It’s so much fun to be outdoors – so very fresh and pretty. Although with freezing temperatures these days here in Colorado, going out is not something I look forward to. But even when it’s snowing outside, I try to take out some time and sit besides my window to enjoy the white carpet everywhere around. That’s the best time to pause and introspect and also be grateful for all the countless blessings I have in my life. There is something magical to the pristine clean snow – awe-inspiring and soothing always. Whether it’s the first snow of the season or the last , the snowflakes have the power to take you to some other world – at least for few minutes !! Of course after that I have to worry a little bit about the driving conditions if I must go out. And let me tell you – that fear of driving on snow / ice is also the same no matter if it’s the first time or last snow of the season.
I have always admired nature’s beauty and the calming effect it has on our minds. How about you ? If you are also a nature lover then I’m sure you also enjoy rustic themes and decor . Surprisingly, it’s not very expensive to decorate your own home with a rustic charm. All you need is some creativity and time to create some easy DIY crafts and decor items.
Today, I’ve two craft ideas which are totally inspired by outdoors . Since it’s holiday season, I have used red, green and silver a lot in these crafts. But you can use any color which can go well during other times of year too.
So let’s try some nature inspired crafts and bring outdoors to your indoors .
Last Christmas, I tried making centerpieces out of wooden logs which were once a part of a huge tree in our backyard.
For the logs above, I used a broad green burlap lace, a red burlap lace and some adhesive snow flakes. Using strong glue, paste all of them in that order( see the picture ) and let it dry. And you have one of its kind centerpiece ready in minutes.
And just last weekend, I tried another craft with the same theme – Bringing Outdoors Indoors. This time it was with pine cones. It snowed quite a bit here on weekend and so it also turned out to be a great snow day craft. All of us tried our hands on painting the cones. You can’t go wrong with this craft. Paint it anyway you want. And if you mess up, it’s still ok. Pine cones are free of cost ( well atleast here ). So pick another one and start all over again. You can find them in plenty while you are hiking or on sidewalks in your neighborhood. This is quite a common site here in Colorado.
Things needed: Craft paint and brush or spray paint – any colors. I tried many colors. I thought the glitter colors gave best effect if you want to use them during holiday season especially glittery red , green, silver and gold. I also used glitter glue in green .
Tip : If you don’t have any particular color, try your vanity box. Yes. You heard it right. Nail paints are another way to paint the pine cones. I got this idea while painting my first pine cone. While I was painting the scale tips of pine cones, I thought of a French manicure. And the idea struck. Why not use nail paint itself ??? It worked so well because I actually didn’t have silver and gold paint bottles. And my nail paints came handy.
Once ready, you can use these pine cones in so many different ways. Spread them on your dining table or nightstand for a unique centerpiece . If you want you can also tie a thread and paste some embellishments and hang these as ornaments on christmas tree.
- It’s a very good craft for a snow day or any other day.
- Good practice for kids to improve on their painting skills.
- It also improves their concentration.
- It’s easy on your pockets – pines cones are free in Colorado !!
- If you are learning nail art ( like me) , pine cones are a good way to practice. The scales look more or less like human nails and similar in shape too. So practice your nail art on them before you try it on your nails.
- There is no right or wrong way of painting them.
With some thought and creativity, you too can create a rustic look inside of your home.
Did you like the idea of bringing outdoors to your indoors?
Have you ever tried any nature inspired craft?
Let me know in the comments below.
Happy crafting !!