Hanging treasure decoration

November 2, 2017

A simple autumnal activity to remind you of the season and all its glorious colours. Slightly different technique to our leaf mobile.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: autumn

Tags: autumn, conker, decoration, natural materials, seasons, string, threading

Category: art & creating tool use & traditional crafts


Step 1

Collect your natural materials.
Children love to use a basket or wooden box for this.

Step 2

Use a palm drill to make holes in any larger materials collected.

See our Guide to palm drills for more detailed information on using a palm drill.

child using a hand drill on a conker

Step 3

Cut a piece of cotton to the length of the decoration you require.

Thread the cotton onto one of the needles.

Step 4

Begin by threading a large item, conkers or acorns are ideal, onto the end of your cotton.

Fix the object by bringing the thread around the outside of the object and back onto the strand of cotton – this way the object can’t slip off a knot simply tied on the end.

Take It Further

Make 4 or 5 more decoration strands and attach them to a willow hoop or “X” shape of wood to make an autumnal mobile.

Try different seasons to see how your treasures change.