Water can help create some amazing and free craft supplies that you can use in your arts and crafts.
Both natural objects and man-made objects are massaged and smoothed by running or moving water. Look for these natural craft supplies at the beach, at the lake, on the shore, or in or near a river or a stream.
Even discarded objects near water sources can be used as free craft supplies. Here are some of my favorite free and found items to use in arts and crafts.
5 Free Craft Materials from Water Sources
1. Sea Glass
The most versatile and pretty found craft supply you can implement in arts and crafts is sea glass. Sea glass is an item that is natural to collect. If you are a crafter or an artist, can you really walk by a piece of pastel and smoothed sea glass without picking it up?
Sea glass can be used in any sea-based or oceanic arts and crafts. Its soft nature also complements watercolors, when used for mixed media.
2. Sea Shells
Sea shells inspire many different ideas for arts and crafts. From necklaces and bracelets for kids, to more sophisticated uses, when arranged and attached to items.
Collect sea shells and sort them by color, shape or size. Using similar sea shells in your arts and crafts add a uniformity to the item. This uniformity of color, shape or size contrasts well with the use of natural and imperfect objects as craft supplies.
3. Water-Smoothed Man-Made Items
Other water-smoothed man-made items also lend themselves as free craft supplies. I have found old dog licenses, broken and colorful pieces of tile, and even broken pieces of ceramic plates that were smoothed by water.
Already-broken pieces of coral that make their way to the seashore are another natural object you can use for craft supplies. Never break living coral for any reason. In some areas, like South Florida, you can find broken pieces of coral mixed in with seashells.
Coral can be attached to any wooden or plastic item to create a sea theme.
5. Miscellaneous Man-Made Items
I recently found an old and discarded door knob in the stream behind my house. After a thorough cleaning, and some paint, the doorknob became a “mushroom” in our garden. Other found objects that I can use in arts and crafts: an old rusted fork, a mysterious hinge and piece of rusted grate.
Next time you are near a source of water, check around for objects that can become your own free craft supplies that you can use in your arts and crafts. A doorknob can be a mushroom, a small mess grate or wire becomes a gate.
What do you see?