Curating Spaces: Transparency on the Nature Shelf

How to Make a Nature Shelf for your Homeschool Room - An Everyday Story

Nature Shelf in a Reggio Inspired Homeschool Room - An Everyday StoryWe live in a small house. When we bought our home, we did so knowing that we would eventually have to either extend or build a separate outdoor room for our homeschool room. At the beginning of this year, we started work on the homeschool studio (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the progress over this last year). The studio is pretty much a fancy shed; we fitted out the inside though so it looks like a room.

Six weeks back we got to move in. My husband (and me a little, but mostly him) worked so hard building it and the feeling of finally being able to work and play in that space has just been incredible.

I thought I might show you around a little bit, starting with our nature shelf.

How to Make a Nature Shelf for your Homeschool Room - An Everyday Story


If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~ Rachel Carson

Having a nature shelf is such a great way to nurture our children’s curiosity about their natural environment. Having a spot where they can display their collected treasures shows our kids that we value these items; that they are worth keeping, that they are interesting and that they are beautiful.

And when you are displaying those lovely treasures, transparent glasses and vases make those treasures seem that much more special.

How to Make a Nature Shelf for your Homeschool Room - An Everyday Story Making a Nature Shelf For Your Homeschool Room - An Everyday Story

In a thrifted vase, the naturally beautiful colours of collected sea glass take centre stage. In an acrylic desk caddy, each tuft of a feather, each shimmer of colour, can be seen and enjoyed.

A bird’s nest sits in a vintage jar. And an A6 acrylic pamphlet holder makes a beautiful display for a delicate dragonfly.

And sometimes, when the light is just right, the sun will catch the corner of a jar and bend just so, creating a beautiful rainbow around the room.

How to Make a Nature Shelf for your Homeschool Room - An Everyday StoryIf you are nervous about using glass, there are a lot of really beautiful acrylic options. Our desk caddy and pamphlet holder are both from an office supplies store.

As our homeschool studio comes together, I’m looking forward to showing you around a bit more.

And if you have a nature shelf, I’d love to see it. You can share a photo on my Facebook page 🙂

7 Replies to “Curating Spaces: Transparency on the Nature Shelf”

  1. This is stunningly beautiful. Just stunning.

    1. Thank you so much Carmel

  2. This is such a simple yet elegant concept. We collect so many nature treasures and they tend to get dusty and lost in the bottoms of our jars. So brilliant – thanks for posting!

  3. Ibrahim A. AlMomani says:

    Thanks Kate for sharing such thoughtful concept of creating a positive environment around the house to help dealing with children’s curiosity. I feel great to start my day with good ideas and great story! This gives me a very good feeling for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Ibrahim

  4. Where did you find the star tray from? It’s beautiful!

    1. It’s lovely, isn’t it? I found this one at Modern Teaching Aids. Here’s the link for you:

  5. I love your nature shelf! I have a similar set-up in my kindergarten classroom and have been wanting to set one up at home. Do you have suggestions for starting something like this with a 20 month old who isn’t into collecting yet?

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