Artists, Environment, Family, Nature

Oak Leaf Mobile – Outdoor Christmas Fun For Kids

Had the wonderful pleasure of spending time with artist Annabel Stanley. Annabel has her own vineyard in the Central Okanagan, from which she uses the vines to weave her baskets and sculptures.

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Annabel Stanley outdoors making willow wreath.

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Willow Mobiles and Stars make wonderful Christmas decorations!

Guess who made these beautiful stars?

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Here’s a short video on how we made our Oak Leaf Mobile: Let’s Go Outside:

How To Make an Oak Leaf Mobile:

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Willow

String

Oak Leaves (we also used pine cones and willow stars)

26 gauge wire

1. Make a wreath with willow

2. Braid 4 ropes about 3 ft long

3. Attach a piece of wire to 4 oak leaves

4. Tie the string to wreath

5. Tie string to leaves

Happy Mobile making!

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You can visit Annabel @ : www.annabelstanley.com

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8 Comments

  1. This is so cute! Looks like a great experience. Those stars are so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really should do more nature inspired crafts with my girls. Maybe you want to start a nature craft group on http://outdoorbabynetwork.com.

    Heidi Ahrens

  3. This looks great! We are hoping to plant a willow hedge and possibly a willow den when we return to school after Christmas (if the weather behaves!), in our school garden, with the intention of using it for weaving. These ideas are superb and it’s lovely to see such young children enjoying the activities.

  4. Beautiful post. I have been thinking of you recently. A new friend showed me a photo of a yurt made with raw fleece and living willows. I’ve been meaning to tell you about it. How are you getting on with your plans to fleece a tepee?

  5. How lovely to hear from you Jasmine. I would love to see pictures of the Yurt, it sounds charming.
    The Butterfly Girl structure we made in the summer is just too big for the children to cover on our first try so we will be starting on a smaller structure to see how we fare. My nature art classes start up in mid February so if you could enlighten me on the best way to go about using the felt with little ones, any advice would be greatly appreciated. The ages will range from 5 -8 years old. I am really looking forward to fleecing the tepee with the class. I have to share with you…………

    Butterfly Girl House Revisited (Dec 29th) – The tepee looked so bare, all the fresh green foliage had withered and turned a rusty brown but it still looked beautiful and something quite magical was foot – I could not contain my excitement when I saw deer prints in the snow leading all the way up to the Butterfly Girl House. What an absolute thrill to think deer had wanted to investigate the tepee structure. Only a few days ago I had dreamt that deer used the shelter during a fierce snowstorm. This of course I’m sure will morph into a Little Humbug story.
    I sat inside the snow covered structure, I felt like a child discovering a secret hideaway. There were even windows now that I could spy out of. This was a magical place where your imagination could take you anywhere-anything was possible.
    I think all children should build a Tepee (Little Humbug fairy) house.
    Wishing you peace and joy.

    Marghanita

  6. How lovely to hear from you Ruth. I am thrilled to hear you’ll be growing a willow hedge in your school grounds. Your pupils will have an enormous amount of fun with the willow. I truly believe that hands-on learning is an important component for a child’s education. Through hands-on learning, children are given meaningful experiences that help them commit information to memory.
    I would love to hear how you get on, please do share. Warmest wishes Marghanita.

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