They couldn't stop collecting things, even after their nature crowns were complete!
The tutorial here is specifically for the Dandelion Princess Crown, but it's obviously very easily altered.
When bug wanted in on the action, I charged him with the task of collecting items he might want on a prince crown. He chose several long pieces of grass, some dandelion STEMS, some rocks, and a few leaves. And I looked at the assortment and went, uh... (the dandelion one was pretty straight forward...)
Ignoring the fact that he plucked leaves off of my hostas... It was kind of fun working with bug to come up with the perfect "plan" for his crown. I made a cone like mini's and glued on the elastic. Then I wrapped some green and white washi tape around it.
I started by gluing the 3 rocks in the front, like jewels. Then I figured the leaves could nicely wrap around the bottom of the crown - and I like how the kind of curl together. I glued some long grass and some dandelion stems into the inside of the point and then wrapped two dandelions stems around the point. Voila! A boy version!
What I think is great about this project, is how customizable it is.
1. Go for a "nature scavenger hunt" with specific items in mind. Then use those items to create your Nature Crown!
2. Go on a walk around the park or neighborhood and see what items jump out at you. There might be some really interesting things you never would have thought of that you find along the way!
3. Collect items when you are on a special trip - when you take a break to stretch your legs on a road trip, when you're picnicking somewhere special, when you take a day trip to a special place, when you go camping or bike riding or to the beach! Use your natural "souvenirs" to make your crown!
Don't forget to stop and pick some dandelions along the way.