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 There are many materials, containers and items that we put into the recycle bin. While recycling is one way to look after our planet, they can also make excellent crafting materials.

The natural world also provides us with some excellent crafting ingredients. Discover new colours and textures by collecting these up during a walk or in your garden.

The tips below will help you to get started…

Challenge 1: materials inside

Collect up materials to use from inside your home, like plastic bottles, scrap paper or paperclips. Use these to create a sculpture of an animal you saw this week.

Top tips:

  • Empty plastic bottles make excellent animal bodies.
  • Use string, paper, ribbon or anything colourful to give your animal some patterns.
  • Pritt stick is an excellent glue to use for this craft, but knotting materials around your sculpture can work well too.
  • Your creature can also be dismantled and recycled again, helping to care for our planet.

Challenge 2: nature’s materials

Collect up materials from your garden or on a walk outside. Look for different colours and textures. What animal will you make? Once collected, choose your background and lay down your collage to create an animal you have spotted recently.

Top tips:

  • Collect dry materials such as leaves, twigs, petals, stones.
  • Make sure that your materials are already on the ground. We don’t want to damage any living plants.
  • Choose a background made of one colour. This can be the ground outside, a piece of paper, a sheet or even a tablemat!
  • Do not use glue. Once you have created your nature make, you can take a photograph of what you have made and then return your materials to the outdoors ready for nature to make use of them.

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See more creature-based crafts on the Museum of Zoology blog here: