Happy Fall Ya’ll!
I am sure many of you, like us, have been out collecting leaves and acorns and pinecones and whatever other nature treasures you’ve been finding with your kids in the great outdoors. This is just THE best time of the year to be out and about exploring and enjoying the beauty of God’s earth. If you haven’t been out much, ya better get out there quick–you know how quickly fall’s glory fades into winter’s long cold.
Several months ago, I came across an old post for creating a nature collecting can that kids could take with them on their outdoor adventures and fill with their special nature “treasures” while they explore.
I decided straightaway that we had to make our own, since my children are always handing ME everything they find along the trail.
Well, that was last spring. And though we made our cans at that time, I never got around to blogging about it, even though they have been used repeatedly over the months.
Lately, the kids have been bringing their cans in stuffed full of fall leaves, mushrooms, acorns and much more as they play in the woods, or in the backyard.
Nature Collecting Can Instructions:
-Old pair of (adult sized) blue jeans
-Emptied circular can (tin-lined cans hold up better than oatmeal cans)
-Felt scraps (or fabric, or paper)
-Craft /tacky glue
-Ribbon or a non-fraying material
-“Outdoor” Mod Podge
Remove any paper from outside of can.
Cut off a section of old blue jeans that is large enough to completely cover the can.
Apply using tacky glue.
Be careful not to cover the lip at the top of the can if you want to be able to use the lid on it once it is finished.
Begin gluing on whatever design you want.
To hide the seam where the jean material comes together, glue decorations directly over top of it.
Here I placed a hill and a tree directly over my seam to hide it.
Continue decorating can all the way around.
Now, I used felt on this one, but any thinner fabrics or papers could be used and would seal flatter than felt when Mod Podge is applied.
Alternatively, you could paint a design on your can. It really doesn’t matter what materials you use as long as you do the most important step which is to seal it.
Ok, time to make the straps for your nature collecting can.
Cut out both of the inside seams from the legs of the blue jeans.
Cut two small holes at the top of the can (on opposite sides) with an exacto knife.
Pull the blue jean straps through it, then knot them on the inside.
Repeat with the other end, and now you have straps for carrying your can! Edge along the top of the can with a ribbon or a thin piece of felt (this step not shown).
Once all decorations and straps are in place, use the foam brush to apply a thick layer of Outdoor Mod Podge.
If you use felt, you’ll notice a LOT of the Mod seems to soak into the felt. That’s ok; just keep applying until you cover the entire design.
Allow it to dry for several hours, then apply the second coat of Mod. I just hung ours up from the straps to let dry.
Once dried, you can replace the lid to the canister if you desire (we didn’t).