This ancient but super useful technique allows you to learn how to make your own naturally biodegradable rope (cordage) that can have many uses from thin cordage for jewellery making to something more practical in the garden like tying up your plants up or for use in den building with your family whilst out and about in the great outdoors.
All you will need is a nettle patch, some secateurs or strong scissors, gloves (gardening or thick ones recommended) and the time to create with family members or alone.
Whilst using this nature activity to inspire learning, know you are helping you and your family's wellbeing like this:
1) Get Active - Get moving by going for a walk in an area where you will be able to collect some nettles to make your cordage with. If you are not aware that you are near any, try along the edges of garages, riverbanks, park edges and out of the way corners. 2) Keep Learning - Nettles are wonderful for so very many different reasons but today we look at how to make something of practical use and of great ingenuity and creativity that we can thank our ancestors for, a technique that is also transferable. 3) Be Mindful - Nettles are a wonderful resource so be careful not to pick all in one area. It may seem strange but thank the plants as you take from them as they provide us with a vital resource. 4) Practice Kindness -By making this you can help people see that the "weeds" that we often cut down due to the sting, can have very many positive outcomes for us too, it is strong, durable and biodegradable, practice kindness to the planet by sharing this knowledge. 5) Think Community - Share your tips, where to look for nettles in your area, what you intend to use it for and the outcomes of your efforts and patience in the comments below.
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