Nature Bundles: 3 Festive Uses During the Holiday Season

Today is Day 2 of the 3rd annual CRAFTMAS collaboration on Instagram with the lovely ladies of craft. If you haven’t been following along in the past years, then get ready for a week of festive art and craft ideas for your family.

See our past Craftmas shares: Miniature Walnut Ornaments: Craftmas 2018 and Kid Made Wrapping Paper: Craftmas 2017

This year, however, we are mixing it up a bit to simplify the busy holiday season so you can all find the time to join in. Each day this week, several ideas will be shared using a set list of supplies. Many of these will be materials you probably have on hand! The following 10 materials will be used this week by various bloggers and Intagrammers around the world:

  • Cardboard/Cereal Box
  • Egg Carton/ Milk Carton
  • Paint
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Yarn/ String
  • Pine Cones
  • Sticks/ Twigs/ Leaves
  • Felt
  • Dough

Today is our day to share using Pinecones, Sticks, and Leaves!  We LOVE creating with Nature! We created some Nature Bundles with sticks that can be used in 3 different ways during the holiday season. Gather a few simple materials and then see our steps below!

You will need:


Start by painting your sticks with various “winter” colors. We love using neutrals with a few jewel tones. Sprinkle a little glitter on a few of the sticks while the paint is still wet.

*optional- paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sticks to keep the paint and glitter locked in.


Once your sticks are dry, bind a few of them together with twine to hold them in place. Add an extra decorative nature item (like mini pinecones, pine needles, or magnolia pods) and wrap around with more twine. Secure with a knot.


Beautiful! Now, what to do with those bundles?? See below!


They can be used as a beautiful place setting marker! Just tie a labeled tag around the bundle.

They can also be used as a gift wrap topper…or tie a loop to the back and hang it on your tree! Or just display them with your FALL or WINTER decor and admire their beauty just as they are!


If you make these, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook @theartgardenblog! I’d love to see how they turned out! Also, follow the hashtag #craftmas and #craftmas2019 to see the shares this week and play along!

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