If your child is like mine, you probably have lots of found objects from your forest walks, that holiday at the sea, balcony, garden or the bottom of the shoe, lying around the house, isolated and forgotten or in majestic piles. With the exception of sticks, rocks and seashells of unmanageable sizes or numbers, we usually keep most of these objects for a while. They seem to have found their way to our home somehow so we tend to let them feel a space in our surroundings.For this project I used some of these objects to make a wall decoration.
You will need: sticks, found objects or small things children like to keep (parts of broken toys for example), string. You can pick a theme (colour, season, type of objects, etc.) and select the ones that go with it, or you can just play, improvise, and see where that leads you.
Ideally you should use sticks with different lengths, and you should arrange them as you start attaching the objects from the smallest (on top) to the longest (on bottom). You continue by tying the objects in between the strings which connect every two sticks together. Double knots help keep the irregularly-shaped pieces in place.
Attach as many sticks as you want, then tie a small piece of string on top, make a loop for hanging and enjoy a new way of storing memories.
By Laura Munteanu
Laura studied journalism and advertising, and has worked as a journalist and an illustrator. She has illustrated for magazines, websites, charities and diverse campaigns. Laura also designs jewellery and has had her jewellery and art exhibited. She lives in Zurich with her husband and ten-year-old daughter.