The best crafts are the kind that require a little scavenging from the world outside as well as some digging around in the nooks and crannies of our homes. Sticks, stones, feathers, flowers, leaves and other bits and pieces from around the house are perfect materials to use for a ton of fun projects.
Inspired by the bounty of amazing nature DIY's out there right now (like these), we decided to create the wallhanging below using sticks, feathers, string and a few wooden beads and bells from around the house.
This is a multi-part project that can easily be broken up into three different days. And to the kiddos, it feels like three totally different projects.
For kids (ages 2.5 and up).
- medium sized sticks
- twine or string
- small paint brush
- beads or bells (or any bits from around the house that can be hung)
(1) Head to the park or the woods and gather up some sticks and feathers. If you can't find any feathers, then these can be purchased at craft stores or, as an alternative, you can also use scraps of pretty fabric.
(2) Paint the sticks* in any way you like. You can do stripes, polka dots or wiggly lines. You can add words. Or skip the painting all together if you prefer a more natural look.
*If you prefer not to make a wallhanging with the painted sticks, they look fantastic as-is on a bookshelf or as part of a table's centerpiece.
Starting with the longest stick on the top, tie the sticks together using string or twine. Once all sticks have been tied together, you can begin to tie on feathers, bells, beads or whatever you find around the house.
Hang the wallhanging on a wall or in a window or anywhere you like. Enjoy!