5 ways to work with plants

Autumn is the ideal time for DIY craft projects because it's often cold and wet, and it starts to get dark so much earlier in the evening. We love arts and crafts projects because it’s so relaxing to make things with your hands, particularly when it involves plants. It's also useful! Our interiors could always do with an extra injection of nature. To celebrate the season — and help you make the most of the wet weather — we’ve selected our best autumnal plant DIY projects for you.

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Dreaming about greenery

Whether it's 8 or 12 hours sleep that you need, everyone enjoys a good night’s rest. Wave nightmares goodbye and bring peace to your bedroom with this romantic green dreamcatcher.

Natural works of art

When you tidy up the garden you’re bound to collect cuttings from straying plants. A quick glance around the house can also reveal a handful of fronds pointing the wrong way, bent or snapped flowers, and overenthusiastic growth in need of a trim. Turn these spare bits of plant into light, attractive works of art.

Plant post

Shorter days and longer evening give you the time and space to do the things you didn’t get around to during the summer, like writing to your grandparents, or penning a letter to your friend abroad. Home-made botanical writing paper is a wonderful way to add a personal touch and show you're thinking of them.

Garden hooks

Even the sturdiest oak will lose some of its branches in the season's fierce autumn storms. Show your respect to the trees in the garden, park or local wood by reusing their branches in an upcycle project. We suggest making these coat hooks, which will each have a unique story of origin. Pop your coat on and go outdoors to find a useful, sturdy branch. Your scarf and hat will soon be hanging from some very stylish hooks.

If your crafting has been a success and your latest DIY project is proudly on display in your home, we’d love you to share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #thejoyofplants.