Beaded Handle Paper Bag Nature Journals

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I love to get my kids out in nature.  It’s just good for the body and soul to be outside in God’s creation. After reading the adorable book, Maple by Lori Nichols about a little girl whose parents plant a maple tree in her honor when she is born and who becomes friends with the great tree, I had the perfect idea for an activity for my children to do to accompany it.

Leaf rubbings are pretty standard in the world of children creating with nature, but I wanted to go a step further. I decided to help them create paper bag nature journals to collect not only the leaf rubbings that they make, but also to help them showcase their preserved pressed flowers!

It’s really easy to make your own too!

Beaded Handle Paper Bag Nature Journals


  • brown paper lunch bags
  • wax paper
  • an iron
  • leaves, flowers
  • glue
  • pipe cleaners
  • pony beads
  • hole puncher
  • scissors

1. Take four of the paper pages and turn them so that the ends alternate.



2. Fold them all in half and then hole punch two holes along the folded side.



3. Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner through one hole and then around itself to secure. Add beads to it, then loop the other end through the second hole and wrap to close off.


4. Then we took a slow walk through our front and back yards and carefully chose several different leaves to make rubbings. When we finished our search, we took everything inside. Now you’re all ready to fill your paper bag nature journal pages!


5. For our cover, we chose to pick a few of the tiger lilies from our flower beds and pressed them using the iron method. We trimmed off the excess wax paper and then glued them to the front of our books.



5. Then we used the various leaves, white printer paper, and crayons to make rubbings. Lay your leaves under the paper and then rub with the side of crayon to get the shapes of the veiny bits and outlines of the greenery. Then we cut out these rubbings to the dimensions of our journal pages and glued them down.



6. We intentionally left several pages blank so we can add more leaf rubbings and pressed flowers later. You’ll notice that some of the page will open and you’ll have a little pocket too. These might be great for keeping small dried leaves or flower petals too, but you’d have to make sure to find a way to secure the pocket shut.



This is just an easy and cute way to help my children appreciate nature around them and also give them a little keepsake for their treasures.

Do your children keep a nature journal?


This post is part of the 31 Days to Storybook Learning. To see all the posts in the series, click here: 31 Days of Storybook Learning

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  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing and creative idea with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

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