DIY: Holiday Nature Crafts

Holiday Nature Crafts DIY

Clove Oranges

Pomander balls made from natural fruit are beautiful holiday decorations that also make the house smell wonderful. My kids enjoy making these clove orange balls, which are pretty easy for even young kids to make.

Holiday Nature Crafts DIY

We find it helpful to use a paper piercing tool to make it easier to insert the cloves. You can go all out and cover the orange with cloves, or simply add a few. My older kids enjoy making patterns on theirs. For my youngest, I pre-jabbed the orange with holes, and gave him a bowl of cloves to put on himself.

A nice fresh orange with firm flesh is easier to manage. As it dries out, the scent becomes better and better. We keep ours in a basket, but with the addition of a ribbon, they are pretty to hang.

Nature Crafts

Check out some other holiday nature crafts we’ve done:


bird feeder craft

#homemade #fossils #craft

The book, Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere has more ideas for easy and fun nature crafts for kids.

Sixty-five projects using materials you can gather outside not only get kids crafting and creating, but also get them outdoors exploring nature as they search for needed items.

Sections include:

  • Art from Nature
  • Vines, Twigs, Cones, and Moss
  • Gourds, Pods, Husks, and Seeds
  • Clay, Stones, Sand, and Shells
  • Paints, Inks, and Dyes
  • Flowers and Leaves
  • Stamps, Stencils, Molds, and Seals

There is also an appendix of nature skills, such as choosing the right vines and leaves, and which plants can be used for coloring and painting. In addition, there is a handy index to gift suggestions for several holidays and a reading list of fiction and nonfiction titles related to the crafts in Nature’s Art Box.

The book includes reminders to be good stewards and to be careful when collecting craft items. For example, the author emphasizes not to take a living creature or a creature’s home when gathering shells at the beach. The author also provides background material about many of the projects, such as totem poles and sand paintings. Projects from different cultures are featured, and Nature’s Art Box fits in nicely as a supplement to history studies, especially for hands-on learners.

My boys have a blast gathering materials and creating something beautiful out of their finds. And they add so much holiday cheer to our home!

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Comments (5)

  1. Mama Pea Pod

    Oh, I used to always make clove oranges with my Granny at Christmastime – loved them! I think my oldest might be old enough this year to do them with herm we’re going to try it. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. riya

    These are very creative and easy to try ideas, i love the homemade fossils post ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks, Riya!

  3. Laurie

    Kudos to you for homeschooling Momma! As a person who was homeschooled for the majority of my life, I can honestly say that the opportunity to connect with nature in a unconventional classroom, is one of the things I am most thankful for in my life <3

    Happy Fall.


    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks so much, Laurie! It’s so great to hear that you have fond memories of your homeschooling. I hope my boys will feel the same way one day.


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