I’ve always loved making things, whether that be sewing, embroidery or creating decorations for around our home. I’m especially drawn to using nature when I create, quite literally bringing the outdoors in and working with botanicals, leaves, wood, and other found treasures. I can remember as a child pressing flowers and making pictures from them, displaying conkers and acorns on my bedroom shelves and making perfume from mum’s fallen rose petals in the garden. Note: the perfume went rancid and brown – I never quite mastered that one!
I recently made this eucalyptus wall hanging for above our bed from a piece of driftwood washed up on the shores of Sussex and some dried Eucalyptus Blue I bought from the market. It was a very simple craft project and I really love the outcome. Not only does it look pretty, it smells lovely too.
- Some garden string
- Some small, fine scissors
- A piece of driftwood (however long you want the hanging to be)
- Some dried eucalyptus (I used Eucalyptus blue because it’s more delicate but any would work and you could substitute this for dried flowers instead)
- Tie a length of string to the driftwood so it can be hung. Determine the length of string based on how low you want it to drop from the hook you hang it from
- Then tie string to two stems of dried eucalyptus at a time. If you don’t have much stalk at the ends just pick away some of the leaves at the bottom to reveal more stalk
- Once you’ve secured the string around each pair of eucalyptus you can set about tying each one to the driftwood. Don’t fasten them so tightly you can’t then move the pieces up and down the wood to get the to the position you think works best
- Cut the messy ends of string off to neaten
- Hang somewhere lovely and admire your craftiness