Make a lasting impression with a DIY summer memories garland

Summer will be over before you know it, so now is the perfect time to try to capture some of the things you did and saw. This summer memories garland is a decoration that looks almost like a necklace, but instead of wearing it, you can hang it up on a wall and remember your favorite parts of the season. Teacher and visual artist Wyly Astley from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle shows you how to make it.

For this project, you’ll need some salt dough, which you can use to make pendants that you can wear, trade with friends, or add to your garland. To make the salt dough, mix together 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of table salt in a bowl, then slowly add 1 cup of water. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork as you go, until you can gather all of the dough in the bowl into one ball. If it's too sticky, add more flour, and if it's too dry, add more water. Then knead the dough (which means to press and squeeze it) for 10 minutes. Finally, let your salt dough rest in a bowl for another 10 minutes. After that, it's ready to work with.

Wyly shows you how to make an impression on the salt dough by pressing an object into it, such as a plant or a seashell. Don't forget to put a hole in it for hanging! When you're done, either let the dough air-dry or put it in the oven (with help from an adult) at 250° for about an hour and a half.

Here are some things you could put into your summer garland by drawing them on the paper or pressing them into the salt dough:

● Plants or shells you found
● People and activities you love
● Books you read
● Places you visited
● Food you ate
● Ideas you had

What you'll need:

● Colorful cardstock paper
● Twine or yarn
● Salt dough (see recipe above)
● Acrylic paint
● Pen, crayons, or markers for drawing

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