We are so excited to share this darling craft from mom of three @jenanninga. It's the perfect post adventure craft that can bring together all your little ones may gather along your adventures. 

Purchase the micro mats used in this DIY here. 

From Jenny:

"For our first Gathre experience we worked on a project for our Nature pals (part of the Nature Pal exchange program). We had collected some Eucalyptus bark on a family hiking excursion and had also collected a plethora of mussels at the beach during a lunch time adventure at a local cove.

We decided to make picture frames for our Nature Pals out of the found items. Here is how we did it:


  • Glue
  • Q-tips
  • Eucalyptus Bark
  • Mussels/Shells (can be done with many found items in nature: leaves, pine needles, flowers, etc.)

We placed the Gathre mats on the table and covered them with our found items, and paper plates that held a small amount of glue and some Q-tips. First, we glued the Eucalyptus bark pieces together to form a square. Then, using the Q-tips to apply the glue, we glued the mussels onto the frame. Simply let them dry and ta-da!

I was initially worried that I would ruin the mats with the sticky glue, but it wiped right off with a damp rag. I set them in the sun to dry and they looked brand new.

We went on to use the mats for planting some seeds for the girls’ own gardens. Dirt, water, and mud also watched off easily. I became confident that these mats were indestructible and we have since been using them for everything! The girls often use them as placemats during meals, for watercoloring projects, and for play-dough and modeling clay play as well."

Thanks for sharing Jenny! 

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