In looking for new ideas for fun activities to do with Johann, I saw a wooden frame with pegs and string in Magic Cabin catalog. You weave finds like pinecones and leaves in between the string wound around the pegs. When you’re done, you have your own unique nature collage. It made me think of the wall collage the single, artist mother and her son made on their living room wall in the Walt Disney movie Man of the House, but on a smaller scale. That was something we had room for!
And it’s the perfect summer project for us. We’ve always gone on “nature walks”. We have amassed a large collection of pressed leaves, drift wood, shells, rocks, pinecones, seed pods, dried flowers, and moss and lichen-covered tree bark over the years. We have done numerous craft projects. One of Johann’s school projects was to create his own natural history museum and catalog everything. We’re still working on that. This was just a new means of continuing what we’ve always done: gone out on walks and foraged for treasures. Plus with this activity we will have a new piece of art to hang on the wall at the same time.
When I went to order the kit, they were sold out. So I decided to make our own. We found all the materials at different stores. Eric pre-drilled the holes for us, after I measured it out and marked the frame. Johann helped me screw in all the wooden knobs. After I wrapped the twine around the pegs, we were ready to go.
I’m not sure why I was worried we would have a hard time filling the frame with items we found on the ground while walking our usual treks. We have only gone on about half a dozen walks since putting the frame together, plus we have spotted things in our garden or around town we wanted to include in our collage, and the frame already looks full. We’ll see how packed it gets by the end of the summer!