Instill a love of nature and the great outdoors in kids with this easy-to-create fabric backpack filled with fun tools for little explorers.Michele Beschen, borganic.net
On 12" x 35" piece of canvas, measure 14-1/2 inches up from the bottom of longer end and fold fabric up to this point.
Press in strap edges 1/4-inch, then fold in half. Stitch up both side of strap.
Insert straps 2-1/2-inches above fold on inside of bag and pin in place, then stitch up both sides of backpack.
Turn backpack right side out and attach the other end of straps about two inches below the opening of the backpack on the backside.
Create pockets out of canvas and stitch or rivet to front of backpack. Finally, embellish backpack with charms, lettering and other personal touches.
Remove and discard center piece of jelly or pint jar lid, leaving just the outer ring. Cut a piece of window screen to fit inside lid ring and attach to inside of lid with hot glue. Print "bug shack" or other saying onto sticker paper and attach to jars.
Remove glass and backing of picture frame. Cut window screen to the size of frame and staple window screen to empty frame.
Using craft paint or paint pens, embellish luan squares. Using wood square as a template, cut several pieces of cardboard and newsprint to the same size. Alternate pieces of paper and cardboard then sandwich between luan squares. Secure together with bungee cord or large rubber band.
Place handmade bug jars, sifter and nature press in backpack and add store-bought items such as a butterfly net, nature log, gloves, compass and anything else to maximize kids' outdoor adventures.