Homemade Nature Journal with “Tree Bark” Cover

The girls went to a friend’s house on Monday, so that I could work on finishing up God’s Little Explorers (it will be complete and ready next week)!!  While they were there, my friend’s daughter worked on some projects with the girls.  I LOVED this project, so I asked permission to share it!

This project also goes perfectly with the book we read for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids!  The author of the month is Leo Lionni, so I picked out the book A Color of His Own.  We then observed various animals and insects in their natural habitats, discussed camoflauge, and sketched a few nature objects in these Nature Journals.

Creative Nature Journal Idea

Homemade “Tree” Cover Nature Journals


Homemade Nature Journal

1)  Cut down the file folder to the size you want your journal.  You’ll also want to cut the pieces of paper down to fit inside the cover.  Staple the paper inside the cover.

2)  Lay the cover flat and add strips of masking tape to the outside.

3)  Cover your work area.  Dip a paper towel in brown shoes polish and smooth onto the tape.  Allow to dry.

4)  Cut-out and glue the title on the cover.

Head out on some fun nature walks with your Nature Journals and enjoy the beautiful world God created!


Check out the other people in the Virtual Book Club for Kids and the activities they did.

Toddler ApprovedRainy Day MumAdventures in Reading with Kids3 DinosaursRoyal BalooThe Educators’ Spin On ItInspiration LaboratoriesPleasantest Thing Edventures with Kids Two Big Two Little Playing With Words 365Kitchen Counter ChroniclesOutlaw MomMommy and Me Book ClubCrafty Moms ShareNo Twiddle TwaddleThe Good Long Road Ready. Set. Read 2 MeReading Confetti Mama SmilesJuggling with KidsMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasCreekside LearningCreative Family FunThe Usual MayhemTeach PreschoolPlayDrMomCraftoArtBeing a Conscious ParentSmiling like SunshineCrayon FrecklesTrain Up a ChildSmile Play LearnEnchanted Homeschooling MomCoffee Cups and CrayonsHaving Fun at Chelle’s HouseLove, Play, LearnJuggling With KidsMotherhood on a DimeGrowing Book By BookThis Reading MamaFantastic Fun and Learning


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  1. says

    I love the journal cover. What a clever Idea. I am going to have to check out the Virtual Book Club for Kids. It has now peeked my interest.

  2. Rebecca says

    Could you use tea bags and get the same effect…they are more cost effective and I have them here now!

    • Stacie Nelson says

      I’m not sure, Rebecca. It might be worth trying though. If you do, let me know how it turns out!

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