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Take An Autumn Nature Walk & Collect Items To Make Fun Crafts!

Updated on February 18, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

It's Time To Take An Autumn Nature Walk!

Today I spent a couple of hours just walking around my yard, enjoying the beautiful crisp Autumn weather and serving no purpose but to enjoy myself. That's reason enough to do it -but when I take one of these wonderful nature walks, I find so many interesting things!

There are pine trees of different varieties which shower the ground with many sizes and shapes of pine cones, which I can use for my Christmas decorations later on. The Black Walnut trees have provided a plentiful bounty of Black Walnuts, which keep me busy trying to give away! The Peppermint plants are still going crazy, and I can strip the leaves to dry for use in sachets, fragrance infusions, baking, homemade bath products, and lots of other uses.

It's a convenient time to do a little seed-saving, too. Lots of flowers and plants have produced seeds which may be collected at this time for planting next Spring. My pepper plants have yielded some lovely seeds to save, as have my hosta plants, hardy hibiscus and chrysanthemums.

The Oak trees are raining acorns everywhere. My large clan of black squirrels are busy burying as many as they can, but they can spare just a few for me for craft projects like an acorn picture frame.

The Catalpa tree has huge leaves nearly a foot long, which are beautiful when imprinted into concrete stepping stones.

One of my favorite things to collect in the Autumn are the blooms from my Hydrangea plants. I always pick a few to bring inside and leave some on the plants outside. When the flowers dry indoors in a vase, they retain their perfect shapes and are so delicately fragile and beautiful.

Yes, Autumn is all around us, and her bounty is here for the taking. Just be sure to get permission before collecting from your neighbors' yards!

Make a pretty dried flower arrangement! Collect flowers, tie firmly into a bouquet with a rubber band or twist tie, then wrap a pretty ribbon around and tie it. Hang upside down until thoroughly dried. Spray liberally with unscented hairspray to preserve blooms longer.

What Do You Say?

Do you like to collect nature items in Autumn?

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Do you collect items for crafts or display when you go on Autumn nature walks?

Yes! I love to collect items and my favorite thing to do with them is....

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    • Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      I do.

    • Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I am always looking for great autumn bounty to use and preserve.

    No, I don't collect anything, just enjoy the walk. I say....

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          loveanime22 4 years ago

          great lens for autumn

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          Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

          What a delightful and friendly lens... thank you.. blessed x

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          Mickie Goad 4 years ago

          I love the acorn picture frame and will be bookmarking it for future use. You must have had a lot of fun creating this page.

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          Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

          Nice ideas to bring in the Autumn!

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          VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

          Really great ideas. Thank you!

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          jessicahoward 4 years ago

          It is really amazing to decorate home with leaves and flowers in autumn season....i used to do that......and i will soon again do the way you have given idea.........i love to decorate home and by this way........

          thanks for sharing the informtion

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          KidsToyTeaSets LM 4 years ago

          Lovely ideas. Thank you!

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          Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          I can smell the freshness in the cooler air, and I am looking forward to more sunshine through the trees! Great lens ~ SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          I felt peaceful just looking at this lens. Blessed.........

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I sure enjoyed your intro...almost poetic and I could feel how that time in your yard had a meditative effect for you that was sweet to join in on. Cinnamon scented pine cones struck my interest...how easy to do and I thing I even have some cinnamon sticks on hand.

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          Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

          Nice lens for autumn.

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          Sounds like a lovely way to spend some time!

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          LadyCharlie 4 years ago

          Some really nice crafty ideas...I enjoyed my visit!

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Very nice lens. Autumn is a lovely time of year.

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          spids1 4 years ago

          great lens love this!