I find great enjoyment is searching for exciting finds in nature. For example, I love to collect shells, beach glass, drift wood, pretty pebbles, feathers, old fishing nets and all sorts. I’ve even found a Mesolithic arrow head! This project is a fun way of displaying your finds and creating an imaginative hanging mobile at the same time.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• A branch or piece of drift wood
• Organic objects collected from nature
• You can also incorporate things like tumbled glass from a craft shop or beads to jazz it up a bit.
• Drill (optional)
There are so many ways to create a hanging mobile, but I’ve decided to concentrate on natural craft using a wooden stick and string. The first thing to think about is the structure. I’ve kept mine simple and used a stick to hang the objects off. (However, you can be as ambitious as you want! One of my students used an old bicycle wheel to hang things off). I’ve then put the balance point in the middle. If you wish to add more hanging pieces, you’ll need to balance the weight equally.
1. Pick out the objects you want to use and line them up how you want them to hang.
2. If you’re using sea glass you can drill holes in the glass. I used a drill piece that can go through glass, which I bought from a local craft shop. (If you do this wear goggles when you drill the glass). I found it helped to dab a bit of water on the glass first to act as a lubricant for the drill piece.
3. Some broken shells will already have holes, but others might also need drilling.
4. Cut your string. It helps if you make it almost double the length you’ll need.
5. Thread your objects. The heaviest things work better at the bottom so tie those first.
6. Attach your decorated strings to your branch or piece of driftwood with double knots (I drilled holes in the wood first).
7. Tie a length of cord to top piece of driftwood to hang and voila!
If you’re looking for a challenge, here is something to aspire to.
If you want to look up more on this Alexander Calder is the perfect artist to research.