One of the things that we love to do as a family is go on woodland walks, I’d say at least twice or three times a week. Frey, my two and a half year old loves to pick up souvenirs, and we’ve got a growing collection of random sticks, pine cones, and pretty leaves. I thought it would be fun to make something with all of these lovely pieces from nature, so we had a go at making an autumnal mobile to hang in the garden.
Tools and materials:
A couple of sticks of a similar length
Woodland treasures – leaves, pine cones, seed heads etc..
I found some dried orange slices from last year in my autumn decorations box so I added those in too! (Have a look at my post about making sugared orange slices if you’d like to make your own – they make the house smell amazing!)
To start with, tie the sticks tightly together with the twine to make a cross.
Then, using your skewer, make a hole in the middle of the leaves, and orange slices if you’re using them, and thread through another piece of twine.
Tie a pinecone to the end of the piece of twine to weigh it down.
Repeat four times, and tie each decorated piece of twine to the end of one of the sticks – and you’re done!
I’ve hung ours onto the elder tree in our garden. Our trees are slowly becoming decorated with more and more of our woodland crafts, and they’re so pretty! This is such a simple little activity to do with the children, I can see us making many more!