Make Your Own Nature Folk


Making simple nature fairies and people is really quite easy.


Each one takes on its own personality!  I love the leaf dress!


This little one has lovely leaf wings!



  1.  Begin by gathering nature’s gifts.  I had my students bring in things they found in their own yards and neighborhoods.
  2. I had the children sort the nature found items into the baskets.
  3. I gave each child a small amount of Artist’s Heavy Mat Gel Medium with a popsicle stick.  This medium will attach pieces together and you do not have to hold it.  This gives children great freedom to create.  You will find it in the Artist Supplies.  It is expensive – but a little goes a long ways. (I use a Michael’s coupon when I buy mine.)
  4. I like to put out a paper plate or copy paper for the working surface.  This doubles as the drying spot with the child’s name written on it.
  5. Let the glue dry overnight.


  • Artist Gel Medium (heavy, mat)
  • Wooden doll heads or beads
  • Peg body forms

IMG_9176 Notice the little cup with a tad of gel medium?  A little will go a long ways!

Here’s what my class gathered:


Flowers and fruit. . . .


 Pinecones and nuts. . . .



Oodles of leaves. . . .


Piles of river rock. . .


 Twigs, sticks and tree bark.

A SNEAK PEEK:  In the fall I gave a workshop for teachers and here’s some of their creations:



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  1. Sam Earle says:

    What a wonderful idea! I have done similar things, but with preschoolers and a hot glue gun much of the creativity is lost while waiting for an adult to help. I am looking forward to trying the artist gel. Take good care!

  2. Wendy says:

    Thank you for the marvelous resources. I am finding them most valuable. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  3. Laurel says:

    I love these little nature creatures! I have never heard of the artist gel, but I am definitely going to hunt some down. There is something about this creation that brings the imagination alive!

  4. Moon Hyung Choi says:

    Wow, this is amazing! My class has so many pinecones but I have never thought of making “Nature Folk”. I will definitely try artist gel. Thank you!

    • Sally says:

      I am so glad that ignited your creativity. It’s amazing how natural materials can be put to such interesting uses for our students!

  5. Sarah smith says:


    • Sally says:

      Me, too! And so do the children!

  6. Morah says:

    Could you share a link for artists gel? Thanks so much!

    • Sally says:

      I like the Artist’s Medium Mat Gel. I can find it at Amazon . Enjoy!

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