Monday, 11 August 2014

Kids crafts - Seaside Hanging

As most of you know, we live not too far from the beach. We visit A LOT.
Our favourite part of the beach we go to, has some sand - certainly enough to dig and build sandcastles, but is also very stony, with lots of pebbles, a fair sprinkling of shells, and a little bit of sea glass hiding between the pebbles.

Another part of the beach is particularly good for driftwood, and we've collected plenty in our time. So much in fact that Mini and I upcycled a plain boring wooden framed mirror by gluing driftwood to the edges, it now sits in our living room and is admired by many. 

During our visits over the last few months I've been nagging the children to collect stones and shells with holes in - and they've dutifully dug, picked and discarded appropriate beach 'memorabilia'. (The good shells and stones made it into buckets, pockets and shoes, and in turn across the boot of the car, the washing machine and the shoe rack but nevermind!) The purpose of these holey stones was to make a hanging with some of the leftover driftwood, as a reminder of our beach trips and as a summer craft for both fun and encouraging fine motor skills and patience through threading. And I was pleased to see that Crafts on Sea has shared a very very similar craft on her guest post for this week's #SummerSandpit on The Adoption Social.

Here's what we made:

Mini's beach hanging

We love them - we have one hanging in the window, and one hanging halfway up the stairs and they're just so simple to make.

You need:
Stones/shells/small pieces of driftwood with holes in
A longish piece of driftwood
Some string/raffia or ribbon

1. Cut the raffia/ribbon about 2-3 times the length of your driftwood. Tie this on each end, with a double knot to secure.

2. Using different lengths of raffia/ribbon, tie on shells/stones/short driftwood - as many or as few as you like. We found that odd numbers looked best. Hang wherever you like!

Oyster shells look really pretty and are often damaged with holes in.
If you struggle to find natural holes, you could always carefully drill holes in driftwood.
If you have a good twine then these could stand up to outdoor use as a windchime.

This took a good hour for the children to do, and they managed much of it themselves. They spent a great deal of time choosing which treasures they wanted to hang, and then the order they wanted them hung in. I'd love to see your photos if you make any....

I'm linking up to #SummerSandpit on The Adoption Social:
The Adoption Social

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