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nature school project - hanging earth art for Mother's Day

In this Martin & Sylvia's Nature School story, "Mother Earth Art", while searching for just the right words to write in his Mother’s Day card for Momma, Martin is given several great options from his friends at Wilderness School. The project for that day, however, is not focused so much on their own human mothers, but on the mother we all share: Mother Earth.

Sunday is Mother's Day, and what could be more perfect than a nature gift for Mom. This project was inspired by earth the art Martin's wilderness class made for Mother Earth. Using clay and leaves and flowers, you can create a beautiful piece of art that the mother in your life can hang on the wall inside or outdoors and feel a greater connection to the outside world.


This hanging earth art is easy enough for even the smallest nature artist to work on. It's also a nice change from the typical noodle necklaces. All you need are a few simple materials like clay, leaves and flowers, and watercolor paints.

Hanging Earth Art

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Materials:

  • White or grey clay (avilable at craft stores or online)
  • Wire or butter knife for cutting clay
  • Cookie cutters
  • Leaves, flowers, twigs (any nature objects with texture)
  • Watercolor paints (optional)
  • Ribbons

How Make It:

Start by gathering all your materials. You'll want to find nature objects that have lots of texture. For example, you'll get a better impression with a twig with bark on it than a smooth riverstone.

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Cut off a large piece of clay, about 1/2 an inch thick, from the block. Knead the clay for a few minutes, like you would with bread dough, to warm it up and make it easier to mold.

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Next, using your hand or a rolling pin, flatten the piece of clay to 1/2 an inch thick. Then, you can either shape the clay into a circle using your hands or use a cookie cutter of whatever size you desire.

earth art kc 7 Now is the fun part -- creating the impressions with the nature materials you gathered.

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Arrange the items however you wish and press them into the clay firmly.

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Remove the objects and look to see if the impression is deep enough. If not, simply smooth out the clay with your fingers and try again.

Lastly, using a pencil or a straw, make a hole in the top of the disk. This will be for the ribbon to hang it with.

Now let it dry overnight. This make take more than one day if you live in a humid area.

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When the clay is dry you can paint it to help enhance the texture.

Finally, put a ribbon through the hole and your wall hanging is done.

Happy Mother's Day!

About the Author

KC Pagano
Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to attachment parenting, high needs toddlers, crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog Olive and Owl.


Martin & Sylvia's Nature School

As the summer comes to an end, Momma, Martin and Sylvia reflect on all the things they loved about the summer season: hikes, walks along the beach, blueberry picking, climbing trees and collecting bird feathers. Then Momma suggests that they keep the summer outdoor fun alive all year long: “Every Thursday, let’s have Nature School!” And so Martin joins the Goose-eye Wilderness School, and Sylvia and her friend Sophia create a Nature home-school. From wildcraft cooking to outdoor games to building projects to tree identification, Nature School will be a year of unfolding learning and fun.