Our shelves are bursting with jars, baskets, and bowls of various rocks and seashells from the sometimes daily trips we take to the nearby rivers and lakes. They're almost like a collection of memories, since I can remember exactly where and when we found each one. The boys love to dump them out on the table, reminiscing... "Oh, I remember we found that one the afternoon we went swimming in the rain!"
Needing to make room for a new season's worth of shells and nature trinkets we decided upon seashell garlands to hang around the house.
To start your garland, use a straight pin and poke a hole in the shell. Our kids had no trouble at all with this part, but little ones may need help.
Some of the shells were pretty thick, so Cole used a hammer to coax the needle through.
Thread the string through the hole in the shell and then tie a knot to keep the shell from sliding. We spaced ours out about every two inches.
Tie a loop at each end for hanging and you're done.
I imagine many more of these will be made throughout the year using seasonal finds... flowers, acorns, leaves, dried berries. What have you used to make garland?