I’m not a big fan of glitter. Yes, it’s pretty and my kids love it but did you know that it’s made out of tiny bits of ground coloured plastic? Plastic takes a long time to biodegrade, whether cut into tiny pieces or not. So, I wondered how my children could enjoy the similar effects of glitter without buying it from the shops (and having glitter forever in our under covered area).
I didn’t have to look far because I found alternatives all around us. Best of all, they look beautiful, are vibrant natural colours, smell great and are an excellent replacement for the real thing! Have I mentioned this glitter is free too?
Collecting nature’s glitter can be just as fun as using it in craft. Make a day of it by searching your local forests, gardens and bushland reserves. Here’s what we collected, hopefully you have similar flora to help you make biodegradable glitter too!
Red Bottlebrush Flower
After researching the flowers I collected, I found that the Cadaghi tree is classed a weed in Australia. As as a result, it’s important to collect them in a bag that will minimise the risk of spreading seeds.
Fine red Sawdust
Sweet Wattle Leaves
Lilly Pilly Flowers
It didn’t take the girls long to open the little containers with nature’s glitter and scatter it on their artwork. In fact, I actually think they had more fun because they felt the different textures from the contents of each bottle fall through their fingers. They seemed to take extra time with the material too and once I’d suggested they smell it, they tried every single bottle. There was a lot more interaction with the material than regular glitter.
It may not shimmer and shine quite like its plastic counterpart but it still creates quite a beautiful collage of colours and textures on the page. Being biodegradable, it’s most certainly much better for the environment too!