I am so honored to be a finalist in the Handmade Charlotte Family Craft Challenge!!! The other  4 finalists have some pretty creative projects to take a peek at. The Challenge was to create a project using the new Handmade Stencils by Handmade Charlotte for Michaels.

Below is the Nature Art kit that I created for the challenge ( with a little help from my kids) and would be so grateful if you would like to vote for it here on the Handmade Charlotte site. Simply write the number of the nature art kit in the comments section. The Nature Art Kit is #2 and below is a description of the project.  Also consider creating (as a family) some of these art kits of your own for a fall adventure.

thank you, thank you!!



NATURE ART KIT by Julie of Five and One

Create this simple Nature Art Kit together as a family to give to friends, create as party favors, or better yet, invite friends to join your family in a nature hike and share this kit with them to use on a nature hike together. The Nature kit, nestled in a burlap bag, includes an impromptu leaf press for pressing favorite leaves, a white muslin bag for nature collecting, papers, rock, crayons, pencils, and a nature journal for nature sketches and leaf rubbings.
Handmade Charlotte Woodland Stencils
Folk Art acrylic paints (colors: lime green, citrus green, pure orange, and yellow light)
6″ x 9″ burlap bag ( for packaging kit)
4″ x 6″ muslin bag ( to use for nature collections)
(2) 5″ x 7″ cardboard (use with rubber bands as an impromtu leaf press)
(2) wide orange rubber bands
(4) Rock Crayons (to use for drawings and leaf rubbings)
(1) moleskin journal (as a nature journal)
green colored pencil
regular pencil
Assorted 4″x6″ colored cardstock sheets (for nature sketches and leaf rubbings)

To begin creating the Nature art kit start by creating the design pictured or experiment with the Handmade Charlotte forest stencils to create your own forest themes. Paint your themes on the burlap and muslin bags, the moleskin journal, and also the cardboard leaf press. It is helpful to do some practicing on scraps of card stock first. (If you have little ones in the family, let them join in on the creating with scrap fabrics and papers. After the designs are dry, place the rubber bands around the 2 cardboard pieces to create your leaf press and place the remaining items in the bag. Write a short handwritten note to explain what is included or simply explain in person how to use the Nature Art Kit. Have fun exploring the natural world!

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Enjoy the weekend!!

– Julie