Updated: Apr 5
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Mother’s Day is a lovely opportunity to celebrate the special women in your life, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could also celebrate Mother Earth as well? This Mother’s Day, why not treat those fabulous ladies to something special whilst also remembering Mother Earth?
We are super excited to bring you some great eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift ideas that fit the bill — and all they take is a little beach clean and some crafting time. A gift that’s not only sweet and thoughtful, but also kind to our planet. Who can ask for better than that?
Some of you may have heard of Kittie Kipper (aka Caroline Bond), a fibre artist who works a lot with ghost net (fishing net left in the sea that washes up on the beach). Her work with ocean plastics and beach cleaning helped spread the #2minutebeachclean campaign, and highlighted the potential to reuse this waste material found on the beach, as art materials. She also creates and supplies kits with instructions and rope to reuse purposefully, allowing others to create their own masterpieces and ensure that not all beach clean litter enters landfill to become a further ecological problem. She is passionate about sharing her skills and helping to change people’s attitudes to how they view everyday plastics. We are incredibly lucky as Kittie has put together a set of video tutorials for us to share with you on how to make a ghost net critter!
How to Make A Starfish From Ghost Net
Head to the beach to gather up some strands of ghost net. You'll need a good bundle. Have a peep at the first video to give you an idea of how much you'll need. Once you've collected your netting, follow the steps below to make a lovely colourful starfish.
Step 1: Gather your bundle of netting and clump it together to form the base of your starfish.
Step 2: Sew the bundle to hold it all together to create a compact core
Step 3: Add extra netting and start to form the star shape
Step 4: Start to create the individual starfish arms, sewing them into shape
Step 5: Continue sewing the arms...see the shape coming together!
Step 6: Finish sewing the last couple of arms. Really looking like a starfish now!
Step 7: Sew the edges of the satarsih shape to give it more structure.
Step 8: Neaten up the edges with scissors. This could be your finished product. But if you want to add extra colours and decorations watch on...
Step 9: Sew on additional bits and bobs to add more colour and texture.
Step 10: Trim off any stray bits to tidy it up.
Voila: There you have it, a fab colourful starfish made from rubbish from the sea!
We're sure you'll agree it's fabulous! Big thanks to Kittie Kipper. You can see some more of her amazing work on Instagram
Instagram is a great place to find inspiration for beach plastic art creations. You can search using #beachplasticart. Here are a few examples we found with ideas you might like to try to make cards or framed picture gifts.
We'd love to see your creations. You can share them on our CARA Facebook group or