Fall is the best time of year for crafts. Especially Nature crafts. I love exploring with my kids and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors. We started doing Forest School last Spring and fell in love with it. This Fall it was perfect to go exploring in the woods during my own version of Forest School and then come home and continue on by making these DIY Nature Place mats.
The kids had so much fun exploring nature and picking up treasures to put in our bag and bring home for a craft. It also kept them busy for a while in the afternoon assembling the perfect place mat. We use them to decorate our kitchen and set up a beautiful table for our harvest feast.
- Sticky contact paper
- Duct Tape or masking tape in pretty colours
- Nature treasures
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How to Assemble:
- Measure out the contact paper to your desired place mat size. I used an old place mat to model it after. Make sure you cut out two for front and back. Or make sure it is double the width so you can fold it over.
- Take the backing off one of the sides (or half if you did a big one) and tape it down onto a table.
- Help your kids assemble their treasures and spread them out on the contact paper.
- Adult job: peel the other side/half and gently press it down slowly pressing out any bubbles.
- Using the duct tape or masking tape (and please do not buy that pretty thin tape from Dollarama that breaks or it will take you an hour to tape it) line the edges of the place mat. This helps keep the contact paper shut and give it some durability and decor.
Now get your kids to help set the table and admire their beautiful place mats.
What is your favourite nature craft to do? Comment below and tell me!