Beachcombing Craft Materials

Beachcombing for craft materials.

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Beachcombing for craft materials is a not only a brilliant way to get outdoors and collect bits and pieces for creative projects, but is an awesome way to teach your kids about nature and recycling.

So which country has the biggest coastline?

That would be Canada . But unfortunately if you live in Canada you could also be farther from the sea than almost anybody else in the world.

But if you are lucky enough to live in the British Isles you can always go to the beach because nowhere is more than 70 miles, or a couple of hours drive from the coast. And in the UK there is about 11000 miles of coastline, so you have no excuse!.

I am lucky to live on the Wirral Peninsula in the North West of England. I’m practically surrounded by water. Everyday I take my two Springer Spaniels, Freddi and Bella,  for a run on the beach. This gives me a fantastic chance to collect craft materials from the shoreline .

In this short video, I was able to collect a big bag of bits and pieces in just half an hour that could be brought home and used for lots of nature craft projects.

Beachcombing Spoiler Alert

You should be aware that you are not allowed to take stones off the shore. Most beaches are owned by someone, this can be the local council or the Crown Estate in the UK. The taking of stones is considered as stealing. The main reason for this is that if everybody was to remove stones from the beach it would create a lot of potential erosion. The same thing goes for fossils. But if you are picking up things like shells, bits of plastic or little pieces of driftwood then generally there isn’t a problem.

Wally Worm Tip

You don’t always have to make a special trip to the beach, but if you are going to the coast for a day trip or holiday, remember to take an old shopping bag so you can collect a few things and bring them back home to use in your crafts throughout the year.

When you are finished making sand castles, pop a few shells or feathers in your bucket – that goes for the kids too!

Collecting beach bits for your craft box is also a learning opportunity.

On my little walk I found lots of different feathers. This could be a chance to talk about what kind of bird they might of come from.

If you can pick up a crab shell, before the dog crunches it up, you can explain how as crabs grow they have to ditch their old shells or they’ll explode – kid’s know when you are kidding (usually ;-).

Occasionally you will find something really interesting apart from old Coca Cola bottle tops, like the cuttlefish bone. These used to be ground up and used in toothpaste once upon a time!

 

Plastic in the sea is becoming a massive problem, about 8 million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea every year.

You can help by picking up some of the plastic from the beach and either putting it in a rubbish bin or saving some of it to use in your craft projects. plastic bottle tops come in lots of different colours and make great collages.

Even if you don’t know what you might use something for at the time, you will almost certainly get some inspiration later and then you already have the materials in your craft treasure chest to be up and running in no time.

If you go beachcombing for craft materials I’d love to know what you found and what you made – leave me a comment below, I always respond.

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