Are you looking for a beautiful nature walk accessory that will motivate your little hiker to explore the great outdoors? I have the perfect idea just for you! Read on to see how we made this beautiful hiking stick that doubles as a piece of art.
It’s the middle of summer and my boys need a little extra nudge to go on ANOTHER hike. Don’t get me wrong they are great hiking buddies once we make it outside, but the screen time is starting to creep up and a little incentive to get off the couch is just what they need.
We’ve made a musical hiking stick in the past and that was a hit, so I thought it would be fun to create a flower hiking stick with bits of nature we found in our yard. I knew my boys would be so proud of their creations and want to take it out for a spin;)
- Flowers and/or leaves- We used 2 different varieties of hydrangeas, flower petals from various flowers, and ferns. If you don’t currently have flowers to press, you can purchase them HERE. We used these for a hiking stick and it turned out STUNNING! You can see it HERE.
- Hiking stick- We used a pieces of driftwood, but you can experiment with other types of sticks or whittle a section of a regular stick to create a smooth section to work with.
- Mod Podge- We used outdoor Mod Podge but I’m sure the glossy Mod Podge would work just fine. Just remember to keep it inside or in the garage so it’s not exposed to the elements.
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Here’s How We Made It:
Find a hiking stick. As mentioned above, we used a piece of driftwood.
Put a little Mod Podge on the stick. We tried outdoor Mod Podge for this craft, but I think the glossy Mod Podge that you can find in most stores would also work just fine! Just remember to keep it inside or in the garage so it’s not exposed to the elements.
Place the flower or leaf on the Mod Podge. Here’s a little tip: I pressed the flower between my fingertips for a couple of seconds to flatten it out a bit before putting on the stick.
Cover the piece of nature with another layer of Mod Podge.
Continue this process until you are finished putting your pieces of nature on the stick.
Wait about 20 minutes for it to dry and add another layer if needed.
As you can see, we were outside testing it out as soon as the Mod Podge dried. Mission accomplished!
I hope you give this fun activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.