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Fun with Found Objects

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One of my favorite 3 D activities is making art from found objects. Similar to doing collage the experience is pleasurable and easy. You don’t need to be a polished artist or craftsperson. People of all ages can enjoy making projects.

Below are two random pieces of wood I found that are slowly becoming a children’s story Otter and the Tugboat. I can’t bring myself to add color yet or even lightly varnish the wood.  For now-plain it is. I simply sanded the pieces and put them together. The cradle of one piece fit perfectly into the next. This joy is so simple and completely satisfying.

                                     Sue's original otter and a tugboat

Any creative endeavor that is homespun and easy is beneficial. As in journaling and doodling, all the pressure is off. The process is the journey. The A-Ha moment comes when we put a little acorn hat on the doll or glue a found piece of metal onto a board, place a painted swath of color on cardboard.


On the cornmaiden princess above I used the end of a dried cornstalk.  Her hair is cornhusk.You can soak first for pliability.  An orphan beaded earring (one got lost) is her belt, and a bit of shell and a dried rose petal for her fancy hat.

As a child I spent hours outside playing making miniatures. Little twigs became the sides of tiny houses with pebbles marking the pathways. We’re never too old to recreate such rewarding projects.

Look what can be done with wrapped reeds. These are from the Anansi Village store in California.

                          wrapped reed figures having a party

Artists and dedicated wood-carvers find great pleasure in taking a piece of wood and making a treasure. Below is a yew wood cane by Jesse Jones.

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Journal suggestion: Find some objects from nature and keep them in a box. Sounds simplistic but when you want to work all your materials will be in one place. When you feel moved to create have some good wood glue or Elmer’s around. Small clamps and tweezers are helpful for detail work. After assembly, ask your creature or spirit if it/he/she has a name. Sometimes a story, a name, or a theme from your own life will emerge. Write a fantasy story or do a free write. What is your creation saying to you? What would you like to say to it?

Happy journaling!


I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

2 thoughts on “Fun with Found Objects

  1. Hi Sue, Thank you for taking us on this creative journey with you and showing us how the simple things in life can be transformed into art. Love the pictures and the message!

  2. Hi Kathy, thanks, as always. The world of creating from found objects is truly fun. Sphagnum moss makes great hair and it can be used for a ground cover for miniature landscapes. Journaling groups love these exercises.

    Jesse’s woodcarving is another matter entirely. He has decades of experience and lots of patience. More to come with showing his work. BTW, how’s that organic hubby of yours doing?

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