DIY Garden Critters

Spend some quality family time turning found items such as leaves, twigs, seeds and flowers into bugs and critters from nature.

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Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Make Garden Critters

Have a little fun in the garden. Transform twigs, leaves, rocks, flowers and seeds from your garden into fun critters.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft, you will need: natural items / remnant fabric, plus a little imagination.

Natural Treasures

Gather small pine cones, acorns, small flowers, twigs, sprigs of evergreen, beautiful leaves, ferns and the like.

Columbine Caterpillar

Build these critters on a piece of remnant fabric about 20 inches by 18 inches. This helps to keep them in place. Begin working on a flat surface and build your bugs. Here, three columbine leaves, an acorn cap and a trimmed stem from the columbine create this sweet caterpillar.

The Wise Owl

A coral bell leaf forms his body. Two purple blooms are perched on small flat stones to make his eyes. Tips of the ferns create the ears while springs of spruce form the wings. He is perched on a small twig.

Green Dragonfly

This dragonfly features a rhododendron leaf and an acorn cap for his body. The antennae are formed from sprigs of decorative grass. Pine tips and fern tops form the wings.

Tiny Hedgehog

A small pine cone is the body of this hedgehog, flowers from heuchera form the eyes and a small acorn becomes the nose.

Beautiful Butterfly

This butterfly features wings from hydrangea leaves and blooms from lady's mantle. Her body is formed with a rhododendron leaf and her head from a small hydrangea blossom. The antennae are sprigs of decorative grass.

Centipede

This bit of pine tree material easily transforms into a creepy crawly centipede with oak tree stamen for antennae and decorative grass trimmed for feet.

Flying Bugs

Two flying bugs are created with ferns, a sprig of lavender, lichen, oak tree catkins, succulents, small oak leaf and heuchera blooms.

Hairy Spider

A large clump of lichen and oak leaf stamens become a hairy spider.

Garden Beetle

This beetle is ready to fly with fern tip wings, a pine cone body, oak leaf stamen antennae and a head formed with a hydrangea bloom.

Happy Snail

This whimsical snail is formed from a daisy, a lady's mantle leaf, acorn cap eyes, sprigs of lady's mantle blooms and oak leaf stamen. Although these critters are temporary, it is always neat to see who can get the most creative. This imaginative craft is perfect for all ages during picnics, outdoor gatherings  and during fall clean-up.