Getting back to nature

Natural ornament making slated for Dec. 12

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO This month’s Brown Bag Bunch will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center. Participants will make a variety of Christmas ornaments, using materials found in nature, including acorns, pine cones and twigs.

For folks who enjoy a rustic look to their Christmas tree, Grimes Farm and Conservation Center will be hosting a natural ornament making event on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the center, as part of its monthly Brown Bag Bunch program.

“We are offering five styles of ornaments to make, depending on how much time people want to spend,” said Naturalist Emily Herring.

The styles will include: tree cookie ornaments (sliced wood), acorn capped jingle bells, stars made from twigs, salt dough evergreen shapes, and pine cone creations. In addition to elements taken from nature, decoupage, bows, bells, cookie cutters, glue and glitter will be utilized.

The center has a tradition of hosting at least one holiday-themed craft event each year. In the past, twig vase making was offered, as well as evergreen swags, and wreaths are made every year.

“Just getting people out to Grimes Farm and getting them in the holiday mood is our goal,” Herring said. “There are so many items nature gives to us.”

While ornament patterns will be provided, Herring said she encourages attendees to put their own creative spin on the crafts.

“We will give instructions, but sometimes people just do their own thing and like that even more,” she added.

Adults and children are welcome to participate, but youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 per person, and will include all materials and supplies. Payment and registration are due before Dec. 5 by calling: 641-752-5490. Seating is limited.


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