Week 8 – Nature Mandala

Dates:   June 21st to 28th

Affirmation:   I attune with the cycles of the earth.

Nature Craft:  Nature Mandala

This art installation takes a little more time so plan a longer walk.  On your way, collect several items in even number groups.  So pick up 12 berries or 8 twigs or 4 flowers … whatever you see and feel drawn to.  Now find a flat clear place where you can make your nature art.  Work in circles as a mandala placing the items in balanced groupings.  Build and build until you are happy with it.  I would relish seeing some of these beauties.  Snap a pic and share.

Week 7 – Braids of Grass

Dates:   June 14th to 21st

Affirmation:   I touch Nature with reverence and awe.

Nature Craft:  Grass Braiding

By this week the grasses should really be growing!  Find a place where they have been allowed to get really tall and even to the point of creating seeds.  Now, select three longer stems of about the same length and begin to braid them.  You may have done this with ribbons or strings, but now we do this with grasses.  Create three braids, and then braid these three into a larger braid.  You may have run out of length.  That’s okay, just find a way to attach your three braids.  Perhaps tying at the top with another piece.  Finally, hang your grass ornament in a place were people will see it.  Smile and enjoy your creation.

Week 6 – Cone Hanging

Dates:   June 7th to 14th

Affirmation:   My creations support and work with nature.

Nature Craft:  Evergreen Cone Hanging

Keep your eyes open for evergreen cones while out this week.  You are going to make a beautiful natural hanging from a branch of a tree.  Evergreens create cones with a lovely shape that allows them to be easily hung by wrapping a thread around the top set of blades.  But instead of leaving thread in the wild, we are going to try to wrap long grasses.  Tie off the grass blades at the top of the cone and then wrap the remainder about the branch.  Collect several cones and arrange them lovingly along the branch.  Step back and take a look.  Beautiful.