Autumn Nature ShelfOver the course of the last week, Gracen has been very into collecting “autumn sings (things)”.  At first, I thought we’d use the items to make a couple of art projects and a sensory bin (which we did), but the collection grew so quickly and became so diverse that I decided a special area to display and admire her beautiful nature items was needed.

IMG 0349So this morning, we started out by taking down Grae’s beloved {pretend play} frozen yogurt shop and making room for a new nature display.  At first, I thought we’d use the same little table we had used for the shop, but just as I was thinking it would be nice to have something more like a long skinny coffee table, these vintage apple crates came to mind (they are actually the very boxes Grandma Charlotte’s family received apples in when she was a little girl!) They couldn’t have fit the space better and not only does their rustic charm suit a nature table perfectly, but when stacked on their sides, they provide extra storage space by turning into shelves.

IMG 0354Grae and I started emptying our bags and filling up the shelves (being the little organizer she is, she of course wanted all similar items together, so I was very lucky to be granted permission to split up the apples/corn/pinecones into a couple of different areas).  As she started to try and stand her tree branches upright along the wall, I realized that Great Great Grandma Amy’s vintage mason jars would display them beautifully.

IMG 0378IMG 0377IMG 0379Our items came from a variety of spots… Most of the leaves, branches, and twigs were found while walking around visiting parks in our neighbourhood in Vancouver.  The baby pumpkin and dried corn were found on our most recent trip to Davison Orchards. The pinecones were picked in Grandma Charlotte and Poppop’s front yard, and the dried flowers and berry bunches were found in the back.  Grandma Charlotte and Grae retrieved the cat tails and birch bark while out on a walk, and the new apples were snagged from a big box in GC and Poppop’s garage. ☺

IMG 0374When we were all done emptying and arranging, the end result was a cute little autumn-inspired corner in G’s room where she is free to explore nature at any time.

IMG 0363IMG 0366So far, she seems to enjoy rearranging her items and reading in front of the shelf most.

Knowing our little nature lover, I’m thinking this collection will continue to grow as the season progresses.  And we just may have to start fresh and create a new one come winter…

I know not everyone would feel comfortable having glass jars and/or inedible berries within their little one(s) reach.  Please only do what you are comfortable with.

9 thoughts on “Autumn Nature Shelf

    1. jkossowan

      Oh, thank you! They’re very old and I just adore all of the character they have. Can you believe they are the actual apple boxes my mother-in-law’s family received apples in when she was a little girl?!

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