Tuesday, February 23, 2010

natural ring/key holder

Can't hardly describe the giddiness that comes from creatively working with natural materials. It's the craziest thing, but I get SOOOO excited about creating with plain old sticks and stones. (I'm also more deeply immersed in twigs and logs as we prepare for our branch out workshop next weekend... everywhere I turn there are branches, branches and more branches...all different shapes, sizes, species.....so it's TOP of mind to say the least!)

I thought I'd share a quick and easy one with y'all today...... a natural ring/key holder. (When we were setting up our storefront, we were creating displays out of anything and everything we had available to us without having to purchase anything. It was a fun challenge and these found their way onto my dressing tables as well as a few of my nature-lovin' friends' homes.)  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Use a smaller sized log…I like driftwood because of its’ smooth exterior….

Clean it up and finish off with a natural shellac, oil or wax to give it a beautiful luster. 

Create some ‘hangers’ or 'pegs' by pounding in a few nails across the length of the log. You can determine the length of nails in relation to the size log you're using. 

Position and space as desired.

You can also use smaller branches as your pegs instead of nails…

Simply use a drill gauge to measure your branches and grab the corresponding drill bit

Drill about an inch or so into your log.

Drip some wood glue into your hole

And insert your branch.

Set out on your dresser or tabletop and you have a naturally efficient way to store, organize and display!

Cheers to simple, natural creations that don't cost you a dime to make! (of course, minus the nails, glue, wax, etc!) 

1 comment:

Shena Meadowcroft said...

Was looking at the pics and thought you used a knitting needle gauge to measure your sticks versus drill bits and though "what a great idea" - then read the instructions but thought I'd pass this on for those who have the drill and bits but no gauge