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NEA Big Read: Try out these nature-themed crafts on Creativebug!

February 18, 2021 at 8:31 AM by

Did reading ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Lahren inspire your creative side?  Would you like to bring your love of nature to life in the form of a beautiful handmade object?  Here are some ideas from Creativebug, a crafting website you can access with your library card!  To set up an account with Creativebug, you simply need to sign up with your KPL library card here:

Luminaria: Candle Shades
I love to decorate, and these easy to put together wax paper and pressed flower and leaf lanterns look great on my coffee table. 
I used pressed wild violets and ginseng leaves, two of my favorite plants.  I also used battery-operated votives so they are child and pet safe! 

Daily Painting Challenge: Flowers, Fruits, and the Natural World
If you are anything like me, sometimes you need a little prompting to get your creativity flowing. 
This 31-day course follows artist Carolyn Gavin as she teaches you to let your inspiration guide you in creating vibrant watercolor and gouache paintings of flowers, fruits, and veggies.

Paper Flowers: Make an Anemone Bouquet
It’s the middle of the drabbest season, so why not spend your time inside creating some beautifully colorful flowers? 
This project would be perfect for an upcoming wedding, or just as a gorgeous tabletop arrangement.

Paper Wedding Crafts: Make a Flower Garland Backdrop
Need something new and beautiful for the background of your virtual meetings?  Make this floral garland with paper and ribbons in your favorite colors! 
The garlands are tied on a branch, making it easy to customize the size for your space.  I recommend doing this with friends or family to have a gorgeous new decoration in no time

Layered Floral Embroidery
I cannot wait to do this one!  In this class, you will learn how to use floral printed fabric and freeform embroidery to make a dense, dimensional masterpiece. 
When you are finished with your collage, you can use it as wall art, or learn to incorporate it into a cheerful pillow or bag.

Painted Terracotta Pots
Give your green friends beautiful homes with these hand-painted terracotta pots! 
This craft is great for any skill level and would be fun to do for kids and adults.  Need some inspiration?  Just put a bird on it!


Interested in joining us for some crafting programs during the NEA Big Read? We've got plenty for you to choose from!

Watercolor Succulent Paintings

Botany Coloring Kit

Macrame Leaf Wall Hanging

Botanical Recycled Art Shrines

Leaf Watercoloring


by Emily Kastelic
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