Hi there, I know it’s been a while but I’m the kind of gal that is driven by inspiration (and obsession); sad to say but the inspiration to blog just hasn’t been there lately, however, we continue to be outdoors everyday exploring. Last week we made “grass sweepers” out of old pillowcases. These look a bit like butterfly nets, but the handles are much shorter for better control of the “sweep.” I strongly believe that these wouldn’t make good butterfly nets because they are too heavy for fragile butterfly wings to be hit with. Please keep this in mind if you make one.
old wire hanger (if you still have any around)
piece of felt (optional to cover handle)
1. Using pliers, unwind the hanger at the top and form the wire into a circle.
2. Snip 1/2″ slit through one layer of the top of the pillow case, this is where the wire will be fed through.
3. Feed the wire through the top of the case.
4. Using the pliers, wrap the ends of hanger around each other to make a handle.
5. I sewed a small piece of felt into a pocket to place on the wire handle so it wouldn’t poke the little ladies.
Now for the fun- sweep the net over tall grasses, prairie plants, trees, or shrubs. Fauna had a very gentle method of doing this-
Araina is the “gangbusters” type and did this in big swoops.
Tons of grass seeds and little critters made it into the pillowcases. Araina made friends with little tiny black beetles that would fall from the Queen Anne’s Lace, she thought they were the cutest things.
This is a great tool for exploring the outdoors with the littles!
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