With Summer coming to a close our nature table and most of our back packs are overflowing with beach finds and treasures from the shore, finding things to do with them apart from colour or display stretches my kids imagination and mine sometimes so I am delighted to introduce you to Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major a new book which is full of crafts using beach finds or treasures or inspired by the sea.
Seaside Tinkered Treasures contains 35 projects from my kids favourite sand castle flags to the perfect summer party addition miniature pin wheels made using common craft supplies, beach finds and recycables.
We’ve come back from the beach with bags of sea shells and drift wood that the kids have picked up whilst we’ve been paddling and rock pooling on the North Norfolk beaches this summer so flicking through the book the kids and I looked for crafts that used sea shells with our love of the garden the perfect craft for us was a sea shell wind chime.
The materials list is divided into 2 sections materials and tools – as a crafter and trying to teach my children about crafting having the distinction made it easier – we didn’t have a glue gun that was needed for the craft in the book but that didn’t stop us looking at the gorgeous picture of the finished craft the kids and I talked about how we could make them. Pictures like those in the book of the finished crafts and the hand drawn illustrations of stages of some of the crafts make this an easy book to follow along as a beginner or experienced crafter in need of inspiration.
Some of the crafts in the book included Tinker Tips which give a little handy hint like the one for the Sea Shell Wind Chime that we completed
Tinker Tip: For best results, use indoors.
Other crafts also include “Fancy This” – added extras that you could do to the projects, alternative materials or different ways to finish it. Like on the kids favourite project the sandcastle flags “Make extra to pitch into sandwiches to turn a picnic into a party”.
The instructions for the crafts are easy to follow – there isn’t a lot of extra talk which I find makes projects easy to follow and the instructions are split into easy to manage stages. I love the mix of crafts that I can do, help the kids with and also some that my kids would be able to do themselves – we’re going to give the dream catcher a try when we find some feathers at the beach next trip.
If you are looking for ideas to bring the beach to your crafting or incorporate the many treasures that your kids have picked up over the summer from the shore then this is the book for you.
Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major published by CICO Books is available from amazon.co.uk (this is an affiliate link and will not cost you any more but helps support Rainy Day Mum) and amazon.com as well as book stores.
We received a copy of the book for this review but the opinions expressed are our own.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.