For Wondertime, I try to come up with projects that are fun for kids, and often try them with Elliot, but when producing the final piece, he is rarely involved. For this one I fussed over the beads made of drinking straws covered with printed fabric, at first trying Liberty prints, but finally settling on mossy green print I already had. Similarly I purchased and tried several other beads, as well as ribbon, yarn, string, seam binding-- you get the picture-- putting way too much thought into something that is supposed to appear organic, thrown together. In the end I was pretty happy with the results when I shipped them off.
In the next day or so, I sat out several bowls of "leftovers" for Elliot, along with a tapestry needle threaded with green yarn. In a few minutes, he threaded himself a flower garland that was just the unfussy look I was going for. Moral: If unfussy is what you're going for, don't fuss so much.
Who is teaching crafts here?
These would make a great rainy day or Midsummer craft.