A jungle box is a simple DIY storage box inspired and illustrated with photos of nature and plants. I also like calling it a Pandora’s box, because you can store all those small bits and pieces in it that you wouldn’t know where to keep otherwise. It’s basically a home for all the hairgrips, beads, hair bands, rubber bands, single earring studs, etc., that are usually spread around all over the place in our drawers.
Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.
St. Luke’s Community Centre in Islington runs an art club for the over 50s that needed a bit of extra help to encourage its members to get together. With a beautiful green terrace on the first floor, we decided to combine crafts with a welcoming drink and a visit to the garden to be inspired by the plants blooming there.
We had an hour of a relaxed crafting over a cup of tea, exchanged news, admired the spring blossoms and created mini-bouquets to hang up on the wall.