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Nature Crowns

Kings and queens, chiefs and maidens, princesses, and Robin Hood have all made an appearance in the woods of TerraTime.   Nature crowns inspire role-playing and imagination in children of all ages.

While late summer and fall provide an abundance of fallen leaves and a variety of seeds, nature crowns can be made year-round by utilizing the natural materials available in every season.

However, late summer and fall are our favorite times to scour the ground for colorful berries, leaves, pinecones, nuts, and seeds.

Are you ready to make your own nature crown?

Here’s what you need:

  1. Natural materials to decorate a crown

  2. Thin cardboard or card stock cut into strips that are 2 inches wide by 20 inches long (you need one for each child)

  3. Double-sided sticky tape

  4. Stapler

Step 1:

Have children collect natural materials such as leaves, pine needles, seeds, and grass they want to add to their crowns.

Step 2:

Write the child’s name on one side of the cardboard/card stock strip and attach the double-sided tape to the other side.

Step 3:

Encourage children to add the natural materials they collected to the strip by attaching them to the double-sided tape.  Use a stapler to attach items that are too bulky to stick to the tape.

Step 4:

Once the desired materials have been added, wrap the strip around the child’s head and overlap the ends for a good fit. Pinch the ends together, remove from the child’s head, and staple the overlapping ends together.

Step 5:

Place the crown back on the child’s head to check for a good fit. Adjust as needed.

Step 6:

Sit back and watch the wonder unfold as children transition into their world of imagination.


  1. Ensure that children do not pick poisonous berries or cause damage to plants.

  2. Adult supervision is required when children are using staplers.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Arts & Crafts or Seasonal & DIY pages.

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