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Anyone interested in a thread on what's in season that can be used for crafts? I got the idea from my friend, who told me that acorn caps are $5 per bag! I'd love to not miss nice things that are just lying around. We could post our general location, the stuff that's available, and what we're going to use it for. I'll go first:

Northeastern US

flower seed pods, lots! (fun to pop open and see what's inside)
acorns (caps for felt dolls)
sweet gum pods (really cool texture for little hands, maybe wreaths?)
little brances from oak trees with galls (my kids are fascinated by these)
oak leaves
pine cones (wreaths, bird & squirrel feeders)
gourds
Eleagnus berries (delicious to eat, think I'll do some squish painting)


I'll add more as I think of them.
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I have tons of pine needles....is there anything I can use them for?

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I have tons of pine needles....is there anything I can use them for?
They make great mulch. I have no ideas for crafts, though.
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We don't have bunches that I can think of, but we do have a lot of mesquite seed pods. Around here we use them to brake open, pile up, decorate her nature table, and occasionally they are tiny little musical shakers. I would love to hear more creative uses for what we might find out here in the desert. Lets keep this going!

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I need to trade! I see all these great seed pods and such that don't grow here, and I get excited. lol

Those pine needles, if they are long make great pine needle baskets.


We have cattails, shells, gems and whale burps (really neat balls of tiny sticks and seaweed bits all stuck together) collected at the beach, pine needles, acorns, black locus pods, pine cones, catkins, conkers, driftwood...
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I think that actually setting up a trade is a great idea. My dd is just turning three though, so she may not get how interesting it would be to see nature from around the country. But I sure think its cool. hmm


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Pine needle baskets are really great. I don't have suggestions on how to make them but friends have and say they're simple. Maybe best for the elementary age group and older.
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How long is long enough for baskets? These are just needles from a white pine.

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I think the pine needles can be say 4 or 5 inches long or longer. I got a book at the library once but of course didn't quite get to it!
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um, pine needles, pinecones, acorns, gourds...
thats about it, here.

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I know this is going to sound completely daft, and I am a bit embarrassed to even ask..... When you ladies talk about gourds, do you mean from the grocery store, or market? You don't just "find" them do you? Please respond in kindness.

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no, I dont just find them, but they are everywhere since I live in farm country, so I guess they would be at the farmers market.

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When you ladies talk about gourds, do you mean from the grocery store, or market?
Mine came from the store I wanted to dry them, but the instructions I found say to just leave them in a well ventilated area until the skin dries. Seems like they'll rot first, but we'll see. They're in an open-weave basket on our play shelves.
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