CREATE A MINIATURE FLORAL STILL LIFE

So we find ourselves confined to our homes in lockdown and cut off from the natural world outside for the majority of the day. However, psychologists and mental health experts now believe that nature and any connection to it is massively important for both our physical and mental health and in these testing times, this is very important. A 2018 report by mental health charity Mind found that: ‘spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.’ It can:

* Improve your mood
* Reduce feelings of stress or anger
* Help you take time out and feel more relaxed
* Improve your physical health
* Improve your confidence and self-esteem
* Help you be more active

These are all things we need right now, so this is a quick and easy little project you can do in the comfort of your own home using simple household items and materials from your outside space. Hopefully it will fend off cabin fever for a little while. It’s even simple enough for children to do but obviously man the scissors at all times!

YOU WILL NEED
* A small tray/a picture frame/piece of paper or fabric cut into a shape of your choice. Simple shapes such as circles, or rectangles work best.
* 3-5 small containers: eg empty spice jar, small bud vase, shot glass, espresso cup. Pick containers which work well together visually. Varying heights, shapes and finishes (eg matt, shiny) create interest among the containers themselves, as they’re part of the design too.
* Scissors and/or secateurs
* 10-15 stems of mixed foliage and/or flowers: this could be from your garden, window box, an indoor plant or you could even use artificial flowers. Mix different shapes, sizes, textures and colours. Stiff stems, such as twigs, give dynamic lines while curved pieces, such as trailing ivy, create movement. Be creative; even daisies and dandelions from a lawn will work.

If you have a go at making a still life, please send us a photo of your finished piece to hello@wildrosamund.co.uk. We’d love to see what creative ideas you come up with.


If you have a go at making a still life, please send us a photo of your finished piece to hello@wildrosamund.co.uk. We’d love to see what creative ideas you come up with.

2020-03-30T17:33:13+00:00