Custom Pieces from Nature's Creations

We love to create custom pieces from botanicals that customers send us, and we work with both individuals and organizations on special projects of all sizes. We can also create castings from a captured leaf or cutting—a great option for larger projects, because the item can be reproduced at a lower per-piece cost while still maintaining the uniqueness of the original impression. We can customize pieces to include etched information on the back, including names, dates, and websites.

We’ve worked on custom projects for:

  • Art galleries
  • Companies
  • Vineyards
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Other special occasions

If you would like to embark on a special project with Nature’s Creations, the first step is to send us the botanical items that you have collected. Look for broad, sturdy leaves or other botanical items that have a good amount of texture. (Note that we can’t work with clover, shells, flowers, or bugs other than cicadas.) If you are curious about a particular botanical item, please email us.

If you are requesting a large amount of pieces, we generally need at least 100 original botanical items to ensure a successful result (unless you are requesting that one single item be casted), and you should plan to send us twice as many pieces as you ultimately need. Leaves should be 1 inch to 4 inches wide. Read on for how to best prepare and send items. Always send your items with clear contact information so that we can get back to you promptly!

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Use a plastic sealable container that is just the right size—not so big that items get tossed around during shipping, and not so small that they get smushed. 

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Place a paper towel on the bottom of the container and sprinkle a few drops of water on the towel so that it is slightly damp. 

3

Layer your leaves right on top of each other. 

 

 

 

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Place a few more slightly damp paper towels on top of the leaves. You may add extra paper to fill up the bin, but do not press the leaves too much.

 

 

5

Close the bin and send it via USPS Priority Mail or Overnight UPS/FedEx to: 

Nature's Creations
6822 Tilden Lane
Rockville, MD 20852-4501
301-881-7813

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When we receive your cuttings, we will contact you with pricing. Generally, prices for custom items are similar to online-store prices for five items or more. For less than five items, we charge an additional 50% service charge. If you represent an organization, we will call you to discuss the project before we give you an estimate. Here is a loose guide to the sort of pricing you can expect:

Broad Leaf Projects
(i.e. Maple, Aspen, Oak and Ginkgo)

Quantity 1-4 5-20 21+
2" leaf $45 $30 $15
3" leaf $60 $40 $20
4" leaf $90 $60 $30
4"+ call call call

Unless otherwise arranged, we generally finish all custom-ordered pieces in the "Bronze Patina" like in the picture below.