From Arianne: We're always looking for ways to bring nature exploration indoors. I made a natural specimen set (instructions below) this week for the light table. But then our basement flooded on one side and the sewer backed up on the other. Really.
So instead of using these natural specimens downstairs at the light table as intended, we've kept them in a basket next to the windows upstairs and used them as light catchers. Serendipity.
The natural light illuminates our nature collection sufficiently for study and examination. And they just look so pretty hanging in the window even after attention spans have moved on.
We found peacock feathers and butterfly wings, a rose bud and a cross section of honey comb, leaves and seed pods.
A larger feather and more leaves.
Onion skins and dried weeds.
- Start by gathering natural specimens on nature walks. Anything that is flat (or nearly) will work. You can remove thick stems if needed.
- Clean specimens of debris and dirt. Then arrange them sandwich-style between two pieces of clear contact paper. Press the paper carefully down with even pressure, working out any air bubbles.
- Trim and line the edges with masking tape. I do two layers to make them nice and sturdy.
- Arrange in a basket next to the window or near your light table. Enjoy!
Thanks so much to Arianne of Still Parenting, for sharing this beautiful post!