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Friday, September 10, 2010

A Lovely Oak Tree For Our Autumn Nature Table

I've been trying to involve W and A in decorating the tree on our nature table this autumn.  We have been going on daily nature walks and mostly have been bringing in  lots and lots of acorns.  I'm honestly wondering if the neighborhood squirrels will go hungry this year because these two little ones have brought so many acorns into our house.  We have also collected lots of leaves and sticks and gum balls and rocks, but acorns are definitely their favorite think to collect on our walks!  Luckily, our outdoor play area is a little oak grove with several lovely big oak trees.  Unfortunately, part of the area used to be the neighborhood basketball court and is paved.  Still, there's lots of nature there for our enjoyment and we spend lots of time there!

To reflect this we decided that our nature table tree for fall should be decorated as an oak tree.  We started out by hanging some extra leaves from  our autumnal wreath on the bare tree.  We then added some lovely acorns.

I then had the kids paint with red and orange water colors on both sides of some card stock. Once the paintings dried, I traced my oak leaf cookie cutters and cut out lots of paper leaves in different sizes.  W and I rubbed the leaves with some cooking oil which really made the colors pop and we hung them on the tree.

We also added my sample of the wood pumpkins I'm going to have them paint next week.

Now I just have to figure out where I "put away" the other nature table items from last fall so that we can finish decorating our nature table.


  1. You have such a lovely blog and your Autumn table looks wonderful. It must have been allot of fun to create. We are heading into Spring and enjoying the flowers starting to bloom and the return of many beloved animals in our garden.

    Have a lovely weekend. xx

  2. Just found your lovely blog... I love the oak tree for your Autumn nature table! I'm in Virginia, too, and it really feels like Autumn is on the way today!

  3. Oh so lovely, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

  4. That is a lovely tree! Summer goes so quickly, but I love all the autumn crafts.

  5. Your tree is Awesome! What a great collection. I love your pumpkin. Did you use crayon to make the lines, and the green? I want to copy this idea...


  6. Thank you all for the lovely comments! Amanda, I used our stockmar crayons to make the lines and the green stems and painted it with watercolors. I'm going to have the kids paint a bunch of them on Monday (I've already done the crayon part).


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