How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

Nature tables or seasonal tables are a lovely addition to the home and classroom. 

They are a place to celebrate the changing seasons, the natural cycle of the year. Our observation of what goes on in nature is sharpened when we walk outside, look carefully and take small pieces of special things back indoors with us. Our walks can become spiritual experiences.

Children love to collect beautiful natural objects and are often proud to see them displayed in a special place in the home. Let them play with there but also hold the space as sacred and special. You will foster an inner connection with nature.

How to:

1. Start with a small table, top of a bookshelf, piano, or other area in a commonly used room.

2. Vary the height of the surface-use blocks or a box. This adds levels and interest.

3. Drape the surface with cloth- silk, cotton or wool to match the colors outside of the mood of the current season. Use 1-2 colors.

4. Hang (with push pins or use a piece of cardboard or book to drape over) a color for the sky as background. You could also suspend a tree branch with string from the ceiling or anchor it in a vase.

5. Add a vase for flowers, grasses, wild things and a candle.

6. Stones and small logs of wood are nice to add next.

7. Take a walk and see what you find! Add things that are special-acorns, shells, a bird's nest, feathers, sticks, fall leaves....

8. Special toys and figures can be put there too.

9. For special celebrations you may have a themed table: Easter, Advent, Michaelmas, Birthdays, Valentines Day. 

Color Ideas per season:

Spring: Yellow, Pink, Lime Green, Sky Blue

Summer: Green, Rose, Royal

Fall: Orange, Gold, Brown

Winter: White, Royal, Red

I'd love to see what you make!


These wonderful tableaux were made by Stefania @la_waziya 

Ideas from the book The Nature Corner by Leeuwen and Moeslops


  • I am so excited to set up a nature table! I have been experimenting with a few peg dolls to make season gnomes! ♡

    Sasha on

  • We are just in the process of setting up our nature table…and we just love your playsilks!

    Elizabeth on

  • We do a nature table/scene and it is a lovely part of our home and my two daughters childhood! They sometimes request certain scenes ( a popular request is Elsa beskows children of the forest) … or as we celebrate holidays or change of seasons Sometimes it is all things they collect in nature and sometimes is more elaborate (as I enjoy the process!) we absolutely love it!

    Susan Bosk on

  • Love this! We use the top of a book shelf. We display seasonal books, nature finds and small felt figures we make. The only thing missing are the play silks! We would love to own some of your beautiful play silks!

    Gemma Foster on

  • I would love to set up a nature table! I have always loved the idea of one!

    Amber on

  • So beautiful. Looking forward to building season scapes for my son when he’s a bit older

    Reanna on

  • We do a lot of sensory and nature bins

    Crissy on

  • This is wonderful. Thank you for this.

    Diana P on

  • I am learning to create nature tables in my toddler room. A play silk would be such a lovely and valuable addition. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Ray-Ann Miller on

  • Lovely ideas! Have been wondering how to implement this for my children while baby proofing, I think on top of the piano is the answer!

    Emily on

  • What a great idea! My kids would love this!

    Lauren on

  • Beautiful way to encourage curiosity in nature

    Kelly on

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