Autumn Projects for Little WildFolk

Shorter days mean much more time indoors. Here are some tried and tested ideas to help you bring nature in.

Mylo gave this wreath to his teacher to hang on their classroom door.

Mylo gave this wreath to his teacher to hang on their classroom door.

Wild Wreath

It’s very easy to make a beautiful, biodegradable Christmas wreath using a wicker base.

Start with a walk to find unusual things for your wreath. At this time of year you’ll see berries and evergreens plus lots of seed heads - anything goes if it has a sturdy stem. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut snippets and place in your collecting bag. NOTE: Ask an adult to cut holly, rose hips and ivy (an allergen).

Get everything home and lay your snippets on the table next to your wicker wreath base. The best snippets will have at least a three centimetre sturdy stem on the end - you might want to strip some leaves off. NOTE: ask an adult to slice the thorns off the rose hips with a knife.

Now you are ready to poke your snippets into your wreath. For a traditional style wreath, poke your evergreens into the base first while turning it in a clockwise direction. When your wreath has a green base, add the seed heads and berries on top. However there are no rules and you can make your wreath in any way you want!

If you find that pieces fall out of your wreath when you lift it up, check that the stems are long enough to tuck into the base and if not, replace with longer ones. You could tie a couple of pieces of string around the wreath to hold bits on.

I’ve lifted up the shrubs so you can see what it looks like!

I’ve lifted up the shrubs so you can see what it looks like!

Ladybird Den

In October when the days are warm but the nights are cold you’ll see lots of ladybirds flying around looking for a home for the winter. Ladybirds are fantastic creatures to have in your garden as they stop aphids from sucking the life out of your flowers. If you make them a little den outside they’ll stick around!

You can make a den out of anything but it’s best to reuse something plastic as it will be waterproof. We used a black plant pot. We found lots of dried leaves and other crispy things that would make the den warm and dry and stuffed them into the plant pot.

Place your den on its side so that any rain won’t just go straight into the pot but drip down the outside. Try wedging the pot under some bushes so it won’t blow away. If you find any ladybirds inside on the window sills, shuffle them gently with a paintbrush into a container and tip them into your den. Hopefully you’ll see them again in Spring.