For those of you that like hiking this time of year, you also must really love spider cocoons. If you don't know what those are, then continue on enjoying life and never google that phrase....EVER. You know how I realized of their nightmarish existence? Almost walking FACE FIRST into a branch web-wrapped in HORROR......I mean the majestic beginning to the lives of nature's most "helpful" creature. Heave. Needless to say, hiking became a winter sport for me. Good ol' winter. You hate bugs, too.
So why not create the perfect place to view nature's majesty without having to be near all of that disgusting nature? I mean between this and playing Assasins' Creed 3, we've got "Scenic New England" covered and we didn't even have to put on real pants today. Add a dash of nutmeg to your coffee and this just became a getaway weekend at the most exclusive B&B in all of CT.
FILL UP YOUR TRAVEL MUG BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO THE BACKYARD FOR:
- tiny leaves- Cute little bug-less ones. Shake them off. Shake them off. Sorry. They played it on Kelly & Michael today.
- twigs and dried grass- Make sure they look like little trees. Because we don't want this water pitcher filled with yard to look stupid do we?
- moss- This you should probably buy at the ol' craft store floral department. BONUS: Real pants STILL not required. It's worth the trip. Real moss has DIRT on it. Possibly bugs.
- shallow paper cup or box lid- This is going under the moss carpet. it gives a bit of height and also allows you to have something to push the twigs into. That's what we in the ol' crafting biz call...........helpful. The crafting biz is actually pretty straightforward. Unlike spiders.....who pretend to be helpful, but really just want to get you.
- a glass pitcher or jar- I attempted using a cake pedestal but that restricted my little imaginary world to about 2 inches in height. It was also pretty tough to see through. Turns out I like it much better when it's filled with cake.
- Take your shallow paper cup or box lid and place it in the bottom of your glass pitcher or jar. Make sure it's spotless.
LIFE PRO-TIP: Why buy anything but auto glass cleaner? It won't streak ever. It's in the auto section of Walmart and it's like $2. You'll never hate windows again. Unless they don't pop in. Then forget it. Get drapes. Speaking of.......
- Drape the moss over the cup, making sure it's completely hidden by tucking the moss around the edges. A little fairy would probably love to take a nap on this. Don't worry. Thoughts like this become normal whilst building little nature scenes. Embrace it.
- Using your collected and sanitized specimens of nature begin to build your world. There's no wrong here. But there is ugly. So try your very best not to make yours ugly. Use a screwdriver to help puncture holes through the moss and cardboard base and fill them with twigs and dried grasses. Build your forest, Gaia.
- Mixing colors and textures will help add depth and realism to this thing we are assembling. You also want to mix up the heights of the foliage you place inside to mimic trees and bushes.
- Hey that looks great! Place by a window to show Mother Nature how it should be done. She's going to be so jealous. She secretly hates bugs too.
Perfection! A quick an easy craft that will bring you back to nature without having to freak out about a bug crawling up your pants. Because people will look at you crazy when you "drop trou" and waddle-run away screaming in the middle of a hike. Even for a bug. Trust me.