Rustic Star Craft: A Year of Nature Craft and Play

A Year of Nature Craft and Play (Harper Collins) is a new nature based activity book by garden blogger Catherine Hughes and well-being author Becky Goddard-Hill.

In the book they share a host of nature craft and play ideas following the seasons.

They also include nature-based science experiments and gardening projects as well as mindfulness activities, cooking and gift ideas.

Today we will share with you a Rustic Star Craft tutorial from the book, and we have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader at the end of this blog post.

A year of nature craft and play book cover

The reason for the book

Their deep desire is to encourage kids to get outside in the fresh air, running about and shaking off the day, screen free and filled with mood boosting daylight and vitamin D.

Nature makes people happier, crafting makes people happier and play does too. Combing these 3 elements provides a simple, cost-free way to keep a child’s mood uplifted and to build their connection with nature.

It has been shown that children who connect with nature grow up to be adults who protect nature, and this is of course exactly what our planet needs.

Nature Craft and Play has flown off the shelves and is currently the no.1 bestselling book in kids gardening on Amazon. It looks set to be a Christmas must but for kids who love the great outdoors.

The authors have shared one the most eco-friendly crafts from the book with us here today – the simplest of crafts but one that is so effective and such a lovely way to celebrate the solstice.

A Rustic Star to Welcome Winter Solstice

How to make a rustic star craft from sticks, for winter solstice or nature Christmas decoration

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle

Winter solstice is an ancient holiday known for rituals and traditions that celebrate nature; it takes place on 21 December each year. It marks the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter.

It is tempting to stay inside all warm and cosy when it’s wintertime but you miss the best things about winter if you do.
One lovely way to celebrate nature and welcome in winter is to hang a rustic star either from a tree in your garden or local park, or on your front door or mantel. You can make a rustic star really simply just using sticks.

You will need

  • 5 sticks all about the same length and 0.5 cm or more thick (you can break them to make them same length)
  • String (or for a really tiny star you might want to use glue)
  • Ribbon or string to make a hanging loop


How to make a rustic star 

  1. Lay out two sticks with their ends together, to make two sides of a triangle pointing upwards.

  1. Then place two more sticks forming a cross shape, with their bottom ends matching up with the bottom ends of the triangle sticks.

  1. Next lay your last stick over the other ends of the crossed sticks horizontally, to complete your star.

  1. Now use your string to tie the star together at the points where the sticks meet – this stops it from falling apart. You need to tie it tightly.

  1. Then, loop a ribbon or piece of string through the top and tie the ends together.
  2. Now it’s ready to hang up.

The really lovely thing about this rustic star is that it lasts and lasts. We hung ours on a mantelshelf, on a shed door, and in a tree. It has been everywhere!

It is so lovely for kids to craft with sustainable materials knowing that they are not adding to landfill or manufacturing processes. And there is just something wonderfully traditional about playing with and making things out of sticks.

Other stick craft and play ideas

Nature crafts for kids made with sticks. Fun ideas what to craft with sticks

Making natural paint brushes 

Using sticks to make a picture frame and filing it in with nature art

Building a den 

Making yarn sticks 

Making stick animals  

Making journey sticks

Making twig-wrapped flower pots

Using sticks to make a noughts and crosses game

A starting point for the imagination

Nature has the best art materials and there are just so many wonderful ways kids can craft and play with it. Give them an invitation to play, a little starting idea and before long their own imagination and creativity will kick in and they will be devising their own ideas for things to make and do.

A Year of Nature Craft and Play is a wonderful book packed with inspiration and would be a lovely addition to any family bookshelf. 


Enter via the Gleam widget below, completing as many options as you like. The more options you complete, the more your chances of being the lucky winner. 

Good luck and Happy nature crafting everyone!

A Year of Nature Craft and Play Book

55 thoughts on “Rustic Star Craft: A Year of Nature Craft and Play”

  1. I live this. I’m planning on making a craft box for my little boy for Xmas and this would be an amazing addition to encourage using nature in craft.

  2. We love doing crafts from things we find in nature, the only problem is finding a place to keep all the things my children make.

  3. Looks like a great book, and it’s good to be able to do craft activities that also get you outside. Thanks for running this giveaway 🙂

  4. This would be perfect to use with my boy, he’s 11 he has severe learning difficulties so this is pitched at the appropriate learning stage for him, would be great to have some new ideas for things to do with him 🙂


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