping bark off live trees,
plucking every flower in the field, and clearing the ground of
every nut and seed. Nature''s Art Box helps kids learn to
be good artists and conscientious stewards of nature''s