Today the freezing cold temperatures, that have turned us into shut-ins lately, rose just enough with the bright midday sun to allow us to get out into the backyard for a little bit. The sun felt good and my son and I had fun exploring as we gathered materials for our little project today.
Back in art school there was a teacher that had his students make art supplies from natural materials. I didn’t have that teacher but ever since then I have wanted to try it. I can’t believe it took me 22 years to do it!
We gathered some pine needles both green and dried, grass both green and dried, wild onions (which I thought was grass until I smelled them and uprooted the little guys!), and some cedar greens along with some branches for handles.
We cleared off the dining room table and got to work making paint-brushes. I kept the construction process very simple. I distributed the bristle material around the top of the branch as evenly as I could, then I wrapped a length of wire tightly around both to secure. For some I wrapped a second length of wire around just the bristle material to try and improve the shape. I also trimmed the uneven tops and bottoms of the bristle material after securing. I can already tell these brushes are not going to be about precision painting! Another interesting thing I noticed is that they look like mini-brooms. So if you need to make some mini brooms, for any reason, this method would work great! I have to say the best part of this project was all the smells. The cedar and onion smells being the prominent ones!
Oh, and I made this nice little winter arrangement with holly, cedar, and vines too…
Have you been crafty lately? Please share!
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We also made bubble wands with natural materials. See them here!