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Nature School Project: Wrappings

Nature School Project: Wrappings

In this Martin & Sylvia Nature School, "Wrappings" story, Brother and sister wake to an ice storm and wonder if Goose-eye Wilderness School will be cancelled. Sylvia hopes so because she loves the idea of having her brother experience her school. But when Martin does end of going to Wilderness school, he has mixed feelings about it. Luckily Helmut, the substitute apprentice for this week, offers a picture of feelings that is exactly how Martin feels - and he realizes he is missing his sister.

(This post was orginally seen on our contributor blog Mud Puddles to Meteors. It was written and photographed by Natalie Kramer.)

1 what you need from the garden copy

Make your own nature motif gift wrap paper:

The key? Get some nice leaves and flowers from the garden and use the copy-mode from your All-In-One-Printer, that’s all.

What You Need

• Plants from the November-Garden: fern, grass, daisy, hawkweed, barberry
• All-In-One-Printer
• Copy Paper A4, white
• Optional: Picture-Software
Note: Branches with small leaves, long grass, fern and flowers work well. If you use them fresh, like i did, you may tape a paper to the lid for protection. Don’t use berries. Don’t forget to clean the glass afterwards!

2 scan 2 mix fern grass daisy hawkweed copy
Sprinkle the barberry, or other leaves you have collected, on the glass from your printer, put down the lid and press the copy-button. You’ve got your first gift-wrap paper! If you like it, best to make a scan from it and store it on your hard-drive for an other occasion.
0 title copy
For the wrap it’s best to have an interesting bit in the middle of the paper. If you’re not sure how much you should put together, use the preview-function on your computer and have a look. If necessary remove or add more plants.
2 scan 3 barberry split copy
You can also use photo editing software to help clean up the result. In the photo above I used bright and bark-correction in the upper part.
The original copy is good, but if you’ve got photo software, you can make the print even better.
2 scan 4barberry gray copy
Another option is to copy the branch only with black and white.
You can start to wrap your smaller parcels with your paper. From these november plants I made 6 different papers in half an hour.
4 gift wrap (1) copy

You can also fold an easy origami box, called masu, with the paper (left, in the picture). Use the plant-print for the top and a white or colored one for the bottom. Find video-tutorials by searching for it on the internet: origami, box, masu.

About the Author

Dawn Suzette Smith

Nature School Blogger

Dawn Suzette Smith is a self-taught naturalist and trained educator. For the past 15 years she has worked to promote children's connections with nature as well as outdoor pursuits for both physical and mental health. Her writing and photography have been featured in various print and online magazines and books and in exhibits with the National Park Service. Dawn currently homeschools two curious nature lovers and leads nature walks year-round to help families connect with nature through child-led nature study in the wild forests and along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia, Canada. Along with Annie Riechmann, she is also the author of the upcoming Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities That Explore the Wonders of Weather (Roost, 2016). You can find her work at Mud Puddles to Meteors, a blog dedicated to finding nature in the well traveled corners of everyday life, and a landing place for nature loving families raising kids to explore the world around them with a spirit of discovery and a love of science.

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