Twiggy star with pinecones oranges 

It's that time of year when 'Christmas craft' rears its glittery head. Parents of small children are preparing to be the grateful recipients of huge handpainted and liberally glittered calendars, photoframes, misshapen clay candleholders and any number of other festive gifts. My own children made their own Christmas cards for years and I'm sure I'm not the only parent who was still sweeping up glitter in August. We have moved on from that stage now. They are more likely to come home with a pile of homework assignments for Christmas. Whilst I treasured every home-crafted gift from my children. I am eternally grateful for the teachers whose ideas were thoughtfully tasteful and made use of natural materials.

If you're a teacher, teaching assistant, nursery teacher or parent looking for inspiration then Pinterest is a great place to start. You'll find all sorts of projects and pictures there. In fact, there's so much there you could be lost for days as you surf from one board to another. In an effort to make life easy for our members and followers we use Pinterest to gather ideas on your behalf on a range of Our Flower Patch related themes. Check out some of our boards, especially the one on natural Christmas decorations.

We always seemed to have a lot of pinecones hanging around, collected on weekend walks in the woods. The children used to spray them silver and gold to add to the Christmas decor. Sara uses loads, wired onto the Christmas wreaths she makes and sells to customers at this time of year but there's so much more you can do with them. You'll find inspiration here on our pinterest board. Go for a long walk. Collect as many pine cones as you can and settle down round the table (after you've revived yourselves with cake and hot chocolate, of course) to create something wonderful. You might even be able to sell some of them at your school's Christmas fair if you are quick! It all helps to raise funds to make your school garden group self financing. 

pinecone cinnamon feather garland