Forest School | Crafting a Natural Christmas

Dec 5, 2014 | Family Adventures, Group Adventures, Outdoor Adventures For Schools, Outdoor Activities Special Events

 It’s the first week of December, therefore Christmas is on its way. For us at the Fore Hutquarters.  It means that it is totally legitimate to get our Christmas craft on. (With an obligatory nature twist of course…).

pine cones

christmas collection

Where we are, on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.  So we have access to a whole host of wild environments; from the beach to the heathland and into the woods. And that means an exciting crop of foraged finds to choose from to get creating some festive cheer out of.

That’s what Forest School, a workshop we run, is all about.   Subsequently getting us humans outdoors, exploring our environment and creatively engaging with it. And this Christmas challenge has Forest school written all over it!

This week, with foraging baskets in arms.  Thus the Fore family headed out into our Jurassic home turf on a natural treasure hunt. And we reckon we found some natural corkers to make a simple, nature inspired Christmas

shell forest school

star decoration christmas

single pine cone

Here’s a handful of crafty how-to’s:

Christmas decoration 1.

Ingredients

Pine cones, fishing line, paintbrush & any form of glitter glue or paint you fancy!

Method

Gather your small humans and head in to the woods to find some pine cones. Thus don’t worry if they are closed because you can pop them on the radiator or by the fire to dry out.  Then as they do they will open right up

We then decided to paint the ends our our pine cones using gold paint.  Although another option is to dip them in a pot of paint, depending on the look you want.  After you need to leave them to dry.

Using a drawing pin or needle, pierce a hole in the top of your pine cone.  Next thread your fishing line through, making a loop and tying it with a knot.

And there you have it, a pine cone bauble.

Christmas decorations 2.

Ingredients

A branch of wood (birch works well), a hand saw, a palm drill or drill, twine, a potato and some paint.

Method

Using your hand saw (making sure you do so safely), cut 1cm wide disks from your branch

Next, with either your palm drill or drill.  Drill a hole near to the top of your disk (being careful not to do so too close to the edge as the disk will split).

Make a stamp out of your potato which fits the disk diameter.  (We made a star) and after dabbing any moisture off the potato stamp, dip into you paint and stamp your disks.

After they have dried, thread your twine through the hole, making a loop and tying a knot.

Christmas decoration 3.

Ingredients

Shells, drill and small drill bit, fishing line, gold glitter paint/glue

Method

Head to the beach! Get beach scavenging to find whatever you think looks good.  Therefore we grabbed a selection of shells…

Using the smallest drill bit you can find, drill a hole in to your shells and finds. (This can be quite tricky and took us a few attempts to get right).

Add a spot of festive to your shell and gently brush some glitter on to it.

Once dried, use your fishing line and thread through the hole you made, making a loop and a knot.

And bobs your uncle. Another natural decoration for that Christmas tree*

*You can also hang these on one long piece of twine to make a garland.  Which can be hung by the fireplace or, as we have, make a wall hanging.

forest school christmas

christmas decorations

If all that work made you hungry.  Now have a look at last week’s post. When the Fore family got out those doors adventuring.  To find some pine needles to make some tasty Christmas inspired biscuits.

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