We love travelling and I am like a magpie. I collect things and finds wherever we go.
I especially like collecting natural items like driftwood, stones, shells, etc. So if not careful, I can quickly find myself with boxes full of “stuff”.
A few years ago I thought of a way to display my finds that would appeal to my taste in décor. So I came up with this idea to make a memory stick.
Collect all your finds and drill holes in the wood, shells etc. You will need a long, interesting stick to be the main feature. Grab some twine and start stringing the tokens in the order you like. I unfortunately don’t have the equipment to make holes in the stones. I just wrapped them double with the twine and used clear glue to secure it. Be sure to space the tokens evenly.
Sticks & stones
When you’re done it should look something like this:
- This piece of driftwood I picked up in 2005 in the mountains in Greyton,Western Cape.
- These shells I collected while on holiday with my parents in Sedgefield in 2005.
- Driftwood from the beach in Arniston in 2006.
- These are burned guava’s I picked up in the Kruger National Park in 2006. A guava tree caught fire and the gauva’s went stone-hard.
- These are precious stones I used when I still had my jewellery business.
The rest of the items are just random stuff I had around the house.
Below is the finished product. These pictures were taken in our bedroom when we stayed in Philadelphia in 2007.
I still have the memory stick but it is waiting for a place in our new home. I cannot wait to paint the living room and hang it on the wall!
Waiting for a new home
You can also extend it and use it as a room divider. I made one for a good friend of mine, Liana, and she uses hers as a ‘curtain’ in her bathroom.
Go on, make some memories!