Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Craft Project for All Ages

Painted Seed Pod"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" ~ Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

This is a perfect time of year to gather up some of nature's castoffs: twigs, fallen branches, hardy seed pods and nuts. Perhaps you collected driftwood earlier on trips to the beach.

All these reminders of nature's bounty can be repurposed into pretty decorative accents for your home.

Arrange them in vases or bowls, on the wall, or use them to create mobiles to float gently in the breeze.

Painted sticks in bundles of six go for $75 to $80 on Etsy. Can you think of any reason you and the kiddies can't make these yourselves? Neither can I.

All you need, besides your gleaned objects, are:

• Acrylic paints
• Paint brushes
• Clear acrylic spray paint or artist's fixative spray

Painted Seed PodI gathered these huge seed pods two years ago. They've finally dried enough to release ...



jinxxxygirl said...

Eileen thats just fabulous! Just last night on our walk hubby saw some acorns and said 'Can't you do something with those?!' :)

I'd love to know what kind of seed pods those are. They're incredible! I have my eye out for more magnolia tree seed pods! I'm trying to catch them with the red seeds still intact.
Love this post! Hugs! deb

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

I love those pods!!! I may have to make a trip out to the cemetery to see what I can gather... I know there is a Kentucky Coffee Bean tree there that has some gorgeous pods... wouldn't it be great to do a bunch of sticks of varying lengths to put in an umbrella stand too?

Eileen Bergen said...

Deb and June, please share what you come up with!

It would be neat if some reader would jump in and ID my weird seed pods. They're quite a local mystery. And how the tree got into our yard, we'll never know.

If it was deliberately planted, you would think someone would know what it is. If it's a volunteer, again you'd think someone would know because that would mean it's a local species.

Perhaps some migrant bird flew up from South American.


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