Who doesn’t love Pinterest? I’ve been taking lots of inspiration from it recently, especially on the run up to Christmas. A little while ago, Louise from Book Murmuration got in touch to see if I’d be up for a blogger collaboration and make some Pinterest-inspired Christmas nature crafts and decorations. Blogger collabs are lots of fun to do, I’ve been lucky to partner with Hello Bexa (here and here), The Life of a Glasgow Girl, Mademoiselle Women, Jenny in Neverland and most recently, Bournemouth Girl. So I’m sure you can imagine how delighted I was to combine a collab with Pinterest!
Pinterest Christmas Nature Crafts
Louise’s blog is dedicated to children’s literature and the benefits of a bookish lifestyle. “It is my belief that reading is an experience which goes beyond the pages of the book.” I couldn’t agree more – and she’s also a cat fan to boot 🙂 If you don’t already follow her, then you can keep up to date via her Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Louise and I chose a few Pinterest ideas (bird feeders, pine cones, and twig crafts) and these are the results of our picks.
I have to be honest, the original concept involved mixing suet and bird seed into some cookie moulds. And another option was to stuff the mixture into scooped out orange halves. Both of which seemed like a little too much hard work and I am lazy, so I went for pine cones instead (also, because Flora did this at Cubs earlier this year and I know it works!)
You will need some string, pine cones, peanut butter, a teaspoon, and some bird food. Tip: tie your string around the top of your pine cone BEFORE you apply peanut butter. Take my word for it, or feel free to find out the hard way why this is a good idea…
I found a teaspoon the easiest way to press peanut butter into the grooves of the pine cones without getting too messy. Try and get a really good coating on the cones, you want plenty of sustenance for the birds. Then you just need to roll your buttered pine cones into a dish of bird seed, press the seeds on firmly, and voila, quick and easy bird feeders, ready to hang up for your feathered friends.
The other good thing about pine cones is they’re reusable too, unlike orange halves, which will disintegrate. So you can keep topping them up throughout the winter.
Pine cone crafts
I found lots of cute pine cone gnomes and elves on Pinterest as well as some reindeer. Full of inspiration, I raided Flora’s crafts cupboard and settled down. Heads up, it did not go well. Pine cones and craft glue do not mix, it was virtually impossible to get things to stick. If I’d had a glue gun that would have probably worked better but, as usual, I left things to the last minute so didn’t have time to go out and buy one. Note to self: 2019 will be the year I get organised, oh yes.
Anyway, here are my gnomes, which look more like archbishops because I couldn’t get the felt to curl into a pointed hat.
And here are my Christmas mice. (They were supposed to be reindeer but Flora said, “Oh, Mummy, your mice are so cute!” so mice they shall be…) And one of them has already lost an eye, so I’ve decided he will be the Christmas pirate mouse.
There are so many ways to use twigs on Pinterest, but as our Christmas tree angel has very definitely seen better days, I thought I’d try making a star. It was surprisingly hard to find the right sort of twigs (even with an entire garden at my disposal) but here’s what I came up with. The trickiest part was tying the first two twigs together. After that, it all seemed to hold together fairly well. The red ribbon is for extra security too, not just my feeble attempt to pretty things up. I think our angel is safe for another year though.
Final thoughts on Christmas Nature Crafts
Despite the end results not being what they were supposed to be, I had a lot of fun making these Christmas nature crafts. The first lesson I’ve learned is that, as with Instagram, what you see on Pinterest is not necessarily what pans out in real life. The second lesson is to get started sooner rather than later as these kinds of things always take longer than you think. But I really enjoyed myself so a big thank you to Louise for asking me to collaborate. Please don’t forget to head over to her blog and see how she got on. In the meantime, my gnomes, mice, and star will hang on our Christmas tree in due course. And I’m guessing our garden birds won’t mind my lack of Pinterest artistry at all!
Have you ever tried to make your own nature crafts? Were you inspired by Pinterest? How did yours turn out?