AUTUMN CRAFTS

The seasonal table

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In most nursery and early-years classrooms in the Netherlands you will find a corner set up to celebrate the seasons. In autumn it will be decorated with leaves, nuts and mushrooms, and children are welcome to play with it and decorate it with things they have found in nature. Also I grew up with the concept of ‘the seasonal table’. Not only in the classroom, but at home as well, we had a corner set up with ‘pretty little things’ we had found on forest walks, or made during crafting sessions.

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In our house we love to set up a little display as well. As soon as we return from our summer travels and school starts, I go and find the box with autumn decorations and start to set up our little corner. Starting with apples, then after a few weeks leaves, nuts and mushrooms. Going forward to Martinmas, Sinterklaas, advent and Christmas, our seasonal table changes a lot — inspiring us to decorate it with simple craft projects.

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The seasonal table doesn’t cost much to set up. Apples we have picked from our tree, pine cones, nuts and conkers we have found in the forest, leaves we pressed in between the pages of a book… There are cardboard mushrooms the children have made in school and we store away carefully year after year. The children look through their Schleich and Ostheimer animals and select relevant woodland creatures and place them in between the leaves. Over the years I have collected a few sweet decorations and felt fairies and invested in the silhouette lamp. (You can buy ready-made inserts, but I have made the ones you see in the photos myself.)

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With every change of our seasonal table, I also like to select appropriate books and put them out on our coffee table. Of course, it is also a perfect time of year to go puddle jumping, so having those books ready to cosy up with afterwards (with a hot chocolate or warm tea, of course), is not a bad idea.

xxx Esther

 


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Julia
November 15, 2016

Just beautiful. You are a lovely Mum! It is so nice filling family life with traditions. We have a silhouette lamp too. You have inspired me to make some inserts myself! That is amazing. That deserves a post in itself!


Vicky in Amsterdam
November 15, 2016

I absolutely love your seasonal tables, Esther! Always so beautiful and inspiring xxx


Lucy Spear
November 15, 2016

Absolutely love this.. I am defiantly doing this, my girls would love it. Thank-you.


Rachel
November 15, 2016

You never fail to inspire me Esther and make motherhood all the more exciting and fulfilling!


Lisa
November 15, 2016

Wow beautiful looks like a Waldorf school! Just gorgeous you have inspired me!!


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Lara in London
November 15, 2016

An incredibly inspiring mama and woman! Thanks for this! x


Nicole George
November 15, 2016

This is amazing. How sweet and simple yet makes such a big difference in the home. What a cool tradition.

XO
Nicole | http://www.bynicolegeorge.com


Alice
November 15, 2016

Love this idea so much. What a wonderful way to celebrate each season. I have never seen silhouette lamps like yours before, where can you buy them? I like to get one & create some scenes for it. Thanks so much for sharing this!


Alice
November 15, 2016

Hello again, Esther I found a Dutch company who make these sillhoutte lights, wonderful! Now I m intrigued what materials you use to make your sceneries. Can you tell me a bit more about it?
They are so beautiful!
Sorry about all these questions, it’s your fault really, because I m now so excited about it!!;)
Many thanks again, Alice


Annis
November 15, 2016

I would love to know too!


Katie
November 16, 2016

Beautiful! Would love more info on where to get a lamp like this and the scenes too!


Annie from Brimful
November 15, 2016

Absolutely lovely – this is a tradition the children will surely cherish for their whole lives! ❤️


Jennifer
November 15, 2016

Beautiful! I would love a post with pictures of all seasons and also more info about the silhouette lamp. I would love to start one of these for my family. 🙂


Sofia
November 15, 2016

Beautiful, yes! So much inspiration as always, thank you, Esther!


Emilie in Paris
November 15, 2016

Love your beautiful table! xx


Bori
November 15, 2016

So lovely! Such an inspiration,I hope you show us your other seasons too!
Thank you!


Nicoleta Taylor
November 15, 2016

Thank you, Esther, this is so adorable and inspiring! Also, thank you for featuring our Brown Mushroom Fairy in it!


PS
November 16, 2016

Love the idea! I would love to see your summer and winter and other tables too 🙂


Manca from Slovenia
November 16, 2016

I do the exact same thing! very pretty 🙂


Leah Prins
November 16, 2016

It is beautiful Esther, I do something similar in our home but would love to introduce a silhouette lamp. Any suggestions where to get one & how to go about making the inserts? I would love to attend a workshop on this 😉


Esther in Amsterdam
November 17, 2016

Thank you all!!
I got my little lamp in a local shop here in Amsterdam called ‘De Zaailing‘, but you can find them online here. Inserts can be bought ready-made, but I made mine at workshops organised by a lady here in the neighbourhood. If you live in Amsterdam and would like to know more, send me an email and I’ll introduce you!
xxx


Alice
November 17, 2016

Thank you Esther!
Would love to do a workshop like that!
You don’t happen to know if there are workshops like that in England? (Germany?)
is it special lamp making paper that you used for the inserts?
I ordered a lamp and will try to make an insert for Christmas, this is going to be my Christmas present for my 1 1/2 year old son.
Thank you once a gain for the inspiration!!! Best wishes, Alice


Esther in Amsterdam
November 24, 2016

Sorry Alice, I haven’t heard of such workshops in England or Germany. We just use thin gold cardboard from which we cut out the scene, and use coloured transparent kite paper for the layers behind. I hope you can figure it out! x


Leah
November 18, 2016

Such a visual feast! So much colour
http://www.lemonandpeppermint.com


Camilla
November 19, 2016

Absolutely stunning! So inspiring and beautiful Esther.


Jennifer
November 19, 2016

I won’t be able to attend workshops in Amsterdam, but I would love to know what supplies are needed to make your own inserts. Yours are gorgeous!


Esther in Amsterdam
November 24, 2016

Thank you! We use thin golden cardboard to cut out the scenes, and then transparent kite paper fit the layers behind.


Stacy
November 19, 2016

Esther! I used to buy these little flower fairies in a little shop in Paris that no longer exists. I have spent hours pouring over etsy etc etc with no luck. YOUPEE! The search is over…


Esther in Amsterdam
November 24, 2016

Wonderful!!! 🙂


Sarah
November 24, 2016

I love this! Thank you for sharing Esther! Would you mind sharing, if you recall where your vase and wooden mushroom are from? ❤️🍄


Esther in Amsterdam
November 24, 2016

I found the vase in a thrift shop. And I got the wooden mushroom from De Zaailing here in Amsterdam. x


Alice
November 25, 2016

Thanks that has been really helpful!


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