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June 14, 2014

Sticks and stones might well break bones, but shells & driftwood excite me!

Every time we come back from one of our outdoor adventures, my husband and I find that our coat pockets and bags are filled with interesting stones, shells and unusual sticks that my daughter has collected. It happens every time, and our garden is littered with memento’s from our beach and forest visits. I hate throwing some of them away, as it reminds me of certain days out and the fact that my daughter spends hours placing them around the garden. It really is special having them on display.

I have been thinking of how I can display them properly without them all looking like just another pile of shells on the shelf. The first idea came while I was wandering around one of our local bargain stores near our home. I spied a lovely clear glass vase which seemed like a bargain at £3.50 and so I snapped it up. When I got home, I filled the vase up with all the variety of shells from our beach visit, and had a very colourful and personal memory display…..


Next were the pebbles. My daughter had a friend over to our house, and with some craft googly eyes, felt pens and glue, they created their very own garden rockery stones, which they decided will protect the animals who visit our garden. Again, very simple, but a good recycle activity that was quick, and ultimately brightened up our garden.


Our biggest challenge is the driftwood. Collecting unusual driftwood is one of my husband’s hobbies. We love finding pieces while at the beach, then deciding what could be created, and how we get to achieve it. Our shed is full of random bits of driftwood, in all shapes and sizes, ready for creation.


Our first project is turning a big piece of driftwood into a large, free-standing photo frame. A visit to a local timber yard meant that we could shave the back of the driftwood flat, so that it would sit against the wall more securely and, visually, would look a lot smoother and cleaner. The next job will be sanding down the wood and, if the weather stays like this, I will be sitting in the garden , enjoying the sun and getting creative. I’m really excited with this project and can’t wait to see the results.


Watch this space……

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16 thoughts on “Sticks and stones might well break bones, but shells & driftwood excite me!

  1. Christine says:

    Some great ideas there. We (well my daughter) has a huge number of shells and pebbles collected from holiday visits to the beach. She keeps in threatening to make shell ornaments but we need to get the right glue first. #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you for commenting. Nice to be able to make something out of our collection. My daughter enjoys seeing her random finds on display as well.

  2. Fantastic ideas Kim. I hope you’ll share the driftwood picture frame when done and any other ideas you come up with. There must be plenty more people who have collections like you that they’d love to know what to do with.
    Have a Great Weekend,
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Yes I do hope my driftwood project turns out ok. Just some simple craft ideas to keep my daughter happy. At least the garden is a bit more colourful too.
      Take care,

  3. Awww what a nice project! You have an artist =) #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you. Nice to be able to display my daughters collection, and not have it in piles around the house.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished results with the driftwood! How creative to use your mementos in such a clever way. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I am very excited about my driftwood collection. Really hope it turns out ok. Fingers crossed.
      Lovely to link up with Country Kids.

  5. Kierna says:

    Great idea for displaying those treasures. I have a friend from Norway who made me a lovely key holder from driftwood.

    1. kim says:

      Hi Kierna,
      I love how we find such different bits of driftwood. Lots of different shapes and sizes.
      I did look at the photo of the key holder, its so lovely. It has given me some new ideas with other bits in the shed.
      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Karen Bell says:

    Great ideas, we have a lot of collections here too, so I might just have to pinch the vase of shells idea.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    1. kim says:

      I do love our vase of shells. Just a simple idea but very effective.

  7. kid GLloves says:

    The Mother says – I do this too. I love visiting the beach to see what I can find. Awesome post.
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, nice to make something out of our collection rather than piling them up in corners of our house.

  8. Oooh, I’m excited to see what you come up with. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party 🙂

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, fingers crossed we get something good enough to display in our home.

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