How to Create Scavenger Décor

I am all about keeping projects nifty and thrifty; this fun little craft is exactly that. Scavenged décor is unique in so many ways and can be used for many different purposes. A person could gift these to friends and family for weddings, birthday parties, or use them as an accent in their own home. This is a great little weekend project that is affordable and fun for both adults and children.

What you will need for this project:

  • a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

  • a picture hook if you choose to hang your piece

  • gathered items from the outdoors.

Gathering your items is what makes each piece unique. For the piece I created I collected bark, twigs, maple tree seeds, an air plant and some Super Moss. The moss can be purchased at Parkview Nursery if you do not have any on hand. Gathering items is what makes this fun for kids, so encourage them to find unique things like feathers, egg shells, colorful leaves, dried flowers, neat rocks and mossy bark. The possibilities are endless here. You could even add on some little toys or trinkets if you choose.

For my piece of décor, the bark was used as the base that would eventually house all the other items. Before placing anything on the base, I glued the maple seeds to a twig to create a dragonfly. Hot glue was used to create the appearance of a head and body for the dragonfly. At this point in your project, everything is prepped and ready to be secured. Figure out where you want everything placed on your base before you start gluing as it is easier to adjust now rather than later. Once you are ready for assembly, start by gluing your moss down. Once the moss is secure, glue down your other items. There is no right or wrong way in doing this; it is completely up to you and your imagination.

If you chose to hang your décor nail a picture hook to the back. If you have chosen to leave your décor free standing you are all done! If your décor has a plant attached to it such as the air plant I used, do not forget to water it.

I hope you have as much fun creating your scavenger decor as I did, happy scavenging!