twig vase

i just love when art activities evolve organically, and from a child-centered place. we’ve been spending a lot of time in the yard lately, and N is a bigtime twig gatherer. and lemme tell ya, we have some amazingly flexible, shiny, cool twigs in these parts.

wish i knew what types of trees these were.

the giving tree

yesterday N was collecting all sorts of sweet sticks… today, when i suggested putting them into a pretty vase, she said, “noooo, i want to make a vase out of them!” um, okay. improvise, momma! so i grabbed an empty honey jar and a couple rubber bands, and we went to work, covering the outside of the jar with the twigs, securing them with rubber bands at the top and bottom.

N helped with this for a long time, and i had to finish it up. it’s somewhat tedious for little hands. she took lots of breaks to gather more twigs.

keepin' on keepin' on

eventually the whole jar was covered with twigs that extended from its base to about an inch above its top lip, secured by two rubber bands. (i had to trim some of the longer twigs with scissors.)

i slid the rubber bands into the center, and covered them with raffia, (realizing that the blue rubber bands weren’t gonna get fully hidden, so i switched them out with tan ones, so be sure to start with tan if you do this.) N picked some flowers from our yard for the vase, and our creation was complete and functional!

i’m not entirely loving the raffia, and may change it to a groovy rustic ribbon. (mostly because my cat chews in raffia and will flip this vase over in two seconds flat if it’s in her range.)

it did make for a wonderfully earthy dinner centerpiece tonight.

while i’m not necessarily posting daily photos of us outdoors for the entirety of this blog in april, most of our projects lately and this month will involve mother earth, so….

thank you, 5 orange potatoes, for getting the kids outside!

04.08

2010
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  • http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com jenny

    I love how this evolved naturally! And what a great little play activity it turned out to be. I have some avid twig gatherers at preschool so I’ll have to remember this one :)

  • http://childhood101.blogspot.com/ Christie – Childhood 101

    I love that this experience started so spontaneously and you went with it. Such a simple idea but a stunning result.

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  • http://www.gardenmama.typepad.com gardenmama

    what a wonderful idea, so beautiful!

  • http://UCreatewithkids.blogspot.com Becky @ UCreate with Kids

    I am so doing this for Mother’s Day!

  • http://handsonaswegrow.com Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    I love it! Works great for a vase — I’ll share on FB :P